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  • Audio CD (Oct. 31 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • ASIN: B000000OBL
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,989 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Radio Ga Ga
2. Tear It Up
3. Its A Hard Life
4. Man On The Prowl
5. Machines (Or Back To Humans)
6. I Want To Break Free
7. Keep Passing The Open Windows
8. Hammer To Fall
9. Is This The World We Created....?
10. I Go Crazy
11. Radio Ga Ga
12. I Want To Break Free

Product Description

This 1983 gem showcases It's a Hard Life; Radio Ga Ga , and I Want to Break Free !

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Format: Audio CD
Queen never really cared for concept albums(except for maybe Queen II). Here you have a mixed bag of really exceptional song writing. "Radio Ga Ga" is probably the best song Roger Taylor ever wrote. Next you've got "Tear It Up", which I have to say worked better live, but that's just my opinion. "It's A Hard Life" is a song with beautiful lyrics. I think Freddie really put in much of his own personal turmoil at the time. "Man on the Prowl" and "Machines" were both at opposite ends of the album's musical spectrum. You've got the traditional rock-a-billy feel in "Prowl" versus the 80's techno-supercomputer programming feel of "Machines". "I Want To Break Free" is a Queen classic. It was John Deacon's second biggest hit to "Another One Bites The Dust" although it didn't do much commercially in the States. This is mainly because of the video (which featured the band in all out drag!) and naturally 'spooked the horses' amongst the conservative population of a Regan led nation. "Passing the Open Windows" has meant to be in the movie "The Hotel New Hampshire" but never made it there. "Hammer To Fall" is a straight forward rocker. I hate the album version and love the single edit instead. "Is This World We Created" is the final track and leaves us with a little bit of guilt for chopping down all those trees and ignoring the hungry people in the world. All-in-all it is fantastic. America was horrified: they became paranoid that Queen music might somehow turn their children into transvestite housecleaners with moustaches. LOL.
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Queen is my favorite band. They are diverse, fun, cheeky, melodic, excellent showmen, and are pioneers in the art of recording and songwriting.
"The Works" is simply an album from a band rebounding from a poor selling expirement viewed by some (not me) as awful. With this, we find Queen Coming back to what they did best; Over the top pop/rock that sounds effortless.
The album itself contains songs that have a hint to Queens early arraingments. What makes this album different from all of Queens albums is that there really isn't any diversity here at all (which is what distinguishes almost all Queen of albums). It's the basic Drums, bass, piano, layered guitars and vocals in a pop/rock setting. This is the reason that this album is so enjoyable is because of the overall 'feel' to the album... It basically is what it is...!
To me, the songs themselves are similar to their "A Day At The Races" album with the heavy melodies, harmonies, and rock/pop backdrop... but the production on the recording is very much 1984 with heavy slap-back on the final mixes. This is possibly what sets most listeners off..
The last reviewer said it best when he said That the album is not bad, but it's definately is a piece of work that when the mood strikes you for it, you'll listen to the whole thing and love it.
Check this out and see what you think. The melodies are great and it is definately something that you will like over time.
All The Best, The AndyMan ;o)
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I find it a sin to say anything negative about Queen, and fortunately, one rarely must do so. And although The Works is not the pinnacle of Queen's music, it is a great album. I do, however, find that this isn't the album you get the urge to listen to every week, or even maybe every month. I can't describe what sort of mood you need to be in, but as with most of their albums, this one has a certain unique characteristic representative of the time. That in turn, for better or worse, impacts the degree of attractiveness for said album.
Maybe because there's nothing about Freddie's later bout with AIDS on this 1984 release (doesn't life just love a tragedy), maybe because there's quite a bit of reliance on HEAVY 80's production (which never bothers me too much), but "The Works" is no desert island disc. It's one of those that you buy in the middle of your collection assembly, to represent a phase of their career and fulfill the occasional listening urge.
My above comments primarily come from reacting to songs such as "Tear it Up" or "Machines". In other words, it's one of those cases where the hits are very strong, and the other tunes, while far from filler, are nowhere near the epic proportions like the masterpieces you'll find on "A Day at the Races," or even "The Miracle" (their strongest 80's recording). It's difficult to put one's finger on the issue.
Meanwhile, I have nothing but praise for one of the ultimate rockers and all around perfect song, "Hammer to Fall," and the mega-textured "Radio Ga Ga." The latter is the most well known from this album. "Is This the World We Created" is beautiful, poignant, and nothing short of brilliant, other than the fact that it's too short.
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Format: Audio CD
Track by track:
Radio Ga Ga - A big hit for Queen in the eighties, eminently hummable, if a bit overlong. Probably the first *superior* Roger Taylor song in Queen's whole catalog.
Tear It Up - Not one of Brian May's better rockers, but still kind of catchy in a mindless sort of way.
It's a Hard Life - Freddie's opera buffa for the album, and quite good, especially the middle section and the solo.
Man on the Prowl - A silly fifties-esque number with Freddie doing his Roy Orbison impression at times. Nice piano solo at the end, though.
Machines (or Back to Humans) - Techno heavy metal, with some dated lyrics about mechanization. The theme of the song does hold up, however.
I Want to Break Free - A nice John Deacon pop ditty; light and nothing special, yet catchy.
Keep Passing the Open Windows - an epic number by Freddie with some great lyrics, marvelous chord changes and grand guitar work by Brian May.
Hammer to Fall - One of the best hard rock songs by Queen since the early seventies. Great lyrics, great theme. Brian May's "message" songs are the best.
Is This the World We Created? - a very sad, sensitive acoustic number. In a decade when acoustic instruments were shunned, this was actually a brave move on Queen's part.
I Go Crazy - (Bonus for the CD) - Different in production than the rest of the album, this is a typical "My girl left me for another rock and roll star" rocker. Nothing special but not horrible either.
All in all, I think it's one of Queen's standout albums and one of the few that I can play over and over again.
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