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The Works [VINYL] [Special Edition]

Queen Vinyl
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English rock band Queen were one of the most popular bands in the world, and have sold an estimated 300 million records internationally. Known for their theatrical style, and the flamboyant showmanship of lead singer Freddie Mercury, the band built a reputation through the 1970s with million-selling albums and emphatic live performances.

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  • Vinyl (1 Nov 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Special Edition
  • Label: Mute Artists
  • ASIN: B003TGW6Q8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 289,881 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Radio Ga Ga (2010 Digital Remaster)
2. Tear It Up (2010 Digital Remaster)
3. It's A Hard Life (2010 Digital Remaster)
4. Man On The Prowl (2010 Digital Remaster)
5. Machines (Or Back To Humans) (2010 Digital Remaster)
6. I Want To Break Free (2010 Digital Remaster)
7. Keep Passing The Open Windows (2010 Digital Remaster)
8. Hammer To Fall (2010 Digital Remaster)
9. Is This The World We Created? (2010 Digital Remaster)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most underrated Queen album of all time 5 Sep 2000
Format:Audio CD
This album came immediately after the disastrous Hot Space, and although it only reached number two in the charts, it re-established Queen as one of the great rock bands.
The album is literally full of classics, such as Radio Gaga, I Want To Break Free, It's a Hard Life and Is this the world we created?, and the others are forgotten gems.
In my opinion, The Works marked the beginning of a new era for Queen - one in which they practically re-invented their sound and went on to conquer heights equal to their late seventies successes.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This really is THE WORKS! 27 Mar 2002
By M. D. Rathbone VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
A highly successful collection of songs and the album that introduced me to Queen as a 12 year old many years ago!
When I first heard "Radio Ga Ga" I was amazed and it is STILL as good today. Every song on the album was released as either an 'a' or 'b' side which alone suggests that Queen had produced the ultimate commercial rock album.
The democratic process surrounding the production of the album brings out the best in Queen and the four singles especially so (each written by a different member of the band). But even if you've got them already on Hits II buy this album for "Is this the World We Created" - a beautiful track sung by Freddie with Brian on guitar. "Keep Passing the Open Windows" is another Queen classic and "Tear it Up" allows Brian to re-create some of that early Queen feel, as does Freddie's tongue-in-cheek "Man on the Prowl" with just a slight nod to "Good old fashioned loverboy". "Machines" is possibly the weakest track which has not aged well, but that is a minor niggle.
Buy this album - you'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll want to get out the hoover and clean the house!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Queen Album Of the 80's 30 Oct 2006
Format:Audio CD
If you are new to the band Queen then this is where you should start because it offers the most classic Queen tracks (all of the singles which were released from this album).But there are no fillers, as the remaining tracks show. Aparently the concept of this album is the battle between humans and machines, this is reflected upon in the way that Queen's vocal and musical presence is in conflict with the synthesizers on the album. This gives the album a further boost to its credability

1. Radio Ga Ga - A classic pop/rock song of the eighties,complete with synthesizers and hand clapping in mind.

2. Tear it up - A impressive hard rock song from the mind and pen of Brian May.

3. Its a Hard Life - A fine slice of operatic brilliance.

4. Man on the prowl - Another fun song influenced by 50's rock and roll.

5. Machines (or back to humans) - The very song which brings out the theme of the album in a delicious cocktail of synthesizers, computer voice and mind bending guitar from Brian.

6. I want to Break Free - Another Queen classic, an incredible pop song.

7. Keep passing the open windows - A rock/ballad which has a feel good factor to it which is so typical of Freddie's writing.

8. Hammer to Fall - Another high powered rock song by Brian, a real explosion of sound.

9. Is this the world we created? - Probably the weakest song on the album, however its acoustic softness should win you over.

All in all its legendary, but it may not be legendary in terms of an album, but more so because it contains 9 great songs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars By far Queen's best ever album! 4 Nov 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is easily the best album Queen ever did. Brian May's influence is obviously strong, as most songs have a hard rock edge, which was a welcome change after the funky Hot Space.
'The Works' is a suitable title for the album, since it contains pretty much every type of Queen song that they ever did. Radio Ga Ga is great pop, Tear It Up is hard rock, It's A Hard Life is a gentle ballad, Man On The Prowl is 50's bebop rock, Machines (Back To Humans) is a simply incredible original heavy rock song, I Want To Break Free is hilarious funky pop, Keep Passing The Open windows is a cross between ballad and rock, Hammer To Fall is nearly heavy metal, and Is This The World We Created... is a gentle single acoustic guitar, much like the live version of Love Of My Life.
However, this album is worth buying if only for one thing: Machines (Back To Humans) is by far the best Queen song ever done. Simply incredible. Buy it even if you don't want it!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Too short, considering the quality 14 Sep 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This album has a great number of hits on it. The first song, Radio GaGa still stands as one of Queen's best-known. However, to my mind, it's a great song, recorded badly. That said, the majestic Hard Life and Man on the Prowl take some beating as under-rated songs by Mercury. His most underrated one by a mile though is "Keep Passing the Open Windows". This autobiographical wonder is a beautiful effort, loaded with things that require more than one listening to appreciate. I want to break free and Hammer to Fall both fall into the "Great song badly done" category. Both HUGE live hits, the recordings are too slow, and often lack some of the edge they produced on stage. That said, though the album is far too short, it was one which Queen fans really appreciated, considering that Hot Space had been such a removal from what they were used to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Exactly as described and delivered in good time.
Published 6 days ago by Patrick Bryan Cullen
5.0 out of 5 stars Some good stuff...
As an ardent fan of 70's Queen, this would certainly not be my favourite Queen album.
A lot of the songs - like 'Tear It Up' and 'Keep Passing The Open Windows' are quite... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Gary Selikow
5.0 out of 5 stars The Works is the works
Nice to have this album on CD now so I can play it in the car. The only complaint is that it came in a cardboard sleeve instead of a nice non-eco friendly plastic one, but I'm sure... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Marian
4.0 out of 5 stars back to humans...
if the crystal case was not damaged inside otherwise i would have given 5*
this is why vinyl is soo much better - i feel my next purchase is an in-car turntable lol
Published 21 months ago by Miss. A. Slater
5.0 out of 5 stars the works by queen
the vinyl album The Works by Queen was in excellent order,the cover was very clean and tidy,and when i played the album i was very pleased as there were no glitches or scratches. Read more
Published on 13 Feb 2012 by Mr. R. G. Ball
4.0 out of 5 stars The Works - A fine effort
`The Works' is the album that got Queen back on track after the commercial disappointment of the (underrated) `Hot Space' and largely restored their fortunes around the world... Read more
Published on 26 July 2011 by R Turner
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Singles, Average Album
The Works saw Queen recapture their commercial appeal everywhere apart from the U.S. after the comparative failure of "Hot Space". Read more
Published on 3 Jan 2010 by Mr Fahrenheit
3.0 out of 5 stars Safe ground
In late '83, Queen regrouped to salvage their reputation after the flacid Hot Space album.
Out went the white-disco and gay anthems, and back came the ROCK. Read more
Published on 21 Oct 2007 by JJ
1.0 out of 5 stars Is this really The Works?!
This is the weakest of all the Queen albums. Even its predecessor Hot Space had fun and humour, despite its lack of commercial success. Read more
Published on 8 Dec 2006 by paleandy
4.0 out of 5 stars The Hit Factory
Following the surprise flop of the more experimental funk/dance 'Hot Space' album Queen pulled out all the stops to ensure their follow-up album was stuffed full of hit singles. Read more
Published on 6 May 2006 by Jane Aland
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