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The Works [Bonus Tracks]


  • 1. Radio Ga Ga
    2. Tear It Up
    3. It's a Hard Life
    4. Man on the Prowl
    5. Machines (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 - (bonus track)
    11. Radio Ga Ga
    12. I Want to Break Free - (Extended Mix)
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 61233-2

  • Credits
    ProducerJosh Macrae; Queen
    EngineerMack; Michael Beiriger; Josh Macrae

    Queen: Brian May (vocals, guitar); Freddie Mercury (vocals, piano); Roger Taylor (vocals, drums); John Deacon (bass).
    Additional personnel: Fred Mandel (piano, synthesizer, programming).
    Recorded at the Record Plant, Los Angeles and Musicland Studios, Munich from August 1983-January 1984.
    Personnel: Brian May (vocals, guitar, banjo, keyboards); Freddie Mercury (vocals, piano); Roger Taylor (vocals, drums); John Deacon (guitar); Fred Mandel (piano, synthesizer).
    Unknown Contributor Roles: Fred Mandel; Queen.
    With their previous album (HOT SPACE) confusing many of their fans, Queen had something to prove on THE WORKS. The band definitely succeeded at getting back on track--THE WORKS was one of the best rock releases of 1984, featuring the worldwide smash "Radio GaGa" and reintroducing their fans to Queen's classic sound. THE WORKS spawned a total of four U.K. top ten singles, confirming that Queen had returned from their short hiatus in fine form.
    Almost all of the elements you've come to expect from a classic Queen release are present on here. "I Want To Break Free" and "It's A Hard Life" are instantly addictive pop-rock. "Tear It Up" is a straight-ahead rocker and "Machines (Back To Humans)" is a successful electronic rock experiment. And as on the majority of latter-day Queen albums, there are a few politically charged tunes. "Hammer To Fall," became an instant concert favorite with it's merger of melodic hard rock and a sing-a-long chorus, but the lyrics deal with the impending danger of nuclear build-up. The other, "Is This The World We Created?," consists of just vocals with acoustic guitar accompaniment, and closes the otherwise upbeat album on a somber note.

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