The Works is the eleventh studio album by Queen. It's mostly hard rock and pop rock with a bit of experimental sounds as is typical of the band. The album's title comes from a comment Roger Taylor made as recording began, "Let's give them the works!". It was produced by Reinhold Mack and the band and published on 1984-02-27.
This was one of the later Queen albums I bought, I think because I already knew about half of the songs on the album from compilations and live albums I owned. When I did buy the album, I bought the Hollywood Records CD version, which was a good choice because the the additional bonus tracks make up for this being one of Queen's shortest albums. I really like the album, and it's in my top 40 favorite albums ever, but none of the songs ever made a serious emotional connection with me, so it's one of my least favorite Queen albums. Of course, that's like saying it's my least favorite diamond.
I own the album on CD.
|A1||Radio Ga Ga||Roger Taylor||Freddie Mercury||3|
|A2||Tear It Up||Brian May||Freddie Mercury||6|
|A3||It's a Hard Life||Freddie Mercury||Freddie Mercury||5|
|A4||Man on the Prowl||Freddie Mercury||Freddie Mercury||7|
|B1||Machines (or 'Back to Humans')||Brian May, Roger Taylor||Freddie Mercury, Roger Taylor||8|
|B2||I Want to Break Free||John Deacon||Freddie Mercury||2|
|B3||Keep Passing the Open Windows||Freddie Mercury||Freddie Mercury||4|
|B4||Hammer to Fall||Brian May||Freddie Mercury||1|
|B5||Is This the World We Created...?||Brian May, Freddie Mercury||Freddie Mercury||9|
The album's total score is 592.
The back uses a still from Metropolis.