The Works

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Album cover.

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. Although I like all of the tracks on the album, none of them ever made a serious 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.

Track Listing

Track Title Writer(s) Vocals
A1 Radio Ga Ga Roger Taylor Freddie Mercury
A2 Tear It Up Brian May Freddie Mercury
A3 It's a Hard Life Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury
A4 Man on the Prowl Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury
B1 Machines (or 'Back to Humans') Brian May, Roger Taylor Freddie Mercury, Roger Taylor
B2 I Want to Break Free John Deacon Freddie Mercury
B3 Keep Passing the Open Windows Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury
B4 Hammer to Fall Brian May Freddie Mercury
B5 Is This the World We Created...? Brian May, Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury

Song Rank

This is the order in which I enjoy the songs from this album, and their individual song ratings.

Order Title Stars
1 Hammer to Fall 8
2 I Want to Break Free 8
3 Radio Ga Ga 8
4 Keep Passing the Open Windows 7
5 It's a Hard Life 7
6 Tear It Up 6
7 Man on the Prowl 5
8 Machines (or 'Back to Humans') 5
9 Is This the World We Created...? 5

The album's total score is 592.



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