Works [Deluxe Edition]

Works [Deluxe Edition]

by QueenQueen

CD(Remastered / Bonus Tracks / Special Edition / Bonus CD)

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Following the disappointing commercial performance of the dance-oriented Hot Space in 1982, Queen took 1983 off to get refocused and work on a follow-up that would put the band back on track. While the songwriting had definitely improved on the resulting The Works in 1984, the album sonically lacked the punch of such earlier releases as News of the World and The Game (strangely, Hot Space even had a better overall sound). Although the album only peaked at number 23 on the U.S. album charts, it was a Top Ten hit in just about every other area of the world, producing the huge single "Radio Ga Ga." Three other tracks were hits in Queen's native England -- the uplifting "I Want to Break Free," the love song "It's a Hard Life," and the politically conscious rocker "Hammer to Fall," which dealt with the danger of nuclear weapons. Other highlights included the '50s-sounding "Man on the Prowl," the electronic experiment "Machines," the thunderous "Tear It Up," and a touching acoustic ballad "Is This the World We Created...?" Perhaps with a more straight-ahead production (and a U.S. tour), The Works would have landed Queen back on the top of the charts stateside. [The 2011 expansion of The Works contains of a bonus disc with six tracks: the B-side "I Go Crazy," the single remix of "I Want To Break Free," the Headbanger's Mix of "Hammer to Fall," a version of "Is This The World We Created...?" and "It's a Hard Life" taken from a 1985 show in Rio, then the non-LP seasonal single "Thank God It's Christmas."]

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Release Date: 09/13/2011
Label: Island Uk
UPC: 0602527717661
catalogNumber: 2771766
Rank: 27571

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