The Works
Album TheWorks
Album by Queen
Released 27 February 1984
Recorded August 1983 - January 1984 at
The Record Plant, Los Angeles
Musicland Studios, Munich
Length 37:11
Format LP,CS,CD
Genre Pop rock, electronic rock, hard rock, baroque rock, rockabilly, folk rock
Label EMI/Parlophone (Europe)
Hollywood (US)
Producer(s) Queen and Mack

Queen Album Chronology
Preceding Hot Space (1982)
This Album The Works (1982)
Succeeding A Kind of Magic (1986)

The Works is a 1984 rock album by Queen. The band's eleventh studio album, it marked a partial return to their rock roots, although with a much lighter approach. It has also the heaviest electronics amongst all their group albums. In comparison, rock was mostly absent on their previous effort Hot Space giving room to dance and funk with the use of analogue synths and brass, while electronics were not that much present. Recorded at the Record Plant Studios and Musicland Studios from August 1983 to January 1984, the album's title comes from a comment drummer Roger Taylor made as recording began – "Let's give them the works!"

This was the first Queen album to be released on Compact Disc.

Track List Edit

The Works Track List
Side One
1 Radio Ga Ga 5:44 Roger Taylor
2 Tear It Up 3:28 Brian May
3 It's a Hard Life 4:08 Freddie Mercury
4 Man on the Prowl 3:28 Freddie Mercury
Side Two
1 Machines (Or 'Back to Humans') 5:10 May/Taylor
2 I Want to Break Free 3:20 John Deacon
3 Keep Passing the Open Windows 5:21 Freddie Mercury
4 Hammer to Fall 4:28 Brian May
5 Is This the World We Created...? 2:13 Mercury/May
Bonus tracks (1991 Hollywoods Records CD)
10 I Go Crazy 3:42 Brian May
11 Radio Ga Ga (extended version) 6:50
12 I Want to Break Free (extended mix) 7:19

CD tracklistingEdit

  1. "Radio Ga Ga"
  2. "Tear It Up"
  3. "It's a Hard Life"
  4. "Man on the Prowl"
  5. "Machines (Or '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

2011 bonus tracksEdit

  • "I Go Crazy (B-Side)"
  • "I Want to Break Free (Single remix)"
  • "Hammer to Fall (Headbanger's mix)"
  • "Is This the World We Created
  • "Thank God It's Christmas (Non-album single)"

Charts Edit

Chart (1984) Peak position
Argentina (CAPIF) 1
Australia (Kent Music Report) 16
Austria (Ö3 Top 40) 2
Belgium (Ultratop) 87
Canada (RPM) 22
France (SNEP) 14
Italy (Musica e dischi) 4
Japan (Oricon) 7
Netherlands 1
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 9
Norway (VG-lista) 2
Sweden (Topplistan) 3
Switzerland (Swiss Hitparade) 3
United Kingdom (Official Charts Company) 2
United States (Billboard) 23
West Germany (Media Control Charts) 3
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