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.
This is the order in which I enjoy the songs from this album, and their individual song ratings.
|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.
The back uses a still from Metropolis.