Hot Space (1982)

Hot Space is the tenth studio album by British rock band Queen, released in May 1982. Marking a notable shift in direction from their earlier work, the band employed many elements of disco, pop music, R&B and dance music on the album, being partially influenced by the success of their 1980 hit “Another One Bites the Dust”. This made the album less popular with fans who preferred the traditional rock style they had come to associate with the band.

Queen’s decision to record a dance-oriented album germinated with the massive success in the US of “Another One Bites the Dust” (and to a lesser extent, the UK success of the song too). The album’s second single, “Body Language”, did peak at #11 on the US charts.

“Under Pressure”, Queen’s collaboration with David Bowie, was released in 1981 and became the band’s second #1 hit in the UK. The song was a separate project and recorded ahead of the album, before the controversy over Queen’s new sound (disco-influenced rock music).

In July 2004, Q magazine listed Hot Space as one of the top fifteen albums where great rock acts lost the plot. Most of the album was recorded in Munich during the most turbulent period in the band’s history, and Roger Taylor and Brian May lamented the new sound, with both being very critical of the influence Mercury’s manager Paul Prenter had on the singer. Estimated sales of the album currently stand at five million copies.

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Under Pressure / Soul Brother – EMI 5250 UK (1981)
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Under Pressure / Soul Brother – EMI 5250 IRELAND (1981) ~ Same catalogue number of Irish edition. “IRL” on matrix on B side – Front
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Under Pressure / Soul Brother – EMI 5250 IRELAND (1981) ~ Same catalogue number of Irish edition. “IRL” on matrix on B side – B side
Under Pressure / Soul Brother – EMI 1C 006-64626 GERMANY (1981)
Under Pressure / Soul Brother – EMI 1C 006-64626 HOLLAND (1981) ~ Same catalogue number of German edition
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Under Pressure / Soul Brother – EMI 10C 006-64626 SPAIN (1981) ~ “Bajo presion” on cover
Under Pressure / Soul Brother – EMI 2C 008-64626 FRANCE (1981)
Under Pressure / Soul Brother – EMI 2C 008-64626 FRANCE (1981) ~ “Vente interdite au public – Réservé au Juke-Box” sticker on cover
Under Pressure / Soul Brother – EMI 3C 006-64626 ITALY (1981)
Under Pressure - Portugal - Front
Under Pressure / Soul Brother – EMI 11C 008-64626 PORTUGAL (1981) – Front
Under Pressure - Portugal - Back
Under Pressure / Soul Brother – EMI 11C 008-64626 PORTUGAL (1981) – Back
Under Pressure / Soul Brother – YUGOTON SEMI 89032 YUGOSLAVIA (1981)
Under Pressure ITA Jukebox
Under Pressure / Never Again (Classix Nouveaux) – EMI 3C 000 79182 ITALY (1981) ~ JukeBox – No PS
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Under Pressure / Never Again (Classix Nouveaux) – EMI 3C 000 79182 ITALY (1981) ~ JukeBox. SPER promo cover
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Under Pressure / Soul Brother – EMI EMIJ 4370 SOUTH AFRICA (1981)
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Under Pressure / Soul Brother – EMI EMIJ 4370 SOUTH AFRICA (1981) ~ No PS
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Under Pressure / Soul Brother – EMI 33C 006-64626 8616 MEXICO (1981) ~ Cover with Spanish titles
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Under Pressure / Soul Brother – EMI 103-020 ECUADOR (1981) ~ No PS
Under Pressure / Soul Brother – EMI BO-1354 BOLIVIA (1981) ~ No PS. Both sides wrongly credited to Queen and David Bowie. 33 RPM
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Under Pressure / Soul Brother – EMI 4588 GUATEMALA (1981) ~ No PS
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Under Pressure / Soul Brother – EMI 73-X-252 PHILIPPINES (1981) ~ No PS
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Under Pressure / Soul Brother – ELEKTRA E 47235 AUSTRALIA (1981) ~ Bowie is credited correctly as author and performer of “Under Pressure”. Front
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Under Pressure / Soul Brother – ELEKTRA E 47235 AUSTRALIA (1981) ~ Bowie is credited correctly as author and performer of “Under Pressure”. Side A
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Under Pressure / Soul Brother – ELEKTRA E 47235 AUSTRALIA (1981) ~ Bowie is credited only as author but not as performer of “Under Pressure” – No PS
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Under Pressure / Soul Brother – ELEKTRA E 47235 NEW ZEALAND (1981)
Under Pressure / Soul Brother – EMI 31C 006-64626 BRASIL (1981) ~ No PS
Under Pressure / Soul Brother – EMI 1809 ARGENTINA (1981) ~ No PS – Labels in Spanish
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Under Pressure / Soul Brother – EMI 5250 ZIMBABWE (1981) ~ No PS

 

Under Pressure / Soul Brother – ELEKTRA E 47235 USA (1981)
Under Pressure / Soul Brother – ELEKTRA E 47235 Q CANADA (1981) ~ No PS. “Under Pressure” credited correctly to Queen and David Bowie
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Under Pressure / Soul Brother – ELEKTRA E 47235 Q CANADA (1981) ~ “Under Pressure” credited wrongly to Queen only
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Under Pressure / Body language – ELEKTRA GS 45541 CANADA (1981) ~ No PS. Elektra Gold Standard label
Under Pressure / Soul Brother – ELEKTRA P-1587 E JAPAN (1981) ~ White label promo
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Under Pressure / Soul Brother – ELEKTRA P-1587 E JAPAN (1981) ~ Red label with Elektra logo
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Under Pressure / Young Turks (Rod Stewart) – ELEKTRA PS-1014/5 JAPAN (1981) ~ Promo edition with 2 different 7″. The other songs are Young Turks (Rod Stewart), Arthur’s Theme (Christopher Cross), Turn Your Love Around (George Benson) – Front
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Under Pressure / Young Turks (Rod Stewart) – ELEKTRA PS-1014/5 JAPAN (1981) ~ Promo edition with 2 different 7″. The other songs are Young Turks (Rod Stewart), Arthur’s Theme (Christopher Cross), Turn Your Love Around (George Benson) – Back
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Under Pressure / Soul Brother – EMI 500 058 URUGUAY (1982) ~ No PS. Labels in Spanish. This is the only known edition from this country
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Under Pressure (mono) / Under Pressure (stereo) – ELEKTRA E-47235 USA (1981) ~ No PS. White label promo
Calling All Girls / Put Out The Fire – ELEKTRA 7-69981 USA (1982)
Calling All Girls (Mono) / Calling All Girls (Stereo) - ELEKTRA 7-69981 USA (1982) ~ White label promo. "For radio station use only" on label - Front
Calling All Girls (mono) / Calling All Girls (stereo) – ELEKTRA 7-69981 USA (1982) ~ White label promo. “For radio station use only” on label – Front
Calling All Girls (Mono) / Calling All Girls (Stereo) - ELEKTRA 7-69981 USA (1982) ~ White label promo. "For radio station use only" on label - Side A
Calling All Girls (mono) / Calling All Girls (stereo) – ELEKTRA 7-69981 USA (1982) ~ White label promo. “For radio station use only” on label – Side A (AR)
Calling All Girls (Mono) / Calling All Girls (Stereo) - ELEKTRA 7-69981 USA (1982) ~ White label promo. "For radio station use only" on label - Side B
Calling All Girls (mono) / Calling All Girls (stereo) – ELEKTRA 7-69981 USA (1982) ~ White label promo. “For radio station use only” on label – Side B (AR)
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Calling All Girls / Put Out The Fire – ELEKTRA 96 99817 CANADA (1982) ~ White label promo
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Calling All Girls / Put Out The Fire – ELEKTRA 7-69981 AUSTRALIA (1982) ~ No PS
Staying Power / Calling All Girls – ELEKTRA P-1678 JAPAN (1982) ~ White label promo
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Staying Power / Calling All Girls – ELEKTRA P-1678 JAPAN (1982)
Body Language / Life Is Real – EMI 5293 UK (1982)
Body Language / Life Is Real - EMI 5293 IRELAND (1982) ~ No PS
Body Language / Life Is Real – EMI 5293 IRELAND (1982) ~ No PS
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Body Language / Life Is Real – EMI 10C 006-064788 SPAIN (1982) ~ Promotional copy. “Muestra invendible destinada a Promocion” on label and promo stamp on back – Front
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Body Language / Life Is Real – EMI 10C 006-064788 SPAIN (1982) ~ Promotional copy. “Muestra invendible destinada a Promocion” on label and promo stamp on back – Back
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Body Language / Life Is Real – EMI 10C 006-064788 SPAIN (1982) ~ Promotional copy. “Muestra invendible destinada a Promocion” on label and promo stamp on back – Side A
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Body Language / Life Is Real – EMI 10C 006-064788 SPAIN (1982) ~ Promotional copy. “Muestra invendible destinada a Promocion” on label and promo stamp on back – Side B
Body Language / Life Is Real – EMI 10C 006-064788 SPAIN (1982)
Body Language / Life Is Real – EMI 11C 008-064788 PORTUGAL (1982)
Body Language / Life Is Real – EMI 1C 006-64788 GERMANY (1982)
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Body Language / Life Is Real – EMI 1A 006-64788 HOLLAND (1982)
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Body Language / Life Is Real – EMI 2C 008-64788 FRANCE (1982)
Body Language / Life Is Real – EMI 3C 006-64788 ITALY (1982)
Body Language / Life Is Real – EMI 31C 006 64788 BRASIL (1982)
Body Language / Life Is Real – EMI 33C 006-64788 8669 MEXICO (1982) ~ Titles in Spanish
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Body Language / Life Is Real – ELEKTRA E-47452 USA (1982) ~ Naked bodies on cover
Queenvinyls Scan 278
Body Language / Life Is Real – EMI BO-1382 BOLIVIA (1982) ~ No PS. Labels in Spanish and English. 33 RPM
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Body Language / Life Is Real – ELEKTRA E-47452 USA (1982) ~ Censored white sleeve
Body Language / Life Is Real - ELEKTRA E-47452 USA (1982) ~ No PS
Body Language / Life Is Real – ELEKTRA E-47452 USA (1982) ~ No PS. Red label (SP)
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Body Language / Life Is Real – ELEKTRA SKE-47452 CANADA (1982) ~ No PS
Body Language / Life Is Real - ELEKTRA SKE-47452 CANADA (1982)
Body Language / Life Is Real – ELEKTRA SKE-47452 CANADA (1982)
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Body Language / Life Is Real – EMI 01.21.1972 PERU (1982) ~ No PS
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Body Language / Life Is Real – EMI 4604 GUATEMALA (1982) ~ No PS. Labels in Spanish and English
Body Language / Life Is Real - EMI 73-X-259 PHILIPPINES (1982) ~ No PS
Body Language / Life Is Real – EMI 73-X-259 PHILIPPINES (1982) ~ No PS
Body Language / Life Is Real – ELEKTRA P-1650 JAPAN (1982)
Body Language / Life Is Real - ELEKTRA P-1650 JAPAN (1982) ~ Promo white label - Front
Body Language / Life Is Real – ELEKTRA P-1650 JAPAN (1982) ~ Promo. White label – Front
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Body Language / Life Is Real – ELEKTRA P-1650 JAPAN (1982) ~ Promo white label – Side A
Body Language / Life Is Real – ELEKTRA E-47452 AUSTRALIA (1982) ~ No PS
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Body Language / Life Is Real – ELEKTRA E-47452 AUSTRALIA (1982)
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Body Language / Life Is Real – ELEKTRA E-47452 NEW ZEALAND (1982)
Body Language / Back Chat – EMI 3C 000-79213 ITALY (1982) ~ Jukebox – No PS
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Body Language / Back Chat – EMI 3C 000-79213 ITALY (1982) ~ Jukebox. SPER promo cover. Version without title
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Body Language / Back Chat – EMI 3C 000-79213 ITALY (1982) ~ Jukebox. SPER promo cover. Version with title
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Body Language / Calling All Girls – ELEKTRA E 65991 USA (1982) ~ No PS. Spun Gold cover
Body Language (mono) / Body Language (stereo) - ELEKTRA E-47452 USA (1982) ~ Radio station use only - White label. Version 1 - Front
Body Language (mono) / Body Language (stereo) – ELEKTRA E-47452 USA (1982) ~ Radio station use only – White label. Version 1 – Front
Body Language (mono) / Body Language (stereo) - ELEKTRA E-47452 USA (1982) ~ Radio station use only - White label. Version 1 - Side A
Body Language (mono) / Body Language (stereo) – ELEKTRA E-47452 USA (1982) ~ Radio station use only – White label. Version 1 – Side A (AR)
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Body Language (mono) / Body Language (stereo) – ELEKTRA E-47452 USA (1982) ~ No PS. Radio station use only. White label. Version 2 (SP)
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Body Language / Life Is Real – EMI EMIJ 4391 SOUTH AFRICA (1982)
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Las Palabras De Amor / Cool Cat – EMI 5316 UK (1982)
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Las Palabras De Amor / Cool Cat – EMI 1A 006-64863 HOLLAND (1982)
Las Palabras De Amor / Cool Cat – EMI 8695 MEXICO (1982) ~ Labels in Spanish
Las Palabras De Amor / Cool Cat – EMI 5316 IRELAND (1982) ~ No PS
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Las Palabras De Amor / Cool Cat – EMI EMIJ4400 SOUTH AFRICA (1982) ~ No PS
Las Palabras De Amor / Las Palabras De Amor – EMI DIF 196A ARGENTINA (1982) ~ Venta Prohibida – Promocional – Titles in Spanish – No PS
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Las Palabras De Amor / Las Palabras De Amor – EMI EMA 797 B/4 CHILE (1982) ~ No PS. Promo
Las Palabras De Amor / Cool Cat - EMI 73-X-262 PHILIPPINES (1982) ~ No PS
Las Palabras De Amor / Cool Cat – EMI 73-X-262 PHILIPPINES (1982) ~ No PS
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Back Chat / Staying Power – EMI 5325 UK (1982)
Back Chat / Staying Power - EMI 5325 IRELAND (1982) ~ No PS
Back Chat / Staying Power – EMI 5325 IRELAND (1982) ~ No PS
Back Chat / Staying Power – EMI 2C 008-64851 FRANCE (1982)
Back Chat / Staying Power – EMI 10C 006-064851 SPAIN (1982) ~ “Volviendo a hablar” on cover
Back Chat / Staying Power – EMI 3C 006-64851 ITALY (1982)
Back Chat / Staying Power – EMI 1A 006-64851 HOLLAND (1982)
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Back Chat / Staying Power – EMI 31C 006 64851 BRASIL (1982)
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Back Chat / Staying Power – ELEKTRA 7-69941 USA (1982)
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Back Chat / Staying Power – ELEKTRA 7-69941 USA (1982) ~ No PS. Radio station use only. White label with Elektra logo (SP). Front
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Back Chat / Staying Power – ELEKTRA 7-69941 USA (1982) ~ No PS. Radio station use only. White label with Elektra logo (SP). Side A
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Back Chat / Staying Power – ELEKTRA 96 99417 CANADA (1982) ~ No PS. “Promotion only – Not For Sale” on label. White label
Back Chat / Staying Power – EMI 01.21.2029 PERU (1982) ~ No PS
Back Chat / Back Chat – EMI DIF 214A ARGENTINA (1982) ~ Venta Prohibida – Promocional ~ “Charla atrasada” on label
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Back Chat / Staying Power – EMI 4608 GUATEMALA (1982) ~ No PS
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Back Chat / Staying Power – EMI EMIJ 4412 SOUTH AFRICA (1982) ~ No PS
Back Chat / Las Palabras De Amor – ELEKTRA P-1708 JAPAN (1982) ~ White label promo
Queenvinyls Scan 588
Back Chat / Las Palabras De Amor – ELEKTRA P-1708 JAPAN (1982) ~ Red label with Elektra logo