The Works (1984)

The Works is the eleventh studio album by British rock band Queen, released in February 1984. A partial return to their rock roots, although with a much lighter approach, the record has also the heaviest electronics amongst all group albums. In comparison, rock was mostly absent on their previous effort Hot Space, which gave room to dance and funk with the use of analogue synths and brass. Freddie Mercury praised the album saying it helped re-establish the band, especially in Europe. The Works is estimated to have sold 12 million copies worldwide.

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!”

Radio Ga Ga / It’s A Hard Life / I Want To Break Free / Hammer To Fall – EMI UK (1983) ~ Flexidisc Promo
Radio Ga Ga / I Go Crazy – EMI QUEEN1 UK (1984) ~ Test pressing No PS
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Radio Ga Ga / I Go Crazy – EMI QUEEN1 UK (1984)
Radio Ga Ga / I Go Crazy – EMI QUEEN1 IRELAND (1984)
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Radio Ga Ga / I Go Crazy – EMI 1C 006 1655327 GERMANY (1984) ~ Lyrics on the back
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Radio Ga Ga / I Go Crazy – EMI 1655327 FRANCE (1984)
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Radio Ga Ga / I Go Crazy – EMI 1A 006-1655327 HOLLAND (1984)
Radio Ga Ga / I Go Crazy – EMI 06 1655327 ITALY (1984)
Radio Ga Ga / I Go Crazy – EMI 06 1655327 ITALY (1984) ~ “Sigla originale TV Disco Ring” on cover
Radio Ga Ga / I Go Crazy – EMI 006-1655327 SPAIN (1984) ~ Promotional copy
Radio Ga Ga / I Go Crazy - EMI 006-1655327 SPAIN (1984)
Radio Ga Ga / I Go Crazy – EMI 006-1655327 SPAIN (1984)
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Radio Ga Ga / I Go Crazy – EMI 1655327 PORTUGAL (1984)
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Radio Ga Ga / I Go Crazy – EMI 8811 MEXICO (1984) ~ Back with titles in Spanish. Front
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Radio Ga Ga / I Go Crazy – EMI 8811 MEXICO (1984) ~ Back with titles in Spanish. Back
Radio Ga Ga / I Go Crazy – EMI 01.21.2211 PERU (1984) ~ No PS
Radio Ga Ga / I Go Crazy – EMI 1860 ARGENTINA (1984) ~ No PS. Titles in Spanish
Radio Ga Ga / I Go Crazy – EMI 1860 ARGENTINA (1984) ~ Venta Prohibida – Promocional – Titles in Spanish – No PS
Radio Ga Ga / I Go Crazy - EMI 31C 006 65532 BRASIL (1984) ~ Lirycs on the back in English and Portoguese. Front
Radio Ga Ga / I Go Crazy – EMI 31C 006 65532 BRASIL (1984) ~ Lyrics on the back in English and Portoguese. Front
Radio Ga Ga / I Go Crazy - EMI 31C 006 65532 BRASIL (1984) ~ Lirycs on the back in English and Portoguese. Front
Radio Ga Ga / I Go Crazy – EMI 31C 006 65532 BRASIL (1984) ~ Lyrics on the back in English and Portoguese. Back
Radio Ga Ga / I Go Crazy – CAPITOL QUEEN1 USA (1984)
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Radio Ga Ga / I Go Crazy – CAPITOL B-5317 CANADA (1984)
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Radio Ga Ga / I Go Crazy – CAPITOL B-5317 CANADA (1984) ~ No PS
Radio Ga Ga / I Go Crazy – EMI EMS-17425 JAPAN (1984)
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Radio Ga Ga / I Go Crazy – EMI EMS-17425 JAPAN (1984) ~ Promo white label. Front
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Radio Ga Ga / I Go Crazy – EMI EMS-17425 JAPAN (1984) ~ Promo white label. Side A

 

Radio Ga Ga / I Go Crazy – EMI EMIJ 4454 SOUTH AFRICA (1984)
Radio Ga Ga / I Go Crazy – EMI 1184 AUSTRALIA (1984) ~ No PS
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Radio Ga Ga / I Go Crazy – EMI 1184 AUSTRALIA (1984) ~ Promotional copy. “Sample recording – Not for sale” on label. No PS
Radio Ga Ga / I Go Crazy – EMI 1184 AUSTRALIA (1984)
Radio Ga Ga / I Go Crazy – EMI 969 NEW ZEALAND (1984) ~ No PS
Radio Ga Ga / Radio Ga Ga – CAPITOL P-B-5317 USA (1984) ~ No PS. Promo white label. “Not for sale” on label
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Radio Ga Ga / Radio Ga Ga – CAPITOL P-B-5317 USA (1984) ~ Promo white label. “Not for sale” on label. Front
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Radio Ga Ga / Radio Ga Ga – CAPITOL P-B-5317 USA (1984) ~ Promo white label. “Not for sale” on label. Side A
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Radio Ga Ga / I Go Crazy – EMI 4647 GUATEMALA (1984) ~ No PS
Radio Ga Ga / I Go Crazy - EMI 73-X-291 PHILIPPINES (1984) ~ No PS
Radio Ga Ga / I Go Crazy – EMI 73-X-291 PHILIPPINES (1984) ~ No PS
Radio Ga Ga / Ancora ti vorrei (Bobby Solo) – EMI 3C 000-1792667 ITALY (1984) ~ Jukebox – No PS
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Radio Ga Ga / Ancora ti vorrei (Bobby Solo) – EMI 3C 000-1792667 ITALY (1984) ~ Jukebox. SPER promo cover
Radio Ga Ga / Tema de “Marvin & Tige” (Earl Kung) / Casi Sobre Ti (Sheena Easton) / Hiperactivo (Thomas Dolby) – EMI PROMO 19 A CHILE (1984) ~ Promo – No PS
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I Want To Break Free / Machines (or ‘Back To Humans’) – EMI 06 2001177 ITALY (1984)
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I Want To Break Free / Machines (or ‘Back To Humans’) – EMI 06 2001177 ITALY (1984) ~ Promo. “Campione gratuito” on picture sleeve
I Want To Break Free / Machines (or ‘Back To Humans’) – EMI 2001177 FRANCE (1984) ~ “Concert exceptionnel Paris Bercy 18 Septembre 1984” on Back
I Want To Break Free / Machines (or ‘Back To Humans’) – EMI 1C 006-2001177 GERMANY (1984)
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I Want To Break Free / Machines (or ‘Back To Humans’) – EMI QUEEN2 IRELAND (1984) ~ No PS
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I Want To Break Free / Machines (or ‘Back To Humans’) – EMI 1A 006-2001177 HOLLAND (1984)
I Want To Break Free / Machines (or ‘Back To Humans’) – EMI 006 20 0117 7 SPAIN (1984)
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I Want To Break Free / Machines (or ‘Back To Humans’) – EMI QUEEN2 UK (1984) ~ Freddie on cover. Blu label. White letters – Front
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I Want To Break Free / Machines (or ‘Back To Humans’) – EMI QUEEN2 UK (1984) ~ Freddie on cover. Blu label. White letters – Side A
I Want To Break Free / Machines (or ‘Back To Humans’) – EMI QUEEN2 UK (1984) ~ Freddie on cover. Gold letters
I Want To Break Free / Machines (or ‘Back To Humans’) – EMI QUEEN2 UK (1984) ~ Brian on cover. Gold letters
I Want To Break Free / Machines (or ‘Back To Humans’) – EMI QUEEN2 UK (1984) ~ Roger on cover. Gold letters
I Want To Break Free / Machines (or ‘Back To Humans’) – EMI QUEEN2 UK (1984) ~ John on cover. Gold letters
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I Want To Break Free / Machines (or ‘Back To Humans’) – EMI QUEEN2 UK (1984) ~ John on cover. Blu label. Gold letters – Front
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I Want To Break Free / Machines (or ‘Back To Humans’) – EMI QUEEN2 UK (1984) ~ John on cover. Blu label – Side A
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I Want To Break Free / Machines (or ‘Back To Humans’) – CAPITOL B-5350 USA (1984) ~ Freddie on cover. Gold letters
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I Want To Break Free / Machines (or ‘Back To Humans’) – CAPITOL B-5350 USA (1984) ~ Brian on cover. Gold letters
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I Want To Break Free / Machines (or ‘Back To Humans’) – CAPITOL B-5350 USA (1984) ~ Roger on cover. Gold letters
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I Want To Break Free / Machines (or ‘Back To Humans’) – CAPITOL B-5350 USA (1984) ~ John on cover. Gold letters
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I Want To Break Free / Machines (or ‘Back To Humans’) – CAPITOL B-5350 CANADA (1984) ~ Brian on cover. Gold letters. Sleeve printed in USA
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I Want To Break Free / Machines (or ‘Back To Humans’) – CAPITOL B-5350 CANADA (1984) ~ John on cover. Gold letters. Sleeve printed in USA
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I Want To Break Free / Machines (or ‘Back To Humans’) – CAPITOL B-5350 CANADA (1984) ~ No PS
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I Want To Break Free / Machines (or ‘Back To Humans’) – EMI 2001177 PORTUGAL (1984) ~ Roger on cover. Gold letters
I Want To Break Free / Machines (or ‘Back To Humans’) – EMI 1248 AUSTRALIA (1984)
I Want To Break Free / Machines (or 'Back To Humans') - EMI 1248 AUSTRALIA (1984) ~ Promotional copy. No PS
I Want To Break Free / Machines (or ‘Back To Humans’) – EMI 1248 AUSTRALIA (1984) ~ Promotional copy. No PS
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I Want To Break Free / Machines (or ‘Back To Humans’) – EMI EMIJ 4466 SOUTH AFRICA (1984) ~ No PS
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I Want To Break Free / Machines (or ‘Back To Humans’) – EMI EMIJ 4466 ZIMBABWE (1984) ~ No PS
I Want To Break Free / Machines (or ‘Back To Humans’) – EMI EMS-17452 JAPAN (1984) ~ White label promo
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I Want To Break Free / Machines (or ‘Back To Humans’) – EMI 4653 GUATEMALA (1984) ~ No PS
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I Want To Break Free / Machines (or ‘Back To Humans’) – EMI 73-X-296 PHILIPPINES (1984) ~ No PS
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I Want To Break Free / I Want To Break Free – EMI DIF 276 ARGENTINA (1984) ~ Venta Prohibida – Promocional – Titles in Spanish – No PS
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I Want To Break Free / I Want To Break Free – CAPITOL 7-PRO-9114 / P-B-5350 USA (1984) ~ No PS. White label promo. Side A
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I Want To Break Free / I Want To Break Free – CAPITOL 7-PRO-9114 / P-B-5350 USA (1984) ~ No PS. White label promo. Side B
It’s A Hard Life / Is this The World We Created…? – EMI QUEEN3 UK (1984)
It’s A Hard Life / Is this The World We Created…? – EMI QUEEN3 UK (1984) ~ Retouched Roger on cover
It's A Hard Life / Is this The World We Created…? - EMI QUEEN3 IRELAND (1984) ~ No PS
It’s A Hard Life / Is this The World We Created…? – EMI QUEEN3 IRELAND (1984) ~ No PS
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It’s A Hard Life / Is this The World We Created…? – EMI 1C 006-2002157 GERMANY (1984)
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It’s A Hard Life / Is this The World We Created…? – EMI 1A 006-2002157 HOLLAND (1984)
It's A Hard Life / Is this The World We Created…? - EMI 006-2002157 SPAIN (1984) ~ Promo. "Muesta invedible destinada a Promocion" on label
It’s A Hard Life / Is this The World We Created…? – EMI 006-2002157 SPAIN (1984) ~ Promo. “Muestra invedible destinada a Promocion” on label
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It’s A Hard Life / Is this The World We Created…? – EMI 2002157 PORTUGAL (1984)
It’s A Hard Life / Is this The World We Created…? – EMI EMS-17842 JAPAN (1984) ~ White label promo
It’s A Hard Life / Is this The World We Created…? – CAPITOL B5372 USA (1984)
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It’s A Hard Life / It’s A Hard Life – CAPITOL P-B-5372 USA (1984) ~ No PS. Promo white label. “Not for sale” on label
It’s A Hard Life / Is this The World We Created…? – EMI 1291 AUSTRALIA (1984) ~ “Sample recording – Not for sale” on label ~ No PS
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It’s A Hard Life / Is this The World We Created…? – EMI 1291 AUSTRALIA (1984)
It’s A Hard Life / It’s A Hard Life – EMI DIF 294 ARGENTINA (1984) ~ Venta Prohibida – Promocional – Titles in Spanish – No PS
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It’s A Hard Life / Is this The World We Created…? – EMI EMIJ 4482 SOUTH AFRICA (1984) ~ Cover from UK market. A sticker in the back replaces the original UK catalogue number with the new one – Front
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It’s A Hard Life / Is this The World We Created…? – EMI EMIJ 4482 SOUTH AFRICA (1984) ~ Cover from UK market. A sticker in the back replaces the original UK catalogue number with the new one – Back
It's A Hard Life / Is this The World We Created…? - EMI EMI-73-X-301 PHILIPPINES (1984) ~ No PS
It’s A Hard Life / Is this The World We Created…? – EMI 73-X-301 PHILIPPINES (1984) ~ No PS
Hammer To Fall / Tear It Up – EMI QUEEN4 UK (1984) ~ Live cover
Hammer To Fall / Tear It Up – EMI QUEEN4 UK (1984)
Hammer To Fall / Tear It Up – EMI 1C 006 20 03447 GERMANY (1984)
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Hammer To Fall / Tear It Up – EMI 1A 006-20 0344 7 HOLLAND (1984)
Hammer To Fall / Tear It Up – EMI 2003447 FRANCE (1984) ~ “Vente interdite au public – Réservé au Juke-Box” sticker on cover
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Hammer To Fall / Hammer To Fall – CAPITOL P-B-5424 USA (1984) ~ No PS. Promo white label. “Not for sale” on label
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Hammer To Fall / Tear It Up – EMI 1474 AUSTRALIA (1984) ~ No PS
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Hammer To Fall / It’s A Hard Life – EMI 01.21.2293 PERU (1984) ~ Promotional copy – No PS
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Man On The Prowl / Thank God It’s Christmas – EMI QUEEN DJ5 UK (1984) ~ No PS. Promo
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Man On The Prowl / Thank God It’s Christmas – EMI QUEEN DJ5A 1-1-1 UK (1984) ~ No PS. Press test on white label
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Thank God It’s Christmas / Man On The Prowl / Keep Passing The Open Windows – EMI QUEEN5 UK (1984)
Thank God It's Christmas / Man On The Prowl / Keep Passing The Open Windows - EMI QUEEN5 UK (1984) ~ Press test - No label on vinyl - Front
Thank God It’s Christmas / Man On The Prowl / Keep Passing The Open Windows – EMI QUEEN5 UK (1984) ~ Press test – No label on vinyl – Front
Thank God It's Christmas / Man On The Prowl / Keep Passing The Open Windows - EMI QUEEN5 UK (1984) ~ Press test - No label on vinyl - Side A
Thank God It’s Christmas / Man On The Prowl / Keep Passing The Open Windows – EMI QUEEN5 UK (1984) ~ Press test – No label on vinyl – Side A
Thank God It’s Christmas / Man On The Prowl / Keep Passing The Open Windows – EMI QUEEN5 IRELAND (1984)
Thank God It’s Christmas / Man On The Prowl / Keep Passing The Open Windows – EMI 06 2004347 ITALY (1984) ~ Golden titles on cover
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Thank God It’s Christmas / Man On The Prowl / Keep Passing The Open Windows – EMI 1A 016-20 0434 7 HOLLAND (1984)
Thank God It’s Christmas / Man On The Prowl / Keep Passing The Open Windows – EMI 2004347 PORTUGAL (1984)
Thank God It’s Christmas / Man On The Prowl / Keep Passing The Open Windows – EMI 31C 006-200434 BRASIL (1984) ~ Red titles on cover
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Thank God It’s Christmas / Man On The Prowl – EMI 1412 AUSTRALIA (1984) ~ “Sample recording – Not for sale” on label ~ No PS