Queen – The Works (1984) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2012 # UIGY-9525]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 37:15 minutes | Scans included | 1,52 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 753 MB
based on Digital Remaster 2011
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.
01. Radio Ga Ga
02. Tear It Up
03. It’s A Hard Life
04. Man On The Prowl
05. Machines (Or ‘Back To Humans’)
06. I Want To Break Free
07. Keep Passing The Open Windows
08. Hammer To Fall
09. Is This The World We Created …?
This 2011 version has been meticulously re-created using the finest modern analogue and digital technology from the original first-generation master mixes.
Mastered by Bob Ludwig, Gateway Mastering Studios, Portland, ME. SA-CD Authoring: Gus Skinas.