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In April , it became number three in the United Kingdom, and was within the top 10 in many European and Latin American countries, but only peaked at number 45 on the US charts. The single was certified platinum in the UK. According to May in an interview about Queen's Greatest Hits , whereas the video was understood and taken as a joke in the UK, the US audience failed to see the soap-opera connection and might have interpreted the video as an open declaration of transvestism and Mercury's bisexuality.
It just seemed to be all fucking Whitesnake ". In some other countries, such as South Africa and in South America, the song was highly praised because it was seen as an anthem of the fight against oppression, whereas the reaction to the video was mixed.
When Mercury appeared in front of an audience of , and started singing "I Want to Break Free", stones were thrown at him. He quickly realised that his female outfit was the reason and removed his wig and false breasts , which calmed down the audience. This incident puzzled and disappointed Mercury. After the release of The Works , the song was performed at almost all of Queen's live concerts.
Spike Edney usually played the synthesizer introduction, after which Mercury appeared on stage, often in the outfit worn in the video — dark bobbed wig, pink blouse and false breasts — which he would remove later during the song.
Some lines were sung by the audience, and "God knows" was chanted by the whole group. Live recordings of the song appeared on the concert albums Live Magic , Live at Wembley '86 and Return of the Champions. Following in the tradition of cross-dressing in British comedy, the music video for "I Want to Break Free" sees the members of Queen appear in a suburban house dressed as women, a parody of the characters from Coronation Street.
He opens a door leading to a dark space, where the group appear surrounded by figures wearing miner's helmets. Mercury dances to a glowing box and reappears with several dancers dressed in spotted leotards, and perform a dance. In the house, Mercury sings and goes upstairs. The group appear in the dark space again. The video opens with a scene of typical British residential streets in the morning, intercut with shots of a teasmade waking Brian May's character up.
The terraced houses are located in Leeds , in the neighbourhood Harehills. The roof of a terrace, most likely between "Sandhurst Terrace" and "Dorset Rd" can be seen in the opening shot. In the second scene the camera pans along a terrace and stops at the house where the action supposedly happens.
It is located on "41 Dorset Mount" in real life and has a slightly different floor plan than the set used in the video. The video spoofs the ITV soap opera Coronation Street , as proposed by Roger Taylor: "We had done some really serious, epic videos in the past, and we just thought we'd have some fun. We wanted people to know that we didn't take ourselves too seriously, that we could still laugh at ourselves. I think we proved that. The video depicts Mercury as a housewife, loosely based on Bet Lynch , who wants to "break free" from his life.
Although Lynch was a blonde, Mercury thought he would look too silly as a blonde and chose a dark wig. He wears a black wig, pink earrings, pink blouse with a sizeable false breast under it, black leather miniskirt , knee-high and heeled shoes.
During the trials Mercury realised that he could not walk freely in high-heeled shoes and settled on 2-inch ones.
Deacon appears as a conservative "grandma", while Taylor plays a schoolgirl, who like Mercury wants a different life. The composition was choreographed by Wayne Eagling, a friend of Mercury who had helped him with the choreography of the "Bohemian Rhapsody". Queen Collection 2.
Queen Gold. Special Edition. The Hit Music of Queen. Live Killers. Live Magic. At the Beeb. Live at Wembley Stadium. Queen on Fire: Live at the Bowl. Rock Montreal. Hungarian Rhapsody: Live in Budapest. A Night at the Odeon. We Will Rock You original London cast. Flash Gordon. Bohemian Rhapsody: The Original Soundtrack. Keep Yourself Alive. The album starts with Radio Gaga, a Roger Taylor song, poppy and full of synths, but inspired and catchy, overall an enjoyable track.
Tear It Up is a nice rocker, written by May. Machines is a collective effort, electronic, full of synths again but also with some great guitar from May; Freddie's vocals are amazing again. I Want to Break Free is one of the most popular songs ever written thank you John Deacon , amazingly enjoyable, a great treat.
Hammer to Fall is another Brian May rocker, one of the best songs of the album. My favourite song for the moment is Keep on Passing the Open Windows; it is indeed one of Queen's best songs ever. The album closes with Is This the World We Created, a sensitive ballad with sensible lyrics, nice acoustic guitar from Brian May and great vocals from Freddie.
So far I really love them all, The Works being one of my favorites. My favorite track on this album is "Man on the Prowl".
If you listen to this, I think you will know what I mean - if one didn't know, you would think it was Elvis himself. And I especially love the piano playing on this track, although it was not Freddie doing the piano solo it was Fred Mandel I have no doubt he was capable of doing it had he chosen to.
It came close to being released as a single, and I have no doubt had it been, it would have been as big a hit as "Crazy Little Thing called Love" or "Another one Bites the Dust". For me, this track made my purchase well worth it, plus all the other great songs on it. I wish Queen had made a video of "Man on the Prowl".
If you are only going to have a few of Queen's albums, this is one I would highly recommend. This is my 4th album from re-releases of Queen.
This particular album is a German pressing. Compared to the US pressing I found this album to be better quality. Clean, clear and thick vinyl. I used to play this album constantly in the 80's, it was like stepping back in time turning up the volume as "Tear it up" was pounding in the my study. I highly recommend this pressing and album. You wont be disappointed. One person found this helpful. Queen's twelfth album The Works was released in March of The band were frustrated after the poor response to Hot Space and was the album that was the start of the unnecessary downfall Queen had.
With The Works, Queen made some changes. That track did well hitting 16 in the US but was also the band's downfall in the US as their hard rock fans were irate that "Ga Ga" was the first single. We then rock out next with Brian's "Tear It Up". This song is a masterpiece and its video was classic. The track combined techno with hard rock and the synth drums fight with the acoustic drums whilst electric guitar and bass guitar fight the synthesizers.
There are even Roger's vocals sung through a vocoder, to simulate the voice of a robot akin to Mr Roboto from Styx. This track is a great song which had a comedic video of the band dressing in drag which got banned in the US and destroyed Queen but is a great song. MTV could show Madonna lip-locking with Britney and Christina both of whom are young enough to be her kids yet Queen got banned for jokingly dressing in drag, grow up losers! The song itself was an anthem about overcoming oppression.
The album version is shorter but the full version appears at the end of the album as a bonus track. This beautiful anthem of injustice closes the album in a sweet way. See all reviews. Top reviews from other countries. Continuing with my reviews of Queen albums - as a fan I have been getting my vinyls of old replaced by these wonderful new heavy duty vinyls- with amazing sound quality.
As to the album, I won't say it is a massive favourite of mine, but it was a return to form by Queen and is in my view one that slips under the radar. It touches a range of genre's - a real nod to Elvis at one point, and it formed the backdrop to the famous Live Aid performance with Ga Ga and Hammer to Fall.
This time Queen produce an album with no fillers and nothing at all that I either dislike or found forgettable in any way. As an album it holds together throughout and sees all band members pulling along in top gear.
I think it is right up there with the best of the Queen Album, different to their 70's output, but full of confidence. A really good album and worthy of the five stars. Queen the works remaster If you compare the track I wanna break free with the original record you'll notice as I have brians guitar in turned down low in the mix right after freddie sings god knows I've falling in love I prefer my original sound recording.
Report abuse. Why don't you? Possibly the last really great Queen album produced. A must own for any self respecting music fan. This LP was as advertised. It's in very good condition and plays very well. Delighted with it. Great to hear these songs in vinyl format again.The Works is the eleventh studio album by the British rock band Queen, released on 27 February by EMI Records in the United Kingdom and it is the band's first studio album to be released by Capitol Records in the United States. After the synth-heavy Hot Space (), the album saw the re-emergence of Brian May and Roger Taylor's rock sound, while still incorporating the early 80s retro.