Queen - The Works In Concert: Deluxe Edition Triple Picture Disc Set
PRE-ORDER ITEM - RELEASE DATE: 29th MARCH 2021
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QUEEN - THE WORKS IN CONCERT
TRIPLE PICTURE DISC SET
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This is the powerful record of the legendary broadcast by Queen performing in concert on 11th May 1985 at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium, Japan split across three limited edition picture discs presented in a deluxe collector's edition slipcase.
The concert took place in the final run of Queen shows during the worldwide tour in support of the album The Works.
- Documentary Film: One Vision
- Full-length E-Book
QUEEN THE WORKS IN CONCERT
The Works is the eleventh studio album by Queen. It was released on 27 February 1984. After the synth-heavy Hot Space (1982), the album saw the re-emergence of Brian May and Roger Taylor's rock sound, while still incorporating the early 80s retro futuristic electronic music tinge, favoured by Freddie Mercury, and the New York funk scene influences favoured by John Deacon.
Recorded at the Record Plant Studios in Los Angeles, California and Musicland Studios in Munich, Germany from August 1983 to January 1984, the album's title comes from a comment Roger Taylor made as recording began – "Let's give them the works!" Roger’s grand plan for the music was appreciated by many critics Rolling Stone's Parke Puterbaugh described The Works as their "first real album in some time" and "a royal feast of hard rock"
In response to the ban of the music video for I Want to Break Free in the United States, the band decided not to tour in North America and thereby lost the opportunity for another tilt at the top spot in US sales charts. However, Queen did travel to Japan to perform for their wildly enthusiastic fanbase. This is the powerful record of the live broadcast from the only night Queen played at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium in 1985. The show was performed towards the end of The Works Tour. The set from this tour involved multiple levels based on a scene from Fritz Lang's Metropolis with huge rotating cogs backed by a brightly lit cityscape.
As a result of this extensive touring activity sales around the world (especially Europe) were very strong indeed. Despite failing to reach #1, it spent 94 weeks on the UK Albums Chart, the longest for a Queen studio album. The Works has since sold over 6 million copies worldwide.
Radio Ga Ga is the opener on The Works album, it was written and composed at the keyboard by Roger Taylor after he heard his 3-year-old son Felix say "radio ca ca".
For the concert tour set Queen decided to include the third track from The Works, that song was It's a Hard Life which was written by Freddie Mercury. Brian May and Roger Taylor have acclaimed the track as one of their favourite songs composed by Freddie Mercury, although Taylor admitted his vast displeasure with the video. Brian May contributed with some of the lyrics, and the intro was based on Ruggiero Leoncavallo's "Vesti la giubba", an aria from his opera Pagliacci.Freddie Mercury played piano and performed most of the vocals, he also requested the scales Brian should use for the solo, described by Brian May in the guitar programme Star Licks as very "Bohemian Rhapsody-esque”.
Also featured in the live concert set was the sixth track from the album was I Want To Break Free which was written by John Deacon. This pop song is best known because of its video, featuring all four Queen members cross-dressed as women, in a parody of the British soap opera Coronation Street. The idea for the clip was Taylor's. Mercury commented that 'Everybody ran into their frocks'. Deacon, the song's author, insisted he didn't want a guitar solo on the track so a synth solo was played by Mandel – live, however, May played the solo on guitar.
Hammer to Fall, was the third track from the new album to be included in the set and is another of Brian May's rock songs. The song harks back to Queen's old sound, with a song being built around a hard angular and muscular riff. As you will notice Live versions were performed at a considerably faster tempo than the studio version. Most of vocal harmonies on the album were recorded by May himself, particularly in the bridge, except for the lyric "oh no" which is Taylor. The song features Mercury on lead vocals, doing a call and response with May who sings the chorus. Hammer to Fall quickly became a concert favourite, and was the third song the band performed at Live Aid in 1985
THE WORKS IN CONCERT
1. Tear It Up
2. Tie Your Mother Down
3. Under Pressure
4. Somebody To Love
5. Killer Queen
1. Seven Seas Of Rhye
2. Keep Yourself Alive
4. Instrumental Inferno
5. It's A Hard Life
LOVE OF MY LIFE
1. Dragon Attack
2. Now I'm Here
3. Is This The World We Created
4. Love Of My Life
1. Another One Bites The Dust
2. Hammer To Fall
3. Crazy Little thing Called Love
1. Bohemian Rhapsody
2. Radio Ga Ga
3. I Want To Break Free
1. Jailhouse Rock
2. We Will Rock You
3. We Are The Champions
4. God Save The Queen
Release date: 29th March 2021