The Complete Works (Queen album)

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The Complete Works
Box set by Queen
Released 1985 (UK)
Recorded

December 1971 - September 1985
Queen
December 1971 - November 1972
Queen II
August 1973
Sheer Heart Attack
July - September 1974
A Night At The Opera
October 1974 - November 1975
A Day At The Races
July - November 1976
News Of The World
July - September 1977
Jazz
July - October 1978
Live Killers
January - March 1979
The Game
June 1979 - May 1980
Flash Gordon
February - November 1980
Hot Space
June 1981 - March 1082

The Works
August 1983 - January 1984
Genre

Progressive rock
Hard rock
Heavy metal
Rock
Queen
Progressive rock, Hard rock, Heavy metal
Queen II
Progressive rock, Hard rock, Heavy metal
Sheer Heart Attack
Progressive rock, Hard rock, Heavy metal
A Night At The Opera
Progressive rock, Hard rock, Heavy metal music[1]
A Day At The Races
Progressive rock, Hard rock,[2] Heavy metal
News Of The World
Hard rock
Jazz
Hard rock
Live Killers
Hard Rock[3]
The Game
Rock, Hard rock
Flash Gordon
Progressive rock
Hot Space
Rock

The Works
Rock
Length 9:19:17
Label EMI (UK)
Queen chronology
Greatest Hits
(1981)
The Complete Works
(1985)
Queen at the Beeb
(1989)

The Complete Works is a boxed set issued by the rock band Queen in 1985. It contained all of the band's original studio albums, live album and non-album tracks to that point.[4] It was available in vinyl and cassette formats.

History[edit]

Following the 1985 Live Aid concert, Queen found themselves in a creative period. While spending only 20+ minutes onstage before the whole world, some felt that Queen had stolen the show. In the wake of this unexpected turn, Mercury called on the other band members, to go into the studio and record a song together. Until this point, all but a handful of songs were written by the individual members (and occasional duo-songwriting credits): "Stone Cold Crazy", "Under Pressure" (with David Bowie) and "Soul Brother". The result of this enthusiastic session was "One Vision" and its remixed B-side "Blurred Vision" being released as a single worldwide.

On 2 December, Parlophone Records released what was then the definitive Queen boxed set: all of Queen's 11 original studio albums, their live album Live Killers, and an extra disc titled "Complete Vision", which contained all the non-album A-sides and B-sides to that point.[4] The band signed only 600 copies (on the "Complete Vision" sleeve), which have now become collectors' items. This was a 14 LP box. In addition, the box included two books, the first with all the albums' artwork, lyrics and pictures; the other had a color world map showing where Queen played and charted, and a world tour itinerary up to that time, showing a list of equipment they carried with them. Each album was digitally remastered and re-sleeved in white with an embossed crest and gold Roman numerals.

Not included in the box were their 1981 Greatest Hits compilation, as well as versions and edits of tracks used for single releases worldwide. Queen released four studio albums after The Complete Works; A Kind of Magic (1986), The Miracle (1989), Innuendo (1991) and Made in Heaven (1995).

Album listing[edit]

  1. Queen (1973)
  2. Queen II (1974)
  3. Sheer Heart Attack (1974)
  4. A Night at the Opera (1975)
  5. A Day at the Races (1976)
  6. News of the World (1977)
  7. Jazz (1978)
  8. Live Killers Vol. 1 (1979)
  9. Live Killers Vol. 2
  10. The Game (1980)
  11. Flash Gordon (1980)
  12. Hot Space (1982)
  13. The Works (1984)
  14. Complete Vision (additional LP)

Complete Vision [edit]

Complete Vision is a bonus LP that came with the "Complete Works" boxed set in 1985 and tidied up the non-album A-sides and B-sides at the time. Both 33rpm and 45rpm versions of the album exist.

Complete Vision track listing[edit]

  1. "See What a Fool I've Been" – 4:31
  2. "A Human Body" – 3:38
  3. "Soul Brother" – 3:33
  4. "I Go Crazy" – 3:41
  5. "Thank God It's Christmas" – 4:12
  6. "One Vision" (single version) – 3:56
  7. "Blurred Vision" – 4:34

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Queen - A Night At The Opera". AllMusic. Retrieved 25 July 2014. "...A Night at the Opera encompasses metal ("Death on Two Legs," "Sweet Lady")..." 
  2. ^ "Queen - A Day At The Races". AllMusic. Retrieved 20 August 2013. "...this is exquisitely detailed hard rock..." 
  3. ^ "Queen - Live Killers". AllMusic. Retrieved 12 July 2014. "...Other hard rock highlights soon follow, such as..." 
  4. ^ a b Millar, Robbi (1985) "Work Force", Sounds, 14 December 1985, pp. 28-9