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Permanent Record Podcast

Brian and Sarah are your hosts for this look back at albums from the New Wave and Classic Rock genres-- albums which have earned a permanent spot in their record collection. The hosts start the discussion with a history of the album, followed by their personal history with it. Over the course of two episodes, they do a track-by-track review of the album and the videos that accompany the singles. They conclude by each giving the album a final review and rating of zero to five record adapters. Join Brian and Sarah in this fun look back at the hits-- along with some misses-- of the 70s and 80s!

Feb 10, 2019

Episode 75: Queen - The Works (1984) Part 2


The second episode of 2019 is here, and it's all about the second side of the 1984 Queen album The Works! But before Brian and Sarah resume their discussion, they share a voicemail they received from Paul Underwood, a listener and fellow podcast host who called the PRP voicemail number (724-490-8324) and left a message with his thoughts on the album and the band. The number is always available for folks to share their memories and insights on the artists and albums discussed on the show.


Part 3 - Track by Track, continued

The first side of The Works contained quite a variety of musical styles, and when our hosts flip the record, they discover that theme continues. Each of the five songs on Side Two have a unique sound, and some break new ground even for a band that's famous for experimenting.  Two more singles and two more videos are found on Side Two, including what's likely the most infamous Queen video of all. But in addition to those videos, Brian and Sarah end up discussing another video of the same era, which seems to have coincidental connections to one of the songs on Side Two. They also return to a familiar subject-- songs used in commercials.  Our hosts reveal that Coca-Cola really seems to like using a particular Queen song in their ads. But how did Brian and Sarah ever get on the subject of the longest-running children's program in the UK, which Sarah seems to have enthusiastically embraced?

Machines (Or 'Back to Humans')
I Want to Break Free
Keep Passing the Open Windows
Hammer to Fall
Is This the World We Created...?

Part 4 - Extra Credit

The recording sessions for The Works generated a lot of songs, but only nine made it to the album. However, thirty years later, one of the songs that had been left unfinished showed up on a Queen compilation album. For extra credit, Brian and Sarah discuss the history of "Let Me In Your Heart Again."


Part 5 - Final Review and Rating

Sarah goes first with her review and rating, and she starts off by sharing some thoughts Brian May had about the album at the time. She goes on to discuss whether or not she agreed with him, explaining her own views on The Works at the same time. This approach seemed to keep Brian in suspense for a while regarding her final rating, so perhaps it will do the same for the listeners too. Brian's review begins with a quick assessment of the several albums prior to The Works, before talking about the individual songs and finally, the album as a whole. He even explains where this album ranks for him among all the Queen studio albums.


See the videos discussed here:

I Want to Break Free

Lotto Commercial

Hyundai Commercial

Coke C2 Commercial

Coke Zero Sugar Commercial

Steppin' Out - Joe Jackson

Hammer to Fall

Let Me In Your Heart Again



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