I think it is great you are collecting all the Queen albums.
You still have 'Innuendo' and 'Flash Gordon' to get? You have to get 'Innuendo'!!!
For me, it is up there with maybe their best album. It is between 'Innuendo' and 'Queen II' for me but my mind changes everyday.
It would be interesting to know after listening to all their albums, which one will be your favourite. Like I said, for me, it is between 'Innuendo' and 'Queen II' but there are so many knocking on the door, 'Sheer Heart Attack', 'A Night At The Opera', 'A Day At The Races' etc...
The 'Queen II' album is perfect and the more I think about it, it is probably my number 1 choice but 'Innuendo' is so emotional and powerful. There is a lot of meaning behind the songs and it has a certain number called 'The Show Must Go On', on the album This just happens to be my favourite song of all time. You may wish to click on this link to see just how much I love this song :- http://www.queenzone.com/queenzone/forumnew/forum_topic_view.aspx?Q=598724
Anyway, back to the original point, 'The Works'. 'Hot Space' was a change of direction for Queen. The album itself was far from their best but certainly not the disaster a lot of people portray it to be. When I first heard 'Hot Space', I was pleasantly surprised and I thought, 'Well done for trying something new and experimenting'. Now when 'The Works' came along, it is as if they had something to prove. 'The Works' still kept it's synthesiser sound, such as 'Radio Ga Ga,' 'Machines (Or Back To Humans) etc... But then rocked it up with songs like 'Hammer To Fall' and 'Tear It Up'. Also included were powerful numbers like 'It's A Hard Life'.
I personally thought the works was an excellent album. I mean, an album which includes 'Radio Ga Ga', I Want To Break Free', 'Hammer To Fall', 'It's A Hard Life' and then songs such as 'Tear It Up' and 'Keep Passing The Open Windows', is not a bad album.
This album also produced some of their best videos and also included the song which started it all for me, what actually got me into Queen, when I saw "I Want To Break Free" on the TV at the age of 4 in 1984. So the album that includes this song means a lot to me.
The thing is, Queen have got so many excellent albums, so it is hard to say what is your favourite and what is their best. I prefer 70's Queen but for an overall album, I personally think 'The Works' is an excellent album to have in any collection!!!
"I'll Face It With A Grin, I'm Never Giving In. On With The Show... The Show Must Go On!!!"