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It appears on the album The Worksand was released in three versions: album, single and extended. It came to be included in most live concerts by the group, in several videos and in The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert where it was sung by Lisa Stansfield. The song is largely known for its music video for which all the band members dressed in women's clothes, a concept proposed by Roger Taylorwhich parodied the long-running ITV soap opera Coronation Street.
The second part of the video included a composition rehearsed and performed with the Royal Ballet and choreographed by Wayne Eagling. Whereas the parody was acclaimed in the United Kingdom where cross-dressing is a popular trope in British comedy,  it was considered controversial in the United States. After its release inthe song was well received in Europe and South America and is regarded as an anthem of the fight against oppression.
The single reached only number 45 on the US Billboard Hotbut reached number three in the UK and was certified silver with overcopies sold. The song features on the band's compilation album, Greatest Hits II. The song was written in by John Deacon and released at the beginning of April in A love theme is also present as the protagonist "has fallen in love", "can't get over the way you love me like you do" and "doesn't want to live alone".
Most of the song follows the traditional 12 bar blues I Want To Break Free - Queen - The Works in E major. It has three verses with one bridgeno chorus and relatively little section repetition. The album version is 3 minutes 20 seconds long. Its first 6 seconds repeat the basic rhythm played with the drums Ludwigan acoustic guitar I Want To Break Free - Queen - The Works a bass guitar Fender and an electric guitar Fender Telecaster.
This rhythm continues through most of the song, stopping only for its first line. The first verse ends at and is followed by a very similar second verse, which is however shorter by one line. A stacked guitar accompaniment Red Special appears at the end of the second verseand between and it is replaced by a synthesizer. A synthesizer solo starts at and is assisted by a guitar. The last verse starts in the second minute, it additionally features a synthesizer and a Fender Stratocaster guitar.
The song pauses at the final line "I've got to break free", followed by the fade out. This version was Home Glight - Jerry Goldsmith - Rambo: First Blood Part II - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack on the album The Works and on some singles. The regular single version lasts 4 minutes 21 seconds and differs from the album version by the second introduction and a longer synthesizer solo which starts at The introduction is played on an electronic keyboard and is assisted by cymbalsdrums and a guitar Red Special.
For the Bohemian Rhapsody soundtrack the single introduction is added to the album version creating a 3 minutes 43 seconds edit.
The extended version lasts 7 minutes 16 seconds and features longer introduction and ending. It lasts untiland the remaining minute contains fragments of other songs from The Works. The extended version was mostly distributed as inch vinyl records and then reissued on the CD of The Works in The single was released on 2 April  on 7-inch and inch records and later as 3-inch and 5-inch CDs. The 7-inch records were distributed in 16 countries.
In most countries the other side of the disk contained the album version of the song "Machines or 'Back to Humans' ", in the US and Canada there was an instrumental version of this song, and in Brazil the other side featured the song " It's a Hard Life ". There were special editions, such as a record with empty side B in UK. The song title Argentina song on was "Quiero Ser Libre". The single was also distributed on the 3-inch and 5-inch CDs. Single covers contained pictures of the group from the cover of the album The Works.
In countries where the single went in four different versions, each version had a picture of one Queen member, otherwise four images were placed together. The inscription "Queen. I Want to Break Free" was red, white, gold or black and the frame was red or white. The reverse side was the same — a photo of the group on a red background, except for CDs which had a white background and O Canada - John Pinette - Still Hungry pictures.
The single was received very positively over most of the world except for North America. In AprilI Want To Break Free - Queen - The Works 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 Hitswhereas 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 ofand 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 breastswhich calmed down the audience. This incident puzzled and disappointed Mercury. After the release of The Worksthe 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 MagicLive 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 I Want To Break Free - Queen - The Works . The Tsjuder - Kill For Satan appear in the dark space again.
The video spoofs the A Touch Of Evil - Judas Priest - This Is Judas Priest - The Greatest Hits soap opera Coronation Streetas 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 I Want To Break Free - Queen - The Works ourselves. I think we proved that. The video depicts Mercury as a housewife, loosely based on Bet Lynchwho 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 miniskirtknee-high and heeled shoes.
During the trials Mercury realised that he couldn't 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". The shooting took much practice, especially the conveyor rolling part.
The rehearsals with Outloud - Love Catastrophe Royal Ballet were organised by Eagling secretly from his superiors, something that placed him in serious trouble when discovered later. Starting in Julya remixed one-minute version of the song was featured in a Coca-Cola C2 video advertisement.
Inthe song featured in the third episode of the fourth series of the British television show Sherlocknamed " The Final Problem ". As James Moriarty enters the island of Sherrinford, getting out of a helicopter, he is shown listening to the song. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Hot Press. Archived from the original on 31 January Retrieved 8 January BBC America. Retrieved 26 April Rolling Stone.
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