“Hammer to Fall” is a 1984 song by the British rock band Queen. Written by guitarist Brian May, the song is the eighth track on their 1984 album The Works. It was the fourth and final single to be released from that album, although the single version was edited down by thirty seconds in contrast to the version on the album. Different sleeves were used to package this single and the live picture sleeve is now a collector’s item. The first issue of this single, with a long-distance live shot of Queen on the picture sleeve, are stalwarts of the collecting scene. The single was shipped to branches of Woolworth’s before, as the story goes, Brian May decided he didn’t like the image as it gave the false impression that the single was a live recording. The sleeve quickly pulled in favour of a last minute replacement featuring little more than the record’s title. The picture sleeve was released in UK, USA, CANADA and SOUTH AFRICA. Also a bootleg exist of the UK live sleeve from mid 90s.
UK 7″ with different label
UK 7″ PIRATE with different coloured vynils (probably made in Germany in 1995)
SOUTH AFRICA 7″ same as the Uk sleeve with a sticker on back. The write on the sticker is EMIJ4487
CANADA 7″ – Very rare new, this is the new find in 2016. Was listed an USA copy, same cat. number, but there’s some little difference in the PS. Soon some detailed photos
UK 12″ – Very difficult to find