Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds (1978 - progressive rock)

Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds was a 1978 concept album by Jeff Wayne and others, retelling the story of The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells. The War of the Worlds (1898), by H. G. Wells, is an early science fiction novel which describes an invasion of England by aliens from Mars. It is one of the earliest and best-known depictions of an alien invasion of Earth, and has influenced many others, as well as spawning several films and radio dramas, and a television series based on the story. The 1938 radio broadcast directed and narrated by Orson Welles caused public outcry against the episode, as many listeners believed that an actual Martian invasion was in progress, a notable example of mass hysteria.

This 2007 release of Jeff Wayne's Musical Version contains a limited edition 7 disc set of the famous rock musical. Like the regular edition it features the original album on the first two CDs. In addition there is one disc of remixes, and 3 CD's of unreleased material of various outtakes and the actors reading from the unabridged script. There is a DVD which features a making of documentary and new interviews with Jeff Wayne.

Some facts...
The album was recorded on 48 tracks.
The War of the Worlds stars Richard Burton as the narrator-protagonist, Justin Hayward (of The Moody Blues), Phil Lynott, Julie Covington, David Essex and Chris Thompson.
Forever Autumn, The Eve of the War, Thunder Child, and The Spirit of Man are the most recognised individual songs on the album. In fact, if you were born or grew up during the seventies, you might be able to recognize the classic The Eve of the War, which even today gets considerable airplay on classic rock stations.
Forever Autumn was a UK Top 5 single, sung by Justin Hayward. The album itself spent 290 weeks in the UK album charts. It was in the top 10 in 22 countries and reached number 1 in 11 countries.

This comprehensive collector's edition might interest fans of classic progressive rock in general. People who like Alan Parson's, Rick Wakeman's or ELO's music will love this.
The links are in the comments section.



Salty Dog said...

Audio CD's


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Nir Galili said...

Many thanks - specially for the video, which I couldn't find elsewhere!

Anonymous said...

Thanks, for Audio CD's and Video!!1


Blackbirdgsus said...

Many thanks for this album, haven't been able to play my vinyl record for years.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this classic !!
Is there a trick to the video portion?
I can't play it all all?

Salty Dog said...

OK Anonymus...
I assume you managed to join the different parts of the file using some kind of .rar expander? I use UnRarX on my Apple Computer. Windows users should look for an app like UnRAR.
Expanding the .rar files should result in a .avi file. I use VLC Media Player to view .avi files (in fact the app can play about every audio/video format I can think of). It's available for most current operating systems.
I hope I was able to help you out!
Thanks for your comment & enjoy!

Anonymous said...

I will give it a try, Thanks !

Anonymous said...

Hi! On 1986 i was in army and one of my friends had vinyl record of this. For more than 20 years I did not hear it, maybe two years ago I found some parts on Inet. Thanks for occassion to hear it whole again, even see video. The enjoyment today has for me the same strong as 20 years ago! It is excelent music and I ever did not like anythink like this. mimahl@centrum.cz