Artist: Jeff Wayne Title Of Album: Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War Release Date: 2005 (1978) Location: England Label: Columbia (0960005000) Genre:Crossover Prog Quality:SACD (.iso+covers) Length: 45:09 / 49:34 min Tracks: 13 (2CD) Total Size: 6.09 GB (+5%) WebSite:discogs.com
Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds is the debut album by Jeff Wayne, retelling the story of The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells. It was released in the UK on 9 June 1978. A concept album and a rock opera, its main format is progressive rock and string orchestra, using narration and leitmotifs to carry the story and rhyming melodic lyrics that express the feelings of the various characters. The two-disc album remains a bestseller, having sold 15 million copies worldwide. In 2018, it was named the 32nd best-selling studio album of all time in the UK. It has spawned multiple versions including video games, DVDs, and live tours.
CD 1 - The Coming of The Martians:
01. The Eve Of The War (9:06) 02. Horsell Common And The Heat Ray (11:36) 03. The Artillery Man And The Fighting Machine (10:36) 04. Forever Autumn (7:43) 05. Thunder Child (6:07)
CD 2 - The Earth Under The Martians:
01. The Red Weed (Part 1) (5:53) 02. The Spirit Of Man (11:38) 03. The Red Weed (Part 2) (5:26) 04. The Artilleryman Returns (1:27) 05. Brave New World (12:13) 06. Dead London (8:37) 07. Epilogue (Part 1) (2:31) 08. Epilogue (Part 2) (Nasa) (1:50)
Line-up / Musicians:
- Jeff Wayne / piano, harpsichord, conductor & orchestrations
- Chris Spedding / guitar - Jo Partridge / guitar, performer (The Heat Ray) - Ken Freeman / synthesizer - Paul Hart / piano (6,8) - George Fenton / autoharp, tar drum, santur - Herbie Flowers / bass - Barry Morgan / drums - Roy Jones / percussion - Barry Da Souza / percussion - Ray Cooper / percussion - Justin Hayward / vocals (1,4,14-16), performer (Thoughts of the Journalist) - Julie Covington / vocals (7,13), performer (Beth) - David Essex / vocals (9), performer (The Artilleryman) - Phil Lynott / vocals (7,13), performer (Parson Nathaniel) - Chris Thompson / vocals (5), performer (Voice of Humanity) - Richard Burton / performer (The Journalist) - Jerry Wayne / Voice of NASA Control (12), dramatic & narrative direction, executive producer - Gary Osborne / vocals (background) - Billy Lawrie / vocals (background) - Paul Vigrass / vocals (background) - Geraldine "Pest" Wayne / sound effects - Doreen Wayne / script writer
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