Wayne Jeff - War Of The Worlds (30th Anniversary Limited Edition) (CD)

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    Categories
    RockPopMusic
    Category
    1. Performer
    2. Rock & Pop
    3. Art Rock
    Number of Items
    1
    Title
    The War of the Worlds [Digipak]
    Media
    CD
    BarCode
    886975248421
    Country of Origin
    USA
    Label
    Naxos
    Format
    CD
    Barcode
    886975248421
    Previews
    Q (10/95, p.153) - 2 Stars - Average - "...Britain's best selling soundtrack of the last 25 years...has been remastered and now comes with four new remixes..."
    Tracks
    1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] The Eve of the War
    2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Horsell Common And The Heat Ray
    3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] The Artilleryman And The Fighting Machine
    4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Forever Autumn
    5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Thunder Child
    6. [ Disc 02 Track 01 ] The Red Weed (Part 1)
    7. [ Disc 02 Track 02 ] The Spirit of Man
    8. [ Disc 02 Track 03 ] The Red Weed (Part 2)
    9. [ Disc 02 Track 04 ] The Artilleryman Returns
    10. [ Disc 02 Track 05 ] Brave New World
    11. [ Disc 02 Track 06 ] Dead London
    12. [ Disc 02 Track 07 ] Epilogue (Part 1)
    13. [ Disc 02 Track 08 ] Epilogue (Part 2) (NASA)
    14. [ Disc 02 Track 09 ] The Spirit of Man (Dubulladub)
    15. [ Disc 02 Track 10 ] The Eve Of The War & Forever Autumn
    Songs / Tracks
    1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Eve Of The War, The - (featuring Justin Hayward/Richard Burton)
    2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Horsell Common And The Heat Ray - (featuring Richard Burton)
    3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Artilleryman And The Fighting Machine, The - (featuring David Essex/Richard Burton)
    4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Forever Autumn - (featuring Justin Hayward/Richard Burton)
    5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Thunder Child - (featuring Richard Burton)
    6. [ Disc 02 Track 01 ] Red Weed, The (Part 1) - (featuring Richard Burton)
    7. [ Disc 02 Track 02 ] Spirit Of Man, The - (featuring Julie Covington/Phil Lynott/Richard Burton)
    8. [ Disc 02 Track 03 ] Red Weed, The (Part 2) - (featuring Phil Lynott/Richard Burton)
    9. [ Disc 02 Track 04 ] Artilleryman Returns, The - (featuring Richard Burton)
    10. [ Disc 02 Track 05 ] Brave New World - (featuring David Essex/Richard Burton)
    11. [ Disc 02 Track 06 ] Dead London (Part 1) - (featuring Richard Burton)
    12. [ Disc 02 Track 07 ] Dead London (Part 2) - (featuring Richard Burton)
    13. [ Disc 02 Track 08 ] Epilogue (Part 1) - (featuring Richard Burton)
    14. [ Disc 02 Track 09 ] Epilogue (Part 2) Nasa - (featuring Jerry Wayne)
    15. [ Disc 02 Track 10 ] [Untitled]
    16. [ Disc 02 Track 11 ] Spirit Of Man 2009 [Video], The - (featuring Jennifer Ellison/Shannon Noll)
    17. [ Disc 02 Track 12 ] Eve Of The War & Forever Autumn Medley, The - (featuring Justin Hayward/Richard Burton)
    Genre
    Pop / Rock
    Release Date
    15 June 2009
    Duration
    103m 54s
    Country
    Notes

    Performers include: Richard Burton, Justin Hayward, Julie Covington.
    Adapter: Glyn Stanley.
    Personnel: Jeff Wayne (piano, harpsichord); Gary Osborne, Billy Lawrie, Paul Vigrass (vocals); Chris Spedding (guitar); George Fenton (autoharp, santur, tar); Ken Freeman (synthesizer); Herbie Flowers (bass guitar); Barry Morgan (drums); Barry De Souza, Roy Jones, Ray Cooper (percussion); Geraldine Wayne (sound effects).
    Audio Mixers: Ga‰tan Schurrer; Gary Langan; Geoff Young .
    Recording information: Advision Studios, London (05/18/1976); Advision Studios, London (06/30/1977).
    Directors: Charles Dubin; Jerry Wayne.
    Released 40 years after Orson Welles' infamous radio version of the H.G. Wells tale, Jeff Wayne's musical version of War of the Worlds straddles old-style radio drama and contemporary orchestrated narratives by Rick Wakeman and David Bedford. And while it lacks the sophisticated arrangements of, say, Journey to the Centre of the Earth, it does boast an impressively odd cast -- this may be the only time that a member of Thin Lizzy worked with Richard Burton, and the presence of Julie Covington and the Moody Blues' Justin Hayward in very attractive singing roles attest to its pop/rock aspirations. It's Burton's sonorous tones that sustain this work; his frequent solo narrations are eminently listenable, whereas sections featuring dialogue with other characters often come off as a bit stilted. The music is competent studio rock, and "Horsell Common and the Heat Ray" does strike just the right balance between Burton's narration and an accompaniment built around a buzzsaw guitar riff. Overall, it's pleasant as a period piece, and still a fine way to introduce younger listeners to Wells' classic tale. (And if you can find it in a vinyl, it comes with a nicely produced narrative booklet with gloriously lurid illustrations by Geoff Taylor.) The album was actually appealing on too many fronts for its own good in many ways -- the Justin Hayward-sung ballad "Forever Autumn," extracted from a much longer piece on the double-LP -- showed some signs of appealing to AM radio listeners and climbed to the Top 40 based on airplay alone, but by the time Columbia Records in America (missing this boat entirely) got copies of the single into stores so that people could actually buy the record, the song had dropped back down; in the meantime, the record became a favorite of discos and dance clubs in New York and elsewhere, where its extended, highly rhythmic, synthesizer-driven sections delighted deejays and audiences, and Columbia missed another bet by not releasing an instrumental-only assembly of those long passages. (In New York, for years after it went out of print on vinyl, the album was sought after by club deejays eager to spin it). ~ Paul Collins and Bruce Eder

    Date Released
    2009-06-01 00:00:00
    Audio Format
    PCM Audio
    Studio / Live
    Studio
    Video Disabled
    0
    Performer
    Jeff Wayne
    Producer
    Jeff Wayne
    Artists
    1. Wayne, Jeff
    Distributor
    n/a
    Engineer
    Geoff Young

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