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|1. The Eve Of The War - Jeff Wayne featuring Liam Neeson and Gary Barlow|
|2. Horsell Common And The Heat Ray - Jeff Wayne featuring Liam Neeson|
|3. The Artilleryman And The Fighting Machine - Jeff Wayne featuring Liam Neeson and Ricky Wilson|
|4. Forever Autumn - Jeff Wayne featuring Liam Neeson and Gary Barlow|
|5. Thunder Child - Jeff Wayne featuring Liam Neeson and Alex Clare|
|1. The Red Weed (Part 1) - Jeff Wayne featuring Liam Neeson|
|2. The Spirit Of Man - Jeff Wayne featuring Liam Neeson, Joss Stone and Maverick Sabre|
|3. The Red Weed (Part 2) - Jeff Wayne featuring Liam Neeson and Maverick Sabre|
|4. The Artilleryman Returns - Jeff Wayne featuring Liam Neeson and Ricky Wilson|
|5. Brave New World - Jeff Wayne featuring Liam Neeson and Ricky Wilson|
|6. Dead London (Part 1) - Jeff Wayne featuring Liam Neeson|
|7. Dead London (Part 2) - Jeff Wayne featuring Liam Neeson and Gary Barlow|
|8. Epilogue (Part 1) - Jeff Wayne featuring Liam Neeson|
|9. Epilogue (Part 2) (NASA) - Jeff Wayne featuring Jerry Wayne and Lewis MacLeod|
Jeff Wayne composed and produced his original concept album take on Wells’ 1898 novel The War of the Worlds in 1978. It was issued to coincide with the 40th anniversary of Orson Welles' audacious adaptation of the novel for CBS radio, a broadcast that had some listeners believing that Martians had really arrived on Earth.
In this new, updated version, Wayne rekindles that peculiarly intimate feeling of listening to an old-style radio drama in the Welles manner, albeit with the narrative spoken over a sizeable orchestra overlaid with electronic effects.
In the original 1978 version, the role of the narrator/journalist was played by Richard Burton, who wove his sombre bardic magic around some pretty flat-footed dialogue. Liam Neeson now narrates in a gentler Celtic register, his extended cues somewhat divided by too much repetitive music.
Other star names in the new cast include Gary Barlow singing the plaintive Forever Autumn, Joss Stone in the thoughtful number The Spirit of Man, and best of all, Ricky Wilson from Kaiser Chiefs. The latter sings, with full fervour, Wells' utopian hymn to a Brave New World.
Despite adjustments to the instrumentation and some eerie new music for the Martians, this piece remains very much of its time – when grandiose symphonic sound met rock in a battle of wills. Brave New World is a reminder of the early Rice/Lloyd Webber songs and the film music of John Barry is echoed in the scene where the Martians arrive on Horsell Common. But is the incident of the unscrewing of the cylinder releasing the Martians across the Home Counties supposed to raise a laugh?
The recording, as heard through a surround sound system, packs a hefty wallop. And this release is nicely timed, as the show embarks on a UK tour in celebration of the father of science fiction, the very same H. G. Wells.
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Fantastic album. Not convinced on the choice for Parson Nathaniel, but other than that, a master piece.Published 5 days ago by Martin Silk
Not as haunting as the original recording, but it does have more of a foot-tapping beat. The only voice i found disappointing was that of Nathaniel's wife... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Mr. Rad Cooper
It's a cd, it arrived in good order, the content is a matter of opinionPublished 21 days ago by Tosh