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Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds is a 1978 concept album by Jeff Wayne, retelling the story of The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells.[1] Its format is progressive rock using narration and leitmotifs to carry the story along in between rhyming melodic lyrics that express the feelings of various characters. In the UK the two-disc album remains a bestseller.[2] It has since spawned multiple versions of the album, a computer game, a DVD, and a 30th anniversary live tour.

CastEdit

About the albumEdit

Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds was created by composer Jeff Wayne, which he based on the 1898 novel by H. G. Wells. It features Academy Award nominated actor Richard Burton, Justin Hayward (of The Moody Blues), Chris Thompson (of Manfred Mann), Phil Lynott (of Thin Lizzy), Julie Covington (of Evita), and David Essex (Evita). Wayne conducts what would come to be known as the Black Smoke Band and the ULLAdubULLA string orchestra.

"Forever Autumn", "The Eve of the War", "Thunder Child", and "The Spirit of Man" are the most recognised individual songs on the album. "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 #1 in 11 countries.

Most of the lyrics on the album were written by former Elton John lyricist Gary Osborne.

The album was one of the first recorded on 48 tracks, using two synchronised 24 track Studer 80s at Advision Studios in London. It was engineered by Geoff Young, who was instrumental in bringing the recordings together with only a 16 track desk. His skill in this regard was later recognised by George Michael, who worked with him to record "Last Christmas" and "Careless Whisper" using the same studio and equipment.

The repetition of "Ulla!", the cry made by the Martians, and certain musical refrains throughout the musical act as leitmotifs.

The official album comes with several paintings by Peter Goodfellow, Geoff Taylor and Michael Trim that help to illustrate the story from beginning to end.

Death Rivera War (Operation Purge) Edit

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Track listingEdit

All dialogue written by Doreen and Jerry Wayne, based upon H.G. Wells's original text. Music and lyrics by Jeff Wayne except as noted.

LPEdit

Side A
  1. "The Eve of the War" – 9:06
  2. "Horsell Common and the Heat Ray" – 11:36
Side B
  1. "The Artilleryman and the Fighting Machine" – 10:36
  2. "Forever Autumn" – 7:43 (Wayne, Vigrass, Osborne)
  3. "Thunder Child" – 6:10 (Wayne, Osborne)
Side C
  1. "The Red Weed (Part 1)" – 5:55
  2. "Parson Nathaniel" – 1:55
  3. "The Spirit of Man" – 9:46 (Wayne, Osborne)
  4. "The Red Weed (Part 2)" – 6:51
Side D
  1. "Brave New World" – 12:13 (Wayne, Osborne)
  2. "Dead London" – 8:37
  3. "Epilogue (Part 1)" – 2:42
  4. "Epilogue (Part 2) (NASA)" – 2:02

Compact discEdit

Same as LP, reorganised as a double CD. Original CD release date 1985:

Disc one
  1. "The Eve of the War" – 9:07 (Wayne)
  2. "Horsell Common and the Heat Ray" – 11:35 (Wayne)
  3. "The Artilleryman and the Fighting Machine" – 10:27 (Wayne)
  4. "Forever Autumn" – 7:55 (Wayne, Vigrass, Osborne)
  5. "Thunder Child" – 6:03 (Wayne, Osborne)

Some pressings misprint the first track as "The Eye of the War"

Disc two
  1. "The Red Weed (Part 1)" – 5:51
  2. "The Spirit of Man" – 11:45 (Wayne, Osborne) [the LP's tracks "Parson Nathaniel" and "The Spirit of Man" indexed as one track]
  3. "The Red Weed (Part 2)" – 6:19
  4. "Brave New World" – 12:36 (Wayne, Osborne)
  5. "Dead London" – 8:36
  6. "Epilogue (Part 1)" – 2:42
  7. "Epilogue (Part 2) (NASA)" – 2:01
  8. The Spirit of Man (Dubulladub)
  9. Forever Autumn - Remix'96
  10. Forever Autumn (Dark Autumn Dub)
  11. The Eve of The War (pi-r2h Mix)

Tracks 8 - 11 are only on the 1995 and 1998 re-release. The 1998 version was to commemorate 20 years since the original.

Seven disc box setEdit

Disc one
  1. "The Eve of the War"
  2. "Horsell Common and the Heat Ray"
  3. "The Artilleryman and the Fighting Machine"
  4. "Forever Autumn"
  5. "Thunder Child"
Disc two
  1. "The Red Weed (Part 1)"
  2. "The Spirit of Man"
  3. "The Red Weed (Part 2)"
  4. "Brave New World"
  5. "Dead London"
  6. "Epilogue (Part 1)"
  7. "Epilogue (Part 2) (NASA)"
Disc three
  1. "UlladubUlla" - Papa Ootzie Remix
  2. "The Eve of the War" - Hybrid’s Fire in the Sky Mix
  3. "Forever Autumn" - N-Trance Remix
  4. "Horsell Common and the Heat Ray" - Max Mondo Remix
  5. "The Spirit of Man" - Spirit Of Dub—Tom Frederikse/Gaëtan Schurrer Remix
  6. "The Eve of the War" - Hani Remix
  7. "The Artilleryman and the Fighting Machine" - Max Mondo Remix
  8. "Brave New World" - Todd Terry Remix
  9. "Forever Autumn" - Dark Autumn Dub Tom Frederikse/Gaëtan Schurrer Remix
  10. "The Red Weed" - Mister Joyboy Remix
  11. "The Spirit of Destiny (The Parson Versus Palene)" - Cassidy/Langan/Wayne Remix
  12. "The Eve of the War" - 1980 Disco Steve Thompson Remix
  13. "The Spirit of Man" - Max Mondo Remix
  14. "The Eve of the War" - Ben Liebrand Remix
  15. "Brave New World" - Dario G Remix
  16. "Dead London" - Mister Joyboy Remix
  17. "The Eve of the War Versus Animal and Man" - Forrest/Schurrer/Wayne Remix
Disc four
  1. Four Narrators (Opening Passage)
  2. Eve of the War [Original Unused Intro]
  3. Eve of the War [Early Band Take]
  4. Eve of the War [Stripped Down Mix]
  5. Eve of the War
  6. 'That' Laugh
  7. Out-Takes (From Horsell Common and the Heat Ray)
  8. Out-Takes (From Horsell Common and the Heat Ray) (Continued)
  9. Out-Takes (From Horsell Common and the Heat Ray)
  10. Horsell Common and the Heat Ray [Early Version]
  11. Out-Takes (From Horsell Common and the Heat Ray)
  12. Heat Ray Versus the Jangle Piano (Martian Versus Man)
  13. Artilleryman and the Fighting Machine [Early Band Take, Featuring Original Script]
  14. Richard Burton Out-Take
  15. Lego Toys [Original 1969 TV Commercial]
  16. Forever Autumn [Original 1972 Version]
  17. Bar Count-Under Attack (From Forever Autumn)
  18. Forever Autumn [Early Version]
  19. Bar Count Continues (From Forever Autumn)
  20. Paperboys [Original Unused Out-Take]
  21. Paperboys [Original Unused Out-Take]
  22. Paperboy Shouts and Panicking Crowd [Original Unused Out-Takes from Forever Autumn]
  23. Paperboy Shouts and Panicking Crowd [Original Unused Out-Takes from Forever Autumn]
  24. "Ugly Brutes! " and "See Them?" [Original Unused Out-Takes from Forever Autumn]
  25. Forever Autumn [Early Version]
  26. Thunder Child [Early Version]
  27. Thunder Child [Later Version]
  28. Four Narrators (The Earth Belonged to the Martians)
  29. Four Narrators (The Red Weed)
  30. Red Weed [Early Version]
  31. Unused Out-Take (From the Red Weed)
  32. Red Weed [Original Unused Part]
  33. Red Weed [Original Unused Part]
  34. Jeff's "Worth a Listen" Red Weed Alternative
  35. Original 75" Radio Commercial
Disc five
  1. Parson Nathaniel [2005 Revisited Version]
  2. Spirit of Man [Early Version With Unused Acting Parts]
  3. Spirit of Man [Early Version Guide Vocals]
  4. Spirit of Man [Jerry, Doreen & Phil Acting Out-Takes]
  5. Spirit of Man [Alternative Version]
  6. "Are You Ready Jeff?" [Acting Out-Take from the Spirit of Man]
  7. "Are You Ready Jeff?" [Acting Out-Take from the Spirit of Man]
  8. Spirit of Man
  9. Spirit of Man [Out-Take, Including Original Unused Script]
  10. Spirit of Man [Out-Take, Including Original Unused Script]
  11. Spirit of Man [Out-Takes, Including Original Unused Script]
  12. Spirit of Man [Beth & Parson Out-Takes, Including Original Unused Scrip
  13. Spirit of Man [Out-Takes, Including Original Unused Script]
  14. Spirit of 'Mayan' [Parson Out-Takes]
  15. Spirit of Man (Beth Is Killed)
  16. Spirit of Man [Beth Is Killed - Original Out-Take]
  17. Spirit of Man [Guitar Solo]
  18. 'Outcries' (From the Spirit of Man)
  19. Spirited Man [Strings and Acoustic Guitar Alternative]
  20. Spirit of Man [Beth Out-Takes]
  21. Spirit of Man [Beth Out-Takes]
  22. Spirit of Man [Beth Out-Takes]
  23. Spirit of Man [Beth Out-Takes]
  24. Spirit of Man [Beth Out-Takes]
  25. Spirit of Man [Beth Out-Takes]
  26. Spirit of Guitars (Guitars and Strings from the Spirit of Man)
  27. Tea for Two: Jerry & Phil's Late Night Cabaret
  28. Parson Nathaniel Scream Out-Takes (From the Spirit of Man)
  29. Parson Nathaniel Scream Out-Takes (From the Spirit of Man)
  30. Original Parson Scream Out-Takes
  31. Original Spanish Parson Scream Out-Takes
  32. German Journalist and Parson Out-Takes
  33. Spanish Journalist and Parson Scream Out-Take
  34. "And There Was Nothing I Could Do to Prevent It" [Out-Takes and Master]
  35. Parson Nathaniel [Original Unused Song]
  36. "Less Piano and More Air, Please! "
  37. Artilleryman Returns [With Unused Parts]
  38. Artilleryman's Out-Takes (From Brave New World)
  39. Artilleryman's Out-Takes (From Brave New World) (Continued)
  40. Artilleryman's Out-Takes (From Brave New World)
  41. Brave New World [Early Piano Demo]
  42. Brave New World [Early Band Take]
  43. Artilleryman's "I've Got a Plan! " Out-Takes (From Brave New World)
  44. Brave New World [Acoustic Alternative]
  45. Brave New World [Alternative Version]
  46. Spanish Artilleryman's Plan (From Brave New World)
  47. Acting Out-Takes (From Brave New World)
  48. Acting Out-Takes (From Brave New World)
  49. Acting Out-Takes (From Brave New World)
  50. Acting Out-Takes (From Brave New World)
  51. Acting Out-Takes (From Brave New World)
  52. Original 40" Radio Commercial
  53. Regressing Bar Count
Disc six
  1. Dead London [Early Version, Featuring Original Piano Demo]
  2. Dead London [Early Band Run-Through]
  3. Murderous Out-Takes (From Dead London)
  4. Murderous Out-Takes (From Dead London)
  5. Bar Count (From Dead London)
  6. Breathless Out-Take (From Dead London)
  7. Epilogue I [Early Band Take]
  8. Four Narrators (Epilogue)
  9. Unused Alternative NASA Epilogue Out-Take
  10. Unused Alternative NASA Epilogue Out-Take
  11. Unused Alternative NASA Epilogue Out-Take
  12. NASA Epilogue Spanish Version
  13. Spanish Narrator Out-Take
  14. Spanish Narrator Out-Take
  15. Spanish Narrator Out-Take
  16. Spanish Narrator Out-Take
  17. (through 31.) Original Narration and Acting Parts [Unabridged]
Disc seven (DVD)
  • The Making of Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of War of the Worlds

This DVD accompanies Jeff Wayne in the memories of the intensive work while making the original album, featuring footage and an abundance of information about the participating crew and the workflow behind the album.

iTunes / SACD versionEdit

When bought through iTunes or on the 2005 SACD version, the track layout is slightly different:

Disc 1 (The Coming of the Martians)
  1. The Eve of the War - 9:09
  2. Horsell Common and the Heat Ray - 11:35
  3. The Artilleryman and the Fighting Machine - 10:36
  4. Forever Autumn - 7:41
  5. Thunder Child - 6:16
Disc 2 (The Earth Under the Martians)
  1. The Red Weed (Part 1) - 5:55
  2. The Spirit of Man - 11:37 (tracks Parson Nathaniel and The Spirit of Man are combined)
  3. The Red Weed (Part 2) - 5:24
  4. The Artilleryman Returns - 1:27 (on physical CD, this is a part of The Red Weed (Part 2))
  5. Brave New World - 12:14
  6. Dead London - 8:35
  7. Epilogue (Part 1) - 2:30
  8. Epilogue (Part 2) (NASA) - 1:30

Chart positionsEdit

Year Chart Position
1978 Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart 1
Dutch Top 40 LP Top 50 1

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. History of Jeff Wayne's musical version of The War Of The Worlds

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