WAR OF THE WORLDS. An absolute cracker
The Chances Of Anything Coming From Mars, Are A Million To One, He Said...
The Chances Of Anything Coming From Mars, Are A Million To One....
But Still...They Come........
I first heard this round my mates house a few years ago. He dug out his dads lp, and we sat there, listening. Atmospheric, beautiful and haunting all at the same time, War of the Worlds is a must. The late, great Richard Burton brings an air to it unheard of. A perfect choice for the voice of the narrator. I couldnt imagine anyone else doing this. it wouldn't be the same.
Jeff Wayne has thought up some of the most excellent choices of music types for this. From Rock guitar to a quiet, chilling harp, he sets the mood brilliantly. And when you hear the heat ray....sends chills down the spine. It doesn't sound like a guitar at all. Really excellent. David Essex as the artilleryman is just...well....another brilliant choice.
I only just managed to buy the digi-pack double cd of the full edition and it doesn't disappoint, especially in crystal clear audio. This format was made for this album. You get the full intensity of the martian's 'UUUULLLAAAA' cry blaring through your stereo or tv speakers.
If you get the chance, buy the live dvd too. an absolute must as a visual companion to the cd. Words cant describe it.
Four words for you....
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Chances of anything coming from Mars? 1M to 1 they said
This CD has been in my collection longer than I care to mention - it was "borrowed" by one of my daughters when she was fourteen and seven years later she still has it! We have other versions but I still like coming back to this one - it makes regular guest appearances in my car and on my i-pod!
From 'The Eve of War' where we hear that "The Chances of Anything Coming From Mars are a million to one, they said"; the haunting melodies of lost love in 'Forever Autumn'; the dramatic sea battle of 'Thunder Child'; the hopeful chorus of 'The Spirit of Man', to the soldier's dream of a 'Brave New World' and the haunting visions created by the final Epilogue - these all go to create an enjoyable and very memorable musical experience.
I highly recommend this album to everyone!
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What can only be described as outstanding!
Jeff Wayne brings to life in music the story of war of the worlds in a totally unique way.
From Richard Burton who narrates the story to Phil Lynott (the preacher) and David Essex (the infantryman) the story moves quickly through the landing of the Martians through the attack occupation to the subsiquent defeat.
The songs/lyrics on all tracks are without doubt brilliant.
I have been listening to this album since its release (over 20 years ago) and never get bored. The track 'Thunderchild' still makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up!!
A fiorst class and timeless album!!!
If you don't own it...get it, you won't be dissapointed.
Got the Jeff Waynes war of the worlds for a good price on Ebay - and in one hit replaced my old and very played vinyl copy - and I know it's a bit long in the tooth but I like it.In fact I was dissapointed that the latest big film version didn't use any of the tracks from this album. The album is a musical journey through the H G Wells classic story - narrated by Richard Burton with tracks featuring Thin Lizzy's Phil Lynott , David Essex , Julie Covington and Justin Hayward - all good stuff - Kev
A classic masterpiece.
Jeff Waynes 'War of the Worlds' is a classic masterpiece. It tells a story of alien invasion in the late nineteenth century and is superbly narrated by the great Richard Burton. The diction is clear and there is no moments of 'what did he say...?' The music that accompanies the story is well thought out, with great classics like 'Forever Autumn' and great singers like David Essex. A thoroughly enjoyable CD. This has been a firm favourite since I was a child, and hearing it now, 25 years later, it hasn't lost any of its originality.