Jeff Wayne’s Musical
Version of the War of The Worlds
its original release in June of 1978, Jeff Wayne’s
Musical Version of The War Of The Worlds has grown
to become a classic, winning a new generation
of devoted followers while still providing inspiration
for faithful listeners from the past decades.
Inspired by the HG Wells novel, the album features
a compelling blend of progressive rock, classical,
and literary influences, coupled with narration
from Richard Burton and outstanding performances
by some of the biggest artists of the 70s, including
David Essex, Justin Hayward (Moody Blues), Phil
Lynott (Thin Lizzy) and Julie Covington.
The album has enjoyed huge success and critical
acclaim across the globe with over 12.5 million
records sold. The War Of The Worlds initially
spent over 260 consecutive weeks in the UK albums
charts alone and has reappeared consistently through
AVAILABLE IN TWO FORMATS:
· A digipak edition 2-disc hybrid SACD
featuring 5.1 Surround Sound and stereo mixes
plus expanded packaging
· The definitive 6-CD + 1-DVD collector’s
edition featuring the two discs in the digipak
edition as well as four additional discs of
remixes and rarities; additionally, the collector’s
edition will feature a “Making Of” documentary
DVD with Jeff Wayne housed in a 76-page 12x12
Official Website - http://www.thewaroftheworlds.com
Media Player: http://legacyrecordings.com/waroftheworlds
For the first time, die-hard fans
will be able to get their hands on the comprehensive
collector’s package – a 7-disc
definitive version of The War Of The Worlds.
first two discs are hybrid Super Audio CDs featuring
a 5.1 multi-channel Surround Sound mix and a stereo
remix of the original double album.
For the 5.1 remix the original album was painstakingly
re-built from the 70 plus multi-track tapes, sound
by sound, track by track, entirely remixed and
brought into the digital domain delivering the
most superior sound technology can provide. To
hear the album in full Surround Sound is truly
a mind-blowing experience.
Disc 3 is devoted to the best club remixes of
the album from 1979-2005.
Discs 4-6 include never-before-heard rarities,
outtakes and unreleased tracks from the original
recording sessions including on disc 6 the entire,
unabridged Richard Burton performance of which
only 40% made its way on to the original album.
Finally, disc 7, a DVD, features a brand-new
75-minute ‘Making Of’ documentary, which includes
rare video footage and also a sneak peak into
Jeff Wayne’s upcoming animated CGI version of
this harrowing tale.
And who could forget those beautiful yet disturbing
paintings from the original album? A 12x12 80-page
bound booklet will also be included containing
the original images and biographies and other
additional information on the history of the classic
novel and album. All of these features will be
housed in a beautiful and imposing packaging --
the Collector’s deluxe package is something to
treasure and display for future generations of
fans to discover and fall in love with.
In addition to the collector’s edition, the original
double album will also be reissued on hybrid SACD
with the new stereo and 5.1 Surround Sound remastered
audio from the collector’s edition and expanded
Jeff Wayne, commenting on remixing the album
in 5.1 Surround Sound added:
“Mixing my musical version of The War of The
Worlds in the new SACD format was something else
entirely, and has proven to be one of the true
highlights of my career as a composer, arranger,
conductor and producer.
The end result, in my opinion, is nothing short
of spectacular – the listener IS in the recording
with a Martian invasion in Victorian England happening
all around you. The power and the glory of SACD
as a music delivery platform is no doubt here
to stay, and deservedly so.”
Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of the War of the
Worlds is released in double album version as
well as the collector’s edition from SONY BMG.
- 7 Disc collector's edition box set, the definitive
version of The War Of The Worlds.
- 2 hybrid SACD - The original double album remixed
in stereo and multi-channel 5.1 Surround Sound
from the original 48 track master tapes by Jeff
- 4 CDs of remixes, rarities, never before heard
material, outtakes, foreign language versions
and more including 37 minutes of never before
heard Richard Burton narrative.
- DVD documentary 'The Making Of The War Of The
Worlds' and 'deconstructing'' the album feature.
- Packaged in a deluxe 12x12 hardback presentation
book with 76-page full color perfect bound book
featuring the history of this phenomenal musical
version, HG Wells’ history and biog, details on
rarities and TWOTW merchandise and much more...
- Original double album repackaged into a deluxe
- 2 disc hybrid SACD featuring new mixed stereo
and multi-channel audio from the collector's edition.
- Expanded 48-page full color booklet with new
artwork, sleeve notes and content
FURTHER NOTES ON JEFF WAYNE’S MUSICAL
VERSION OF THE WAR OF THE WORLDS
Combining the stylized tradition of old-radio-dramas
with the sophistication of modern studio composition,
Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of War of the Worlds
was a completely innovative work when it was first
heard. Reared in the New York musical community,
Wayne fashioned his talent and experience in record
composition and production in the late ‘60s and
early ‘70s. He produced the David Essex album
Rock On, which reached number one in the UK and
earned a Grammy Award nomination in the States.
His reputation as a unique talent with precise
musical sensibilities earned him the loyalty of
the rock community and its most technically skilled
players, including Chris Spedding, Herbie Flowers,
Ray Cooper, Barry Morgan, and Jo Partridge. As
a result, when Wayne announced his plans to reinvent
H.G Well’s TWOTW as a musical drama, it was an
easy task to recruit the cream of the acting and
music talent at the time. The Moody Blue’s Justin
Hayward, Thin Lizzy’s Phil Lynott, David Essex,
Julie Covington as well as Chris Thompson from
Manfred Mann’s Earth Band all contributed their
vocal abilities to the work. In the role of The
Journalist, one of Britain’s greatest acting talents
was enlisted for the role. With his distinctively
rich tones, Richard Burton brings the story to
life with his gripping delivery. The result is
a gloriously lurid, multi-faceted composition,
which unites progressive rock, classical, narrative,
and innovative electronic technology to bring
this frightening story to life.
The rest is music history. It went on to sell
tens of millions worldwide, eventually being dubbed
the best-selling UK ‘Soundtrack’ in 15 years.
International hits like ‘The Eve of War’ and ‘Forever
Autumn’ are instantly recognizable with the latter,
sung by Justin Haywood, getting major airplay
and becoming a club favorite on both sides of
the pond. Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The
War of the Worlds won various awards including
two Ivor Novellos for songwriting as well as the
1980 USA Best Recording in Science Fiction and
Fantasy, judged by none other than Steven Spielberg,
Alfred Hitchcock and George Lucas. Various foreign
language versions have topped the charts throughout
the world and have generated even more interest
Jeff Wayne, recently commenting on his experience
remixing his entire musical version of The War
of The Worlds in stereo and a brand new mix for
the SACD 5.1 format:
‘Having returned to my old Martian friend
after almost 27 years, where the original multi
track tapes (77 in all) required for reasons of
protecting them - first to be baked, then transferred
onto hard discs, and finally into the digital
domain, before any creative work could start.
Once achieved, the original recordings were
rebuilt - sound by sound, track by track and put
into synchronization as a digital equivalent to
the original analogue 48-track production from
the mid-1970’s. This part spanned just over three
months alone and proved to be an achievement in
itself, something a number of top London studios
thought was impossible.
The next phase was to select and edit CD
3, The Remixes 1979-2005 – a collection of remixes
that have either been hits through the years,
or just simply musically rewarding to listen to,
all influenced by the ‘groove of the day’.
Then 3 separate CDs worth of rarities and
outtakes were assembled, taken either from the
digital material sourced from the 77 multi track
tapes, or from the 345 stereo tapes of rough mixes
that had been saved and archived from every original
Next we chose to remix the stereo version.
There is no doubt that remixing TWOTW in stereo
proved a very rewarding experience. The extra
punch and clarity due to the improved band widths
and technology generally gave a qualitative difference
to the previous stereo version of TWOTW.
But mixing my musical version of The War
of The Worlds in the new SACD format was something
else entirely, and has proven to be one of the
true highlights of my career as a composer, arranger,
conductor and producer.
The end result, in my opinion, is nothing
short of spectacular – the listener IS in the
recording with a Martian invasion in Victorian
England happening all around you. The power and
the glory of SACD as a music delivery platform
is no doubt here to stay, and deservedly so’.
REVIEW: Jeff Wayne's
Musical Version of the War of the Worlds
by K Hoffman
Get immersed into the world of HG Wells' novel
War of the Worlds with Jeff Wayne's Musical Version
of the War of the Worlds. Originally released
in 1978, Jeff's music has had many fans and has
grown to become a classic. Now a whole new generation
will be exposed to this galactic experience. And
they will be pleasantly surprised at how quickly
the music will pull them into the story a create
a whole new world from HG Wells words.
At times the music seems a little dated [at one
point it is very reminiscent of Logan's Run or
the disco scenes from Buck Roger's in the 25th
Century], but that feeling quickly disappears
as one becomes so engulfed in the music and what
it is telling us above and beyond the words of
Fans of the both the book and films will find
this to be a remarkable addition to the entire
War of the Worlds experience.