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The War of the Worlds [Seven-Disc Collector's Edition]

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The special edition of Jeff Wayne's oversized 1978 rock opera adaptation of H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds makes a mockery of all other expanded special edition reissues. The Who's Who's Next and the Byrds' Sweetheart of the Rodeo spread out over two discs? That's nothing. Jeff Buckley's Grace filled out to a three-disc set, including a DVD? Doesn't compare to this. The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds chronicled as a four-disc box set, complete with instrumental backing tracks and excerpts from the sessions, or even Rhino Handmade's inexplicably lavish complete sessions treatment of the Stooges' Fun House pale next to Sony/Columbia's 2005 deluxe collector's edition of Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of the War of the Worlds. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
The special edition of Jeff Wayne's oversized 1978 rock opera adaptation of H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds makes a mockery of all other expanded special edition reissues. The Who's Who's Next and the Byrds' Sweetheart of the Rodeo spread out over two discs? That's nothing. Jeff Buckley's Grace filled out to a three-disc set, including a DVD? Doesn't compare to this. The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds chronicled as a four-disc box set, complete with instrumental backing tracks and excerpts from the sessions, or even Rhino Handmade's inexplicably lavish complete sessions treatment of the Stooges' Fun House pale next to Sony/Columbia's 2005 deluxe collector's edition of Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of the War of the Worlds. This contains no less than seven discs: two hybrid SACDs capturing the original album including new 5.1 Surround mixes -- and if there ever was an album meant to be heard in surround sound, it's this; in fact, it's a wonder that quadraphonic sound wasn't revived in 1978 for the original vinyl release; one CD of remixes, mixed sometime between 1979 and 2005; two CDs of rarities, outtakes, and demos; one DVD, containing a 92-minute documentary of the making of The War of the Worlds. All of this is a packaged in an LP-sized hardcover book-styled box, which includes an 80-page book that has not only all the original artwork from the album, but a bunch of new essays, photo and art galleries, and detailed track notes. Not only is it hard to imagine a grander, more exhaustive, or more loving reissue of this album, it's hard to imagine any album being given such an extravagant treatment. Of course, anybody hearing The War of the Worlds for the first time will most certainly not plunk down upward of 130 dollars for a deluxe collector's edition, no matter how exquisite the packaging is. This is for the people who already love the album, either as nostalgia, as a grandiose piece of electronic prog rock pomp with few equals, or as one of the few rock albums made for sci-fi fans who hate rock, even in its artiest incarnations. They love the album so much, they won't settle for the simultaneously released double-disc hybrid SACD reissue, because they want to spend some time leisurely gazing at the artwork in this hardcover book, or to hear an early 1972 incarnation of "Forever Autumn," or perhaps the Lego TV commercial from 1969 that inspired the composition of that tune. For that fan -- the fan who does not mind spending over 100 dollars for these privileges -- this is surely worth the expense, since this could not be packaged better, nor could this explain the origin, recording, release, and phenomenon of Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of the War of the Worlds
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/5/2005
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 827969442760
  • Catalog Number: 94427

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Eve of the War - Richard Burton (9:07)
  2. 2 Horsell Common and the Heat Ray - Richard Burton (11:35)
  3. 3 The Artilleryman and the Fighting Machine - Richard Burton (10:36)
  4. 4 Forever Autumn - Richard Burton (7:41)
  5. 5 Thunder Child - Richard Burton (6:06)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Red Weed, Pt. 1 - Richard Burton (5:53)
  2. 2 The Spirit of Man - Richard Burton (11:37)
  3. 3 The Red Weed, Pt. 2 - Richard Burton (5:24)
  4. 4 The Artilleryman Returns - Richard Burton (1:27)
  5. 5 Brave New World - Richard Burton (12:14)
  6. 6 Dead London - Richard Burton (8:35)
  7. 7 Epilogue, Pt. 1 - Richard Burton (2:31)
  8. 8 Epilogue, Pt. 2 (NASA) (1:50)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Ulladubulla - Lewis MacLeod (3:11)
  2. 2 The Eve of the War - Richard Burton (4:39)
  3. 3 Forever Autumn - Justin Hayward (3:31)
  4. 4 Horsell Common and the Heat Ray (3:48)
  5. 5 The Spirit of Man - Spirit of Dub - Phil Lynott (5:48)
  6. 6 The Eve of the War - Richard Burton (4:16)
  7. 7 The Artilleryman and the Fighting Machine (3:50)
  8. 8 Brave New World - Richard Burton (3:11)
  9. 9 Forever Autumn [Dub - Richard Burton (4:07)
  10. 10 The Red Weed (3:22)
  11. 11 The Spirit of Destiny (The Parson Versus Palene) - Catherine Zeta-Jones (4:59)
  12. 12 The Eve of the War - Justin Hayward (4:48)
  13. 13 The Spirit of Man - Richard Burton (5:17)
  14. 14 The Eve of the War - Richard Burton (3:50)
  15. 15 Brave New World - David Essex (5:10)
  16. 16 Dead London (5:06)
  17. 17 The Eve of the War Versus Animal and Man - Anthony Hopkins (5:52)
Disc 4
  1. 1 The Four Narrators (Opening Passage) - Anthony Quinn (0:45)
  2. 2 The Eve of the War - Richard Burton (0:54)
  3. 3 The Eve of the War - Chris Amoo (4:14)
  4. 4 The Eve of the War (4:05)
  5. 5 The Eve of the War - Chris Thompson (0:50)
  6. 6 'That' Laugh - Roy Jones (0:49)
  7. 7 Out-Takes (From Horsell Common and the Heat Ray) - Richard Burton (0:14)
  8. 8 Out-Takes (From Horsell Common and the Heat Ray) (Continued) - Richard Burton (0:10)
  9. 9 Out-Takes (From Horsell Common and the Heat Ray) - Charles Dubin (1:56)
  10. 10 Horsell Common and the Heat Ray - Richard Burton (4:42)
  11. 11 Out-Takes (From Horsell Common and the Heat Ray) - Richard Burton (0:44)
  12. 12 The Heat Ray Versus the Jangle Piano (Martian Versus Man) - Jo Partridge (1:20)
  13. 13 The Artilleryman and the Fighting Machine - Ozzie the Owl (4:06)
  14. 14 Richard Burton Out-Take - Charles Dubin (0:16)
  15. 15 Lego Toys - Paul Vigrass (0:32)
  16. 16 Forever Autumn - Paul Vigrass (2:55)
  17. 17 Bar Count-Under Attack (From Forever Autumn) - Chris Spedding (1:28)
  18. 18 Forever Autumn - Roy Jones (4:57)
  19. 19 Bar Count Continues (From Forever Autumn) - Chris Spedding (0:25)
  20. 20 Paperboys - Charles Davis (0:44)
  21. 21 Paperboys - Charles Davis (0:13)
  22. 22 Paperboy Shouts and Panicking Crowd - Charles Davis (0:25)
  23. 23 Paperboy Shouts and Panicking Crowd - Charles Davis (0:26)
  24. 24 "Ugly Brutes! " and "See Them?" - Charles Davis (0:09)
  25. 25 Forever Autumn - Chris Amoo (4:00)
  26. 26 Thunder Child - Chris Amoo (3:52)
  27. 27 Thunder Child - John Lodge (2:51)
  28. 28 The Four Narrators (The Earth Belonged to the Martians) - Anthony Quinn (0:26)
  29. 29 The Four Narrators (The Red Weed) - Anthony Quinn (0:24)
  30. 30 The Red Weed - Roy Jones (4:28)
  31. 31 Unused Out-Take (From the Red Weed) - Charles Dubin (1:21)
  32. 32 The Red Weed - Richard Burton (0:48)
  33. 33 The Red Weed - Richard Burton (1:03)
  34. 34 Jeff's "Worth a Listen" Red Weed Alternative (0:22)
  35. 35 Original 75" Radio Commercial - Richard Burton (1:15)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Parson Nathaniel - Chris Amoo (4:16)
  2. 2 The Spirit of Man - Richard Burton (1:51)
  3. 3 The Spirit of Man - Clare Torry (5:08)
  4. 4 The Spirit of Man - Doreen Wayne (1:02)
  5. 5 The Spirit of Man - Richard Burton (0:47)
  6. 6 "Are You Ready Jeff?" (1:28)
  7. 7 "Are You Ready Jeff?" (0:54)
  8. 8 The Spirit of Man - Clare Torry (1:07)
  9. 9 The Spirit of Man - Phil Lynott (0:31)
  10. 10 The Spirit of Man - Phil Lynott (0:26)
  11. 11 The Spirit of Man - Richard Burton (1:26)
  12. 12 The Spirit of Man - Phil Lynott (0:51)
  13. 13 The Spirit of Man - Julie Covington (0:40)
  14. 14 The Spirit of 'Mayan' - Phil Lynott (4:31)
  15. 15 The Spirit of Man (Beth Is Killed) (1:01)
  16. 16 The Spirit of Man - Richard Burton (0:20)
  17. 17 The Spirit of Man - Barry Morgan (1:13)
  18. 18 'Outcries' (From the Spirit of Man) - Charles Dubin (0:45)
  19. 19 The Spirited Man - Jo Partridge (2:48)
  20. 20 The Spirit of Man - Julie Covington (0:34)
  21. 21 The Spirit of Man - Phil Lynott (0:35)
  22. 22 The Spirit of Man - Phil Lynott (0:29)
  23. 23 The Spirit of Man - Julie Covington (0:25)
  24. 24 The Spirit of Man - Julie Covington (0:17)
  25. 25 The Spirit of Man - Julie Covington (0:15)
  26. 26 The Spirit of Guitars (Guitars and Strings from the Spirit of Man) - Jo Partridge (0:46)
  27. 27 Tea for Two: Jerry & Phil's Late Night Cabaret (0:48)
  28. 28 Parson Nathaniel Scream Out-Takes (From the Spirit of Man) - Geoff Young (2:26)
  29. 29 Parson Nathaniel Scream Out-Takes (From the Spirit of Man) - Doreen Wayne (2:08)
  30. 30 Original Parson Scream Out-Takes - Charles Davis (0:33)
  31. 31 Original Spanish Parson Scream Out-Takes (0:25)
  32. 32 German Journalist and Parson Out-Takes - Manny Lehman (0:40)
  33. 33 Spanish Journalist and Parson Scream Out-Take - Daniel Dicenta (0:41)
  34. 34 "And There Was Nothing I Could Do to Prevent It" - Richard Burton (0:37)
  35. 35 Parson Nathaniel - Chris Amoo (6:05)
  36. 36 "Less Piano and More Air, Please! " - Barry Morgan (0:47)
  37. 37 The Artilleryman Returns - Richard Burton (1:33)
  38. 38 The Artilleryman's Out-Takes (From Brave New World) - Geoff Young (0:28)
  39. 39 The Artilleryman's Out-Takes (From Brave New World) (Continued) - Geoff Young (0:24)
  40. 40 The Artilleryman's Out-Takes (From Brave New World) - Geoff Young (0:53)
  41. 41 Brave New World (3:41)
  42. 42 Brave New World - Jo Partridge (4:43)
  43. 43 The Artilleryman's "I've Got a Plan! " Out-Takes (From Brave New World) - Geoff Young (0:35)
  44. 44 Brave New World - Jo Partridge (1:17)
  45. 45 Brave New World - David Essex (2:22)
  46. 46 The Spanish Artilleryman's Plan (From Brave New World) - Luis Varela (3:02)
  47. 47 Acting Out-Takes (From Brave New World) - Richard Burton (0:23)
  48. 48 Acting Out-Takes (From Brave New World) - Richard Burton (0:22)
  49. 49 Acting Out-Takes (From Brave New World) - Richard Burton (0:22)
  50. 50 Acting Out-Takes (From Brave New World) - Richard Burton (0:19)
  51. 51 Acting Out-Takes (From Brave New World) - Charles Dubin (1:13)
  52. 52 Original 40" Radio Commercial - Richard Burton (0:42)
  53. 53 Regressing Bar Count - Chris Spedding (0:45)
Disc 6
  1. 1 Dead London - Richard Burton (3:53)
  2. 2 Dead London - Roy Jones (6:32)
  3. 3 Murderous Out-Takes (From Dead London) - Charles Dubin (1:06)
  4. 4 Murderous Out-Takes (From Dead London) - Charles Dubin (0:22)
  5. 5 Bar Count (From Dead London) (0:24)
  6. 6 Breathless Out-Take (From Dead London) - Charles Dubin (0:43)
  7. 7 Epilogue I - Richard Burton (5:04)
  8. 8 The Four Narrators (Epilogue) - Anthony Quinn (0:24)
  9. 9 Unused Alternative NASA Epilogue Out-Take - Charles Dubin (1:00)
  10. 10 Unused Alternative NASA Epilogue Out-Take - Charles Dubin (0:44)
  11. 11 Unused Alternative NASA Epilogue Out-Take - Charles Dubin (0:21)
  12. 12 NASA Epilogue Spanish Version - Eduardo Jover (1:50)
  13. 13 Spanish Narrator Out-Take - Anthony Quinn (1:00)
  14. 14 Spanish Narrator Out-Take - Anthony Quinn (1:24)
  15. 15 Spanish Narrator Out-Take - Anthony Quinn (0:21)
  16. 16 Spanish Narrator Out-Take - Anthony Quinn (0:37)
  17. 17 Original Narration and Acting Parts - Charles Davis (1:37)
  18. 18 Original Narration and Acting Parts - Charles Davis (2:13)
  19. 19 Original Narration and Acting Parts - Charles Davis (2:36)
  20. 20 Original Narration and Acting Parts - Charles Davis (0:56)
  21. 21 Original Narration and Acting Parts - Charles Davis (3:56)
  22. 22 Original Narration and Acting Parts - Charles Davis (2:16)
  23. 23 Original Narration and Acting Parts - Charles Davis (1:11)
  24. 24 Original Narration and Acting Parts - Charles Davis (1:57)
  25. 25 Original Narration and Acting Parts - Charles Davis (2:29)
  26. 26 Original Narration and Acting Parts - Charles Davis (1:45)
  27. 27 Original Narration and Acting Parts - Charles Davis (2:13)
  28. 28 Original Narration and Acting Parts - Charles Davis (6:32)
  29. 29 Original Narration and Acting Parts - Charles Davis (4:36)
  30. 30 Original Narration and Acting Parts - Charles Davis (1:09)
  31. 31 Original Narration and Acting Parts - Charles Davis (0:44)
Disc 7
  1. 1 Deconstructing the War of the Worlds
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jeff Wayne Primary Artist
Justin Hayward Vocals
Chris Spedding Guitar
Herbie Flowers Bass Guitar
Billy Lawrie Background Vocals
The Real Thing Track Performer
Chris Thompson Vocals, Background Vocals
Ray Cooper Percussion
Barry DeSouza Percussion
George Fenton Autoharp, Taragat, Santur
Ken Freeman Synthesizer
Paul Hart Piano
Barry Morgan Drums
Gary Osborne Background Vocals
Jo Partridge Guitar
Paul Vigrass Background Vocals
Roy Jones Percussion
Lewis MacLeod Track Performer
Charles Davis Track Performer
Daniel Dicenta Track Performer
Eduardo Jover Track Performer
Ozzie the Owl Track Performer
Luis Varela Track Performer
Technical Credits
Vincent Youmans Composer
Jeff Wayne Composer
Irving Caesar Composer
James Cassidy Programming
Bill Foster Mastering
Gary Osborne Composer
Peter Smith Programming, Engineer
Paul Vigrass Composer
Geoff Young Engineer
John Pasche Art Direction, Logo Design
Peter Goodfellow Paintings
Gaeten Schurrer Programming
Doreen Wayne Composer, Writer, Script
Emily Lazar Mastering
Geoff Taylor Paintings
Charles Dubin Director
Gregg Brooks Text, Sleeve Notes
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