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

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

by Jeff Wayne
     
 

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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.

Overview

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

Product Details

Release Date:
07/05/2005
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0827969442760
catalogNumber:
94427

Tracks

Disc 1

  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 2

  1. The Red Weed, Pt. 1
  2. The Spirit of Man
  3. The Red Weed, Pt. 2
  4. The Artilleryman Returns
  5. Brave New World
  6. Dead London
  7. Epilogue, Pt. 1
  8. Epilogue, Pt. 2 (NASA)

Disc 3

  1. Ulladubulla
  2. The Eve of the War
  3. Forever Autumn
  4. Horsell Common and the Heat Ray
  5. The Spirit of Man - Spirit of Dub
  6. The Eve of the War
  7. The Artilleryman and the Fighting Machine
  8. Brave New World
  9. Forever Autumn [Dub
  10. The Red Weed
  11. The Spirit of Destiny (The Parson Versus Palene)
  12. The Eve of the War
  13. The Spirit of Man
  14. The Eve of the War
  15. Brave New World
  16. Dead London
  17. The Eve of the War Versus Animal and Man

Disc 4

  1. The Four Narrators (Opening Passage)
  2. The Eve of the War
  3. The Eve of the War
  4. The Eve of the War
  5. The 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
  11. Out-Takes (From Horsell Common and the Heat Ray)
  12. The Heat Ray Versus the Jangle Piano (Martian Versus Man)
  13. The Artilleryman and the Fighting Machine
  14. Richard Burton Out-Take
  15. Lego Toys
  16. Forever Autumn
  17. Bar Count-Under Attack (From Forever Autumn)
  18. Forever Autumn
  19. Bar Count Continues (From Forever Autumn)
  20. Paperboys
  21. Paperboys
  22. Paperboy Shouts and Panicking Crowd
  23. Paperboy Shouts and Panicking Crowd
  24. "Ugly Brutes! " and "See Them?"
  25. Forever Autumn
  26. Thunder Child
  27. Thunder Child
  28. The Four Narrators (The Earth Belonged to the Martians)
  29. The Four Narrators (The Red Weed)
  30. The Red Weed
  31. Unused Out-Take (From the Red Weed)
  32. The Red Weed
  33. The Red Weed
  34. Jeff's "Worth a Listen" Red Weed Alternative
  35. Original 75" Radio Commercial

Disc 5

  1. Parson Nathaniel
  2. The Spirit of Man
  3. The Spirit of Man
  4. The Spirit of Man
  5. The Spirit of Man
  6. "Are You Ready Jeff?"
  7. "Are You Ready Jeff?"
  8. The Spirit of Man
  9. The Spirit of Man
  10. The Spirit of Man
  11. The Spirit of Man
  12. The Spirit of Man
  13. The Spirit of Man
  14. The Spirit of 'Mayan'
  15. The Spirit of Man (Beth Is Killed)
  16. The Spirit of Man
  17. The Spirit of Man
  18. 'Outcries' (From the Spirit of Man)
  19. The Spirited Man
  20. The Spirit of Man
  21. The Spirit of Man
  22. The Spirit of Man
  23. The Spirit of Man
  24. The Spirit of Man
  25. The Spirit of Man
  26. The 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"
  35. Parson Nathaniel
  36. "Less Piano and More Air, Please! "
  37. The Artilleryman Returns
  38. The Artilleryman's Out-Takes (From Brave New World)
  39. The Artilleryman's Out-Takes (From Brave New World) (Continued)
  40. The Artilleryman's Out-Takes (From Brave New World)
  41. Brave New World
  42. Brave New World
  43. The Artilleryman's "I've Got a Plan! " Out-Takes (From Brave New World)
  44. Brave New World
  45. Brave New World
  46. The 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 6

  1. Dead London
  2. Dead London
  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
  8. The 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. Original Narration and Acting Parts
  18. Original Narration and Acting Parts
  19. Original Narration and Acting Parts
  20. Original Narration and Acting Parts
  21. Original Narration and Acting Parts
  22. Original Narration and Acting Parts
  23. Original Narration and Acting Parts
  24. Original Narration and Acting Parts
  25. Original Narration and Acting Parts
  26. Original Narration and Acting Parts
  27. Original Narration and Acting Parts
  28. Original Narration and Acting Parts
  29. Original Narration and Acting Parts
  30. Original Narration and Acting Parts
  31. Original Narration and Acting Parts

Disc 7

  1. Deconstructing the War of the Worlds

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jeff Wayne   Primary Artist,Piano,Harpsichord
David Essex   Vocals
Justin Hayward   Vocals
Chris Spedding   Guitar
Julie Covington   Vocals
Herbie Flowers   Bass Guitar
Billy Lawrie   Vocals,Background Vocals
Phil Lynott   Vocals
Real Thing   Track Performer
Chris Thompson   Vocals,Background Vocals
Richard Burton   Vocals
Ray Cooper   Percussion
Barry DeSouza   Percussion
George Fenton   Autoharp,Taragat,Santur
Ken Freeman   Synthesizer
Paul Hart   Piano
Barry Morgan   Drums
Gary Osborne   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jo Partridge   Guitar,Vocals
Paul Vigrass   Vocals,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
Bugs B   Guitar

Technical Credits

Vincent Youmans   Composer
Jeff Wayne   Composer,Audio Production
Irving Caesar   Composer
James Cassidy   Programming,Audio Production
Gary Osborne   Composer
Peter Smith   Programming,Engineer
Steve Thompson   Audio Production
Paul Vigrass   Composer
Geoff Young   Engineer
John Pasche   Art Direction,Logo Design
Ben Liebrand   Audio Production
Peter Goodfellow   Paintings
Gaeten Schurrer   Programming
Dario G   Audio Production
Doreen Wayne   Composer,Writer,Script
Geoff Taylor   Paintings
Charles Dubin   Director
Gregg Brooks   Text,Sleeve Notes
Paul Chivers   Programming
Gaetan Schurrer   Programming
Lewis Martians   Sound Effects

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