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The War of the Worlds: The New Generation [Deluxe Edition]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Jeff Wayne celebrates...well, not an anniversary, but something with War of the Worlds: The New Generation, a 2012 re-recording of his 1978 rock opera. That prog-disco artifact has remained an inexplicable rock evergreen, spawning reissues, remixes, tours, even video games, so perhaps it was no surprise Wayne revisited it for some reason in 2012, not with the intent of re-interpreting it but merely recasting it, replacing Richard Burton with Liam Neeson, David Essex with Kaiser Chiefs' Ricky Wilson, Julie Covington with Joss Stone, Phil Lynott with Maverick Sabre, and Justin Hayward with Gary Barlow. The names have changed but the sounds remains the same: this ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Jeff Wayne celebrates...well, not an anniversary, but something with War of the Worlds: The New Generation, a 2012 re-recording of his 1978 rock opera. That prog-disco artifact has remained an inexplicable rock evergreen, spawning reissues, remixes, tours, even video games, so perhaps it was no surprise Wayne revisited it for some reason in 2012, not with the intent of re-interpreting it but merely recasting it, replacing Richard Burton with Liam Neeson, David Essex with Kaiser Chiefs' Ricky Wilson, Julie Covington with Joss Stone, Phil Lynott with Maverick Sabre, and Justin Hayward with Gary Barlow. The names have changed but the sounds remains the same: this is still absurd prog rock set to a disco beat, boasting the same arrangements as before, all the actors mimicking what came before. Whether you like this or not entirely depends on how much you like the Old Generation of War of the Worlds. The New Generation feels like the Old, snapping to the same beats, riding the same squawking analog synthesizers, celebrating the same sci-fi corn.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/4/2012
  • Label: Sony Import
  • UPC: 887654065025
  • Catalog Number: 5406502

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Eve of the War - Liam Neeson (10:13)
  2. 2 Horsell Common and the Heat Ray - Liam Neeson (12:14)
  3. 3 The Artilleryman and the Fighting Machine - Liam Neeson (12:05)
  4. 4 Forever Autumn - Liam Neeson (7:53)
  5. 5 Thunder Child - Liam Neeson (6:13)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Red Weed, Pt. 1 - Liam Neeson (6:57)
  2. 2 The Spirit of Man - Maverick Sabre (12:06)
  3. 3 The Red Weed, Pt. 2 - Maverick Sabre (5:19)
  4. 4 The Artilleryman Returns - Liam Neeson (3:20)
  5. 5 Brave New World - Liam Neeson (12:14)
  6. 6 Dead London, Pt. 1 - Liam Neeson (5:26)
  7. 7 Dead London, Pt. 2 - Liam Neeson (3:47)
  8. 8 Epilogue, Pt. 1 - Liam Neeson (3:21)
  9. 9 Epilogue, Pt. 2/NASA - Lewis MacLeod (1:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jeff Wayne Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Conductor, Keyboards
Chris Spedding Guitar
Herbie Flowers Bass Guitar
Billy Lawrie Vocals
Ray Cooper Percussion
George Fenton Autoharp, Santur, Tar
Ken Freeman Synthesizer
Paul Hart Keyboards
Littlechap Strings Strings
Gary Osborne Vocals
Jo Partridge Guitar
Paul Vigrass Vocals
Laurie Wisefield Dulcimer, Guitar, Mandolin
Roy Jones Percussion
Chris Thompson Vocals
Gaëtan Schurrer Keyboards
Thomas Gandey Keyboards
Tom Woodstock Dulcimer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
Cal Owen Vocals, Background Vocals
Emma McCoy Cello, Soloist
Zeb Wayne Keyboards, Sounds
Thomas Gadney Keyboards
Gordy Marshall Drums
Technical Credits
Herbie Flowers Whistle
Jeff Wayne Arranger, Composer, Producer
Gary Osborne Composer
Paul Vigrass Composer
Jerry Wayne Executive Producer
Peter Goodfellow Original Paintings
Doreen Wayne Adaptation
Emily Lazar Mastering
Geoff Taylor Original Paintings
Graeme Durham Mastering
Joe LaPorta Mastering
Gaëtan Schurrer Programming, Engineer, drum programming
Thomas Gandey Programming
Geraldine Wayne Sound Effects
Tom Woodstock Programming, Engineer
Michael Trim Original Paintings
Cal Owen Engineer
Zeb Wayne Creative Consultant
Fluid Art Direction, Images
Damien Collier Executive Producer
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