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

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

by Jeff Wayne
     
 

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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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/04/2012
Label:
Sony Import
UPC:
0887654065025
catalogNumber:
5406502
Rank:
94305

Tracks

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
Geoff Taylor   Original Paintings
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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