Jeff Wayne’s musical version of The War of Worlds 2LP with a book 1978 Cover is tatty / has writing (hence the low price). Both vinyl records and book are near mint. Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy, etc. Check audio (whole album).


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Jeff Wayne [letter J]

Jeff Wayne   The War Of The Worlds
Label: Cbs 82672
Format: 2 ×lp, double Album. Cover is a tatty and has a dedication on the inside of the gatefold (“to Graig with all my love Gill” + 2 hearts). Both records and the book are  in near mint condition.
Country: UK (England)
Released: 1978
Genre: Electronic, Rock
Style: Prog Rock, Disco
The Coming Of The Martians
1-1 The Eve Of The War
Vocals Justin Hayward
Voice Richard Burton
1-2 Horsell Common And The Heat Ray
Voice Richard Burton
1-3 The Artilleryman And The Fighting Machine
Voice David Essex, Richard Burton
1-4 Forever Autumn
Lyrics By Gary Osborne, Paul Vigrass
Vocals Justin Hayward
Voice Richard Burton
1-5 Thunder Child
Vocals Chris Thompson
Voice Richard Burton
The Earth Under The Martians & The New Files 96
2-1 The Red Weed (Part 1)
Voice Richard Burton
2-2 The Spirit Of Man
Vocals Julie Covington, Phil Lynott
Voice Richard Burton
2-3 The Red Weed (Part 2)
Voice Richard Burton
2-4 Brave New World
Vocals David Essex
Voice Richard Burton
2-5 Dead London
Voice Richard Burton
2-6 Epilogue (Part 1)
Voice Jerry Wayne, Richard Burton (2)
2-7 Epilogue (Part 2) (NASA)
Voice Jerry Wayne
2-8 The Spirit Of Man (DubUlladub)
Vocals Julie Covington, Phil Lynott
Written-By Gary Osborne, Jeff Wayne
2-9 Forever Autumn (Remix ’96)
Vocals Justin Hayward
Written-By Gary Osborne, Jeff Wayne, Paul Vigrass
2-10 Forever Autumn (Dark Autumn Dub)
Co-producer Gaëtan Schurrer, Tom Frederickse*
Executive Producer Jeff Wayne
Vocals Justin Hayward
Voice Richard Burton
2-11 The Eve Of The War (pr2h Mix)
Featuring Jerry Wayne
Vocals Justin Hayward
Voice Richard Burton


Art Direction, Design [Logo] John Pasche
Backing Vocals Billy Lawrie, Gary Osborne, Paul Vigrass
Bass Herbie Flowers
Composed By, Conductor, Orchestrated By Jeff Wayne
Directed By Charles Dubin, Jerry Wayne
Drums Barry Morgan
Effects [Sfx] Pest*
Engineer Geoff Young
Engineer [Assistant] Laurence Diana
Executive Producer Jerry Wayne
Guitar Chris Spedding, Jo Partridge
Keyboards Jeff Wayne, Ken Freeman
Lyrics By Gary Osborne
Mastered By Bill Foster
Narrator Richard Burton
Percussion Barry Da Souza*, Ray Cooper, Roy Jones
Producer Jeff Wayne
Santoor, Tar (drum), Zither George Fenton
Synthesizer Jeff Wayne, Ken Freeman
Written-By Doreen Wayne
Adapted from H.G. Wells’ novel “The War Of The Worlds”.
Musical co-ordination by Music Activity Management and The General Booking Company.
Published by Jeff Wayne Music Ltd. except “Forever Autumn” published by Jeff Wayne Music Ltd. / Duchess Music Inc.
A 48 track production recorded at Adivision Studios, London, May 1976 – July 1977.
Mastered at Tape One, London
Compact Disc cut at CBS Studios, London 1985
First released in the U.K. June 1978
Digitally Remastered
SBM – Super Bit Mapping
Barcode: 5 099709 600067
Matrix / Runout (CD1): S0109600011-0102 21
Matrix / Runout (CD2): S3109600013-0202 13
Other: 31-096000-13

5.0 out of 5 stars Bloody Fantastic!
Jeff Wayne is a total Genius and the album is sounding as fresh as if it was recorded recently.

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic piece of the 1970s British music
I love this album! It was the first album I ever bought in about 1979. I’d been badgering people for some money towards it for my eighth birthday and then, when the day finally came, I remember coming back on the bus with it proudly tucked under my arm. The original LP had a large picture booklet with some fascinating paintings of the Earth under the rule of the martians – I particularly remember the one of the crows picking at the flesh of hoods of the martian tripods.
This is a very unusual record that is quite unlike anything else before or since. It features superb musicianship with classic thumping 70s basslines from the excellent Herbie Flowers and top vocal performances from the likes of Justin Hayward, Phil Lynott and David Essex. Richard Burtons narration is hypnotic and the words are strangely poetic in a way HG Wells’ original book isn’t.
The recording still sounds just as good to me.
If you have never come across this album, I would highly recommend it as a strange and satisfying listening experience. If you had it years ago, why not renew your acquaintance with this 70s classic?

5.0 out of 5 stars A real, long overdue treat for fans.
This is an excellent package for die-hard fans of this epic work. It serves to remind us how innovative and powerful this album remains today. Although the musicians were well known, they weren’t all big name stars and its amazing to think they produced music and atmospheres of this quality. Imagine some of their equivalents today producing such work. No, I can’t either!
The artwork in the book and the package in general is both beautifully and lavishly presented. The original paintings are here as with the double vinyl release. Overall, this is a fascinating, worthwhile package.

5.0 out of 5 stars ULLAH!…indeed!
Many people may not like the rather Prog-Rock music, but to those who do this album has it all.
The sound is jaw dropping. I have never heard the music so sharp and clearly defined. Vocals stand out, guitar parts that were once hidden deep in the stereo mix now have more intensity (listen to The Heat-Ray). The synths sound as if they are plugged straight into your amp and whirl around the room. There is a lot of dramatic use of panning, front to back, left to right etc and whilst this would ruin most music in TWotW it is all part of the drama. At times the music thunders through your speakers at others it is soft and rolling (The Red Weed).
Worth every penny!!

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