Header

JEFF WAYNE'S MUSICAL VERSION OF THE WAR OF THE WORLDS - THE NEW GENERATION

Jeff Wayne

Crossover Prog


From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Jeff Wayne Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds - The New Generation album cover
3.86 | 14 ratings | 2 reviews | 9% 5 stars

Write a review
Buy JEFF WAYNE Music
from Progarchives.com partners
Studio Album, released in 2012

Songs / Tracks Listing

Disc 1 - The Coming of the Martians
1. The Eve of the War (10:13)
2. Horsell Common and the Heat Ray (12:14)
3. The Artilleryman and the Fighting Machine (12:05)
4. Forever Autumn (7:53)
5. Thunder Child (6:13)

Total time 48:39


Disc 2 - The Earth Under the Martians
1. The Red Weed (Part 1) (6:57)
2. The Spirit of Man (12:06)
3. The Red Weed (Part 2) (5:19)
4. The Artilleryman Returns (3:20)
5. Brave New World (12:14)
6. Dead London (Part 1) (5:26)
7. Dead London (Part 2) (3:47)
8. Epilogue (Part 1) (3:21)
9. Epilogue (Part 2) Nasa (1:57)

Total time 54:27

Lyrics

Search JEFF WAYNE Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds - The New Generation lyrics

Music tabs (tablatures)

Search JEFF WAYNE Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds - The New Generation tabs

Line-up / Musicians

- Liam Neeson / spoken words (The Journalist: the narrator-protagonist)
- Gary Barlow / vocals (The Sung Thoughts of the Journalist)
- Ricky Wilson / spoken words and vocals (The Artilleryman)
- Maverick Sabre / spoken words and vocals (Parson Nathaniel)
- Joss Stone / spoken words and vocals (Beth)
- Alex Clare / vocals (The Voice of Humanity)

The Black Smoke Band:
- Chris Spedding / guitars
- Herbie Flowers / bass guitar
- Jeff Wayne, Paul Hart (The Red Weed) / keyboards, guitars (mainly The Heat Ray), mandolin, santur, zither, tar
- Gordy Marshall / drums
- Ray Cooper / percussion, backing vocals

Releases information

2012 re-recorded version

2CD Sony Music / 88765406502 (2012)
2LP (2012)
Digital download (iTunes) (2012)

Thanks to fluiddruid for the addition
and to NotAProghead for the last updates
Edit this entry

JEFF WAYNE MP3, Free Download (music stream)


Open extended player in a new pop-up window | Random Playlist (50) | How to submit new MP3s

Buy JEFF WAYNE Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds - The New Generation Music


War of the WorldsWar of the Worlds
Import
Sony UK 2009
Audio CD$11.36
$9.82 (used)
Jeff Wayne's Musical Version Of The War Of The Worlds, The New GenerationJeff Wayne's Musical Version Of The War Of The Worlds, The New Generation
Import
101 DISTRIBUTION 2012
Audio CD$13.83
$12.03 (used)
SpartacusSpartacus
Columbia 1992
Audio CD$85.06
$41.80 (used)
War of the Worlds  (+4 BonusWar of the Worlds (+4 Bonus
Remastered · Import
Sony 2000
Audio CD$72.84
$13.35 (used)
Right Now on Ebay (logo)
Jeff Wayne - Forever Autumn 7" Single From Jeff Wayne's "War Of The Worlds" US $6.51 Buy It Now 35m 33s
Esso Blue Parafin Advertising Flexi Record in Sleeve 1970 Jeff Wayne US $13.03 [0 bids]
1h 24m
Jeff Wayne,The War Of The Worlds,With illustrated booklet,2 x LP 1978 CBS RECs US $16.29 [0 bids]
1h 28m
JEFF WAYNE - ULLADUBULLA 2 (IMPORT) NEW CD US $16.26 Buy It Now 1h 31m
JEFF WAYNE WAR OF THE WORLDS 1st Press UK LP TIME CAPSULE COPY & PROMO PHOTO US $50.56 [3 bids]
1h 42m
JEFF WAYNE'S WAR OF THE WORLDS Forever Autumn COLUMBIA RECORDS used 45 US $9.99 Buy It Now 2h 42m
War Of The Worlds Jeff Wayne's Musical Version PC2 35290 US $6.97 Buy It Now 3h 34m
JEFF WAYNE eve of the war 12" 2 trk ben liebrand mix - deepspace mix b/w mankind US $8.14 Buy It Now 7h 21m
The War of the Worlds Jeff Wayne 2 LP Gatefold 1978 w/book US $19.95 Buy It Now 8h 19m
DAVID ESSEX VINYL rock on LP VgVg+ FREE US SHIPPING original '73 copy Jeff Wayne US $14.99 Buy It Now 11h 5m
NEW Jeff Wayne War Of The Worlds Rare Remastered & Expanded 2 x e-CD , Sealed US $30.97 Buy It Now 12h 27m
Jeff Wayne : War of the Worlds: ULLAdubULLA II - The Remix Album CD (2006) US $9.43 Buy It Now 15h 41m
Jeff Wayne's Musical Version Of The War Of The Worlds. G/F 2xLP Album + Booklet US $11.40 [0 bids]
16h 32m
JEFF WAYNE THE EVE OF THE WAR (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) 1989 12"SINGLE*EXCELLENT ITEM US $11.34 Buy It Now 16h 33m
JEFF WAYNE war of the worlds 96000 A1/B/C/D 1st pressing uk DOUBLE LP PS VG+/EX US $24.97 Buy It Now 17h 12m
From Jeff Wayne's War of the World 45 RPM 7" Vinyl US $19.95 Buy It Now 20h 11m
Jeff Wayne - The Eve Of The War US $2.45 [0 bids]
21h 28m
JEFF WAYNE War Of The Worlds SACD 5.1 HYBRID 2 DISC Moody Blues Phil Lynott OOP US $48.99 Buy It Now 22h 32m
Jeff Wayne - War Of The Worlds-30th Anniversary Edition [CD New] US $20.53 Buy It Now 23h
Double LP Jeff Wayne ?- The War Of The Worlds Near MINT RARE 1978 US $25.00 Buy It Now 23h 2m
Jeff Wayne - Ulla Dub Ulla Ii [CD New] US $10.36 Buy It Now 1 day
WAR OF THE WORLDS Jeff Wayne Ex CBS 1978 UK 2LP + booklet US $14.66 Buy It Now 1 day
JEFF WAYNE - WAR OF THE WOLRDS (30TH ANNIVERSARY) NEW CD US $27.63 Buy It Now 1 day
JEFF WAYNE's - WAR OF THE WORLDS - SOUNTRACK LP US $20.00 [0 bids]
1 day
CD - Jeff Wayne - Highlights From The War Of The Worlds US $6.44 Buy It Now 1 day
The War of the Worlds [2005 Bonus Track] by Jeff Wayne (CD, Jul-2005, 2... US $35.00 [0 bids]
1 day
Jeff Wayne's THE WAR OF THE WORLD - 2 LP 33 RPM Record Set 1978 CBS Records US $25.00 Buy It Now 1 day
Jeff Wayne's Music Version of WAR OF THE WORLDS (Richard Burton + booklet) US $9.00 [0 bids]
US $12.00 Buy It Now
1 day
JEFF WAYNE THE WAR OF THE WORLDS DOUBLE LP RECORD 12" + BOOKLET US $25.03 Buy It Now 1 day
JEFF WAYNE'S:WAR OF THE WORLDS: RICHARD BURTON,JUSTIN HAYWARD,DAVID ESSEX US $11.00 [0 bids]
US $15.00 Buy It Now
1 day
JEFF WAYNE - The Eve Of The War - 1978 UK CBS 7" US $4.88 Buy It Now 1 day
JEFF WAYNE - MAGAZINE CUTTINGS COLLECTION (REF T1) US $11.34 Buy It Now 1 day
JEFF WAYNE'S WAR OF THE WORLDS - THE EVE OF THE WAR US $2.45 Buy It Now 1 day
JEFF WAYNE-WAR OF WORLDS W/BOOKLET PHILIP LYNOTT COLUMBIA BL 35290 VG/VG+ 2LP US $7.98 Buy It Now 1 day
JEFF WAYNE forever autumn 7" b/w fighting machine (scbs6368) sticker on label uk US $8.14 Buy It Now 1 day
JEFF WAYNE jubilation 7" theme for the big match b/w time bomb (sepc8941) pic sl US $8.14 Buy It Now 1 day
Jeff Wayne's THE WAR OF THE WORLD 2- LP Record Set w/Booklet 1978 Red Label US $8.48 [0 bids]
1 day
JEFF WAYNE The Eve of the War (Ben Liebrand Remix) 7" 45 US $8.07 Buy It Now 1 day
JEFF WAYNE The Eve of the War 12" 1978 US $22.02 Buy It Now 1 day
WAR OF THE WORLDS JEFF WAYNE'S MUSICAL VERSION 2 X 12" VINYLS REDUCED TO CLEAR! US $9.79 Buy It Now 1 day
Jeff Wayne - The War Of The Worlds 2 LP set rare Israeli Israel press musical US $19.99 Buy It Now 1 day
JEFF WAYNE -WAR OF THE WORLDS -1985 -EARLY PRESS 2 CD FATBOX SET -FREE FASTPOST US $22.67 Buy It Now 2 days
7" Single ~ 1973 JEFF WAYNE CBS1902 ~ David Essex ?- Lamplight/We Are Insane US $1.61 [0 bids]
2 days
Soundtrack Finian's Rainbow Musical 2x LP 1978 Columbia Records EX Jeff Wayne US $11.95 Buy It Now 2 days
WAR OF THE WORLDS 2 cd set fatbox rare 1985 version Jeff Wayne US $14.66 Buy It Now 2 days
War of the Worlds: Highlights Jeff Wayne CD US $36.32 Buy It Now 2 days
JEFF WAYNE'S THE WAR OF THE WORLDS PHIL LYNOTT RICHARD BURTON JUSTIN HAYWARD US $13.99 Buy It Now 2 days
Original 1978 JEFF WAYNE'S THE WAR OF THE WORLDS LP Vinyl Record ALBUM 12" US $6.61 Buy It Now 2 days
JEFF WAYNE THE WAR OF THE WORLDS New Generation VINYL 2LP + Booklet + Poster US $40.76 Buy It Now 2 days
It's O.K. to Be a White Male by Jeff Wayne (CD, Apr-1995, Uproar Entertainment) US $8.00 Buy It Now 2 days
JEFF WAYNE eve of the war ben liebrand remix 7" WS EX/ dutch cbs 655126 7 US $11.40 Buy It Now 2 days
CATHERINE ZETA JONES for all time NEAR MINT DISC 658354 7 7" PS EX/EX jeff wayne US $11.40 Buy It Now 2 days
JEFF WAYNE the war of the worlds 96000 A2/B4/C5/D4 uk cbs DOUBLE LP PS EX/EX US $20.34 Buy It Now 2 days
JEFF WAYNE'S Musical Version of THE WAR OF THE WORLDS 2 LP & Booklet & Sleeve US $15.95 [0 bids]
2 days
Mint- War of the Worlds Jeff Wayne Mastersound Audiophile Import 2 LP US $89.99 Buy It Now 2 days
JEFF WAYNE'S WAR OF THE WORLDS - Promotional Display Flat US $11.40 Buy It Now 2 days
Jeff Wayne--Forever Autumn (w/Justin Hayward Moody Blues)/Fighting Machine 7" 45 US $0.99 [0 bids]
3 days
JEFF WAYNE - JEFF WAYNE'S MUSICAL VERSION OF THE WAR NEW VINYL US $35.98 Buy It Now 3 days
Jeff Wayne's WAR OF THE WORLDS LP US $3.99 [0 bids]
3 days
Jeff Wayne - War Of The Worlds 2x CD [Hybrid SACD] (2005) 5.1 surround US $8.16 [0 bids]
3 days
JEFF WAYNE - THE WAR OF THE WORLDS: THE NEW GENERATION [DELUXE - NEW CD BOXSET US $17.08 Buy It Now 3 days
Jeff Wayne's War Of The Worlds - Testpressing - Phil Lynott - Thin Lizzy US $200.00 [0 bids]
US $260.00 Buy It Now
3 days
JEFF WAYNE - War Of The Worlds (Highlights) - CD Album US $4.49 Buy It Now 3 days
The War of the Worlds by Jeff Wayne 2CD (1985) of original 1978 recording RARE US $20.00 Buy It Now 3 days
Jeff Wayne's The Musical Version Of The War Of The Worlds 2 Discs US $7.14 Buy It Now 3 days
jeff wayne-forever autumn/the fighting machine 7"single 45 record lp 1978 US $0.99 Buy It Now 3 days
Jeff Wayne - Its Ok To Be Right CD US $18.15 Buy It Now 3 days
Jeff Wayne - War Of The Worlds: The New Generation [Vinyl New] US $24.18 Buy It Now 3 days
Jeff Wayne War Of The Worlds (Highlights) CD FREEPOST ! US $6.44 Buy It Now 3 days
JEFF WAYNE - THE WAR OF THE WORLDS - 2 LP BOX SET 2xLP Paperback Novel US $32.62 [0 bids]
3 days
2 LP JEFF WAYNE'S MUSICAL VERSION OF THE WAR OF THE WORLDS + BOOKLET SOUNDTRACK US $7.50 [0 bids]
3 days
Jeff Wayne's Musical version of War Of The Worlds Aberdeen 10-06-2008 Off. live US $20.00 Buy It Now 4 days
Jeff Wayne's Musical version of War Of The Worlds Newcastle 12-06-2008 Off. live US $20.00 Buy It Now 4 days
Jeff Wayne - Theme from Star Trek/Ape's Shuffle"` Wonderball 1777 M- SF DJ US $75.00 Buy It Now 4 days
Jeff Wayne LP Musical Version of The War of the Worlds 1978 Gatefold 2 LP EX US $9.95 Buy It Now 4 days
Jeff Wayne - War Of The Worlds: The New Generation Import-EU Vinyl Record LP US $34.65 Buy It Now 4 days
JEFF WAYNE - THE EVE OF THE WAR 7" VINYL PS US $6.51 Buy It Now 4 days
Jeff Wayne War of the Worlds Limited Edition Deluxe 7 (CDs + DVD) Disc + Book US $244.65 Buy It Now 4 days
Jeff Wayne Eve of the War UK 12" Picture Disc Justin Hayward War of the Worlds US $20.39 [3 bids]
4 days
JEFF WAYNE - MATADOR (ITV THEME WORLD CUP '82 - 7" VINYL PS 1982 CBS US $6.51 Buy It Now 4 days
Columbia Records PC2 35290 Jeff Wayne's Musical Version "The War of the Worlds" US $9.99 Buy It Now 5 days
Jeff Wayne's Musical Version Of The War Of The Worlds 2x12" US $9.77 Buy It Now 5 days
JEFF WAYNE Eve of WAR OF WORLDS Ben LIEBRAND 3 trak CD 3" Single Disc CD3 3 inch US $35.99 Buy It Now 5 days
Jeff Wayne's THE WAR OF THE WORLD 2- LP Record Set w/Booklet 1978 Red Label US $9.95 Buy It Now 5 days
Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of THE WAR OF THE WORLDS 2-LP + booklet US $8.14 [0 bids]
5 days
Wayne, Jeff - Jeff Wayne's musical version of the wa... US $14.65 Buy It Now 5 days
Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of THE WAR OF THE WORLDS; 1978 2 x LP set US $20.39 Buy It Now 5 days
JEFF WAYNE WAR OF THE WORLDS HIGHLIGHTS CD US $1.61 [0 bids]
5 days
JEFF WAYNE Jubilation UK 7" in picture sleeve Epic EPC 8941 1980 US $8.14 Buy It Now 5 days
Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds - Out of Print South African CD CDCOL5277 US $12.00 Buy It Now 5 days
The Magic Radio.(Jeff Wayne,Status Quo,War).Rare NM UK Promo Radio Luxembourg Lp US $8.14 [0 bids]
5 days
Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds LP. CBS 96000. 1978. Exc. US $4.88 [0 bids]
5 days
WAR OF THE WORLDS VINYL LP RECORD JEFF WAYNE PHIL LYNOTT JUSTIN HAYWARD 1978 US $6.51 [0 bids]
5 days
Jeff Wayne's The War Of The Worlds - Collector's Edition (7 Disc Set CD/DVD) US $81.54 [0 bids]
5 days
JEFF WAYNE'S WAR OF THE WORLD The Eve Of War N/Mi 1978 UK Demo 7" US $6.51 [0 bids]
6 days
JEFF WAYNE Jubilation N/Mint Epic 1980 UK Demo 7" US $6.51 [0 bids]
6 days
JEFF WAYNE-WAR OF THE WORLDS-2CDS/DAVID ESSEX/JULIE COVINGTON/PHIL LYNOTT/ROCK US $3.25 [0 bids]
6 days
JEFF WAYNE the eve of the war ben liebrand remix 655126 6 uk cbs 12" PS EX/EX US $14.60 Buy It Now 6 days
JEFF WAYNE WAR OF THE WORLDS SPECIAL EDITION WITH 4 BONUS REMIXES US $16.29 [0 bids]
6 days
Jeff Wayne - The Fighting Machine/Forever Autumn "War of the Worlds" 7" UK RARE US $9.99 [0 bids]
US $12.99 Buy It Now
6 days

More places to buy JEFF WAYNE music online Buy JEFF WAYNE & Prog Rock Digital Music online:
  • AmazonMP3: Search for JEFF WAYNE DRM-Free MP3 Downloads @ AmazonMP3 (USA Only) | AmazonMP3 (UK Only)

JEFF WAYNE Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds - The New Generation ratings distribution


3.86
(14 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(9%)
9%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(64%)
64%
Good, but non-essential (9%)
9%
Collectors/fans only (9%)
9%
Poor. Only for completionists (9%)
9%

JEFF WAYNE Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds - The New Generation reviews


Showing all collaborators reviews and last reviews preview | Show all reviews/ratings

Collaborators/Experts Reviews

Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Symphonic Team
4 stars "Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of the War of the Worlds - The New Generation" (WOTWTNG), came as an unexpected pleasure for me as I have been a mega fan of the original since I bought it on vinyl in my teens, one of my first vinyl purchases in 1978. It is a huge leap in time from the jawbone to the satellite, and this album with the New Generation of artists and remastering comes 34 years later. I really went out of my way to see the live show a couple of years ago and bought the 3D program and the DVD so that I could remember it, and I read the comic and devoured the novel and watched every movie and TV version available. I guess I felt that this had genuine nostalgia value as I lived and breathed every song lyric and musical note for over 30 years.

As soon as I saw the album cover of this new Jeff Wayne project I could not help but be excited and to be honest quite a degree of scepticism crept in. I wondered how on earth anyone could replace the likes of the incomparable Justin Hayward, or Julie Covington, or for that matter Phil Lynott and David Essex. Undoubtedly Richard Burton is irreplaceable, his golden tones make the original such a piece of art. However I had to indulge and what I received from this new reimagining was a delightfully compelling and new experience.

I reasoned that WOTWTNG would never replace the original but rather would enhance the experience and reinvigorate what has been engrained in my conscious for so many years. As Liam Neeson's voice sounded out over the airwaves, "No one would have believed" I was surprised at how well his voice translated the HGWells classic. When the ominous 3 chord strings hammered forth, I was hooked immediately; perhaps transfixed because it was noticeably different, not a cheap rip off or a money grabber but this had genuine passion and was played in the right spirit. There is a deep bass synth pulsating and some swishing effects that are markedly unique to this recording. As the martians arise from their craft with "their clumsy bodies" that "heaved and pulsated, glistening like wet leather" it was a new interpretation both in musical textures and Neeson's acting skills. He is no Burton but he is a man of earnestness, with a sense of urgency, not as dead pan or Shakespearean as Burton but with golden tones of his own. The martians begin to plough their way across Horsell Common in their tripod war machines,and the music becomes very dark and majestic; triumphant in the war cry of "Ulla!" the same war cry heard on the original version.

The songs on WOTWTNG are of course all delivered by new artists, Gary Barlow sings the Thoughts of the Journalist; nowhere near Justin Hayward but sufficient and the chorus backs him up beautifully, a solid start to the album. Ricky Wilson is the spoken words and vocals of the rather articulate The Artilleryman, but here I really missed David Essex, and I was surprised at this as I never really considered him to be that great an artist (listen to 'Hold Me Close' and you will understand). Maverick Sabre is the spoken words and vocals of Parson Nathaniel, and he cannot replace Phil Lynott but again is effective enough; in fact I really like his interpretation but the demonic voice that comes and goes I can do without. Joss Stone is the spoken words and vocals of Beth, and I enjoyed her sweet performance here; she really sounds flustered and so passionate as she sings lines like "there must be something worth living for? even something worth dying for" and "people loved you and trusted you, came to you for help". I have seen many Beths in the stage shows and they all have their own moments, as Joss does here and fulfils the role admirably. Alex Clare is the The Voice of Humanity, singing 'Thunder Child' which is a surprisingly difficult song to sing; really it has to be heard by Chris Thompson.

The music is actually improved given a more up to date treatment and in places is darker and more forced, certainly the added sections are incredible and surprising to those who know the original. There are familiar sections of music and they are often extended into new motifs and repeated segments, emphasising the drama. The Black Smoke Band consists of the amazing work of Chris Spedding's guitars, the brilliant Herbie Flowers on bass guitar, visionary Jeff Wayne, and Paul Hart who deliver The Red Weed atmospherics as well as keyboards, guitars, including The Heat Ray, mandolin, santur, zither, and tar. The drums are well handled by Gordy Marshall, and the percussion and backing vocals are from Ray Cooper. Spedding, Flowers and Wayne are all reprising their musical talents from the original version and it is great to have them onboard. The quasi-disco beat sections are gone which is a good thing in this day and age as it would sound too dated. Yet the spirit of the production is still present despite the omission of disco rhythms. The music itself with Chris Spedding's stirring lead guitar and full orchestration is as ingenious as the original. In places the music is virtually identical such as on the first section of 'Horsell Common and The Heat Ray', but hearing Spedding's extended lead break in this section is a sheer delight. Jeff Wayne's arrangements are nothing short of mind bending, with powerful violin sweeps and science fiction effects used to maximum effect, including some new moments wth aliens muttering and also the infamous unscrewing of the cylinder, searing heat rays, cylinders falling on a house, and the martian death howls.

The special effects on WOTWTNG are new and improved with disturbing alien voices, swooshing meteors, massive explosions, screams, and the unforgettable war cry of the martians as they victoriously unleash their fury upon the helpless humans, "Ulla! Ulla!" There are some nice new moments such as where the Journalist jumps in the water and the sound is muffled as though we are underwater, and the extended conversation between the Journalist and the Parson,and indeed the Artillery Man has a lot more to say about his master plan and how he feels about us being "breeded like cattle." The script is virtually the same otherwise but it has been revamped for a new generation of listeners. I would hope that this version would not replace the original but already the stage show has been performed with this new batch of artists and the new extended sections. This new album should be looked at as an added extra rather than a replacement as it does not hold the firepower of the original, but having said that it is still excellent music and thoroughly enjoyable.

As I mentioned in my review for the original, the lyrics of the songs are compelling and always essential as a driving force of the story. The words to 'Spirit of Man' are inspiring; "there must be something worth living for, even something worth dying for, and if one man can stand tall there must be hope for us all". The way the Parson spars off Beth's optimism with his own laudable pessimism is stunning. The album seems to get darker and darker as we near the end where the birds are about to tear at the hoods of the martians. The red weed is captured sonically with very doomy musicianship. As it crawls across the land turning everything red we are able to picture its slow domination of our lush planet with those meandering synthesizers as they ooze variations of the theme. The piece segues into 'The Spirit of Man' but all hope seems lost as the story continues and the martians inject the blood of humans into their own veins. Eventually the narrator meets another character that would try and coerce him in to a foolhardy plan. The meeting with the Artillery Man is quite inspiring at first as the madman dreams of a new empire constructed underground so that the martians can no longer "clap eyes on us." He dreams of a world with hospitals, schools and cricket grounds built right under the martians noses, "right under their feet". He imagines capturing one of their fighting machines and then "wallop! Our turn to fight, woosh with our heat ray! Beating them at their own game. Man on top again!" Of course it is a forlorn idea and there is no way it can be done. As the narrator muses on this and walks off into the empty streets we hear the bone chilling cry of the martian but it sounds elongated and painful; "Uuu-llaa-aaaaaa!" the narrator resolves to give himself over to the martians as he can no longer live without his beloved Carrie and knowing the earth belonged to the martians. But, the martians are doomed, as H G Well's story always boasts, destroyed by the tiniest microscopic life on the planet that we have all become immune to; bacteria.

The twist to the story that was so unique to the original version of "The War of the Worlds" is on this new version as well and has some added dimensions that you can discover for yourselves. I like how the album includes little anecdotes and musical figures that jump put as they are completely different; for example the paper boy yelling out about the "Men From Mars!" is a brand new section, and 'Brave New World' is very different indeed with layered musicianship and a ton of extra effects worth hearing, though is really studio trickery to be honest. These extra details kept me enthralled more than I had anticipated. It is not just a rehash but in some places an improvement. It is in the actual songs however where the album offers no genuine improvement as the originals are far superior, apart from the wonderful 'Spirit of Man' that is very moving and powerful, and I found this to be the case in the live stage shows as well.

The original is a masterpiece album without a doubt, whereas this new version feels like an after thought at times. It is still worth going on the journey but it simply does not measure up to the original. Hearing it again as a reimagined version is a bizarre experience for me, but it is nevertheless excellent music and a compelling story despite the moments that left me pondering. I am pleased that Jeff Wayne continues to create in such an innovative manner; he is a modern day genious when it comes to creating music that fires the imagination.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to AtomicCrimsonRush (BETA) | Report this review (#906499) | Review Permalink
Posted Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Latest members reviews

4 stars Serendipitously, 2012 saw the release of two re-recorded albums inspired by Victorian literature: Rick Wakeman's Journey to the Centre of the Earth, and Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of the War of the Worlds - The New Generation. (Right, that's it for me for titles of more than 30 characters. As o ... (read more)

Report this review (#905957) | Posted by Ajay | Monday, February 04, 2013 | Review Permanlink

Post a review of JEFF WAYNE "Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds - The New Generation"

You must be a forum member to post a review, please register here if you are not.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | GeoIP Services by MaxMind | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: JazzMusicArchives.com — the ultimate jazz music virtual community | MetalMusicArchives.com — the ultimate metal music virtual community


Server processing time: 0.53 seconds