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The War Of The Worlds (1978 Studio Cast)

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  • Like some other reviewers, my introduction to Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds was via a Halloween eve radio broadcast in the late 1970’s. War of the Worlds is one of those incredible performances that should not be limited to the memories of the “70’s generation”. I’m gratified to see so many reviews from people in their 30’s and younger who have discovered this masterpiece.Like Tommy, The Wall, Journey to the Centre of the Earth and even Thick as a Brick, it is a timeless piece of theatrical work. Yes, it’s a little disco-y in places, ladened with heavy guitar and waa-waa effects for the Martian “voice, the delivery is a bit overwrought at times, but these charateristics are authentic hallmarks of its progressive rock roots. To deny these aspects as part of its charm is a little like dissings Mozart’s compositions because they are often dramatic, performed on outdated instruments and have too many notes.I’ve always felt that WOTW is highly worthy or reintroduction every few years so that up and coming generations can experience Richard Burton’s evocative storytelling, the haunting vocals of Julie Covington as Beth, the madness of Parson Nathaniel (the late Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy) and the Artillary Man (David “Rock On” Essex), and can once and for all hear Justin Hayward’s lyrical Forever Autumn in its proper context. Although it was apparently not written for WOTW, it fits the story perfectly.I have even dreamed of a WOTW revival with new artists performing – Patrick Stewart as the Journalist, and some more contemporary vocalists in the key roles – suggestions anyone?

    Posted on February 1, 2010