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Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds: The New Generation [DVD]

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With its unique orchestration combing prog rock (rock that is heavily influenced by classical music) and disco elements, the album was an huge success. The virtual Richard Burton was improved; the whole face was animated (an actor was found with a similar facial structure, all of Burton's narrative parts were mimed, and his face was superimposed onto the face of the actor). As expected, the music is first-rate; certainly, it’s bombastic and its roots as a 70s concept album are evident. Please consider supporting us by giving monthly PayPal donations and help keep PA fast-loading and ad-free forever.

With an all-star cast including Liam Neeson, Wet Wet Wet’s Marti Pellow, Jason Donovan, Kaiser Chiefs’ Ricky Wilson, Jetblack’s Will Stapleton and Wicked’s Kerry Ellis, plus stunning new 3D holography and a 3-tonne 35foot Martian Fighting Machine. The music is intermixed with re-voiced narration and leitmotifs to carry the story forward via rhyming melodic lyrics that express the feelings of the various characters.

Back in 1978, the worst thing to come to this world was myself, however a young Genius by the name of Jeff Wayne produced a prog rock musical version of a novel written by a man who lived in Surrey, and produced it onto a vinyl to which my dad brought. In a prologue, the Journalist notes that in the late 19th century few people had even considered the possible existence of extraterrestrial life, yet planet Earth had in fact long been enviously observed by advanced beings.

In 2006, fans of the album were finally able to see the music bought to life in a grandiose arena spectacular.The tour featured former Strictly Come Dancing dancer Kevin Clifton as the Artilleryman and Steps' Claire Richards as Beth. Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds, The Final Arena Tour at The LG Arena, Birmingham, UK". Following lengthy negotiations, Universal Pictures agreed to film Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds live. However, the modern touches the New Generation production revitalise the music and give it a fresh touch. The role of Parson Nathaniel was originally given to Free and Bad Company singer Paul Rodgers, and although Wayne thought he delivered "fantastic" vocals, Rodgers was reluctant to take on the speaking part and dropped out.

The New Generation album received mixed reactions from music critics and lifelong fans of Wayne's original album, with many praising Liam Neeson's performance as The Journalist, though some fans of the original were not impressed, comparing his performance to that of Richard Burton's. By 10 September 2020, it was announced that The True Story of the Martian Invasion would be cancelled due to laws that were brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic prohibiting the number of individuals that could be present during indoor events. Jeff Wayne has made some additions in areas of dialogue, new fans will not even notice but old school veterans like myself will. By now a crowd has gathered on the common, and when a group of inquisitive men approaches the cylinder they are incinerated by the Heat-Ray—an advanced Martian weapon. The strings sound deep and striking and the synths a perfect balance; the to-and-fro between each becoming totally anthemic.The album features guest artists David Essex, Justin Hayward, Phil Lynott, Chris Thompson, and Julie Covington, with actor Richard Burton as the narrator. Thompson and new cast members Alexis James and Tara Blaise do a great job on their vocals and "acting".

The live show, titled Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds – The New Generation: Alive on Stage!Marti Pellow (lead singer of the Scottish pop group Wet Wet Wet) is the Sung Thoughts of the Journalist. In 1984 CRL Group PLC released Jeff Wayne's Video Game Version of The War of the Worlds for the Sinclair ZX Spectrum home computer. Jeff Wayne conducts The Black Smoke Band and the ULLAdubULLA Strings as he has done on tours before. Maverick Sabre and Joss Stone's performances as Parson Nathaniel and Beth received a more lukewarm response whereas Alex Clare's rendition of "Thunder Child" received praise, with many people claiming that his take on the song was the best track on the album. The Journalist, however, realizing the Artilleryman's ambitions far exceed his abilities, soon leaves.

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