The Progzilla Files Episode 12 | War of the Worlds

I’ve always had an odd relationship with Jeff Wayne’s often overblown concept album–parts are great but parts are truly horrible (stand up Phil Lynott’s attempts at acting and anything with David Essex).

In addition to the original album, I’ve picked up the highlights album, the remix album, the pointless “New Generation” album and a box set of outtakes which includes The Real Thing’s Chris Amoo on two songs and the complete undubbed Richard Burton voiceover.

So from these various sources, here’s my own 54-minute edit. I like it.

Playlist

  1. JEFF WAYNE’S MUSICAL VERSION OF WAR OF THE WORLDS (Progzilla Edit)
  • The Eve of the War – featuring Justin Hayward (00:40-05:16) unused outtake + radio edit with undubbed Richard Burton voice-over
  • Horsell Common and The Heat Ray (05:16-14.26) radio edit with undubbed Richard Burton voice-over + original album version
  • Forever Autumn – featuring Chris Amoo and Justin Hayward (14.26-24.14) early alternative version + original album version + undubbed Richard Burton voice-over
  • Thunder Child – featuring Chris Amoo and Chris Thomas (24.14-27.40)
    early alternative version + original album version + undubbed Richard Burton voice-over
  • The Red Weed (27.40-35.40) radio edit with undubbed Richard Burton voice-over
  • The Spirit of Man – featuring Philip Lynott and Julie Covington (35.40-41.53) radio edit + session outtakes with undubbed Richard Burton voice-over
  • Dead London (41.53-50:09) original album version
  • Epilogue #1 (50:09-52:40) original album version
  • Epilogue #2 (52:40-54:30) original album version

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