Composer Jeff Wayne created the musical version of The War of the Worlds based on the H.G. Wells novel of the same name. There were no pictures, only a few select paintings that were in the accompanying booklet sold with the music, the imagery was left to the listener's imagination.
From the very first time I heard "Eve of the War" I was hooked. I had never heard anything like it before and I'm not sure how old I was. I don't think I could even comprehend half of what the narration meant but I knew I wanted to know more. I first listened to the highlights version of the CD and I think it was only after expressing an interest in that CD that my Dad showed me the super duper 2 disc version!
Over the years it's become one of my favourite choices of music to listen to. When I worked in the record store I used my 25% discount wisely and bought the 7 disc collector's edition which has a wealth of unreleased material. I also bought the vinyl edition which has a great picture booklet with it. Money well spent! :-) Such a geek :-)
I also have the PC game (a reason why we keep an old computer in the spare room as it doesn't work on newer computers). Which I forget I have and then remember again and play for hours solid and then forget about again. Currently I'm alternating between WOTW and Black Ops, which is making me into a bit of a paranoid martian war hero!
I'm going to see the Live Tour at the O2 London in December, I literally cannot wait.
The Live Tour Cast
Richard Burton - The Journalist (virtual image)
Justin Hayward (The Moody Blues) - Sings the thoughts of the Journalist
Rhydian (X-Factor) - Parson Nathaniel
Liz McClarnon (Atomic Kitten) - Beth, Parson Nathaniel's Wife
Chris Thompson (Manfred Mann) - The Voice of Humanity
Jason Donovan - The Artilleryman