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Highlights from Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds is a 1981 compilation album by Jeff Wayne, highlights of the 1978 concept album, retelling the story of The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells. It was released by Columbia Records.
In order to cater to casual consumers who liked the music of Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds but did not want to sit through all the dialogue, Columbia Records issued a single-disc abridged version. It focused on the album's songs, but did not shy away from the longer musical passages. The album scrambles the original track list, reducing the plot's coherence.
When the record was re-issued in October 2000, two bonus tracks were added: the 1989 Ben Liebrand remix of the single version of "The Eve of the War" and the 1996 remix of "Forever Autumn".
The record was re-issued in June 2007 with a revised cover, new stereo mixes of the original nine tracks and the bonus track "The Spirit Of Man (2007 Mix)".
All tracks written by Jeff Wayne except as noted.
The Eve of the War (single version, 1989 remix)
Forever Autumn (1996 remix)
The Spirit Of Man (2007 Mix)
Jeff Wayne – keyboards
Richard Burton – spoken words
David Essex – spoken words and vocals ("Brave New World")
Phil Lynott – spoken words and vocals ("The Spirit of Man")
Julie Covington – spoken words and vocals ("The Spirit of Man")
Justin Hayward – vocals ("Forever Autumn", "The Eve of the War")
Chris Thompson – vocals ("Thunder Child")
Ken Freeman – keyboards
Chris Spedding – guitar
Jo Partridge – guitar
George Fenton – santur, zither, tar
Herbie Flowers – bass guitar
Barry Morgan – drums
Barry da Souza, Roy Jones, Ray Cooper – percussion
Paul Vigrass, Gary Osborne, Billy Lawrie – backing vocals
- "The Eve of the War" – 5:13
- "Horsell Common and the Heat Ray" – 4:45
- "Forever Autumn" (Wayne, Vigrass, Osborne) – 4:31
- "The Fighting Machine" – 4:25
- "Thunderchild" (Wayne, Osborne) – 5:09
- "The Red Weed" – 6:06
- "The Spirit of Man" (Wayne, Osborne) – 6:44
- "Dead London" – 5:25
- "Brave New World" (Wayne, Osborne) – 5:23
1The Eve of the War5:04Highlights from Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds Wikipedia
2Horsell Common and the Heat Ray4:44