Filed under dimly recalled memories… Last night I caught a snippet of a History Channel special on Martians or War of the Worlds. In the part I caught, they mentioned a musical version of War of the Worlds and for some reason it triggered an old memory in my head, I knew I had heard this before. I had the barest recollection of an ironclad naval dreadnought and a desperate struggle against our Martian invaders. Anyhow, I was sufficiently impressed by the emergence of the memory to track down the album in question.

Cover.jpg(Wikipedia) Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of the Worlds was a 1978 concept album by Jeff Wayne and others, retelling the story of The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells. The War of the Worlds starred Richard Burton as the narrator-protagonist, Justin Hayward (of The Moody Blues), and David Essex. “Forever Autumn“, “Thunder Child“, and “The Spirit of Man” were some of the individual songs. “Forever Autumn” also became a separate radio hit for a time. Most of the lyrics to the songs were written by former Elton John lyricist Gary Osborne.

Full Wikipedia Entry here.

What a wonderfully geekytastic listen.  :-)