Coverafbeelding Jeff Wayne - The Eve Of The War
  • Statistieken
  •   18 weken
  •   3 piekpositie
  •   447 punten
  •   1978

Artiestinformatie

Geboortedatum   01-07-1943
Land   Verenigde Staten



Songtekst

Journalist: No one would have believed, in the last years of the nineteenth century, that human affairs were being watched from the timeless worlds of space. No one could have dreamed that we were being scrutinized, as someone with a microscope studies creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water. Few men even considered the possibility of life on other planets and yet, across the gulf of space, minds immeasurably superior to ours regarded this Earth with envious eyes, and slowly and surely they drew their plans against us.

At midnight on the twelfth of August, a huge mass of luminous gas erupted from Mars and sped towards Earth. Across two hundred million miles of void, invisibly hurtling towards us came the first of the missiles that were to bring so much calamity to Earth. As I watched, there was another jet of gas. It was another missile starting on its way.

And that's how it was for the next ten nights. A flare, spurting out from Mars, bright green, drawing a green mist behind it, a beautiful, but somehow disturbing sight. Ogilvy the astronomer assured me we were in no danger. He was convinced there could be no living thing on that remote forbidding planet.

"The chances of anything coming from Mars are a million to one" he said
"The chances of anything coming from Mars are a million to one, but still they come!"

Journalist: Then came the night the first missile approached Earth. It was thought to be an ordinary falling star, but next day there was a huge crater in the middle of the Common, and Ogilvy came to examine what lay there: a cylinder, thirty yards across, glowing hot.... And with faint sounds of movement coming from within.

Suddenly the top began moving, rotating, unscrewing, and Ogilvy feared there was a man inside, trying to escape. He rushed to the cylinder, but the intense heat stopped him before he could burn himself on the metal.

"The chances of anything coming from Mars are a million to one" he said
"The chances of anything coming from Mars are a million to one, but still they come!"
"Yes the chances of anything coming from Mars are a million to one" he said
"The chances of anything coming from Mars are a million to one, but still they come!"

Journalist: It seems totally incredible to me now that everyone spent that evening as though it were just like any other. From the railway station came the sound of shunting trains, ringing and rumbling, softened almost into melody by the distance.

It all seemed so safe and tranquil.

Songinformatie

Het album begint met de prachtige tekst van Richard Burton: "No one would have believed, in the last years of the nineteenth century, that human affairs were being watched from the timeless worlds of space".

Trivia

Jeff Waynes Musical Version of The War of the Worlds is een muziekalbum uit 1978 gemaakt door de musicus Jeff Wayne samen met andere artiesten. Het is een conceptalbum, gebaseerd op het gelijknamige boek van H.G. Wells, en vertelt het verhaal uit dit boek, begeleid door enkele muzikale nummers. Aanvankelijk werd het uitgegeven als dubbelelpee, later als dubbel-cd. In maart 2007 bracht Universal Pictures Benelux voor het eerst een dvd uit van dit album. Op 24 december 1978, tussen 17.00 uur en 18.30 uur, was een Nederlandstalige versie te horen bij omroep Veronica. Hierin waren de stemmen te horen van o.a. Jan van Veen als de verteller, Peter Koelewijn als de predikant, Willem Duyn als de soldaat en Patricia Paay als Beth. Dit betrof een eigen productie, die nimmer op lp of cd is uitgebracht. In juni en juli 2009 vond er een Europese tour van The War of the Worlds plaats. Na het Verenigd Koninkrijk en Ierland werd nu voor het eerst het Europese vasteland aangedaan. Op 30 juni, 1 juli en 2 juli 2009 werd de show drie keer opgevoerd voor een uitverkochte Heineken Music Hall. Op Radio 2 was de rechtstreekse uitvoering te beluisteren.
ArtiestJeff Wayne
 A-kant
Titel The Eve Of The War
Lengte 4:30
Componist(en) Jeff Wayne
Producer(s) Jeff Wayne
 B-kant
Titel The Red Weed
Lengte 6:06
Componist(en) Jeff Wayne
Producer(s) Jeff Wayne
Platenlabel CBS
Catalogusnr 6496 [1978] / 654738 7 [1989]
Album Musical Version Of "The War Of The Worlds"


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