Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds LP, Special Radio Edition, Demonstration; Not For Sale



Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of the War of the Worlds

Special Radio Edition, Demonstration: Not For Sale

1978 CBS Records, Manufactured by Columbia Records

A great example of how the archives of a recorded time has been preserved. The passages on this LP are from the actual radio broadcast, not something taken from a tape.  They are archived from the original 4 large 16in acetates that were cut directly from the radio transmission. Note that this whole concept was done live in a studio with actors, sound effects records, gadgets and many other noise makers. It represents a moment in time when people were glued to their radio tube sets. Many took this seriously and it brought on hysteria.

Record is in fine condition, no scratches.   Featuring Richard Burton, Julie Covington, David Essex, Justin Hayward, Phil Lynott, Jo Partridge and Chris Thompson.