Ollie Teeba from The Herbaliser:
"A few years back I was given, as a Christmas gift, the 'Collectors Edition box set of Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds'. As well as tons of interesting facts about the creation of the original recordings it had several CD's of alternate takes, remixes etc. On one CD, I excitedly discovered that they had included all of Richard Burton's dialogue parts, without music. Having already created and performed an alternate live DJ score to silent film 'The Lost World' from 1927, this seemed like a great opportunity to do a similar project with one of my favourite childhood stories."
"This is by no means intended as an improvement to Mr Wayne's recording but a tribute to H.G Wells, Jeff Wayne, Richard Burton, Orson Welles and of course Solid Steel."
(It's the second hour)
posted by looeee
on Oct 25, 2013 -
In the late 1970s the UK's Anglia Television ran a respected weekly documentary series: Science Report.
But when the show was cancelled in 1977, the producers decided to channel Orson Welles in their final episode. The result was Alternative 3
. Over the course of the hour, the audience would learn that a Science Report
investigation into the UK "brain drain" had uncovered shocking revelations: man-made pollution had resulted in catastrophic climate change, the Earth would soon be rendered uninhabitable, and a secret American / Soviet joint plan was in place to establish colonies on the Moon and Mars. The show ended with footage of a US/Soviet Mars landing from May 22, 1962. After Alternative 3 aired, thousands of panicked viewers phoned the production company and demanded to know how long they had left to change planets. [more inside]
posted by zarq
on Jun 20, 2012 -
Seventy years ago today was the original broadcast of "The War of the Worlds". Listen to it, uninterrupted, here.
The program reportedly caused a mass panic across much of the Northeast. [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot
on Oct 30, 2008 -
may be best known as the director and star of Citizen Kane
, but before he made movies he was a star of the radio. Although he gained notoriety by narrating War of the Worlds
in 1938, he was also the voice of Lamont Cranston
, The Shadow
, and had a successful run as the creator and star
of the Mercury Theater On The Air
, which, after gaining sponsorship, became known as the Campbell Playhouse
. Even after the heyday of radio, Welles provided his voice for The Black Museum
series (based on real-life cases from the files of Scotland Yard), and The Lives of Harry Lime
, a prequel to his role in the film The Third Man
posted by supercrayon
on Jan 10, 2007 -
War of the Worlds (this is not about Bush)
Don't own a television? Want an alternative? Live performance, live orchestra, no net. October 30, 2002 8-9 PM Eastern. Glenn Beck recreates Orson Welles chilling performance that captivated a nation along with full orchestrations and foley effects. this is a radio broadcast
posted by RunsWithBandageScissors
on Oct 29, 2002 -