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Jeff Wayne

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Forever Autumn Jeff Wayne, Richard Burton, Justin Hayward 07:41
The Eve of the War (feat. Richard Burton & Justin Hayward) Jeff Wayne, Richard Burton, Justin Hayward 09:07
Thunder Child Jeff Wayne, Richard Burton, Chris Thompson 06:06
Horsell Common and the Heat Ray Jeff Wayne, Richard Burton 11:35
The Spirit of Man Jeff Wayne, Richard Burton, Phil Lynott, Julie Covington 11:37
The Artilleryman and the Fighting Machine Jeff Wayne 10:36
The Red Weed (Part 1) Jeff Wayne, Richard Burton 05:53
The Red Weed (Part 2) Jeff Wayne, Richard Burton 05:24
Brave New World Jeff Wayne, Richard Burton, David Essex 12:14
The Artilleryman Returns Jeff Wayne 01:27

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The son of actor, singer and theatre producer Jerry Wayne, Jeff was raised largely in America, though spent part of his formative years in the UK after his father won the role of Sky Masterson in the original West End musical, Guys and Dolls. Back in the US he moved to California where he trained as a journalist and played in several local bands, following his passion for music. In 1966 his father produced a musical adaptation of Dickens' A Tale Of Two Cities, not-so imaginatively calling it Two Cities. Wayne Junior composed the score and his career in music began. Over the next few years he composed and produced music for adverts, TV and film, becoming somewhat prolific, before teaming up with David Essex to produce his Grammy Award-nominated album, Rock On. Soon after, he began work on what was to become his magnum opus - the musical adaptation of H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds. It was an immediate international success and garnered much critical acclaim; its mix of hard rock and classical music combined with literature featured Richard Burton, Justin Hayward, Phil Lynott, Julie Covington and unsurprisingly, David Essex. Wayne went on to compose the score for 1992 film Spartacus but his work since has been less high profile - though he continues to compose and produce from his base in the UK.