Almost forty years later, Jeff Wayne put together a fantastic musical version, narrated by Richard Burton and featuring Justin Hayward (Moody Blues), David Essex and Phil Lynott (Thin Lizzy).
This one is my tradition.
Every year, as the calendar turns from September to October, I break out my double CD (which replaced the cassettes I made of the records in the 80's). A slight chill in the night air (even in San Diego) and the sounds of a Martian invasion mean Halloween to me.
I was excited to hear recently that Jeff Wayne is revisiting this project with an all-new cast for 2012.
While I am looking forward to that, which is due out around Thanksgiving this year, I will always love the original!
No shuffling today. I've been listening to it straight through. And the album has been posted on MySpace, so even if you don't have it, you can listen, too.
And remember, just because they said the chances of anything coming from Mars are a million to one, they still come!