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Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of the War Import

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Eve Of The War - Wayne, Jeff / Wayne, Jeff Featuring Liam Neeson And Gary Barlow
  2. Horsell Common And The Heat Ray - Wayne, Jeff Featuring Liam Neeson
  3. The Artilleryman And The Fighting Machine - Wayne, Jeff Featuring Liam Neeson And Ricky Wilson
  4. Forever Autumn - Wayne, Jeff Featuring Liam Neeson And Gary Barlow
  5. Thunderchild - Wayne, Jeff Featuring Liam Neeson And Alex Clare
  6. The Red Weed (Part 1) - Wayne, Jeff Featuring Liam Neeson
  7. The Spirit Of Man - Wayne, Jeff Featuring Liam Neeson, Joss Stone And Maverick Sabre
  8. The Red Weed (Part 2) - Wayne, Jeff Featuring Liam Neeson And Maverick Sabre
  9. The Artilleryman Returns - Wayne, Jeff Featuring Liam Neeson And Ricky Wilson
  10. Brave New World - Wayne, Jeff Featuring Liam Neeson And Ricky Wilson
  11. Dead London (Part 1) - Wayne, Jeff Featuring Liam Neeson
  12. Dead London (Part 2) - Wayne, Jeff Featuring Liam Neeson And Gary Barlow
  13. Epilogue (Part 1) - Wayne, Jeff Featuring Liam Neeson
  14. Epilogue (Part 2) (NASA) - Wayne, Jeff Wayne And Featuring Jerry Lewis Macleod

Product Details

  • Vinyl (December 4, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: 101 DISTRIBUTION
  • ASIN: B009CG3ZJ6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #332,785 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mike on February 15, 2013
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
First Packaging: Quite nice with large updated book, fold out poster and LP slip covers designed to appear antiquated in a beautifully updated Gatefold Jacket.

Pressing/Quality: Quality control was a bit of a problem. My LP's were covered with finger prints and dust upon opening and required deep cleaning and demagnetization. Also, I think the fill was somewhat incomplete as the first tracks of each of the four sides were noisy and distorted despite my maintenance. Pressed in 110-120 gram standard vynil, these are not audiophile for sure, especially taking QC into account. Disc were flat and unwarped however.

Music: Liam Neeson is fantastic throughout. Then the opening arrangement kicked in and my fears seemed founded. Previously the original album was dated by it's late 70's prog/ psuedo disco style. Now, somehow this 2012 recording is mired with 90's techno? For the first two tracks, Justin Hayward is gone and sorely missed. He did make the first album a hit. The Moody Blues Legacy isn't entirely absent as Gordon Marshall is the accoustic drummer on the album. Unfortunately, 50% of the rythm is provided by programmed beats and drum machines.

Thunderchild changes little and doesn't seem to be an improvement however the artilleryman is quite good here as is the spirit of man. The album ends nearly identically to the original, as Jeff's dad did the lines.

Some effects are improvements rather than embellishments, particularly when the Journalist dives underwater. Some of the ambience from the 5.1 SACD's is reused here aswell.

If you're a super-fan or completist, this is highly recommended. Otherwise, get the original version on remastered disc for a much more dynamic experience.

In response to my title, the album feels like Greedo shoots first all over again...
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Alan Caylow on April 2, 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Jeff Wayne's original 1978 concept album/rock musical treatment of the H.G. Wells sci-fi classic, "The War Of The Worlds", remains one of my all-time favorite albums. It's in my personal Top Five, in fact. It's masterful blend of storytelling, top-notch voice-acting (spearheaded by the one-and-only Richard Burton as the narrator) and singing (led by The Moody Blues' Justin Hayward), and, of course, its marvelous musical hybrid of progressive rock, orchestral flourishes and disco beats (it was 1978, after all), not to mention its impressive array of sound effects, all-around handsome production, and the gorgeous artwork in the album's packaging itself, all adds up to a bonafied classic rock concept album.

Although, let's be honest: "War Of The Worlds" is primarily a smash-hit album in the UK and other parts of Europe, whereas in North America it's pretty much a word-of-mouth cult album, though Mr. Wayne's Martian masterpiece has always *deserved* to be just as huge an album Stateside as it has been in Britain....

Anyways, I LOVE the 1978 original album. I got it on vinyl as well as CD. I was even lucky enough to see the 1990 London Laserium "WOTW" show during my monthlong stay in England. (Yes, long before Jeff Wayne mounted the live "WOTW" show in 2006 for you lucky British & European fans to see, there was the 1990 London Laserium show. That was fabulous!) I have not been able to see the current live "WOTW" tour, but I keep hoping and praying that Jeff Wayne will finally, at long last, bring the show Stateside. Jeff says he wants to, but it's all about working things out with the concert promoters. Keep trying, Jeff!

In the meantime, there is the 1978 album to enjoy. But....
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Prentiss L. Powell on January 17, 2013
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If I had never heard the original I probably would have rated this release with five stars. Liam Neeson's narration is good, but falls short of that of Richard Burton and a few extra lines of dialog fail to improve on the original presentation. I also find some of the additional sound effects simply annoying, especially the bubbling/gurgling/slight pause when the narrator if forced up to breathe....I thought the disk had skipped....I also liked the second disk slightly better than the first. The new artwork is at least equal to the original, but a small booklet in a CD case cannot adequately be compared to the cover art and booklet enclosed with the original LP record. Don't get me wrong. I love this CD...just prefer the older version for the reasons listed above. Now to the big gripe....Jeff Wayne, I hope you read this.....Where the hell is the DVD of the live performance on an NTSC format disk that can be viewed in the U.S.? Where is the animated feature film that this performance deserves or for that matter a feature film combining live action with animation, such as Avitar???? I have been a fan of this album since its original release. I have in on LP, cassette tape, and both versions of the CD....and somewhere I have an 8-track copy I made from my original album so I could enjoy it on long drives. Are you listening Jeff???
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert J. Morgan on October 28, 2014
Format: Audio CD
I plucked this from the shelf with a sense of both foreboding and excitement. If the new libretto was anything to go by, this was going to be good. Regrettably, it was only the libretto that was any good. So, foreboding won out.

As to the music ... the production is flat, dull and unexciting, with none of the sense of drama, menace, excitement and atmosphere that denoted the Jeff Wayne original, for all the 'primitive' production values of the late 1970s. So, a word of advice to all composers out there from a humble listener ... for heaven's sake, don't try to reimagine perfection - but, if you must, at least try to make it exciting.

As to the artistes ... Liam Neeson would have been perfect. I say 'would' because, although his voice undoubtedly has the timbre and gravitas to match (very nearly) that of Sir Richard Burton, he sounds as though he had a bus to catch. With delivery at such breakneck speed when compared with Burton's measured diction, I almost expected to hear Neeson pant. Gary Barlow does a creditable 'Forever Autumn', though in fairness it pales in comparison to Justin Hayward's version. As for the remainder of the cast, they really all sound as though they are reading halfheartedly from a script in their spoken parts and are flat and undemonstrative in their sung parts - no sense of drama, depth or emotion. To give two examples: (i) the late, great Phil Lynott was not an actor but a singer-songwriter, and yet his portrayal of the Parson in the original recording was first rate, with thoroughly natural delivery of both his spoken and sung parts, suffused with the requisite sense of fear, emotion and madness throughout.
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