- Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Cast Recording
- Label: Columbia
- ASIN: B0000025CO
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (334 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,369 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of: The War Of The Worlds Cast Recording
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I read a review many years earlier about a "progressive rock concept" from England. H. G. Well's classic story, "War of the Worlds" on a double LP. When I saw it on CD years later, I thought that I would go ahead and buy it. It was a brave move because a double CD of something I never heard before, was a big expense.
When I brought it home, I started to play it during the dusk of the coming evening. I remember pouring a glass of wine, sitting in the "sweet spot" of my sound room. I turned on the CD, and kicked back:
It opened with Sir Richard Burton (who is the journalist and the main narrator of the whole CD). His chilling, opening words to this H. G. Wells classic, truly set the stage for the impending doom and terror of my next 90 minutes.
The first CD really is just fantastic! The guitar licks, and the ambient, but nerving, incidental music that played in the background as Richard Burton describes what's happening before him. He puts you right there with him. You feel as if you should get up and run because the horror is unfolding right in front of you. Although, it's all just psychological, you might actually feel the heat of the space ship in the commons. Good narration can compell terror quite well. (Just like Rod Serling with the "Twilight Zone" and Robert Stack narrating the stories of "Unsolved Mysteries". A commanding voice, and the effective use of dramatic pause, can inspire terror).
For the longest time, I thought that I was the only one (in America) that has ever heard of this album.Read more ›
But as they say, you never regret your luxuries.
I should state up front that this music has special meaning for me. In 1979, when I met my husband, he had a tape of this album in the car -- back in the days when we all took the time to tape our vinyl albums! -- so I strongly associate it with our first days together, driving around Clearwater Florida and getting to know one another. I think I'd love the album anyway, as I'm a sucker for melodic versions of spoken-word stories, such as Rick Wakeman's Journey to the Center of the Earth.
If you're new to the music, and are trying to get a sense of its value from Amazon's little 30-second previews, I'll simply summarize by saying that the album is very true to the original novel. One friend of mine disliked the WotW movies (all of them) because he feels the story needs to be told in Victorian England; if you feel as he does, you'll be well pleased by this version.
But you'd get that with the $20 version, which Amazon also sells. Is it worth it for the extra stuff?
Yes and No. The Yes-reasons strongly over-power the Noes, so I'm still quite happy I sprung for the expensive version.
Let's get the negatives out of the way first. I've no real interest in the "club mix" CD (in fact I haven't even listened to it yet); to me, this album is about melodies and story-telling, not dancing. The two CDs of out-takes and variations (such as some of the narration from a German version) are interesting, but they're inherently "listen once" items.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This sounds so much better than the record--it brought back so many memoriesPublished 21 days ago by Mary K.
The cd is in great condition. arrived earlier than expected. It's a great cd and I've waited a long time to listen to it once again. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
A high school friend introduced me to the album back in 1978, and it quickly became one of my favorites. Read morePublished 1 month ago by dbird1960
just as i remembered back in the day when i had the vinyl lps.Published 4 months ago by david cumberlidge
I had the album when it first came out. Now, I have the CD. Couldn't be happier.Published 4 months ago by Bill grover
I heard the original LPs years ago, and this version lives up to the original.Published 4 months ago by Charles Robinette
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