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The War of the Worlds [Special Edition, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks]

Jeff Wayne Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Audio CD (8 May 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Special Edition, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B0000277CR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,016 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. The Eve of The War
2. Horsell Comon and the Heat Ray
3. The Artilleryman and the Fighting Machine
4. Forever Autumn
5. Thunder Child
Disc: 2
1. The Red Weed (part 1)
2. The Spirit of Man
3. The Red Weed (part 2)
4. Brave New World
5. Dead London
6. Epilogue (part 1)
7. Epilogue (part 2) (NASA)
8. The Spirit of Man (Dubulladub)
9. Forever Autumn - Remix'96
10. Forever Autumn (Dark Autumn Dub)
See all 11 tracks on this disc

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE concept album (as far as I'm concerned). 21 Dec 2000
Format:Audio CD
What can you say about this album? A classic? A piece of musical history? An awesome achievemnt? My view is simple - one of the best albums I have ever heard. I wore out two vinyl versions and I am now on my third CD and I still love it. Burton's rich voice opens the album with shiver that runs through the entire work. The composition and execution is flawless and why this has never been made into a stage show is beyond me. This is my all time favourite escapist album. It only takes the opening chords to drive my wife from the room ("How can you possible listen to that album again" - is the usual comment as she leaves)and lift me out of the humdrum of everyday life If you don't have this album - buy it. It will reward you for years to come and then some.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars why is this not listed among the classics? 13 Aug 2002
Format:Audio CD
I have listened to this album since '78 (I was 4) and never got bored. Of course the classic h.g.wells story is brilliant, but the atmosphere, the melodies, and the sheer FUNK of the music can't be beaten. The only album I can think of with 'rock' arrangements this good is sgt pepper. Every instrument (and there's a whole load of them) sounds superb and each plays it's part making up a unique sound.
As a child this album got me into space, science, drawing, music science fiction and fantasy, you name it. I'm a musician now and it probably all started with War of the Worlds...
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
As a child of 6 or 7 years old, this CD was a favourite Sunday afternoon retreat whilst my parents cleaned around in front of me, unaware of their fate. The Aliens were coming! Listening to it on headphones is a must as the sounds travel from one ear, through your head and into the other ear, if not sometimes floating around inside your head for a few seconds before disappearing. The repeatative tune is regognizable whenever you hear it and is a constant reminder of the opening sequence and what the whole the story is about. Although that cant be forgoten that easily. If you are not sure of buying this CD, don't be, but if you are find a friend or someone who owns a copy, be by yourself with a set of headphones on and start playing the first CD. From this point on you will begin to want to own it sp you can play it whenever yoou feel the need.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best! 28 April 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Uuuuuuulaaaaaaaa! 0_0 I simply LOVE the storyline and the music-an interesting combination of orchestral instruments and rock; with all that electrical music, too. Wonderful! You've heard of books that you can't put down: well this is music that you want to keep on listening! Storyline, music, structure, all perfect in my opinion. Great for the lovers of the supernatral and, somehow discriptive music. I could rave on about this one all day, but, in short, IT'S GREAT! ^_^ *Runs off cuddling baby martian plushie*
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic album. 7 Sep 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
What can i say, War of the Worlds has to be one of the best albums ever, it was ahead of its time back in the 70's and its still as good today as its ever been. This new CD has all of the original tracks with some new remix versions at the end of the second CD. Of course nothing will ever beat the original version but the new tracks are very good. They modernise certain tracks without butchering the original concept of the music. I give this CD a 5 star because of the original music and because of the remixes which I see as a tribute to the original music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 8 July 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I've always loved this - eventually got round to buying it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A lifetime in the memory. 20 Jun 2014
By R. Lowe
Format:Audio CD
I was in primary 5 at the local school. The teacher brought in the big speaker and got us all to sit down and listen to a tape, well about 6 actually. She spread it over about a week, and was probably using the time for reports or marking. I can still to this day remember listening to "War of the Worlds" for that week. It was one of the formative moments in life, it's lived with me ever since and I still get swept into the plot as soon as I hear "Forever Autumn", or "Thunderchild".

Fantastic doesn't cover this album, it's a masterpiece that should be a world classic. I'm 40 now, it sounds as fresh as ever. I guess my teacher must be in her late 70's, but if Miss Archibald is reading, thank you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 21 May 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
As always, excellent prompt service and items as described,may be used but in tip top condition, my 15 year old loves it
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
excellent sounds. just as i remembered it.
Published 2 days ago by liz
5.0 out of 5 stars as good if not better than the original
digitally remastered but not "added to" , as good now as the first time that i heard it
includes a few tracks from the new album - not as good as the original imo but... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Viffer
4.0 out of 5 stars War of the Worlds
A CD that is probably in thousands of collections around the country, possibly the world. Now its in my collection.
Published 5 months ago by Peter Brookman
5.0 out of 5 stars The War of the Worlds
I first heard this when it was first issued on vinyl. I bought a copy on vinyl but lost it during a house move. The CD is as good as the vinyl copy but without the scratches!!
Published 6 months ago by Colin Lisgo
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of My First Experiences Of Sci-Fi Soundscapes
Being a little boy in the early 80's, my dad introduced me to his record collection with Jeff Wayne and 'War Of The Worlds'. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Solar Fox
5.0 out of 5 stars lost cds
i had this record when we lived in Germany 30 years ago my husband got me the cds but when we moved houses it got lost I have been trying to get it again and now I have( brilliant... Read more
Published 8 months ago by jean blakeley
5.0 out of 5 stars Just the best!!!
It just doesn't get better than Richard Burton's incredible voice scaring the beejabbers out of you!!!! Haunting, lyrical and simply stunning. Read more
Published 10 months ago by comm88
5.0 out of 5 stars Bargain!
I was a bit worried that this wasn't the original version that I remembered, seeing as I paid about 3 when it was available for 10+ elsewhere, but I needn't have worried. Read more
Published 12 months ago by PC KNEIL
5.0 out of 5 stars CD
It was all I expected. I have the original vynal record and so wanted a CD for my collection. This fits the bill to a tee.
Published 14 months ago by Alan Bridge
5.0 out of 5 stars A blast from the past
Fabulous soundtrack bought for my father in law to be who only had this on vinyl and looked at my copy with envious eyes!
Published 18 months ago by Candylou
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