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War of the Worlds AC-3, Dolby, Hybrid SACD, SACD, Soundtrack, Import


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  • Audio CD (5 July 2005)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, Hybrid SACD, SACD, Soundtrack, Import
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0009MAPUO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (370 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 885,108 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. The Eve Of War
2. Horsell Common 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. Artilleryman (Part 2)
5. Brave New World
6. Dead London
7. Epilogue (Part 1)
8. Epilogue (Part 2) (Nasa)

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By D.Rutter on 8 July 2005
Format: Audio CD
I remember this album when I was a kid back in '78 I believe. It captured my imagination then and still does.
Obviously it has been re-released to capitalise on the new movie, however it is not a cheap shot.
This SACD 5.1 re-master and re-mix is one of the best SACD's I've heard.
Many people may not like the rather Prog-Rock music, but to those who do this album has it all.
The 5.1 sound is jaw dropping. I have never heard the music so sharp and clearly defined. Vocals stand out, guitar parts that were once hidden deep in the stereo mix now have more intensity (listen to The Heat-Ray). The synths sound as if they are plugged straight into your amp and whirl around the room. There is a lot of dramatic use of panning, front to back, left to right etc and whilst this would ruin most music in TWotW it is all part of the drama. At times the music thunders through your speakers at others it is soft and rolling (The Red Weed). Maybe my only complaint is that at times the change between soft and loud is quite abrupt. However it adds to the overall effect.
If you own an SACD player and have like this wonderfully eccentric Concept album them you must buy this. Worth every penny!!
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170 of 173 people found the following review helpful By "danny328" on 8 Mar 2003
Format: Audio CD
I love this album! It was the first album I ever bought in about 1979. I'd been badgering people for some money towards it for my eighth birthday and then, when the day finally came, I remember coming back on the bus with it proudly tucked under my arm. The original had a large picture booklet with some fascinating paintings of the Earth under the rule of the martians - I particularly remember the one of the crows picking at the flesh of hoods of the martian tripods and these are faithfully reproduced in the new CD booklet.
This is a very unusual record that is quite unlike anything else before or since. It features superb musicianship with classic thumping 70s basslines from the excellent Herbie Flowers and top vocal performances from the likes of Justin Hayward, Phil Lynott and David Essex. Richard Burton's narration is hypnotic and the words are strangely poetic in a way HG Wells' original book isn't.
The recording still sounds just as good to me today and the CD remastering brings it to life in new ways I hadn't heard before.
If you have never come across this album, I would highly recommend it as a strange and satisfying listening experience. If you had it years ago, why not renew your acquaintance with this 70's classic?
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Dominic L. Brown on 18 Sep 2005
Format: Audio CD
I remember hearing this album when I was about 10 years old (late 1980's), and I absolutely loved it! My older brother bought it, and played it non-stop for about 6 months, and that was it - I didn't hear it again until the release of the new film version jogged my memory.
There is still a lot to enjoy on this inventive and atmospheric double album. I suppose that this is really a rock opera, and a very good one - it is very well written and performed, and the key theme is highly memorable, and evokes the story brilliantly. It is certainly musically superior to either "Hair" or "The Rocky Horror Picture Show". It is almost certain that a musical score to his momentous story would have displeased H.G. Wells a great deal, but it re-introduced this superb tale to the world in the 1970's, after a disasterous B-movie in the 1950's, and so did his legacy a great service.
The voices are almost universally great, with Richard Burton as the journalist the absolute star of the show, in fine voice as always. Julie Covington is great too as Beth, and Phil Lynott is good as Parson Nathaniel. Davis Essex is the major letdown - his rendition of the artillery man, whilst competent, begins to grate after a time, simply due to the accent he adopts. The singing is of a very high standard throughout, with Chris Thompson especially good on "Thunderchild" and Justin Hayward (The Moody Blues) putting in some great performances. David Essex generally sings better than he speaks, and Gary Osborne's lyrics are well-written and evocative.
The music is the real strength here though - the score is inventive, and there is some great musical talent onboard.
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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Darren Wells on 29 Nov 2005
Format: Audio CD
First things first. If you`ve read the other reviews that are here and they say that the 5.1 audio track will not play in their DVD players, there is a simple reason for that... They don`t support the Super Audio CD format, that`s all. These DVD players should be able to playback the 2 channel remastered version that is also on the disc. And Blimey is it good! Jeff Wayne is a total Genius and 30 years on this new remix of the album is sounding as fresh as if it was recorded recently. The 5.1 works really well and the story is captured so beautifully on this album.
One major piece of advice, if you can afford it, do order the "Collectors Edition", comes with superb book, the new mix, and a couple of other cds with remixes, and outtakes, there is even a version of Richard Burton`s speech without music, which reads like a talking book. Adding to that, a DVD about the history of the album this represents excellent value for money. A must buy!
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