The War of the Worlds, The New Generation [aka The Marmite edition],
This review is from: Jeff Wayne's Musical Version Of The War Of The Worlds - The New Generation (Audio CD)
As another reviewer has already stated, it really is a case of you'll like it or hate it. A very divisive album (which is no bad thing) that is clearly reflected in the star ratings that other people have reviewed it as (at the time of writing this review, it has scored 15,17,11,14,12 stars in 5 star to 1 star order).
Personally I like it, and see no reason why it can't co-exist alongside the original. It doesn't veer away from the original, yet manages to compliment it with a contemporary feel without 'over-egging' it. The new bass line on 'The Eve of the War' is simply sublime. Also, the stereo sound is much wider than the original, particularly when listened to through a good set of cans.
Like many others, I wondered if the lack of Richard Burton's narration would have a negative effect. The good news is that it doesn't. With Liam Neeson, he brings something different but with equal quality. RB's delivery was that of classic thespian, LN sounds more natural and certainly does it justice.
Another difference is the extended narration of the story, which I personally think is good. What you have to remember is that in the days of the double vinyl LP, there was only a finite amount of space available. With the advent of CD and mp3, the whole story can be explored in more detail.
It would have been very easy to simply give this 3 stars. That would be unfair as it deserves better than that. Listen to this album with open eyes and ears, judge it on it own artistic merit as it's own entity. One final observation (albeit only cosmetic), the new album artwork is absolutely fantastic, far superior to the original.