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4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the original, but still a decent listen., 10 Dec. 2012
This review is from: Jeff Wayne's Musical Version Of The War Of The Worlds - The New Generation (Audio CD)
It seems that Jeff Wayne, like Jean-Michel Jarre, Mike Oldfield (& others no doubt) has finally given up trying to escape his masterpiece/debut and is now hell-bent on squeezing every last drop of juice from it. This is not a bad thing IMHO. First we had the stage versions, which were a refereshing take on the classic album. Now we have this "next generation" new version. So is it any good? Well, it's okay - not too different from the original, but some of the sounds are much more contemporary. Like I say, worth a few listens at least. The overall value of the album will probably depend on your liking (or not) of the vocalists. Liam Neeson's narration is fine, but can't possibly compete with Richard Burton's phenomenal original. As for the singers - they are mostly okay, but do not seem to have the theatrical intensity of the originals. Maybe that's the idea? Gary Barlow as Justin Hayward is probably the pick of the bunch. "Stars in their Eyes" awaits if the next Take That reunion tour falls through, Gaz.
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