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Purists - Give it another listen !,
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This review is from: War of the Worlds: ULLAdubULLA II - The Remix Album (Audio CD)
Like a lot of people, I first heard the original back in 1978 and you can't really touch it or enhance it. HG Wells wrote a masterpiece and Wayne created another when he interpreted it in such an original way.
Taking that as read, there is much to enjoy on these remixes.As has been said, they don't tell the story as the original does. That wasn't their intent. They just gave the master tapes to a younger generation and asked for their interpretation and when you hear NTrance's 'Forever Autumn' you have to think there is still a different slant to be put on things. Obviously this is not a record to get if you don't like the whole beat and dance scene and it kicks off rather badly with that alien perspective from the start of the live show, which I don't like. After that, as a previous reviewer mentioned, you have to skip the Zube material which is poor and frankly, rather silly. Some of the affects - like changing the sound of Burton's voice and Covington's on 'Spirit of Man' work really well though. These guys were obviously allowed to pick what they wanted to do and there are far too many Eve of the War's but odd bits like The Artillery Man are, at the very least, interesting. This brings me to a point no one has made here. The remixes use additional material - not least in the latter song mentioned but also lines edited from Burton's narrative and an odd verse or two from Lynott. This is great stuff - it makes some of the original album narrative sound a little less disjointed so if you purists don't want the music, its worth listening just for these bits. On the whole though, its an interesting concept. New effects, very sensitvely applied for the most part and a bit more clout to these excellent songs. Rememeber, if you do buy this, you don't have to bin your original. You can listen both :-)