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  • Audio CD (28 Feb. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Concept
  • ASIN: B00004SKNF
  • Other Editions: Audio CD |  Audio Cassette |  Vinyl |  Mini-Disc |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 680 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,898 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Eve Of The 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. Brave New World
  5. Dead London
  6. Epilogue (Part 1)
  7. Epilogue (Part 2) (Nasa)

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Released 40 years after Orson Welle's infamous radio version of the HG Wells tale, Jeff Wayne's musical version of War of the Worlds straddles old-style radio drama and contemporary orchestrated narratives by Rick Wakeman and David Bedford. And while it lacks the sophisticated arrangements of, say, Journey to the Centre of the Earth, it does boast an impressively odd cast--this may be the only time that a member of Thin Lizzy worked with Richard Burton. Indeed, it's Burton's sonorous tones that sustain this work; his frequent solo narrations are eminently listenable, whereas sections featuring dialogue with other characters often come off as a bit stilted. The music is competent studio rock, and "Horsell Common and the Heat Ray" does strike just the right balance between Burton's narration and an accompaniment built around a buzzsaw guitar riff. Overall, it's pleasant as a period piece, and still a fine way to introduce younger listeners to Wells' classic tale. (And if you can find it in a vinyl, it comes with a nicely produced narrative booklet with gloriously lurid illustrations by Geoff Taylor.) --Paul Collins, All Music Guide


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