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on 21 April 2006
I found out about this remix ablum through DJ Keltech's website, where there is an amusing video of an alien scratch mixing the Eve of the War. Having listened to the CD a number of times the majority of remixes are very good and creative, while preserving some of the original Jeff Wayne material. However some of the more Euro-Trance style remixes sound a little cheap and are not inspiring, whereas the more ambient mixes are atmospheric and lush sounding (and it's always good to hear the renaissance of the Vocoder).

If you are a fan of the Jeff Wayne original, this certainly makes interesting listening - but don't expect the plot!

For those of you who are fans of the artists featured on the album and enjoy something a bit different it's a good listen - though it's not really a Club Dance Remix.
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The first "UlladubUlla" 2CD remix album was released around 1999, and this 'sequel' is really a re-packaged selected highlights from that original remix album with only a couple of new remixes, by Tom Middleton and Zube, thrown in.

I'm a fan of the Jeff Wayne's original "War Of The Worlds" musical, but also a fan of remixes- something which Jeff Wayne himself isn't, apparently, and it's his record label rather than him personally that commissions and endorses these remix albums. That's a shame, as musically this remix album is very respectful- most of the mixes are done by talented musicians who manage to respect and enhance the original songs and bring new twists and turns to them, putting songs in different contexts.

H.G. Well's plot is thrown out of the window so listening to this album will not tell you the story of "War Of The Worlds". However, for fans of the original album, who are open-minded enough not to start shaking at the mention of the word "remix", this is a good listen. I think you'd have to listen to the original album first for this remix album to make any sense and to appreciate that there's some quality stuff on here. And one or two duff notes but you can't win them all.
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on 28 April 2011
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 :-)
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on 6 October 2009
War of the Worlds: ULLAdubULLA II - The Remix Album From the opening spoken words of this new remix War of the Worlds album it feels like an interesting updated/retelling of the story (but not in the same way as the remake movie, which was quite frankly rubbish compared to the original film). However when the second track kicks in I found myself pulling faces in disbelieve. Some R & B/hip hop artist called Zube has got hold of it and done the usual poor retelling of the story through the media of rap and it is awful. Why do these so called 'cool' people insist of messing up what was a great musical experience. Things get better with the following tracks as it goes back to the same style as the opener. The Red Weed still manages to create the eerie sense of wonder and mystery like the original but with a modern slant with a club chill-out style about it. Other slower tracks follow suite but the more upbeat tracks have a dance feel about them which could work well in a club as a way of introducing the classic musical to a new modern audience. I would recommend this album to anyone who loves the classic but wants to hear it with an club feel. However I strongly suggest you avoid track 2 and track 17 as Zube, for some reason, has been given another chance to do his thing at the end of the album and hasn't done any better than his first outing. If his tracks were removed my rating of this album would have been 4 stars instead of the 3 I have given it. Overall a good effort for new listeners but the original will always be the best.
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on 19 May 2011
this came promptly being a fan of war of the worlds by jeff wayne i ordered this its a remix of songs from the original war of the worlds album and new ones which are melded in with the stage show one of the tracks is the title opener to th stage show dvd excelent quality i will be using this seller and amazon again thx
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on 3 August 2014
There are two ULLAdubLLA remix albums. This being the second one is trying too hard to be something different and to move the idea on a further stage. The first of these remix albums is excellent, but not this one.
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on 26 April 2006
This album is incredible. I'm a long time fan of the original and know that Jeff Wayne's music is always going to thrill, but some of these new tracks exceed expectations. This is the first time I've heard of Zube (tracks 2 and 17) but I'm sure it won't be the last - amazing!!
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on 7 February 2016
I have both the original and the new generation versions of War of the World's and knew that this was never going to be a copy of those albums.

I knew it was a good buy when it had the goosebumps standing up on my arms like they had over thirty years ago.

I agree with other reviews about tracks 2 and 17 being out of place but the rest of the album is full of drum and bass style tracks which you can't help keep turning the stereo up to.

A good buy considering how cheap it was.
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on 6 July 2012
Having enjoyed this as an old LP in the 70's, this version is as good as the original and includes all the text which went with the original, unlike many CD's which are deficient in written enclosures. Quality is excellent.
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on 20 January 2013
Bought as supplement to original and new soundtrack to stage show out of curiosity. Good but some tracks grate as rap based, Those that aren't are fine. This is down to personal choice as original music superb
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