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  DPCD96000 (2 discs)
  Jeff Wayne: The War of the Worlds
  "Musical Version of The War of the Worlds"

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Review by PaulHoncoop June 19, 2005 (10 of 12 found this review helpful)
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I've got it! and it's just great. Close the curtains and dim the lights and then put this marvelous sacd on...kickin'!! It's like the monsters from Mars are just behind you to slam you down (scary).
Yes i've got the feeling i'm in the middle of the movie without pictures, it's all so real now in surround sound. A big plus is that the surround mix is not been mixed agressive. It's all natural mixed as i said; like the movie without pictures. Just great.

The sonics are damn good. Was there in the original stereo recording some noises, in this new version there's nothing left of that. It's clear, clean and the right balance between bass and treble. Outstanding stereo and mc remastermixes for these late 70th recordings.
I prefer the mc mix for just that movie feeling.

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Review by muzikman June 22, 2005 (8 of 9 found this review helpful)
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Artist: Various
Title: Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of the Worlds
Genre: Soundtrack-Progressive Rock
Format: SACD
Label: Columbia/Legacy-

I can hardly wait for the premier of War of the Worlds at the end of this month. This is a movie with a lot of history behind it. Who can forget Orson Welles’ famous radiobroadcast that people actually believed. You have to hand it to Welles for being such an extraordinary actor. Today he would never get away with it but on Halloween Oct. 30, 1938 he shocked a nation. If this had transpired in the present day, he would have ended up in court with a pending jail term in front of him. I remember watching the original movie when I was a child and being in total awe. I can only imagine how good the new version will be with the special effects.

Well not only is there a new version of the movie, the 1978 classic recording Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of the Worlds is available in a stunning 2 CD SACD set. The sound is spellbinding on a surround sound system.

This is a magnificent collection of music and drama. Richard Burton performs the narration very eloquently. Burton’s voice was very refined, Shakespearian if you will. While his inflection is very magnetic, it was at the same terrifying as he told the story and exchanged parts with other actors on this soundtrack. The music is superb featuring such luminaries as Justin Hayward (The Moody Blues) and Phil Lynott (Thin Lizzy) including orchestration of the narratives by Rick Wakeman and David Beford. It seems Mr. Wayne got the very best for this captivating production.

Science fiction and progressive rock fans will gobble this up. I know it was not hard for me to enjoy.

© Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck-

June 22, 2005

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Review by Johnno July 12, 2005 (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
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I don't have a multichannel system so these comments are based on SACD in stereo only. Having said that, I'm absolutely staggered at the change from the original RBCD I have. Not only is the sound so much cleaner than before but the increase in clarity is amazing and I've been hearing all sorts of instrumental details that I've never noticed before. There is, however, still a marvellous sense of space around the sound, whether it be natural or otherwise. Having said that, I occasionally began to wonder whether I was really hearing just the ORIGINAL version or whether perhaps some "re-composing" had occurred for this re-release. I wonder if anyone else has felt the same way?

All in all, though, I can't praise the release highly enough. It's a great album, as we all know, and now sounding better than ever.

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