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Jeff Wayne - War Of The Worlds (Remastered & Repackaged Edition) (2xHybrid SACD) (Plays on all regular CD and SACD players) £4.99 delivered @ HMV (includes 48-page booklet with new artwork and content)
Jeff Wayne - War Of The Worlds (Remastered & Repackaged Edition) (2xHybrid SACD) (Plays on all regular CD and SACD players) £4.99 delivered @ HMV (includes 48-page booklet with new artwork and content)

Jeff Wayne - War Of The Worlds (Remastered & Repackaged Edition) (2xHybrid SACD) (Plays on all regular CD and SACD players) £4.99 delivered @ HMV (includes 48-page booklet with new artwork and content)

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This is the 5.1 surround/stereo remixed and remastered double album. Released 40 years after Orson Welles' 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.)



disc 1
o 1. Eve Of The War [5.1 surround sound mix] - Jeff Wayne & Richard Burton/Justin Hayward
o 2. Horsell Common And The Heat Ray [5.1 surround sound mix] - Jeff Wayne & Richard Burton
o 3. Artillery Man And The Fighting Machine [5.1 surround sound mix] - Jeff Wayne & Richard Burton/David Essex
o 4. Forever Autumn [5.1 surround sound mix] - Jeff Wayne & Richard Burton/Justin Hayward
o 5. Thunder Child [5.1 surround sound mix] - Jeff Wayne & Richard Burton/Chris Thompson
o 6. Eve Of The War [stereo mix] - Jeff Wayne & Richard Burton/Justin Hayward
o 7. Horsell Common And The Heat Ray [stereo mix] - Jeff Wayne & Richard Burton
o 8. Artillery Man And The Fighting Machine [stereo mix] - Jeff Wayne & Richard Burton/David Essex
o 9. Forever Autumn [stereo mix] - Jeff Wayne & Richard Burton/Justin Hayward
o 10. Thunder Child [stereo mix] - Jeff Wayne & Richard Burton/Chris Thompson
disc 2
o 1. Red Weed (1) [part 1/5.1 surround sound mix] - Jeff Wayne & Richard Burton
o 2. Spirit Of Man [5.1 surround sound mix] - Jeff Wayne & Richard Burton/Phil Lynott/Julie Covington
o 3. Red Weed (2) [part 2/5.1 surround sound mix] - Jeff Wayne & Richard Burton
o 4. Artilleryman Returns - Jeff Wayne & Richard Burton
o 5. Brave New World [5.1 surround sound mix] - Jeff Wayne & David Essex
o 6. Dead London [5.1 surround sound mix] - Jeff Wayne & Richard Burton
o 7. Epilogue [part 1/5.1 surround sound mix] - Jeff Wayne & Richard Burton
o 8. Epilogue (2) [part 2/5.1 surround sound mix]
o 9. Red Weed (1) [part 1/stereo mix] - Jeff Wayne & Richard Burton
o 10. Spirit Of Man [stereo mix] - Jeff Wayne & Richard Burton/Phil Lynott/Julie Covington
o 11. Red Weed (2) [part 2/stereo mix] - Jeff Wayne & Richard Burton
o 12. Artilleryman Returns - Jeff Wayne & Richard Burton
o 13. Brave New World [stereo mix] - Jeff Wayne & David Essex
o 14. Dead London [stereo mix] - Jeff Wayne & Richard Burton
o 15. Epilogue [part 1/stereo mix] - Jeff Wayne & Richard Burton
o 16. Epilogue (2) [part 2/stereo mix]

35 Comments

Nice Andy, I had this on vinyl years ago.

The price is Martian!
The chances of anything cheaper than this are a million to one he says.

Banned

Hoedi;7933774

The price is Martian!The chances of anything cheaper than this are a … The price is Martian!The chances of anything cheaper than this are a million to one he says.



ROFLMAO !:thumbsup:

There are more tracks on this one than the 30th edition.

5% quidco aswell,

Do the 5.1 remixed versions sound the same as the stereo versions if its played on a regular hifi? If so, its a cd of duplicated songs! I used to have this on LP and would like a cd version but am not convinced about this one.

OOOLAH - this needs heating up with a Martian Heat Ray!

Polar1;7934689

Do the 5.1 remixed versions sound the same as the stereo versions if its … Do the 5.1 remixed versions sound the same as the stereo versions if its played on a regular hifi? If so, its a cd of duplicated songs! I used to have this on LP and would like a cd version but am not convinced about this one.



Not sure what you mean there, 5.1 is surround sound, 2 front, 2 rear, a centre speaker and a subwoofer, therefore the 5.1 remixed version has been mastered to make use of all the speakers in an enhanced surround sound version, therefore it does not sound the same as the stereo version.

Hybrid SACDs have two layers, one is detected and read by any compatible SACD Player, the other layer is your usual CD Layer and is read as normal by a standard CD Player.

I would believe that the CD Layer of the disk has been remastered from the original master tapes, but would obviously only play in 2 channel stereo the same as your old LP would have.

Gone for it

Cheers OP

I have this set, it's awesome. Shame SACD players are hard to find these days, as the surround sound is amazing!

The 30th Aniversary is a normal CD set remastered etc and with 2 videos of new stuff, the SACD version needs a SACD player to get the 5.1 audio so worth checking your player can play it if you want the 5.1 sound but without the videos i think.

A lot of Pioneer DVD players that have DIVX capability play SACD.

Be careful, had problems playing SACD in PC drives before.

Got so many versions of this already, but had to buy another!

Dave

dufus124;7935060

I have this set, it's awesome. Shame SACD players are hard to find these … I have this set, it's awesome. Shame SACD players are hard to find these days, as the surround sound is amazing!



I used to really look forward to buying 5.1 SACD/DVD-A albums. It was the only thing that kept me interested in physical formats.

This is one of the best surround mixes :thumbsup:

Don't PS3 consoles support SACD?

Jonsend;7935248

Don't PS3 consoles support SACD?



The Old Phat 60GB one did, via PCM over HDMI.

Still confused! So unless you can play surround sound you might as well just buy the 30th anniversary set, otherwise your buying a duel layer cd and only playing the normal stereo versions (yes?)

Will this play at 5.1 in my PC, I have a new Samsung player fitted.

Hadn't even heard of SACD before

People still use CDs? :-D

Polar1;7935367

Still confused! So unless you can play surround sound you might as well … Still confused! So unless you can play surround sound you might as well just buy the 30th anniversary set, otherwise your buying a duel layer cd and only playing the normal stereo versions (yes?)



Yes, as said the disk has two layers on it, only SACD compatible players laser will read the data from the SACD layer, the other layer is the standard CD Layer, so you may as well just buy the 30th anniversary set, bear in mind though, SACD prices of albums are rising, mainly because a lot of titles have been deleted, this one may follow suit at some point.

dar72;7935535

Hadn't even heard of SACD beforePeople still use CDs? :-D



I use both still, I still buy CDs, sound far better than MP3 for sure, give me my quality NAD CD Player connected to my Amp anyday.

alanrp123;7935379

Will this play at 5.1 in my PC, I have a new Samsung player fitted.



No, unless the drive is SACD compatible it won't read the 5.1 layer of the disk.

alanrp123;7935379

Will this play at 5.1 in my PC, I have a new Samsung player fitted.



Nope. I don't think an SACD drive has ever existed for the PC.
For good reason the format has insane levels of copy protection.

As a last resort, DTS 5.1 versions do float around.... but that's something I will leave people to explore on their own.

Anyone played the slot of this at William Hill?

Sounds obvious, but if you're planning to rip this and play on your MP3 player you won't be getting the benefit of surround in any case!

Good price for a fantastic album however!

forgot phil lynott was on this

seanjames;7936804

forgot phil lynott was on this



However so is David Essex.

GvH;7936955

However so is David Essex.



That isnt a reason to buy this ;-)

heat added: ordered (thanks): now to try to find a SACD player (ridiculous! I've been around long enough, but I've never heard of this format)

Anyone else who doesn't know there's quite a good FAQ here on SACD:

sa-cd.net/faq

Thanks,ordered and heat added,now to the roof space for my Sony surround system.

MBeeching;7935590

Nope. I don't think an SACD drive has ever existed for the PC.For good … Nope. I don't think an SACD drive has ever existed for the PC.For good reason the format has insane levels of copy protection.As a last resort, DTS 5.1 versions do float around.... but that's something I will leave people to explore on their own.



I have some DTS CD's, they are good. They play in any player that supports DTS.

SACD only play in specific players (the laser is slightly different to CD I think). They will also only output from the analogue outputs from the player, never digital (to preserve the digital copy protection). Hence why they never worked in PC's.

These hybrid ones have 2 layers. The standard CD layer will be picked up by normal players, so only those with SACD players will get the 5.1 tracks.

jasee;7937845

heat added: ordered (thanks): now to try to find a SACD player … heat added: ordered (thanks): now to try to find a SACD player (ridiculous! I've been around long enough, but I've never heard of this format)Anyone else who doesn't know there's quite a good FAQ here on SACD:http://www.sa-cd.net/faq



Sony officially stopped players for the format a couple of years ago, so no new players have been released for a while. I have a cool Pioneer player that does everything, SACD, CD, DVD, DTS-CD etc. They are on ebay for not too much ;-)

dufus124;7949451

Sony officially stopped players for the format a couple of years ago, so … Sony officially stopped players for the format a couple of years ago, so no new players have been released for a while.



They've announced 11 new models last month and this month -- all BD players and BD home theater systems with SACD playback.

Jonsend;7935248

Don't PS3 consoles support SACD?



jasee;7937845

there's quite a good FAQ here on SACD: http://www.sa-cd.net/faq



I can't seem to post the URL here (yet) but there's also a dedicated FAQ about SACD on PS3; easy to find with any search engine.

dufus124;7949437

I have some DTS CD's, they are good. They play in any player that … I have some DTS CD's, they are good. They play in any player that supports DTS. SACD only play in specific players (the laser is slightly different to CD I think). They will also only output from the analogue outputs from the player, never digital (to preserve the digital copy protection). Hence why they never worked in PC's.These hybrid ones have 2 layers. The standard CD layer will be picked up by normal players, so only those with SACD players will get the 5.1 tracks.



Not strictly true :), they do not output from Coaxial or Optical Toslin to maintain digital copy protection, however compatible players do output from HDMI which is digital and does maintain the digital copy protection.

In fact, now a lot of budget HDMI Receivers that support audio as well as video over HDMI are dropping the multi channel RCA audio inputs, so with those receivers the only way to get SACD and DVD-A is via a Universal DVD Player that outputs those formats over HDMI in PCM format, that is also the only way with the early PS3 players that support SACD as well.
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