[78-L] War of the Worlds on LP

David Lennick dlennick at sympatico.ca
Tue Oct 29 19:31:16 PDT 2013

Forgot to mention that the Longines version is complete on one disc. The Radio 
Spirits CD is a disaster, horribly overprocessed, and I got rid of it as 
quickly as possible. I think it has the same overlap as the Evolution and 
Longines transfers.

On 10/29/2013 8:55 PM, David Lennick wrote:
> The Longines Symphonette version is identical to the Evolution except that it
> IS mono. It also has the overlapping dialogue at the 15 minute point (original
> transcription discs sides 1&  2) and about a 1-second blank spot somewhere
> (don't ask me where, I transferred that thing to open reel decades ago and
> spliced out the gap). Obviously a bit of leader someone neglected to remove, or
> something similar.
> The Audio Rarities was the first version issued, in the 50s, from pretty bad
> sources, missing the opening, sounding as if the last few minutes were from bad
> 78 lacquers.
> dl
> On 10/29/2013 8:29 PM, Sammy Jones wrote:
>> It dawned on me tonight (as I await the airing of the new PBS doc on the
>> show) that I don't own a copy of the famous Evolution double-LP set of the
>> War of the Worlds.  I checked eBay, and all copies of Evolution 4001 appear
>> to be *gasp* simulated stereo.
>> Did Evolution ever issue this version in mono?  If not, are the CD copies in
>> circulation (Metacom, Radio Spirits) really sourced from this pseudo-stereo
>> record?  Of the several CD restorations I've heard, the Metacom disc from
>> the mid-90s seems to be the least objectionable.
>> I've got the Audio Rarities release, which I believe is cut.  Any other
>> notable versions worth owning on LP?
>> Sammy Jones

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