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In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of this radio broadcast and Halloween, I present this vinyl rip I've made of the War of the Worlds, as done in 1938 by Orson Welles and the Mercury Theatre.I have included two versions here at multiple bitrates and filetypes.On one, the only editing I've done
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In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of this radio broadcast and Halloween, I present this vinyl rip I've made of the War of the Worlds, as done in 1938 by Orson Welles and the Mercury Theatre.I have included two versions here at multiple bitrates and filetypes.On one, the only editing I've done is to attach the two sides of the record. On the cleaned version, I did a minor amount of EQ and ran it through some mild cleaning processes anyone can do to remove some pops and things. I am by no means an expert, if someone takes the unedited version and cleans it better than I did, please let us know!Here is a version here on the archive that was here before mine if you preferALSO: Here is a very cool VR spatialized version from Archive.org user magicass98 that uses this version as a source. I highly recommend you check it out, and use those headphones! Check it out on YouTube. Thanks to magicass98 for making it and letting us know about it.From it's Wikipedia page:The War of the Worlds is an episode of the American radio drama anthology series The Mercury Theatre on the Air. It was performed as a Halloween episode of the series on October 30, 1938, and aired over theColumbia Broadcasting System radio network. Directed and narrated by actor and future filmmaker Orson Welles, the episode was an adaptation of H. G. Wells's novel The War of the Worlds (1898).

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ladies and gentlemen, there's something I haven't mentioned in all this excitement, but it's becoming more distinct. Perhaps you've caught it already on your radio. Listen, please. You hear it? It's a curious humming sound that seems to come from inside the object. I'll move the microphone nearer here. Now we're not more than 25 ft away. Can you hear it now? Professor Pearson? Yes. Can you tell us the meaning of that scraping noise inside the thing? Possibly the unequal cooling of its surface, I say. Do you still think it's a meteor professor? What? They think the metal casing is definitely extraterrestrial. Not found on this earth. Friction with the Earth's atmosphere usually tears holes in a meteorite. This thing is moving. You can see it's something happening. Ladies and gentlemen, that's terrific. This end of the thing is beginning to flake off. Top is beginning to rotate like a screw in the thing must be hollow. Take off the top blue down there way. Ladies and gentlemen, this is the most terrifying thing I've ever. Wait a minute. Someone's calling someone or something. I can see coming out of that black holes to luminous disks, the eyes that might be a face might be almost Heavens, something wriggling out of the shadow like a gray snake. Now it's another one and another one and another one. They looked like tentacles. Yeah, I can see the things body. Now. It's large, large as a bear. Christians like wet weather, but ladies and gentlemen, indescribable. I can hardly force myself to keep looking at it with eyes are black and the clean like a surf in the mouth. That's kind of V shaped with saliva dripping from its lips and seem to those equivalent pulsating monster or whatever it is, can hardly move. He's weighed down by possibly gravity or something that things rising up now and the crowd falls back. That seemed plenty that most experts experience making. Tell Mike they find words, and we'll pull this microphone with me as I talk. I have to stop the description till I can take a new position. Hold on. Will you please? I'll be right back in a minute. We are bringing you an eyewitness account of what's happening on the Wilmoth Farm, Grovers Mill, New Jersey We now return you to Carl Phillips at Grovers Mill Ladies and gentlemen My on, Ladies and gentlemen, ladies, gentle. Here I am, back of stone wall that adjoins Mr Wilmot's garden. From here, I get a sweep of the whole scene. I'll give you every detail as long as I can talk. As long as I can see that more state police have arrived at drawing up a cordon in front of the pit, about 30 of them. No need to push the crowd back now. There, willing to keep their distance, the captains and firing with someone can't quite see who? Yes, I believe it's Professor Pearson. Yes, it is now. Now they parted and the professor moves around one side, studying the object, while the captain and two policemen advanced with something in their hands. I can see it now. It's a white handkerchief tied to a pole flag of truce. Those creatures, you know what that means, What anything means. Wait a minute. Something's happening. Humped shape is rising out of the pit. I can make out a small beam of light against a mirror way. What's that? There's a jet of flame springing from the mirror, at least right at the advancing men strikes him head on? Well, to tell you the claim by the woods as far as the gas. Thanks for the automobiles spreading everywhere. Coming this way. Now, about 20 yards to my right. Ladies and gentlemen, due to circumstances beyond our control, we are unable to continue the broadcast from Grovers Mill. Evidently, there's some difficulty with our field transmission. However, we will return to that point at the earliest opportunity. In the meantime, we have a late bulletin from San Diego, California. Professor in bulk Offer, speaking at a dinner of the California Astronomical Society, expressed the opinion that the explosions on Mars are undoubtedly nothing more than severe volcanic disturbances on the surface of the planet. We continue now with our piano interlude. Ladies and gentlemen, I've just been handed a message that came in from Grovers Mill by telephone. Just one moment, please. At least 40 people, including six state troopers, lie dead in a field east of the village of Grovers Mill, their bodies burned and distorted beyond all possible recognition. The next voice you hear will be that of Brigadier General Montgomery Smith, commander of the state militia at Trenton, New Jersey. I have been requested by the governor of New Jersey to place the counties of Mercer and Middlesex as as far west as Princeton and East to James Berg. Under martial law, no one will be permitted to enter this area except by special pass issued by state or military authorities. Four companies of state militia are proceeding from Trenton to Grovers Mill and will aid in the evacuation of homes within the range of military operations. Thank you. You have just been listening to General Montgomery Smith commanding the state militia Trenton. In the meantime, further details of the catastrophe at Grovers Mill are coming in. The strange creatures, after unleashing their deadly assault, crawled back in their pit and made no attempt to prevent the efforts of the firemen to recover the bodies and extinguish the fire. The combined fire departments of Mercer County are fighting the flames which menace the entire countryside. We have been unable to establish any contact with our mobile unit at Grovers Mill, but we hope to be able to return you there at the earliest possible moment. In the meantime, we take you to just one moment. Please, ladies and gentlemen, I have just been informed that we have finally established communication with an eyewitness of the tragedy. Professor Pearson has been located at a farmhouse near Grovers Mill, where he has established an emergency observation post. As a scientist, he will give you his explanation of the calamity.
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