Les Miserables - The Complete Symphonic Recording Box set, Enhanced, Cast Recording
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|1. Empty Chairs at Empty Tables|
|2. Every Day (Marius and Cosette)|
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|4. Wedding Chorale/Beggars at the Feast|
|5. Epilogue (Finale)|
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Ok, now that that's out of me . . . if you haven't already, buy this album. If you're a newbie to the Miz, go with the Tenth anniversary concert. If you're hungry for more, buy this one next. It *is* worth it, I assure you.
I agree, Colm is absolutely amazing. But am I the only person who notices a strange resemblance in his Jean Valjean towards Sean Connery? I've seen the 10th anniversary special, and his jaw is jutting forward, forcing him to create that voice. Don't get me wrong, I'm not bashing him, but Colm is not a god.
Yes, Colm has more power than Gary, but it's due to the fact that he originated the role. For what it's worth, I think that both men are amazing, and I love BOTH albums.
But due to the Completeness of this album, and the hilarity of the Thenardier's, I prefer this version.
Highlights -- Kaho Shimada -- Yes, she is Japanese and didn't know the English lyrics at the time, but she is my favorite Eponine (sorry all Salonga and Ruffelle fans). She just seems to interpret Eponine as a stronger woman than Ruffelle does, but not quite as bitter as Salonga does.
-- Philip Quast -- He is also found on the TAC, and by far the best Javert i've heard. I must say though, that he makes this Javert sound older and tireder, and less authorative than he did on the other recording. Still great, but definitely not his best.
-- Michael Ball -- A wonderful Marius, also on the TAC. I dislike the character Marius, but the way Ball brings out the power and strength is captivating. However, he was better on the TAC.
-- Gavroche (the actor's name escapes me) -- You gotta love 'im! Adam Searles on the TAC is my favorite, but the one on this recording (Ross something, I believe) brings out more fire and spunk and rebellion that is desired in Gavroche. His voice isn't great, but his acting is, and don't forget the Cockney!:-)
Speaking of Cockney, Barry James is great as Thénardier. Alun Armstrong (on the TAC) is my favorite, but James is just as great.
The only real downside of this recording is Garry Morris as Jean Valjean. I've heard that he's a country singer, which is why I ponder why HE was chosen:-(. He seems to force is voice a tad too much, and . . . *shudders* . . .Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
If you are a hardcore Les Mis fan or maybe a fan discovering this musical for the first time you will not be disappointed. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Michael Ondevilla
A Must Have! Beautiful vocals, though with synthesizer at times, but absolutely wonderful to have in your Les Mis repertoire.Published on Aug. 5 2013 by Lydia Liao
This is the best, complete copy of the musical, made even better by the HDCD encoding. Great performances, great sonics.Published on March 30 2013 by Hilary J. Chase
I received a copy of this 12 years ago when I was teenager. I have never heard a better ensemble perform this musical. Probably one of the best broadway musicals of all time! Read morePublished on Dec 30 2012 by L. Gordon
This is a great recording, but is not, by any means, the best. Valjean, Cosette, and Eponine do not quite measure up to previous or subsequent recordings, but they are talented,... Read morePublished on Dec 8 2012 by Bradley McDermid
My first Les Miz experience was in high school. in choir we were doing a choral medley from the show. While we were learning this we studdied the musical. Read morePublished on June 7 2004
An album that any Les Miserables fan should have, especially since this recording is complete. There are better performances in the 10th Anniversary Recording, however... Read morePublished on April 29 2004 by aisha
But if you're an Eponine fan, it's best to go for the 10th Anniversary Concert version. Lea Salonga not only shows that one doesn't have to whine her way through the songs (refer... Read morePublished on April 29 2004
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