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The Original 1985 London Cast Recording

Les Miserables Audio CD
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This recording captures the 1985 London cast that transformed an obscure French musical based on Victor Hugo's gargantuan novel of pre-Revolutionary France into a worldwide phenomenon throughout the late-'80s and '90s and became one of the best examples of the era's trend of blockbuster musical spectacles. Yes, Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schoenberg's score tends to recycle its themes, but the beautiful melodies and stirring anthems rarely fail to captivate and touch its audience. Colm Wilkinson is the heroic Valjean, Patti LuPone is the tragic Fantine, Michael Ball is the love-struck Marius, and Frances Ruffelle is the despondent Eponine, with Roger Allam (Javert), Alun Armstrong and Sue Jane Tanner (the Thénardiers), Rebecca Caine (older Cosette), and David Burt (Enjolras) filling out the excellent cast. Fans will want to take note that this recording includes some material that was revised when the show crossed the pond to Broadway--"Little People" was lost altogether, while the "Love Montage" was significantly rewritten. Les Misérables sounds especially vivid in its 1998 remastering, and a synopsis and full lyrics are included. --David Horiuchi

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Digitally remastered edition reissued to coincide with the 2012 motion picture. This recording captures the 1985 London cast that transformed an obscure French musical based on Victor Hugo's gargantuan novel of pre-Revolutionary France into a worldwide phenomenon throughout the late-'80s and '90s and became one of the best examples of the era's trend of blockbuster musical spectacles. Yes, Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schoenberg's score tends to recycle its themes, but the beautiful melodies and stirring anthems rarely fail to captivate and touch its audience. Colm Wilkinson is the heroic Valjean, Patti LuPone is the tragic Fantine, Michael Ball is the love-struck Marius, and Frances Ruffelle is the despondent Eponine, with Roger Allam (Javert), Alun Armstrong and Sue Jane Tanner (the Th‚nardiers), Rebecca Caine (older Cosette), and David Burt (Enjolras) filling out the excellent cast.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing! July 13 2004
By aline
Format:Audio CD
My first exposure to Les Mis the musical was through the Complete Symphonic Recording. Then I attended the 10th Anniversary celebration and got that recording, so upon listening to this particular album, the most I got was disappointment. The arrangement is very slow and most of the cast, while good by general standards, are mediocre compared to the talents I saw during the anniversary. Listening to Lea Salonga then to Frances Ruffelle for instance, is like going from smelling the sweet scent of a beautiful rose to getting wounded by its thorns. The difference in experience between the two recordings is so big that once you've listened to the 10th Anniversary Recording, everything else pales in comparison.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worst Les Mis recording, but okay July 12 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The real deal is the 10th Anniversary Concert Recording with the best cast and the most dynamic performances. Get THAT and the Complete Symphonic Recording and you have all the Les Mis that you need.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good recording, but definitely not great July 11 2004
Format:Audio CD
Maybe it's the fact that I've been spoiled with such wonderful recordings as the Tenth Anniversary Recording, the Complete Symphonic Recording and even the Broadway Cast, but this recording of Les Miserables is at the bottom of my list in favorite recordings. It is missing something. I bought it after I had the other three recordings and also two others in Spanish, one in German, the Original French Concept Album, and two Japanese recordings. All of the others (maybe excluding the French Concept one) have better music and sound quality. What I mean by better music is that it does not sound like there is much of an orchestra playing on this CD. On some songs you can only hear a guitar and a piano playing! I just like the full orchestra sound that can be heard on the other albums. Also, this is the first recording besides the French Concept Album, so obviously they have improved the musical since this first recording; Broadway is slightly better, the Complete Recording is even better than Broadway, and the Tenth Anniversary recording is magnificent! This album just seems to be weak!
The company is okay, but not great. One thing that bothers me about the company is in the song "At the End of the Day." If you have good speakers, the woman singing the descant (the higher notes over the chorus) in such parts as "like the waves crash on the sand, like the storm that'll break any second...", there is this woman with a very shrill voice that ruins the beauty of the song that you can hear in other recordings.
The parts in this musical are written differently. For instance, the students sing different parts on this album than on other albums.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Every story must ahve a beginning May 22 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Even though the OBC might have better orchestrations and be more familiar to the American audience, I still prefer this version for two reasons; The cast is overall more superior and it has two additional songs that were cut out of the show when it made its transition to Bradway. Here's my review of the cast for the OLC.
Colm Wilkinson as Valjean: 5/5 - Colm can be heard on 3/4 english recordings. In my opinion this is his greatest recording of the role. He puts the right amount of passion and his voice is the best it has been.
Roger Allam as Javert: 4/5 - Not the greatest voice but it still fits the inspector. Not as good as Phillip Quast but miles ahead of Terrence Mann.
Rebecca Caine as Cosette: 3/5 - Ms. Caine has a gorgeous soprano voice and I loved her as Christine in POTO. However, in Les Miz, she doesn't really have any character in her voice. It seems as though she's just singing the songs.
Michael Ball as Marius: 5/5 - It's Michael Ball! What else do I have to say? He's the only Marius.
David Burt as Enjolras: 3/5 - Like Terrence Mann as Javert, David tries all he can do, but is terribly miscast as the revolutionary student. He sounds more like a Marius than an Enjolras.
Frances Rufelle as Eponine: 5/5 - Many people have criticized Ms. Rufelle for her interpretation, but I think she's perfect. Yes she sounds young, but Eponine was 15 in the book. She plays the role just as it was written in the book. Besides, if she's so horrible than why did she win a tony award. They don't just hand those out you know.
Zoe Hart as Young Cosette: 5/5: Perfect! So adorible.
Ian Tucker as Gavroche: 2/5: I hate Ian as Gavroche. He's annoying and his voice is shrill. Although he does get his own song, I wish it could have been sung by someone else.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not the best recording March 21 2004
Format:Audio CD
I bought this CD because of the great reviews about Francess Ruffelle, Colm Wilkinson, and Patii LuPone on this recording. I wasn't really expecting the recording to be as bland as it is after reading all of the high reviews on websites. I guess I should have read Amazon's reviews first because the community is much more diverse.
I don't really have a problem with the record or any of the singers in particular, but I don't think many of the singers put enough "oomf" into their parts; many people seem to be just singing the part instead of acting it out. For instance, it seems the LuPone doesn't put much emotion to her part as Fantine. Maybe it's just her interpretation, but others have said that her performance brought them to tears because of her defeated-sounding voice. I took it for lack of emotion, but maybe I'm wrong.
Colm Wilkenson isn't bad on this recording, but he gets better on the Original Broadway cast and reaches perfection on the Tenth Anniversary recording. Frances Rufelle is an interesting Eponine because she is actually portrayed as the little fifteen year old Eponine was supposed to be in the book. She seems a bit whiny and wretched, but that's Eponine. I prefer Kaho Shimada and Lea Salonga, but many prefer Rufelle. I don't have a problem with her, but I just think that the level of acting in the voices of the other two women is superior.
The music on this album irritates me because it is much slower, and there is no overture. Instead of the great opening with the orchestra in the other recordings, there is music similar to the music played before "At the End of the Day". Also, "Look Down" sounds like it is being sung by a bunch of children, and the music is different. The Enjolras doesn't sound convincing to me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great to hear it again.
CD as good as the first one my husband purchased 25 years ago.
Couldn't find this CD anywhere else. Very nice....
Published 7 months ago by Marsha Olinski
5.0 out of 5 stars Still the best after 25 years
Excellent sound quality and cast quality. It is the soundtrack of the cast of the show I first saw and so it still has special meaning for me. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Judith Woodburn
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
I saw the movie Les Miserables and loved it. The music was incredible so wanted to be able to listen to it over and over again. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Anne
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
This is my favourite musical & I was very pleased to get this CD. I have the CD in my car and play it more than listen to the radio.
Published 18 months ago by Maureen
5.0 out of 5 stars Les Miz is Les Wonderful!
The CD recording of the original London production of Les Miserables is the absolute gold standard. The voices, the music, the story stir the heart and rouse the spirit. Read more
Published on Aug. 10 2009 by JM Barrie
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the many that I've heard
This album may be the best recording I've heard of Les Miserables - the opinion of one who's heard many performances of the show. Read more
Published on July 5 2004 by Rebecca
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, indeed, for Eponine fans.
Whiny and squeaky interpretation here leaves much to be desired. Get the 10th Anniversary Concert Recording -- you'll find an Eponine version that's heartfelt and empathetic.
Published on May 17 2004 by adam
4.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing for Eponine fans!
This is a great recording (well, it's Les Mis!), but to those who love the caharcter Eponine, the performance here (and the Broadway album) leaves much to be desired. Read more
Published on April 30 2004 by antonio
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