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Original London Cast

Les Miserables Audio CD
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While not overly generous at 55 minutes, the highlights album of the 1987 original Broadway cast recording of Les Miserables is intelligently selected and likely to prove satisfying to most fans. It includes the best-loved numbers of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg's score, beautiful ballads ("Bring Him Home," "I Dreamed a Dream") and rousing anthems ("One Day More," "Do You Hear the People Sing?") alike, but eliminates some choral numbers ("Lovely Ladies"), redundancies ("Red and Black"), and connective tissue that propels the plot along ("Valjean Arrested," "Come to Me (Fantine's Death)"). Sure, a more perfect selection could have lasted longer than half of the two-disc set's 104 minutes by adding "At the End of the Day" and "In My Life," among others, but it's still a good representation on a convenient single disc. Of course, those who always want to re-create the theatrical experience will never be satisfied with a highlights album.

Re-creating their roles from the London production, Colm Wilkinson plays the heroic Valjean and Frances Ruffelle is the despondent Eponine. Randy Graff (Fantine), Terrence Mann (Javert), David Bryant (Marius), Judy Kuhn (Cosette), Michael Maguire (Enjolras), and Leo Burmester and Jennifer Butt (the Thénardiers) fill out the cast. --David Horiuchi

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Finally available for the first time officially this is their rare and only LP, another slice of teen garage rock from Quebec. A great record in the same vein as Les Lutins filled with great catchy tunes and really great guitar playing, they should have been as popular as Les Lutins or Les Sultans but were sadly kept in the shadows. This is your chance to discover and enjoy. Remastered from the original master tapes. Pressed on 180 gram vinyl. Limited to 500 copies.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Not The Original London Cast! June 20 2000
Format:Audio CD
I bought this CD thinking it was a newly released highlights CD of the Original London Cast CD with Colm Wilkinson, Patti LuPone, Michael Ball & Francis Ruffle. IT'S NOT! What a great way to get people to bye the CD. I really haven't listened to it because I was disgusted at the fact that I was lured into buying a CD under false pretences! (I did listen to some and it sounds like Kareoke music and Fantine was vocally weak. This is not a cast recording but a STUDIO RECORDING.) I can tell you the actors who sing the parts though (Something I would've wanted to know before buying, but I didn't have that chance, so here it is.)
VALJEAN & JAVERT = John Curl, FANTINE & COSETTE = Lindsey Stafford Smith, MARIUS= Christopher Smith, ENJOLRAS= Adam Pinter, THENARIDIER=Julian Emery, M. THENARDIER= Catherine Watson.
Uhhh, why have the same man sing 2 different parts. Okay, maybe I can see the same woman singing the mother and daughter, but the rivals?
Song List: AT THE END OF THE DAY,--I DREAMED A DREAM,--WHO AM I?,--FANTINE'S DEATH, --CONFRONTATION, --MASTER OF THE HOUSE, --STARS, --ABC CAFE, --RED AND BLACK, --DO YOU HERE THE PEOPLE SING, --A HEART FULL OF LOVE
Songs only from Act I of Les Miz!
Anyhow, the singers could turn out to be good for all I know, but I was just upset that it wasn't what it said it was. Although it wasn't listed as having Colm and Patti it did say "Original London Cast." So, at least now you can purchase this CD fully aware that it's not the London Cast! :)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not great... July 18 2004
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Format:Audio CD
Les Mis is a great musical... This is not a great soundtrack, but it's the only affordable one Amazon sells(figure that out)...
The first time I saw Les Mis was at a small local high school. It was pretty bad, for the most part, but the musicians as well as some of the actors redeemed the performance. Valjean was excellent, Thernardier was pretty good, but most of all, the musicians in the performance performed quite well. The premise of a MUSICAL is for it to BE musical, and have good quality instrumental music as well as good quality acting... ideally. This recording has one of the above...
I was looking forward to getting this version, but when I actually got it, I started listening to the songs and was rather disappointed. I can sit down at my computer and probably write an arrangement to accompany the performance of Les Mis in cheap quality MIDI and have it sound better than this.
For example, in tracks 5 and 8, the background part has some kind of guitar or something or other and it just sounds absolutely terrible. I Dreamed a Dream is generally considered to be one of the better songs in the entire musical, and it's a shame that it has to get virtually ruined with this kind of tacky synthetic sound... But this happens to many of the songs.
Three stars for the effort, for it being Les Mis, and for the singing being decent. I just think it's terrible when a great musical has to have such a terrible, tacky sounding 'orchestral' accompaniment.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Randy Graff and Colm Wilkinson in US "Les Miz" July 12 2004
Format:Audio CD
The Broadway cast album of LES MISERABLES is different in a lot of ways to the original London album. Though a few of the performers followed the show Stateside, the overall tone of the shows seems lighter and more airy than the London album. Is this a good thing for LES MISERABLES? I don't know, but I do know that I get a lot of enjoyment out of listening to this particular version of the score. Frances Ruffelle reprises her role of Eponine from London, and sounds quite different. She sounds more American in her singing, and gets to play opposite a new Marius (David Bryant). Colm Wilkinson again takes the role of Valjean though his performance hardly varies. Randy Graff replaces Patti LuPone in the role of Fantine and gives the role a new spin. Though LuPone made Fantine's despair and downfall an almost palpable intensity, Graff's Fantine slowly moves towards her destruction. Both performances are great, but if I want to have a really good cry I play the LuPone version. Jennifer Butt and Leo Burmester are highly-comical as the Thenardiers', and Judy Kuhn is a perfect Cosette. Terrence Mann is still one of the all-time best Javert's. If you've already purchased the London album, then I wholly recommend that you experience the Broadway version.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent recording July 10 2004
Format:Audio CD
Inspired by the long and tedious yet wonderful novel written by Victor Hugo, Les Miserables has become one of the most recognizable and beloved musicals of the twentieth (and early twenty-first!) century. Sadly, Les Miserables stopped its run on Broadway in May of 2003. I suppose you can only hope for the off broadway cast to come near your city to experience the magic, but this CD will due while you wait!
This is the second CD of Les Miserables recorded in English after the London Cast. Colm Wilkinson and Frances Ruffelle came to America to join the Broadway Cast, and we are glad that they did! Their energy is needed in such a musical as this!
The basic plot of LES MISERABLES the musical is the struggle of Jean Valjean, an ex-convict, to become a part of society again. He was sent to jail for 19 years just for stealing a loaf of bread in order to feed his starving family. Of course the musical does not touch most of what is in the book because the musical is only three hours long, whereas it would take a couple of weeks to finish the book! Jean Valjean is haunted by his past and cannot find food or shelter because of the yellow ticket he wears that proclaims that he is an ex-convict. A kind bishop allows him to stay, and Valjean takes advantage of the old man by stealing silver and taking off. Valjean is brought back by constables to face the bishop, but the bishop lies for him. Valjean is touched when the bishop tells him that his soul is bought for God. Valjean changes his life around and breaks his parole by leaving the city. The story gets involved with the miserable Fantine and her orphaned daughter Cosette, and it then goes to the romance between Marius and Cosette. And then there is the revolution. There are fighting songs that will make you get goosebumps.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The music is amazing!
This is an excellent quality CD. The Broadway cast is fantastic. The music never gets old. I am extremely fascinated.
Published 18 months ago by Omar Leon Sanchez
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
This was a hard to find item for a price like this. I have heard several versions of this show and still feel this is the best soundtrack.
Published 19 months ago by DocFollicle
5.0 out of 5 stars Les Miserables
This is an excellent reproduction of the full show. It was as if I were, again, attending the play.
Published on June 18 2009 by James Jopling
4.0 out of 5 stars Okay, but get the 10th Anniversary version
This Broadway album is much better than the slow-paced London album, but two other recordings top it: the Complete Symphonic Recording and the 10th Anniversary Concert Recording. Read more
Published on July 16 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but there are better
I like the quicker pace of the music here compared to the Original London Recording. The casting of other actors is also quite refreshing. Read more
Published on July 16 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, but get the 10th Anniversary Concert Recording
and pair THAT one with the Complete Symphonic Recording, then you'll have all the Les Mis that you need. Read more
Published on July 12 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars It's Les Miz, but...
I love Les Miserables. It is a beautiful, beautiful show. However, this CD doesn't showcase the amazing people who have been in the show. Read more
Published on July 9 2004 by Amanda
3.0 out of 5 stars Get the 10th anniversary version
THAT recording has the most exciting performances, has great live music, and has the BEST CAST (esp. Read more
Published on June 23 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars The worst of the major recordings but still a must-buy!
The music and the cast (particularly Frances Ruffelle with the very squeaky and whiny voice) are sub-par compared with those in the 10th Anniversary Concert Recording, but this is... Read more
Published on June 23 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars What's the big deal?
Don't get me wrong, I love Les Misérables to death, but this recording is not all that. It's good, but not great. If you're a newbie to Les Miz, don't go for this one first. Read more
Published on June 21 2004 by Mysta
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