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Original London Cast

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  • Audio CD (June 10 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Grasm
  • ASIN: B0000071KE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 155 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #168,161 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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.

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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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?
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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Les Miserables is the definitive theater experience. With more than 5 recordings out, the Broadway Cast shines frequently, but also lacks luster when needed. I found that I blame this on the casting. I'm going to break down the cast and then you can see a really in depth analysis from a die hard Les Mis fan.
Colm Wilkinson(Valjean)-I would have to give Colm 4 stars. He is a very talented singer and adds the right emotions to certain songs. However I found that sometimes his voice wobbled. It goes high and then wobbles. For example in "What have I done?" the last sentence is more wobbled than sung. But he is absolutely superb in "Bring him Home." Few dry eyes can be found when hearing that song.
Terrence Mann(Javert)-Terrence Mann is another exceptional singer. He has an amazing range allowing him to go to almost bass like notes to high tenor ones. He was fabulous in Scarlet Pimpernel, and Beauty and the Beast, but his voice just doesnt seem to fit Javert. Its not deep enough or serious enough perhaps. It sounds like he is just fresh from the classroom and not a vetern who seems to have no heart.
Randy Graff(Fantine)-Randy has a decent voice, but to me it sounds like she is just singing the song. Not feeling the song. Fantine is a tortured character who needs to express the pain and anguish she feels to the audience, but she fails to do this in the soundtrack.
Donna Vivino(Y. Cosette)-Donna is the most amazing young Cosette I have ever heard in my life. Her rendition of "Castle on a Cloud" is perhaps one of the most stirring and amazing songs sung on the CD. Her voice is so fragile but strong at the same time. The innocence and beauty of the song and the singer makes you want to weep.
Jennifer Butt/Leo Burmester(Thenardier)-I like each of them alone.
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By A Customer on Feb. 6 2004
Format: Audio CD
I love this CD to death! I didn't want the 10th anniversary concert CD because I own the 10th anniversary video, and, frankly, it is not MY dream cast. I mean, really:"The Dream Cast!" It should be called: "The Very Good And Nearly Ideal Depending On Your Point Of View Cast!"
Everyone is wonderful in this cast, save Marius. I like Michael Ball much more, but I can still live with this one. He just simply isn't as good.
I was fine with Randy Graff as Fantine, and her "I Dreamed A Dream" was nicely sung, but more full of emotion , making it just less than equal to my favorite Fantine, Patti LuPone, the singer/actress, while Randy is the actress/singer, in my opinion. I wasn't too hot on her last note of "Fantine's Death", and it sounds as if she died of bursting her lungs. A bit too loud and shocking for a bed- ridden, near-death Fantine. However, she is better than Ruthie Henshall, who seems to have no emotion and a rather nasal voice.
Colm Wilkinson, Judy Kuhn, Terrence Mann- all very good. Colm Wilkinson and Judy Kuhn are very good, and have become the quintessential Valjean and Cosette. Colm's acting is superior to his singing, in my opinion. "Bring Him Home" is good, overall. His falsetto is shaky in places, but that's livable. Michael McGuire is also a perfect Enjolras, and his section in "One Day More" is chilling!
Now, to Eponine. This one subject of everyone seeming to hate Frances and loving Lea is really killing me. Sure, Lea is nice, in Miss Saigon and Mulan , however. Her Eponine is nicely sung, and she's really cute, but where is her emotion? Where is Eponine's anguish, pain , and sometimes resentment, but the remaining unconditional love for Marius? Nowhere. Her voice is too formal, too "trained" for Eponine. She does not fit onto my 'Dream Cast'.
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