Misérables [Original London Cast Recording]

Performers Original London Cast

Relativity | June 1, 2004 | Compact Disc

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Principal cast includes: Patti LuPone, Colm Wilkinson, Frances Ruffelle.
Producers: Alan Boubil, Claude-Michel Schonberg.
All music written by Alan Boubil and Claude-Michel Schonberg.
The songs on this recording are slightly different from those on the Broadway cast album, including a complete version of the song "Little People."
Originally conceived as a simple recording production, Les Miserables evolved quickly into one of the premiere theatre events of the 1980s. Theatrically on par with Phantom of the Opera, Les Miz is drawn from the Victor Hugo novel of the same name. The story chronicles the life of Jean Valjean, a simple Frenchman who was arrested as a youth for stealing a loaf of bread. After serving five years for that crime, as well as an additional 14 for attempted escape, Valjean is released on parole. Upon changing his name and eluding his parole officer, Valjean becomes the surrogate father of a young girl and a mayor as the French Revolution sets in. As the war rages, he finds that he cannot change the man he is. Les Miserables is typical of theatre in the '80s, with extravagant effects and large full cast numbers. The beautiful score is full of emotion and humor, including such memorable and noteworthy songs as "Look Down, "Do You Hear the People Sing?," "Bring Him Home, "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables" and the ubiquitous "On My Own." The original London cast recording is considered by many to be superior to various other releases of Les Miz, including the Broadway cast. Colm Wilkinson and Frances Ruffelle originate here the roles they played in the Broadway cast, joined by Patti LuPone and Michael Ball. An important addition to a collection for those who want a nearly complete version but who don't need the full symphonic version. ~ Sarah Erlewine

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: June 1, 2004

Genre: Show Vocals

Style: Pop Vocal

Number of Discs: 2

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 1986

Label Name: Relativity

UPC: 766927336225

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Misérables [Original London Cast Recording]

Performers Original London Cast
Guest Artist(s) Patti LuPone

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: June 1, 2004

Genre: Show Vocals

Style: Pop Vocal

Number of Discs: 2

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 1986

Label Name: Relativity

UPC: 766927336225


Title Track Time
0.DISC 1: --
1.Miserables, musical~Work Song --
2.Miserables, musical~Valjean Arrested / Valjean Forgiven --
3.Miserables, musical~What Have I Done? --
4.Miserables, musical~At the End of The Day --
5.Miserables, musical~I Dreamed A Dream --
6.Miserables, musical~Lovely Ladies --
7.Miserables, musical~Who Am I? --
8.Miserables, musical~Come to Me --
9.Miserables, musical~The Confrontation --
10.Miserables, musical~Castle On a Cloud --
11.Miserables, musical~Master of The House --
12.Miserables, musical~The Thénardier Waltz --
13.Miserables, musical~Stars --
14.Miserables, musical~Look Down --
15.Miserables, musical~Little People --
16.Miserables, musical~Red and Black --
17.Miserables, musical~Do You Hear The People Sing? --
0.DISC 2: --
1.Miserables, musical~I Saw Him Once / In My Life / A Heart Full of Love --
2.Miserables, musical~The Attack on Rue Plumet --
3.Miserables, musical~One Day More --
4.Miserables, musical~On My Own --
5.Miserables, musical~The First Attack --
6.Miserables, musical~A Little Fall of Rain --
7.Miserables, musical~Drink With Me --
8.Miserables, musical~Bring Him Home --
9.Miserables, musical~Dog Eats Dog --
10.Miserables, musical~Javert's Suicide: Soliliquy --
11.Miserables, musical~Turning --
12.Miserables, musical~Empty Chairs at Empty Tables --
13.Miserables, musical~Wedding Chorale / Beggars at The Feast --
14.Miserables, musical~Finale. Do You Hear the People Sing? (Reprise) --

Editorial Notes

Principal cast includes: Patti LuPone, Colm Wilkinson, Frances Ruffelle.
Producers: Alan Boubil, Claude-Michel Schonberg.
All music written by Alan Boubil and Claude-Michel Schonberg.
The songs on this recording are slightly different from those on the Broadway cast album, including a complete version of the song "Little People."
Originally conceived as a simple recording production, Les Miserables evolved quickly into one of the premiere theatre events of the 1980s. Theatrically on par with Phantom of the Opera, Les Miz is drawn from the Victor Hugo novel of the same name. The story chronicles the life of Jean Valjean, a simple Frenchman who was arrested as a youth for stealing a loaf of bread. After serving five years for that crime, as well as an additional 14 for attempted escape, Valjean is released on parole. Upon changing his name and eluding his parole officer, Valjean becomes the surrogate father of a young girl and a mayor as the French Revolution sets in. As the war rages, he finds that he cannot change the man he is. Les Miserables is typical of theatre in the '80s, with extravagant effects and large full cast numbers. The beautiful score is full of emotion and humor, including such memorable and noteworthy songs as "Look Down, "Do You Hear the People Sing?," "Bring Him Home, "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables" and the ubiquitous "On My Own." The original London cast recording is considered by many to be superior to various other releases of Les Miz, including the Broadway cast. Colm Wilkinson and Frances Ruffelle originate here the roles they played in the Broadway cast, joined by Patti LuPone and Michael Ball. An important addition to a collection for those who want a nearly complete version but who don't need the full symphonic version. ~ Sarah Erlewine
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