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Les Misérables: The Motion Picture Soundtrack Deluxe (Deluxe Edition)

March 19, 2013 | Format: MP3

$18.99
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Digital Booklet: Les Misérables: The Motion Picture Soundtrack Deluxe
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: March 19, 2013
  • Release Date: March 19, 2013
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Universal (UC)
  • Copyright: (C) 2013 Cameron Mackintosh Ltd under exclusive license to Polydor Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited
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  • Total Length: 1:55:01
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  • ASIN: B00BQRXNKA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 340 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,866 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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While I'll admit to being relatively new to the world of Les Mis, having listened to and compared all three major cast recordings (London, Broadway, and this one), there is no question that the 2012 film soundtrack is the definitive version. While there will be many who disagree with me on this point, in my mind, it is about as close to perfect as a musical album can be, and the fact that it was all recorded live makes it even better.

I won't attempt to give a long, in-depth review of the film, the story, or music itself, but rather illuminate what makes this CD different from its predecessors.

As everyone probably knows by now, 99% percent of the vocals were recorded live as opposed to in a studio. This gives the album a rawness and virility not usually heard in cast albums, and certainly not ones from movie musicals. The songs, being sung by actors, take on a more natural and less "stagey" sound, which certainly helps heighten the feelings within the music, and makes them pack a far harder emotional wallop. This is the first musical album I've ever listened to that honestly brought me to tears. While one's opinion of what makes a great singer is incredibly subjective, I found the whole cast to have uniformly good voices, with no one seeming too out of place that they completely ruined it for me; and to anyone who complains that so-and-so doesn't sound as good as they should have, I'd like to know how good their voice would sound after 12 hours of continuous singing!

As with any kind of adaptation, there are going to be obvious differences between the old and the new, but here many of the changes are good ones: new arrangements, new incidental scoring by Schonberg, a new song for Valjean, and some extra dialogue.
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This is a comparative review of the Deluxe Recording of the Movie Soundtrack of Les Miserables Les Misérables: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack with the four best of the recordings of the musical, the Original London Cast (OLC), Les Misérables - Original London Cast Recording; the Original Broadway Cast (OBC), Les Miserables (1987 Original Broadway Cast); the Complete Symphonic Recording (CSR), Les Miserables Complete Symphonic Recording; and the 10th Anniversary Edition (10th Anniv.), Les Miserables 10th Anniversary Concert. After listening several times to each recording, I would rank the Deluxe Version of the Soundtrack below all of the recordings of the musical. The Soundtrack version has the advantage of more songs than the two original cast recordings, but has three substantial flaws that cause me to lower it's rank. First many of the songs are substantially cut, and unfortunately in many cases the cuts occur in the middle of the songs. None of the other versions has a mid-song cut. It is an execrable decision that ruins several of the songs. Second, the thing that shocked me next most in listening to this recording is the lack of intensity that the singers brought to most of the songs.Read more ›
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I loved how they added basically all the songs on the album, but I was kind of disappointed at both the casing of the CDs themselves and the editing. The album itself is made of cardboard...were we too cheap to use normal CD casing? Idk, but it seems cheap looking, but I guess it pays off for all the songs. That's what I want to stab at next. Although I love the songs and the singing, how come some of the editing seems halfa**ed? "On My Own" sounds so amazing and perfect, yet the song cuts off on her last note and is played in the next song, "One Day More." We listen to 30 seconds of the workwomen fighting in "At the End of the Day" and yet they cut off Fantine's solo singing to the foreman.

I am pretty happy that "Do You Hear the People Sing" and "A Little Fall of Rain" are on this though
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Sorry for the very long review, but I felt I should give my (almost) complete thoughts and analysis. The first two paragraphs are my analysis and thoughts on the music itself and the last part is what I find wrong with it (what's missing). If I were you I'd probably just look over the last section to see what isn't there. As far as the product itself goes, it arrived quickly and while I'm not a fan of the paper case (which requires some struggling to open), I haven't had any issues with the quality of the CDs.

First off, let me start by saying that this music is some of my favorite and I have almost no complaints about the music itself. We all probably know how amazing it is, but I'll add my thoughts just because. I feel the movie version of Les Mis surpasses all other versions partly because it's not attached to any strict tempo which allows for more emotion in the voices and a much more natural feel. What we're hearing is what we're seeing when we watch the movie--the actors are being recorded live as they're acting, which means they can get into the moment and convey much more feeling. As a result, the orchestration is also more fluid and is much richer. The redone orchestrations are very stirring and more diverse, with tiny nuances which, if you listen for them, are oftentimes more beautiful than the melodies. Unlike the slightly more repetitively orchestrated previous versions, these orchestrations are always changing and dynamic. As an example, if you just listen closely to the instruments in "I Dreamed a Dream," and you can catch the lilting harp accompaniment, gorgeous solo violin parts, melancholy English horn lines, in addition to stunning orchestra swells that you don't always pay attention to.
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