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French Concept Album [Soundtrack, Import]

Maurice Barrier, Jacques Mercier, Claude-Michel Schonberg, Rose Laurens, Alain Boublil Audio CD
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Product details

  • Audio CD (1 July 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Soundtrack, Import
  • Label: Relativity
  • ASIN: B000003C5B
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 774,658 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. La Journee Est Finie
2. L'Air De La Misere
3. Les Beaux Cheveux Que Voila
4. J'avais Reve D'Une Autre Vie
5. Dietes-moi Ce Qui Se Passe
6. Fantine Et Monsieur Madeleine
7. Mon Prince Est En Chemin
8. Mam'zelle Crapaud
9. La Devise Du Cabaretier
10. Valjean Chez Les Thenardier
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. A La Vlonte du Peuple
2. Cosette: Dans La Vie
3. Marius: Dans La Vie
4. Voila Le Soir Qui Tombe
5. Le Coeur Au Bonheur (Cosette Et Marius)
6. L'Un Vers L'Autre
7. La Faute A Voltaire
8. La Nuit De L'Angoisse
9. Demain (Final Act 2)
10. Ce N'Est Rien
See all 18 tracks on this disc

Customer Reviews

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bonjour Paris, c'est Les Miserables! 22 Feb 2003
Format:Audio CD
I was apprehensive about buying this; I love Les Mis (I have three other versions) and didn't think the French would have the same emotional impact... but it's stunning! it's very different from the English version, lots of songs are missing and some that are there are switched round (i.e. Fantine sings "On My Own"), but that's part of what makes it such a great experience: It's not just a direct translation of Les Mis, it's almost a whole different show, but with the same brilliant music.
The cast are highly talented, Enjolras, Eponine and a splendid Gavroche being worthy of special mention, and overall the music is fantastic, sounding 'funkier' than the English update in places. Les Miserable the way Hugo would have approved. Worth getting for all Les Mis fans!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much better than I thought it would be! 6 Jun 2008
Format:Audio CD
I, like the others who reviewed before me, was apprehensive about purchasing this album, since my knowledge of French is poor to say the least, and the lyrics are fantastic in my opinion. However I purchased it based on the large number of five-star reviews it received.

And, like the other reviewers, I was very pleasantly surprised! I don't understand the full French language but my basic understanding (and my knowledge of the English musical) helped.

The best thing about it is the very different orchestration and mixing. This is very refreshing from the English version which I am familiar with. It's a differnet listening experience, if you like. There is a much stronger use of electric guitars, specifically, which is a very different effect. The ordering of the songs has also changed and been moved around.

And, of course, there is something profoundly romantic about the French language which really encapsulates the musical. And, it goes without saying that this is the original language.

Clearly, this album isn't for a casual listener - but if you own several of the English-language albums, I can't advise you highly enough to give this one a try. I promise you won't be disappointed!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting experience......... 15 Mar 2003
Format:Audio CD
Well, being english, I thought that buying this album would be a huge mistake as it is sung in French. I was proved wrong! It just goes to show - you can still enjoy a musical or music, whatever language its sung in. Les Miserables is of course a French concept and is based in France so the singing ties in well - just how they would have sung at the barricades!
The quality of singing is alright and the cast singing all together is extremely entertaining. It is a most intresting experience, listning in a different language - I suggest you try it! Although, I do prefer the English version, you still get the gist of the story.
I only recommend this album IF: you have already seen the show or listned to the English version (because then you know whats going on and can enjoy the music more), or simply if you want to spend some money on something better than chocolate. Hope this helps - and if you buy it. Enjoy a relaxing evening full of romance, battles, barricades, good and evil!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I prefer the French version 21 Feb 2013
By wilmafl
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Having studied french for the past4 years and have had to stop going to classes due to health problems, I needed an input of French to cheer me up. I love the French version, there seems to be more passion in how the songs are sung. But since going to see the film version, I have since purchased the anniversary DVD and the english cd version. Cant get enough of LES MIS.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 2 Jan 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The CD comes with the words. It makes a useful additional resourse for those studing French. It is taken from a story written by one of Frances most talented writers, set at a most pivotal point in French history. I do not usually like musicals but this Original French version is magic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oh so happy! 2 Jan 2014
By Fi
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This was top of my daughter's list this year. The CD is a double album which was a nice surprise and has added to her Les Mis collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Drama queen 8 Dec 2013
By C. Fung
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Bought for my daughter, hence the title. However it seems to have gone down quite well and compares well to the later productions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So much passion 16 July 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The first musical I had seen in Paris 25 years ago. Listening to it in French brought back the passion
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Why print music books that won't lie flat?!
Good selection but oh the new music book bindings...YUK!!! Gimme a music book that will lie flat for heaven's sake!
Published 2 months ago by diariovg
5.0 out of 5 stars Les Mis - Original French Concept Album
It was brilliant hearing Les Mis sung in its original version - French. A must for any fan of the musical.
Published 15 months ago by Mrs Eva Stone
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent purchase
The 2013 film version of Les Misérables was my first experience with this musical phenomenon. I got curious and ordered the original french musical. This is superb! Read more
Published 16 months ago by Rave S.
5.0 out of 5 stars love love love
The misuc is fantastic and is exactly as per the Victor HUGO novel. nothing to add for a musicals. Fantastic
Published 16 months ago by Gregoire d'ESCRIVAN
4.0 out of 5 stars Les Mis
Interesting concept album in the original french. Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this version as most of the characters can sing, unlike the 2012 film.
Published 18 months ago by Tubooh
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful CD!
I am really delighted with this CD. I have several versions of the songs, and this by far is my favourite. Read more
Published 18 months ago by montse
5.0 out of 5 stars a joy
it is a joy to listen to the original production in french, i love the contrast to original barbican performance
Published 19 months ago by Norman Burns
5.0 out of 5 stars LES MIS AS IT WAS MEANT TO BE SUNG.
foget the uk and usa cast recordings this is the real thing.Gavroche is french unlike other recordings that sound as if he wandered in from the cast Oliver.
Published 20 months ago by CENTRAL LONDON MAN
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