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Les Misérables - Original 1985 London Cast Recording
 
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Les Misérables - Original 1985 London Cast Recording

31 Dec 1985 | Format: MP3

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3:23
30
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1:44
30
3
3:17
30
4
4:51
30
5
4:28
30
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4:07
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2:48
30
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3:44
30
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2:50
30
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1:35
30
11
4:59
30
12
2:58
30
13
3:24
30
14
2:33
30
15
2:23
30
16
4:29
30
17
2:16
Disc 2
30
1
5:17
30
2
1:57
30
3
3:36
30
4
3:59
30
5
0:53
30
6
3:20
30
7
2:21
30
8
2:53
30
9
1:54
30
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3:39
30
11
2:05
30
12
2:48
30
13
2:16
30
14
4:45


Product details

  • Original Release Date: 31 Dec 1985
  • Release Date: 31 Dec 1985
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: First Night Records
  • Copyright: 1985 Exallshow Ltd
  • Total Length: 1:37:32
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  • ASIN: B008E6D1LW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (236 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,633 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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54 of 58 people found the following review helpful By ShopperGirl on 17 Jan 2013
Format: Audio CD
This is an amazing album which will doubtless continue to be reworked and reproduced over the years. This will however remain the best version with all the songs from the original stage show.

The film version, recently released is also extremely good but in my opinion the original cast version will always be the best!
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85 of 92 people found the following review helpful By J. Rushbrooke on 15 Jan 2007
Format: Audio CD
If you've got to this page, then chances are you've heard of Les Miserables and if you're a wise person indeed then you will have gone to see it in London or on Broadway. This CD is the original cast recording and has excellent vocal work from household names Colm Wilkinson, Michael Ball and rather bizarrely Caroline Quentin of Men Behaving Badly fame.

This CD however is no replacement for seeing the musical live - it misses out pieces of linking material. This means that if you are listening to this as a substitute for seeing the musical, you may become confused by the jumpy plot. My recommendation to you is go and see the musical, then buy the CD and sing along all you like. A CD like this one can only give you the audio, and nothing your imagination can conjure up will be as good as visual feast that is the production in the flesh.

In summary - buy this if you've seen the musical. If you haven't - hold out until you have and it will be a much more worthwhile buy.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By W. Joyce on 1 Feb 2013
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We saw the film version but bought this because the singing is superior. Not disappointed. Moving music and fantastic performances. Listen out for Michael Ball in a lesser role!
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110 of 120 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Dec 2004
Format: Audio CD
I brought this CD about 6 months ago and I expected a whole score recording, except the CD is just a highlights album, and shows no sense of storyline what-so-ever. Any Les Mis fan may agree that the arrangement of this album doesn't do the show any justice.
However the performances given are excellent. Colm Wilkinson is brilliant as Valjean and Michael Ball give the character of Marius a well needed kick. Overall this album is fantastic but then again it's not too bad either, I've given it three stars only because I couldn't give 3 and 1/2. But this album is great for anybody just looking for the main songs of the show.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Louise Spencer on 17 Jan 2013
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This allows you to experience the drama and passion of the stage show anytime, felt like I was there !!
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Fashion victim on 6 Jan 2013
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I have played this CD constantly in the car since I bought it. It conjures up a whole range of emotions - great prepapration for seeing the movie in a few days time!
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95 of 106 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Messick HALL OF FAME on 21 Dec 2005
Format: Audio CD
In the 1980s, when I lived in London, I got early tickets to `Les Misérables', playing at the Barbican Theatre in London for its London premiere. I actually had ticket for midweek after the weekend opening--as anyone who has seen the production knows, it has a very complicated set structure with a barricade that folds up and down. As luck would have it (for me, in any case), this complicated apparatus had mechanical difficulties the first several nights, forcing them to keep the show closed until (drum-roll, please) the night I had tickets.
Thus, I got to attend (by default) the London premiere of `Les Misérables.'
Please don't hate me because I'm worldly.
As soon as the recording came available for this work, I went out to purchase it. First on tape (these were pre-CD days, after all) of the London cast recording; returning to America, I bought a CD player, and one of the first CDs I purchased was this recording, this recording and the Broadway cast.
Based upon Victor Hugo's magnum opus `Les Misérables', a worked revered as almost scriptural by many of the French (even the British did not rename major thoroughfares in London after Shakespeare as the French did for Hugo), this musical follows the career of Jean Valjean upon his release from prison after 19 years as a convict for stealing bread to feed his starving family. Javert, a prison-official/parole officer type, dedicates his life to finding the parole-jumper Valjean, who has risen to prominence in the town of Montreuil-sur-mer, and in the process of revealing himself to save an innocent from going to prison in his stead, Valjean once again escapes to rescue the daughter of one of his factory-worker charges.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Bobo on 28 Jan 2013
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Wanted this CD with the original cast for ages. Finally got around to purchasing it and it did not disappoint. Excellent quality and sound, full songs from the original stage show. Highly recommend a purchase of this CD if you liek your nmusicals!!
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