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Les Miserables soundtrack album for release on 12/24/12

jo
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According to --

http://filmmusicreporter.com/2012/11/16/republic-records-to-release-les-miserables-soundtrack/

It is a one-disc album and will most likely include only the songs and key recitatives, not the complete libretto and score?

If you want more info or want to pre-order, please click on the link to Amazon found on the press release.
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jacobsnchz14
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Interesting... Wish they would have a complete album. Pretty smart releasing it the day before the release. More than likely, some website will have an exclusive first-listen link unless they don't want anything spoiled until the week of the release.
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anmiller07
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Wow. That sucks. I was really looking forward to a full, 2-disc cast recording in addition to a highlights CD, like Dreamgirls did.
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EponineAmneris
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^^^ Me too, anmiler07

But I am happy to at least have this.
"TO LOVE ANOTHER PERSON IS TO SEE THE FACE OF GOD"- LES MISERABLES--- "THERE'S A SPECIAL KIND OF PEOPLE KNOWN AS SHOW PEOPLE... WE'RE BORN EVERY NIGHT AT HALF HOUR CALL!"--- CURTAINS
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jacobsnchz14
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You never know... we could have a 2-disc later on... wasn't the deluxe DREAMGIRLS soundtrack released after the film? I don't remember.
jo
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Maybe they will release a full soundtrack later on?

Also, Amazon has changed the release date to December 25, 2012.



Updated On: 11/16/12 at 08:11 AM
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jpbran
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So weird to see "Les Miserables" and "soundtrack" together without feeling the need to say "it's a cast recording!"

Updated On: 11/16/12 at 07:00 PM
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mschwager
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It officially says highlights from now, so there will probably be a two-disc version too.
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MattDean
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At the moment, from what I've seen of film, and to be fair I've only seen the trailers and other footage available, I can't say I'm that excited about listening to the soundtrack. It seems the way the film has been made that the songs may well work in action (vocals recorded live, some speak-singy, not all the classics belted or as 'strong' as we've come to know them, songs more 'character-driven') but taken out of that context and simply listened to, would they really stand up alone?

I really enjoy the movie of Sweeney Todd (is that something to be embarrassed about?!) but I've listened to the soundtrack maybe once, because as we know, some of the vocals and arrangements are questionable - but they work better in situ - but not as simply a recording.

Hopefully I'll be proved wrong, after all, wasn't it Cameron Macintosh that said he wanted the film to be definitive? Maybe the soundtrack will also be?


Updated On: 11/17/12 at 11:06 AM
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frontrowcentre2
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wasn't the deluxe DREAMGIRLS soundtrack released after the film? I don't remember.V

According to Amazon, both editions were issued December 5, 2006.

Cast albums are NOT "soundtracks."
Live theatre does not use a "soundtrack." If it did, it wouldn't be live theatre!

I host a weekly one-hour radio program featuring cast album selections as well as songs by cabaret, jazz and theatre artists. The program, FRONT ROW CENTRE is heard Sundays 9 to 10 am and also Saturdays from 8 to 9 am (eastern times) on www.proudfm.com

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anmiller07
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Seems like the release date has been pushed back again to 12/26, the day after the film is being released.
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Jungle Red
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What's the point?

I WANT IT NOW!
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Thparkaly
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Anyone else realize the irony of this and One Day More?
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My Oh My
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They are doing this to torture me. I am convinced. XD
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dgjbear
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The soundtrack to Evita was first released as a highlights album and a 2 disc set was released some weeks later.
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Justin D
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Worse case scenario, if they don't produce a double. I'll just wait till the DVD comes out and rip it as an audio CD.

But you do have an excellent point there, if most of the bits inbetween are speak/sing, I don't think it would be all that great to just listen to on it's own.
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The film, from the previews have shown me, has cut a lot (if not all) of the musical dialogue moments. Instead, they've retained the songs that work more like an aside, soliloquy, etc. There may only be one CD's worth of music in the film.

In all honesty I think the "full" score for the film would be like this:
Prologue: Work Song ("Look Down")
Prologue: Jean Valjean's Soliloquy (What Have I Done?)
At the End of the Day
I Dreamed a Dream
Lovely Ladies
Who Am I
The Confrontation
The new song for Jean Valjean... my guess is it goes here?
Castle on a Cloud
Master of the House
Look Down (MAYBE)
Stars
Red and Black
Do You Hear the People Sing
In My Life
A Heart Full of Love
One Day More
On My Own
Little People (But the uber short version, if at all)
A Little Fall of Rain
Drink With Me
Bring Him Home
Dog Eat's Dog
Javert's Soliloquy
[I have a feeling Turning will be cut as you don't NEED it in the film]
Empty Chairs at Empty Tables
Wedding Chorale/Beggars at the Feast
Valjean's Death/Do You Hear the People Sing? (Reprise)

When you condense the score down to just those songs, they'd easily fit on one disc.
sueb1863
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Not according to the screenplay. Some in-between stuff was changed or dropped but not all, by a long shot.
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sally1112
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Finally a recording of this show! My bootleg is worn out!
CATSNYrevival
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DEClarke, did you not see the screenplay when it was posted here?

*spoilers*

Most of the recitative stuff is in, and there are actually added moments to clarify some bits that aren't in the stage version. "Turning" is in, "I Dreamed a Dream" is after "Lovely Ladies," "Do You Hear the People Sing" comes after "One Day More," and the new song for Valjean, which is called "Suddenly," is after "The Waltz of Treachery."

Updated On: 11/20/12 at 08:08 PM
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BUT THE PREVIEWS SHOWED HIM
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tazber
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I'm actually surprised that people are so excited for this soundtrack. Don't get me wrong, I'm very very excited about the movie, but there is no way this will compare with the OLCR or the OBCR.

I don't see myself playing this version over better the better sung, more complete versions.
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http://www.amazon.com/Les-Mis%C3%A9rables-Highlights-Picture-Soundtrack/dp/B00A80SHFM/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=3HP9MR1PZP3KO&coliid=I277XN1702I6ZN

they put up the official album art. i like it. and this pretty much confirms that there will be a full cd later, as i says "highlights" on the cover......
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adam.peterson44
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"I'm actually surprised that people are so excited for this soundtrack. Don't get me wrong, I'm very very excited about the movie, but there is no way this will compare with the OLCR or the OBCR."

I think that is probably true in terms of the speak-singing that we heard in some of the trailers and such, but for me, the reason to be excited about it is to hear Aaron Tveit singing "Do you hear the people sing?". That alone is reason enough for me to get the CD even though I love the complete symphonic recording and would always prefer complete recordings to "highlights" ones when it comes to cast recordings or soundtracks.


bobs3
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I don't think you need Turning (unless they do a truncated version), Castle on Cloud will most likely be truncated, they can cut Grantaire's solo from Drink With Me, Little People (agree it can be cut down to a few seconds), Lovely Ladies will probably be truncated, Beggars at the Feast can be shortened, I could do without Javert's Soliloquy but it's Russell Crowe so they will keep that in the film. You didn't mention The Waltz of Treachery -- they are going to want to keep that number in so they can highlight HBC and SBC.
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OperaBwayLover
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I hope they don't cut Grantaire's solo from "Drink with Me." It's such a great little character moment- all the audience has ever seen of this student is that he's a drunken bum, and then out of nowhere he sobers up and points out a few things that no one seems to have thought of before. I really enjoyed the way this moment is portrayed in the current tour: Grantaire sings "Can it be you fear to die," and almost all of the men start to rush him as if they are insulted, only to stop when he continues, realizing he has a point. I don't remember how the original staging went (and wish I did).

Anyhow, I get why they might cut it, but I'd much rather see "Turning" cut down (and it has been for the most part in productions since the 10th anniversary concert), and certainly "Little People" cut down. I'm not sure if there's really anything that could be removed from "Waltz of Treachery"- it's already pretty short as is.

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