Les Misérables (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
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Broadway v. London
This version is worth it for Terrence Mann, alone.
this is the best version, in my opinion. it was also this version that made me fall in love with the show and the music. i ate it up!! so dont look past it like i did a few times, just get the whole thing. its amazing. you wont be disapointed.
older cosette, in this version, has a beautiful voice, and in my opinion, much better than any other version ive heard.
valjeans voice in this version seems to fit him proplerly, and it simply touches you.
eponine also i think sounds the best in this version, with the exception of on my own, because i liked the london recording of that song better.
marius is better. enough said.
fantine sounds like she has a lot of heart, and it shows, because her voice is so powerful and it just catches you and really reflects her personality.
javert is great.
gaveroche is amazing and definitely the most talented out of all versions. without screaming his head off.
hope i helped (:
My comparison of this CD and another of the same musical
I listened to this CD (which my friend owns) and my own, which is The Complete Symphonic Recordings. Overall, The Complete Symphonic Recordings is, in my opinon, better. I'll list a few of my reasons: 1)The background music is completely better 2)Valjean seems too old in this one, I always pictured him as eternally young 3)The 'Lovely Ladies' aren't as musically talented 4)Little Cossette (though very good) is a little more nasally in this one 5)Thenardier isn't as much of a character in this one 6)Gavroche sounds like he's rapping in this one, he is much more musically attuned in the other one 7)Javert, though he is very good singer, seems to young to be Javert 8)The students all sound the same (even the drunk one) 9)Enjrolas is just simply amazing in the other one 10)Cossette sounds a little to mature in this one 11)I just adore the Marius in the other one 12)Fans of Eponine take note: The part is slightly nasally no matter who sings it, but she sounds more professional and emotional in the other one Overall, it's your choice, but I just wanted to lay out my thoughts on which one is better. I also don't believe it's my place to rate this CD, since I don't own it, but since I have to, I give it three stars.