Two-disc Deluxe Edition of ‘Les Miserables’ film soundtrack released today


Eddie Redmayne and Samantha Barks in Les Miserables.

No need to wait one day more! Les Miserables fans everywhere will finally be able to purchase the long-awaited deluxe edition motion picture soundtrack today.

The two-disc recording will feature 22 more songs than the “highlights” album which was released just before Christmas.

The question of why a “highlights” album was released in the first place when not all of the film’s songs would be included was answered by producer Cameron Mackintosh, who said that due to a hasty post-production process, only a certain number of songs from the musical could be remixed in time for a holiday release.

While fans of the film were thrilled that they could enjoy some of the songs during the holiday season, the lack of such crucial numbers as “Do You Hear the People Sing?” and “A Little Fall of Rain” prompted an online explosion of insistence for the release of an extended album. In addition, some of the film’s best performances, like that of Daniel Huttlestone as the street urchin Gavroche, were cut entirely, something that did not sit well with the movie’s fan base.

Online teaser comments were posted after the film’s Christmas Day release to stir interest from fans, who responded immediately and with unending resilience. Similar feelings have been shared over the desire for a longer film version as well. Many argue that it is not only recommended that extended versions of the film and soundtrack are released but it is necessary to experience all that Les Mis has to offer.

Thankfully, the online cries for more have not been ignored. Thanks to Mackintosh and his extremely dedicated crew, Les Mis enthusiasts can now enjoy previously cut soundtrack numbers such as “Lovely Ladies,” “Fantine’s Arrest,” “Look Down,” “In My Life,” and “Valjean’s Confession” on the deluxe album, in addition to several more numbers featuring the barricade boys and a complete version of the “Epilogue.” (And never fear—the second disc will also feature “Do You Hear the People Sing” and “A Little Fall of Rain” as well.)

It is only fitting that fans of the Oscar-winning film should be able to appreciate the immense amount of work poured into the film by the cast and crew, something only an extended soundtrack could truly provide. Otherwise, turning the musical into a movie would have been a pointless venture.

Concerns that seem vast to the film’s producers, such as overall running time, are not as big of an issue for fans, who would gladly spend four-plus hours in a movie theater watching the classic tale unfold on screen (or listening to the album in the comfort of their living rooms.) Of course, the longer the film the greater the cost but that’s the price you pay when you decide to make Les Mis a part of the motion picture canon.

For fans curious about which songs have made it onto the deluxe album, here is the complete list:

Disc One: “Look Down,” “The Bishop,” “Valjean’s Soliloquy,” “At the End of the Day,” “The Docks (Lovely Ladies),” “I Dreamed a Dream,” “Fantine’s Arrest,” “Who Am I?,” “Fantine’s Death,” “The Confrontation,” “Castle on a Cloud,” “Master of the House,” “The Bargain,” “Suddenly,” “The Convent,” “Stars,” “Paris/Look Down,” “The Robbery,” “ABC Cafe/Red and Black,” “In My Life,” “A Heart Full of Love,” “On My Own,” and “One Day More.”

Disc Two: “Do You Hear the People Sing?,” “Building the Barricade,” “Javert at the Barricade,” “The First Attack,” “Little Fall of Rain,” “Drink With Me,” “Bring Him Home,” “The Death of Gavroche,” “The Final Battle,” “The Sewers,” “Javert’s Suicide,” “Turning,” “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables,” “A Heart Full of Love (Reprise),” Valjean’s Confession,” “Suddenly (Reprise),” “The Wedding,” “Beggars at the Feast,” and “Epilogue.”

Not all of the new numbers are particularly long; in fact, some are less than a minute in length. But at the very least, fans will be able to enjoy even more orchestral moments from Claude-Michel Schonberg’s mesmerizing score. The deluxe edition is certainly an improvement upon the “highlights” album, which at the very least should have included the iconic “Do You Hear the People Sing?” Really, how much more important is “The Final Battle” when you can’t even hear one of the show’s most central and well-known numbers?

We can all thank Mr. Mackintosh and his team for making another Les Mis dream come true.

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