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Les Misérables
(1998)
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1998 Hollywood
2001 Bootleg
Album 2 Cover Art
Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Co-Produced by:
Tim Boyle
Curtis Roush
Eroc Colvin

Orchestrated by:
Lawrence Ashmore
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Hollywood Records/Mandalay Records
(April 21st, 1998)

Bootleg
(2001)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The Hollywood Records album is a regular U.S. release. The bootleg has been widely circulated on the secondary market, often with different art (but identical contents).
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Buy it... if you want a truly distinct and overwhelmingly morbid Basil Poledouris score, the final masterpiece of his illustrious career.

Avoid it... if a deeply inflective, massively rendered, and heavily layered melodrama for this famous story is too shamelessly characteristic of the transparent tactics of tear-jerking by Broadway productions for your film score tastes.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #146
WRITTEN 4/24/98, REVISED 6/17/07
Poledouris
Poledouris
Les Misérables: (Basil Poledouris) Given that Victor Hugo's revered novel from the 19th century was an immense journey itself in length, it's perhaps laughable that so many directors for film and stage have attempted to condense its story down to an easily digestible serving. Les Misérables contains its share of commentary about France in the years after its famed revolution, but it is, more than anything, a tale of personal obsession and redemption. The allure of its dramatic story has led to countless film versions and, of course, the stage adaptation. Most digital age listeners will be familiar with the music written by Claude-Michel Schonberg for the wildly popular Broadway production. The success of that play, especially in its infinite travels to small stages around the world, led to a rebirth of interest in film adaptations of the story, including the 1995 French film that placed the story in the 20th century. Riding the coattails of the play's waning years of strength was the massive 1998 Hollywood production directed by the esteemed Bille August and featuring an outstanding duo of actors in the lead. The film was particularly well adapted compared to its predecessors, touching on the major ideas that Hugo intended to convey while sacrificing several unnecessary subplots. The score for this version of Les Misérables was to be composed by recent Academy Award winner Gabriel Yared, though his score was, like Troy many years later, rejected and subject to much banter. Perhaps more surprising was the assignment of veteran composer Basil Poledouris to the film as a replacement. While Poledouris had created some of the most vibrant large-scale scores of the previous twenty years, he had never tackled a score as morbidly melodramatic before. He would be forced to exchange his wide-ranging synthetics and ambitious percussion sections for a deeply inflective, massively rendered, and heavily layered string section. The remaining elements of the orchestra are also intact, and Poledouris utilizes the woodwinds in their usual prominent role. But for almost every minute of music in Les Misérables, there is absolutely nothing to indicate that this, in fact, is a Basil Poledouris score.

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5,616 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 4.25 Stars
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**** 1,362 4 Stars
*** 681 3 Stars
** 199 2 Stars
* 219 1 Stars
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Bruno Costa - November 14, 2010, at 4:47 a.m.
2 comments  (1157 views)
Newest: December 3, 2011, at 12:04 p.m.by Sexton30Deann
kind regards
Sergio Escobedo - September 17, 2008, at 2:25 p.m.
1 comment  (1209 views)
A true masterpiece
Sheridan - August 17, 2006, at 2:20 a.m.
1 comment  (1893 views)
It is difficult to beleive how great this score is!! *NM*
Diego - April 13, 2004, at 6:37 p.m.
1 comment  (2159 views)
Poledouris┤s best!! How can one not love it? *NM*
Cesar - March 9, 2004, at 9:35 a.m.
1 comment  (1871 views)
for the above complainers
mariella - September 19, 2003, at 4:53 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1998 Hollywood Records Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 49:17
• Suite 1. Valjean's Journey (6:10) (7:12)
Theme from Les Misérables/The Bishop/Javert/The Quarry

• Suite 2. Vigau (19:02) (21:45)
Javert Suspects/Caring for Fantine/Valjean's Confession/The Death of Fantine/Flight from Vigau

• Suite 3. Paris (12:49) (22:07)
Valjean and Cosette/The Wall/Outside/Marius and Cosette/Valjean Remembers

• Suite 4. The Barricades (11:15) (12:48)
Funeral Attack/Valjean Saves Marius/Farewell/Javert's Suicide
Incorrect times on packaging in red (63:52 total)
2001 Bootlegs Tracks   ▼Total Time: 71:57

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert contains no extra information about the score or film. The score is dedicated to the memory of orchestrator Greig McRitchie, who worked with Poledouris from the early 1980's until his death after Starship Troopers.
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