Listening to the “Broadway Album” of Les Miserables.
Someone I know made a 24-bit/96khz rip from the original vinyl recording of Les Miserables. Vinyl sounds so much better than CDs. The depth, energy, and rawness is brilliant. What a treat it is listening to this. If you get a chance listen to Les Miserables in it’s original format, do it!
Ahhhhhhhh! Sorry it’s taken me a whole day to respond. Busy, busy, I am.
Well first let me say this is an awesome question! Thank you!
Because I’ve heard/collected/have so many recordings I’ll divide the question.
I don’t think I have a single favorite?
Early runs of the show I of course love Patti. But not on the Cast Recording. She sounds so much better live I think on Broadway. Elaine and Julie I’m not a huge fan of. Nor am I a huge fan of Nancy Opel Patti’s standby back in the day.
Later runs I love Valerie Perri. She sang the score like no one else and had such an originality to her. At least in the soundboard I have of her. I also love Florence Lacey who closed the show on Broadway. She also was different.
Some of my favorite others in recent runs are Cameron Wade (Non-Eq tour), Malia Tippets (also Non-Eq), Christina DeCicco (stand by Broadway Revival, I also really like Pia Douwes (Netherlands), and most current Caroline Bowman. However I didn’t like her stand by Desi Oakley…
There are many, many, more but that’s all I think of as of right now… I don’t have a favorite. All bring/belt so different.
May I say how amazing it is to hear a full orchestra not fully mixed yet for shitty earphones/speakers. Ughhh the depth and energy that’s in the orchestra before the mastering/mixing is absolutely brilliant. My earphones have never sounded better.