Most devoted musical theater fans don’t like to settle for only half of a cast album — and it’s no different when it comes to movie musical soundtracks. The Oscar-nominated musical Les Miserables put out a highlights recording when it was released in theaters this past December, but that CD only included around half of the movie’s songs. Fortunately for fans, on March 19 a two-disc deluxe edition of the soundtrack featuring many more tracks will be released.
The failure to produce a complete cast recording soundtrack earlier was mostly a result of a hurried post-production phase that only gave the movie’s music and sound team time to mix and produce a limited number of tracks. This deluxe edition that is coming out will include many beloved songs from Les Miserables that were left out of the highlights album, including “Who Am I?” “Do You Hear the People Sing?” “Little Fall of Rain,” and “Beggars at the Feast,” along with numerous musical sequences such as “Fantine’s Death”.
The Les Miserables film is not the only Les Miz-related item topping charts this week. Due to all the hoopla surrounding the new movie, its accompanying soundtrack (Les Miserables: Highlights From the Motion Picture Soundtrack) is also selling well, placing #1 on Billboard’s Soundtracks chart and #33 on the Billboard 200. Since its December 21 release, the Les Miserables movie soundtrack has sold more than 43,000 copies. The album’s most popular track is one of the musical’s best-known songs, “I Dreamed a Dream” (sung by Anne Hathaway), which has sold over 20,000 copies.
Although the “Highlights” soundtrack does not feature all of the music heard in the 2 hour 40 minute long movie, the 20-track recording does include all of the major songs and musical sequences from the movie musical, among them “Master of the House,” “Stars,” “On My Own,” “One Day More,” “Bring Him Home,” and a new song written specifically for the movie called “Suddenly”.
Over the years, Les Miserables has had many different recordings, including the London cast album, the original Broadway cast recording, and others. Many of these albums have also experienced a boost in sales, with the Broadway recording hitting #2 on the Top Cast Albums chart, the London recording at #5, the 25th anniversary production’s accompanying recording at #7, and the Royal Albert Hall concert recording at #8.