Mamma Mia! - 5th Anniversary Edition

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Barnes & Noble - David Cohen
Mamma Mia! charms more than ever in this limited-edition CD/DVD package, issued to celebrate the show's first five years on Broadway. A smash hit in London before arriving on the Great White Way, the popular musical uses the songs of ABBA to float an enchanting fairy-tale about a young bride-to-be's efforts to find her long-lost father, and the whispy, sweet story is put over with punch and pizzazz on this rapturous original cast album. Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, the creative team behind the superstar Swedish quartet, dressed up their show with nearly two-dozen 1970s classics, all engagingly performed and arranged to highlight the youthful and talented cast. ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Cohen
Mamma Mia! charms more than ever in this limited-edition CD/DVD package, issued to celebrate the show's first five years on Broadway. A smash hit in London before arriving on the Great White Way, the popular musical uses the songs of ABBA to float an enchanting fairy-tale about a young bride-to-be's efforts to find her long-lost father, and the whispy, sweet story is put over with punch and pizzazz on this rapturous original cast album. Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, the creative team behind the superstar Swedish quartet, dressed up their show with nearly two-dozen 1970s classics, all engagingly performed and arranged to highlight the youthful and talented cast. Fiesty Siobhan McCarthy belts out the highlights "The Winner Takes It All," "S.O.S." and "Super Trouper," while "Dancing Queen," "Voulez-Vous," and "Gimme Gimme Gimme" turn the spotlight on the energetic ensemble. Mamma Mia!'s score of familiar ear-candy will be a delightful greatest-hits collection for some and a bunch of terrific contemporary show tunes to others. Either way you'll say "I Do I Do I Do" to this delicious confection -- now enhanced with three live-performance bonus tracks and a feature-filled DVD.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
ABBA principals Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus turned to stage musicals after their band's demise and composed two, one of which, Chess, ran in the West End and on Broadway. For their third stage effort, they returned to their ABBA catalog and put together Mamma Mia!, a show that employs their old songs with occasional lyric revisions in the service of a libretto by Catherine Johnson about a girl who tries to discover her father's identity in time to have him give her away at her wedding. It's a hackneyed plot worthy of a second-rate Hollywood comedy film, of course, but the score is guaranteed to resonate with audiences, which may explain why the show was a success upon its London opening on April 6, 1999. With a pre-Broadway American tour starting in San Francisco in November 2000, Decca Records released the original London cast album without identifying it as such on the cover in the U.S. in October 2000. On-stage, of course, there is the production, complete with sets, actors, and scenes, to contend with, but a show built on familiar musical material runs into an unusual problem on record -- namely, that it is forced to compete with the original recordings. So, how does Mamma Mia! compare to an ABBA greatest-hits album? Well, the recordings are less fully produced than the originals, and in that sense less impressive. But the originals were sung by Scandinavians who sometimes sounded like they had learned the lyrics phonetically, the vocals often featuring odd phrasing and word emphasis. Here, the songs are being sung by native English speakers, and that is a distinct improvement. The recording features snippets of dialogue here and there, though the plot line is not clearly delineated, which will frustrate those who haven't seen the show. And anyone planning to sing along had better consult the lyric sheet beforehand, because there are minor differences here and there. Though, thankfully, the creative team couldn't find a way to work "Waterloo" or "Fernando" into the story! You are probably still better off with an ABBA hits CD, but at least Mamma Mia! is better than the A*Teens.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/17/2006
  • Label: Decca Broadway
  • UPC: 602517075351
  • Catalog Number: 000765500
  • Sales rank: 53,030

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Overture/Prologue (2:56)
  2. 2 Honey, Honey (2:03)
  3. 3 Money, Money, Money - Neal Wright (3:01)
  4. 4 Thank You for the Music - Lisa Stokke (3:04)
  5. 5 Mamma Mia - Siobhán McCarthy (3:21)
  6. 6 Chiquitita - Louise Plowright (2:28)
  7. 7 Dancing Queen - Louise Plowright (3:44)
  8. 8 Lay All Your Love on Me (3:06)
  9. 9 Super Trouper - Louise Plowright (3:57)
  10. 10 Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (3:35)
  11. 11 The Name of the Game (2:16)
  12. 12 Voulez-Vous (3:30)
  13. 13 Entr'acte (2:18)
  14. 14 Under Attack (3:11)
  15. 15 One of Us - Siobhán McCarthy (2:21)
  16. 16 S.O.S. - Hilton McRae (2:45)
  17. 17 Does Your Mother Know (3:22)
  18. 18 Knowing Me, Knowing You - Hilton McRae (2:43)
  19. 19 Our Last Summer - Siobhán McCarthy (2:43)
  20. 20 Slipping Through My Fingers - Lisa Stokke (3:36)
  21. 21 The Winner Takes It All - Siobhán McCarthy (4:09)
  22. 22 Take a Chance on Me (3:34)
  23. 23 I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do - Hilton McRae (2:29)
  24. 24 I Have a Dream (2:58)
  25. 25 Mamma Mia (1:24)
  26. 26 Dancing Queen - Louise Plowright (2:40)
  27. 27 Waterloo (2:22)
Disc 2
  1. 1 5th Anniversary Featurette (14:59)
  2. 2 Fondest Memories (2:50)
  3. 3 Money, Money, Money Show Clip (2:57)
  4. 4 Dancing Queen Show Clip (2:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mamma Mia Indexed Contributor
John Barclay Trumpet
Jaz Lochrie Bass Guitar
Keith Airey Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Annette Yeo cast
Nicolas Colicos Vocals
Anne Marie McCormack cast
Simon Bishop cast
Wendy Mae Brown cast
James Bugden Keyboards
Lesley Burdett Keyboards
Paul Clarkson Vocals
Andy Couchman cast
Lori Haley Fox cast
Jenny Galloway Vocals
Melissa Gibson Vocals
Nigel Harman cast
Nick Haswell cast
Andrew Langtree Vocals
Martin Lowe Conductor, Keyboards, Musical Direction
Eliza Lumley Vocals
Tom Magdich cast
Siobhán McCarthy Vocals
Stephen McGlynn cast
Hilton McRae Vocals
Leah-Sue Morland cast
Torquil Munro Keyboards
Joseph Noble cast
Richard Pettyfer cast
Louise Plowright Vocals
Julian Poole Percussion
Caroline Sheen cast
Lisa Stokke Vocals
Scarlett Strallen cast
Emma Jay Thomas cast
Timothy Walton cast
Neal Wright Vocals
James Barron cast
Technical Credits
Benny Andersson Composer, Lyricist, Executive Producer
Maurice Cambridge Orchestral Manager
Peter Mew Remastering
Björn Ulvaeus Composer, Lyricist, Executive Producer
Martin Koch Arranger, Producer, Musical Supervision, Additional Music
David Hunt Engineer
Stig Anderson Composer, Lyricist
Catherine Johnson Book
Görel Hanser Management
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