Mamma Mia [2008 Deluxe Edition]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
After more than nine years (and counting) of continuous stage performances, the musical Mamma Mia!, featuring songs from the ABBA catalog awkwardly stitched into a romantic comedy plot, was adapted for the big screen by the same producer/director/writer team that had taken it to the theater. (That would be Judy Craymer, Phyllida Lloyd, and Catherine Johnson, respectively.) Like its counterpart, it pleased moviegoers but not critics, and thankfully the film itself is not the primary subject of this consideration. The soundtrack album simply consists of 18 ABBA songs sung by the stars of the movie, most of whom are not professional singers. The instrumental portions of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
After more than nine years (and counting) of continuous stage performances, the musical Mamma Mia!, featuring songs from the ABBA catalog awkwardly stitched into a romantic comedy plot, was adapted for the big screen by the same producer/director/writer team that had taken it to the theater. (That would be Judy Craymer, Phyllida Lloyd, and Catherine Johnson, respectively.) Like its counterpart, it pleased moviegoers but not critics, and thankfully the film itself is not the primary subject of this consideration. The soundtrack album simply consists of 18 ABBA songs sung by the stars of the movie, most of whom are not professional singers. The instrumental portions of the music are remarkably similar to the original ABBA recordings, which is not surprising given that ABBA member Benny Andersson, who produced this album, reunited the original studio musicians to re-create their parts. Their playing (his, in particular) is a bit less precise here and there three decades on, but for the most part it's hard to tell the difference. On the original recordings, the Swedish singing group revealed its ESL (English as a Second Language) limitations, just as the songwriters (Andersson, fellow member Björn Ulvaeus, and sometimes Stig Anderson) revealed their ESL lyric-writing limitations. Here, the first of those problems is alleviated, while the second is somewhat elided by performers who are actors used to finding ways to say (or sing) even the silliest lines with some conviction. That's all to the good. But the generally low to mediocre quality of the singing is such as to suggest an all-ABBA night in a karaoke bar. The singers may be divided into those who embarrass themselves and those who manage to avoid doing so. In the latter category, the most prominent is Meryl Streep, in the starring role of Donna, an innkeeper living on a Greek isle with her daughter Sophie, who is about to be married and, never having been told who her real father is, sets the plot in motion by writing to three of her mother's ex-boyfriends and inviting them to the wedding. Streep, who has some stage singing experience, is actually better when she's belting than when she has to be more intimate and expressive, as she is called on to do for most of the ballad "The Winner Takes It All." Amanda Seyfried, as Sophie, also does well (and she even gets an extra solo, singing "Thank You for the Music" with only piano accompaniment as the album's hidden track). Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, and Julie Walters are not heard from much, and therefore also fit into the non-embarrassing category. The real problem is Pierce Brosnan, who simply can't sing at all, but who tries hard during such leads as "SOS" and particularly "When All Is Said and Done," to often painful effect. (It's too bad that Christine Baranski, a ringer who has real musical theater chops, only gets to sing "Does Your Mother Know," not only because the album would be improved vastly with more of her, but also because she is so much better than the others that she makes them sound even worse than they are.) Onscreen, just as on-stage, Mamma Mia! is at best a guilty pleasure. On disc, it is no more than a souvenir of the film experience (which didn't keep this album from topping charts all over the world upon its release). [A CD/DVD edition was issued in 2008.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/24/2008
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 602517886933
  • Catalog Number: 001231100
  • Sales rank: 89,995

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Honey, Honey - Rachel McDowall (3:07)
  2. 2 Money, Money, Money - Julie Walters (3:06)
  3. 3 Mamma Mia - Meryl Streep (3:34)
  4. 4 Dancing Queen - Julie Walters (4:08)
  5. 5 Our Last Summer - Stellan Skarsgård (2:58)
  6. 6 Lay All Your Love On Me - Dominic Cooper (4:29)
  7. 7 Super Trouper - Julie Walters (3:54)
  8. 8 Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) - Rachel McDowall (3:53)
  9. 9 The Name Of The Game - Amanda Seyfried (4:55)
  10. 10 Voulez-Vous (4:35)
  11. 11 SOS - Pierce Brosnan (3:21)
  12. 12 Does Your Mother Know - Philip Michael (3:05)
  13. 13 Slipping Through My Fingers - Amanda Seyfried (3:50)
  14. 14 The Winner Takes It All - Meryl Streep (4:59)
  15. 15 When All Is Said And Done - Pierce Brosnan (3:18)
  16. 16 Take A Chance On Me - Stellan Skarsgård (4:02)
  17. 17 I Have A Dream - Amanda Seyfried (8:37)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Mamma Mia (behind the music)
  2. 2 Gimme Gimme Gimme (A Man After Midnight)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mamma Mia Indexed Contributor
Benny Andersson Piano, Keyboards
Rutger Gunnarsson Bass, Bouzouki
Per Lindvall Drums
Meryl Streep Vocals
Lasse Wellander Bouzouki, Guitar
Christine Baranski Vocals
Julia Waters Vocals
Leif Lindvall Trumpet
Jan Bengtsson Flute, Baritone Saxophone, Piccolo Trumpet
Martin Lowe Conductor, Musical Direction
Julie Walters Vocals
Jörgen Stenberg Percussion
Pierce Brosnan Vocals
Pär Grebacken Clarinet, Recorder, Saxophone
Kalle Moraeus Bouzouki, Guitar, Violin
Mats Nilsson Choir, Chorus
Colin Firth Vocals
Amanda Seyfried Vocals
Dominic Cooper Vocals
Ashley Lilley Vocals
Rachel McDowall Vocals
Stellan Skarsgård Vocals
Henrik Orwander Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Anders Andersson Vocals
Perra Moraeus Alto Saxophone
Markus Lönneborg Vocals
Mats Nilsson Vocals
Cecilia Skarby Vocals
Jesper Sjölander Vocals
Robert Carlson Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Martin Redhe Nord Vocals
Anna Rydgren Vocals
Anna Afzelius Vocals
Stefan Rundqvist Vocals
Magnus Borén Vocals
Johanna Eriksson Vocals
Robert Skowronski Vocals
Sara Dahlgren Vocals
Mamma Mia Cast Ensemble Choir, Chorus
Children of the Italia Conti School Vocals
Jenny Miina Vocals
Tobias Ahlsell Vocals
Robin Olsson Vocals
Thérèse Löf Vocals
Michael Blomqvist Vocals
Anki Albertsson Vocals
Philip Michael Vocals
Hans Johansson Vocals
Lasse Jonsson Acoustic Guitar
Calle Jakobsson Tuba
Jan Bengtson Flute, Baritone Saxophone, Piccolo Trumpet
Hans Johansson Choir, Chorus
Technical Credits
Benny Andersson Arranger, Composer, Producer, Executive Producer
George Marino Mastering
Björn Ulvaeus Composer, Executive Producer
Lorenzo Agius Cover Photo
Stig Anderson Composer
Andrew Dudman Engineering
Bernard Löhr Engineering
Chris Barrett Engineering
Martin Lowe Liner Notes
Rupert Christie Orchestration
Judy Craymer Executive Producer
Thomas Bowes Orchestra Leader
Göran Arnberg Orchestral Arrangements
Abbie Lister Assistant Music Supervisor
Steve Price Engineering
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    FABULOUS RECORDING

    This music is so uplifting. I play this CD at least once a day, especially in the morning before I go to work. Its fabulous for a short exercise routine.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    You'll love this movie!

    The plot - not much. The singing - marginal. The acting - OK. The movie - FANTASTIC! Uplifting, energizing, have-to-see-it movie!<BR/><BR/>Great for a party theme!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Mamma Mia is the Feel Good Movie of the Year

    I wasn't able to see the play so seeing the movie was my first exposure to Mamma Mia, and I loved it. The music takes me back to my high school and college days when I actually saw Abba in concert, but I love Meryl and Amanda's singing better. I also didn't mind Pierce Bronson's voice. He put himself out there and I enjoyed his bravado. YEAH for Mamma Mia.

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