Mamma Mia! [Original London Cast] [Bonus Tracks]

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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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

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. [The Canadian edition featured a slightly altered track listing and three bonus tracks, "Mamma Mia," "Dancing Queen."..and "Waterloo."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/25/2004
  • Label: Universal Int'l
  • UPC: 602498664124
  • Catalog Number: 9866412
  • Sales rank: 164,109

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Overture/Prologue - Sophie (2:56)
  2. 2 Honey, Honey - Sophie (2:02)
  3. 3 Money, Money, Money - Tanya (3:01)
  4. 4 Thank You for the Music - Sophie (3:04)
  5. 5 Mamma Mia - Donna (3:20)
  6. 6 Chiquitita - Tanya (2:27)
  7. 7 Dancing Queen - Tanya (3:44)
  8. 8 Lay All Your Love on Me - Sophie (3:06)
  9. 9 Super Trouper - Tanya (3:57)
  10. 10 Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! - Female Ensemble (3:34)
  11. 11 The Name of the Game - Sophie (2:15)
  12. 12 Voulez-Vous - Company (3:29)
  13. 13 Entr'acte (2:18)
  14. 14 Under Attack - Sophie (3:11)
  15. 15 One of Us - Donna (2:20)
  16. 16 S.O.S. - Donna (2:44)
  17. 17 Does Your Mother Know - Tanya (3:21)
  18. 18 Knowing Me, Knowing You (2:42)
  19. 19 Our Last Summer - Donna (2:42)
  20. 20 Slipping Through My Fingers - Sophie (3:36)
  21. 21 The Winner Takes All - Donna (4:08)
  22. 22 Take a Chance on Me - Rosie (3:33)
  23. 23 I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do - Donna (2:29)
  24. 24 I Have a Dream - Sophie (2:57)
  25. 25 Mamma Mia - Company (1:24)
  26. 26 Dancing Queen - Tanya (2:40)
  27. 27 Waterloo - Company (2:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Barclay Trumpet, Cymbals
Jaz Lochrie Bass Guitar
Keith Airey Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Annette Yeo Vocals, Ensemble
Nicolas Colicos Vocals, cast
James Barron Vocals
James Barron Ensemble
Simon Bishop Vocals, Ensemble
Wendy Mae Brown Vocals, Ensemble
James Bugden Keyboards
Lesley Burdett Keyboards
Paul Clarkson Vocals, cast
Andy Couchman Vocals, Ensemble
Karen Shenaz David Vocals, Ensemble
Lori Haley Fox Vocals, Ensemble
Jenny Galloway Vocals, cast
Melissa Gibson Vocals, cast
Nicholas Gilpin Synthesizer
Nigel Harman Vocals, cast
Nick Haswell Vocals, Ensemble
Melissa Jaques Ensemble
Drew Jaymson Vocals, Ensemble
Terry Johnston Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, 12-string Guitar
Andrew Langtree Vocals, cast
Martin Lowe Conductor, Keyboards, Musical Direction
Eliza Lumley Vocals, cast
Tom Magdich Vocals, cast
Siobhán McCarthy Vocals, cast
Ann-Marie McCormick Ensemble
Stephen McGlynn Vocals, Ensemble
Hilton McRae Vocals, cast
Leah-Sue Morland Vocals, Ensemble
Torquil Munro Keyboards
Joseph Noble Vocals, Ensemble
Richard Pettyfer Vocals, Ensemble
Louise Plowright Vocals, cast
Julian Poole Percussion
Caroline Sheen Vocals, Ensemble
Lisa Stokke Vocals, cast
Scarlett Strallen Vocals, Ensemble
Emma Jay Thomas Vocals, Ensemble
Timothy Walton Vocals, Ensemble
Neal Wright Vocals, cast
Dave Adams Drums
Mamma Mia Pit Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Lisa Storke Vocals
Mamma Mia Cast Ensemble Ensemble, cast
Technical Credits
Benny Andersson Composer, Executive Producer
Peter Mew Remastering
Björn Ulvaeus Composer, Executive Producer
Catherine Ashmore Production Photography
Martin Koch Arranger, Producer, Musical Supervision, Material
Ben Turner Mastering
David Hunt Engineer
Nicholas Gilpin Producer
Martin Lowe Musical Director, Recording Conductor
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