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Mamma Mia! The Musical Based on the Songs of ABBA: Original Cast Recording (1999 London Cast) [Cast Recording]

Benny Andersson , Bjorn Ulvaeus , Paul Clarkson , Jenny Galloway , Nicolas Colicos , Neal Wright , Lisa Stokke , Eliza Lumley , Melissa Gibson , Siobhan McCarthy Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (224 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Overture / PrologueLisa Stokke 2:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Honey HoneyLisa Stokke 2:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Money, Money, MoneySiobhan McCarthy 3:01$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Thank You For The MusicPaul Clarkson 3:04$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Mamma MiaSiobhan McCarthy 3:21$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. ChiquititaJenny Galloway 2:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Dancing QueenJenny Galloway 3:44$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Lay All Your Love On MeAndrew Langtree 3:35$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Super TrouperSiobhan McCarthy 3:57$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!Lisa Stokke 3:34$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. The Name Of The GameLisa Stokke 3:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Voulez-VousLisa Stokke 3:29$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Entr'actVarious artists 2:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Under AttackLisa Stokke 3:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. One Of UsSiobhan McCarthy 2:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. S.O.S.Hilton McRae 2:45$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen17. Does Your Mother KnowLouise Plowright 3:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen18. Knowing Me, Knowing YouHilton McRae 2:42$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen19. Our Last SummerPaul Clarkson 2:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen20. Slipping Through My FingersSiobhan McCarthy 3:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen21. Winner Takes It AllSiobhan McCarthy 4:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen22. Take A Chance On MeJenny Galloway 3:33$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen23. I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I DoHilton McRae 2:29$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen24. I Have A DreamLisa Stokke 2:59$1.29  Buy MP3 


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  • Performer: Paul Clarkson, Jenny Galloway, Nicolas Colicos, Neal Wright, Lisa Stokke, et al.
  • Composer: Benny Andersson, Bjorn Ulvaeus
  • Audio CD (October 17, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: Verve
  • ASIN: B000031WEN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (224 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,984 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Put together by Abba's own Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, Mamma Mia! manages to cram over 20 of the Swedish supergroup's songs into a threadbare plot. It goes a little like this: Young Sophie is getting married and she's trying to identify which of three men is her father. That's about it. Wisely, the musical doesn't mess around with the songs, save for the insertion of some dialogue or for having some of them performed by a man (it works amazingly well). Abba fans will jump on this import of the London production, but traditional fans of musical theater should consider it as well. After all, Andersson and Ulvaeus's songs have always felt as if they were more than isolated pop gems and actually belonged to a longer narrative. --Elisabeth Vincentelli

Product Description

'Mamma Mia: The Musical' concerns a young woman named Sophie and her single mother Donna, a former nightclub singer who runs a motel on a small Greek island. Sophie is about to get married and before she ties the knot she wants to find out who her father is. She invites 3 of her mother's old flames (each a candidate for paternity) to her wedding. From there the fun begins. 'Mamma Mia' is an infectious evening of pure entertainment and riotous raucous fun.

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110 of 112 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for the music, 4 for the performances April 8, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Last October, I was fortunate enough to attend a sold-out performance of "Mamma Mia" on Broadway, starring Louise Pitre. It was one of the most fun shows I've yet attended, a sing-along from start to finish, and the audience is literally dancing in the aisles by the show's finale. Unfortunately, the energy doesn't translate well to the Original Cast CD. I don't really think it's the fault of the cast; it's got to be difficult to re-create in the studio what you're used to performing in front of a (literally) screaming audience for eight shows a week, but for whatever reason, the CD is missing something. Part of the fault could be in the mixing; there's an almost "boxed in" feel to the instruments on the album, (seems to be hardly any reverb at all), and the synthesized orchestrations seem thin, something that did not come across as such in the theater. Another disappointment is that even though the CD does have all the featured songs from the show, it's still not really complete. The Overture has been drastically edited, which is really inexcusable in a cast album, but the most glaring omission is the 3 song "mini-concert" encore. At the end of the show, the entire cast takes the stage for an unbelievably high-energy run-through of "Dancing Queen", "Mamma Mia", and yes, "Waterloo", with exhaustive choreography going on the whole time. Why this was left off the CD is beyond me. Decca Records should also watch what they're doing with "truth in advertising". The cover of the CD proclaims that this is a "Decca Broadway Original Cast Album". Many casual buyers are going to interpret that to mean it's the Broadway Cast album. Guess again. This recording is the London Cast; there is no Broadway album as of yet. Read more ›
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This musical is HOT! January 7, 2000
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Despite not being all that big of an ABBA fan, seeing this musical in London left me craving this CD. The cast is incredibly talented, and the energy level these actors bring to these songs add a really new dimension to these songs. On stage, Lisa Stokke, in the role as Sophie, makes a spectacular debut, and her talented voice comes clearly across on this CD. No recording can do the live show justice though. Right now this is one of the hardest shows to get tickets to in London, but if you plan to be there, I highly reccommend getting one. If not, then the CD will have to do.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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I saw Mamma Mia during the first weekend of its SF run....
But Mamma Mia is not about the plot. It's about the music. The small thread of a storyline exists only as a vehicle to carry the music. And the music is glorious. Anyone who grew up in the 70s and says that don't like ABBA is either lying or going through one of those (strange) repressed memory things. The show - and this soundtrack - demonstrate the power of this quartet's music. The music sounds as fresh today as it did in the mid-seventies. They were an amazing hit machine in their heyday, and the 20+ tracks here contain one smash after another, each with simple hooks that were seared into your brain a long time ago.
The only reasons I gave this four stars instead of five...
1. The gold standard for soundtracks is 'Rent' - it totally captures the energy and emotion of the live show. The 'Mamma Mia' soundtrack is great listening, but it doesn't do justice to the experience of seeing the show live.
2. The complete libretto is not here, only the songs. [The 'Rent' soundtrack gives you all but a couple of snippets of dialogue.]
3. No 'Waterloo.' In the stage show, this is the send-off song of the encore. 'Waterloo' is the song that first brought ABBA to worldwide acclaim. It's not part of the play's storyline, but it sure would be nice to have it as a bonus track on this recording.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Abba-solutely Fabulous August 14, 2000
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I had been a big ABBA fan for a while now, and was skeptical at how well MAMMA MIA! would treat those uplifting, glorious pop tunes. But this recording has made me a fan of MAMMA MIA!.
I was so taken by the new versions of those wonderful ABBA songs. I've been playing this CD over and over and over again on my CD players... I listen to it on my stereo, my discman, my car CD player... and the funny thing is, my family loves it as well. We've been fighting over it. In fact, one of my family members brought it to her office today, and I had to resort to playing ABBA Gold.
What sets this recording apart from other cast recordings of musicals is that it really close to capturing the essence and the energy of the live performance. Although at the theatre, the music is played on a much louder soundsystem.
I saw MAMMA MIA! at Toronto's Royal Alexandra Theatre in May, and the cast there was brilliant. The voices are far superior to the ones heard here on the Original London Cast Recording. In fact, the producers of the show have noted that the entire North American Premiere Cast is far superior to both the Original London Cast and the Current London Cast.
I saw the show in London this past July, and was unbelievably disappointed at the production there. The cast was inferior to the Toronto cast, and the audience was dead. This was not the same energetic, amazing show that I saw in Toronto. Audiences at the Royal Alexandra Theatre are blown away by the performance, while London audiences are walking away thinking it's an okay show.
Good thing that the North American Premiere Cast is going on tour in the United States, allowing more people to discover MAMMA MIA! and see it as a wonderful, energetic show.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Buy
Love the movie and the soundtrack. It is a good pick-me-up! Great to dance with. The price was right and it was in great condition.
Published 1 month ago by Rochelle Ferriell
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Abba and Mama Mia - You'll Love This
I have to type a whole bunch in here in order for Amazon to post this rating. The bottom line is that this is a feel good stage performance and the music is feel good. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Thomas E. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
I was looking for this CD and it was exactly what I wanted and it was very affordable. Thank you.
Published 2 months ago by Sam Mayo
5.0 out of 5 stars Best version of Mamma Mia
This Cast recording is the very best version of Mamma Mia!

I also purchased one of the original ABBA recordings and I was amazed at how well this Cast recording... Read more
Published 3 months ago by linda ackerman
5.0 out of 5 stars Present
We saw the play a few Christmases ago and enjoyed the music. So we had to get the CD of course.
Published 3 months ago by Emily Frank
5.0 out of 5 stars WesReview
This is one of my most favorite albums. I would recommend it to anyone. Buy it and enjoy every day.
Published 5 months ago by John W. Warner
5.0 out of 5 stars My first broadway show
It's no wonder that I like this album so much, it's one of my first Broadway shows! Although this recording isn't the cast I saw, it was still very well done. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Dawn
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy the music
I enjoyed the broadway show. I enjoyed the music a lot for a long time. The music is inspirational to me.
Published 7 months ago by Cord Glantz
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
It provides great music for anywhere like in the car ride or at home sitting on the couch or laying in bed.
Published 8 months ago by petra platteter
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it1
This album keeps me awake on long-distance drives at night. I sing along with enthusiasm and with out an audience.
Published 8 months ago by Susanne F. White
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Is this appropriate for kids and the family?
It is very fun and active, so children will be entertained...as long as they don't ask how come the girl doesn't know which of three men could be her daddy, everything should be fine...
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