10/28/2009

2009 ABBA releases: Story of Heart, Chess, ABBA in Japan

ABBA 2009 releases in chronological order

2009 brought new English language songs from Andersson-Ulvaeus , the English language in concert version of Kristina and the release of the Albert Hall Concert of Chess.



ABBA-SHM series, Japan 8 individual CD’s, January 21, 2009
Ring Ring, Waterloo, ABBA, Arrival, ABBA - The Album, Voulez-Vous, Super Trouper, The Visitors on Super High Material CD in replica miniature LP sleeves. These can played on regular CD players.



Original Soundtrack- MAMMA MIA! THE MOVIE SOUNDTRACK Deluxe Edition CD/DVD Japan January 28, 2009

w/ DVD:

Behind The Music

Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! music video



Includes the standard movie soundtrack and bonus DVD but not the actual movie



ABBA-Classic ABBA, Universal , UK CD February 16, 2009

This is rerelease of 1999 compilation with a new cover. The new cover features photograph of the group from 1975 Greatest Hits photo sessions.

1. Thank You For The Music
2. The Winner Takes It All
3. Fernando
4. One Of Us
5. Angeleyes
6. The Day Before You Came
7. Eagle
8. So Long
9. Why Did It Have To Be Me
10. Ring Ring
11. The Way Old Friends Do
12. Slipping Through My Fingers
13. Hasta Mañana
14. Our Last Summer
15. My Love, My Life
16. If It Wasn't For The Nights
17. People Need Love
18. Happy New Year



Faryl Smith-Faryl, Universal PID 838748 , British CD March 9, 2009

The debut album of this 13 year old classical music singer, who was made famous by her appearance on Britain's Got Talent. It features her take on ABBA's "The Way Old Friends Do". The lyrics have been supposedly changed by Björn, to make them appropriate for a 13 year old.

1.Amazing Grace
2.The River of Light (Blue Danube)
3.Ave Maria
4.Annie's Song
5.A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square
6.Mother of God, Here I Stand
7.Shenandoah
8.Brahm's Lullaby
9.Calon Lan
10.How Can I Keep From Singing
11.Somewhere
12.The Way Old Friends Do
13.Danny Boy (Bonus Track)



The Airwaves- Hey You Ring Me Tonight RS1024 Riverside 2009, CD single, March 11, 2009



This is a 3 track CD with the songs -Hey You Ring Me Tonight, Jealousy, and Like Only yesterday.
The Airwaves are a Swedish singing group. The main track -“Hey You Ring Me Tonight “ is a ABBA tribute song written by Clive Jones of the British group Black Widow.



Original cast album- 10th Anniversary Special Edition Original Cast Recording Mamma Mia! CD April 6, 2009

A special repackage CD of the musical’s London cast album originally released in 1999 that includes standard track listing plus the bonus tracks first included in 2004.

Act1

1. Overture / Prologue

2. Honey Honey

3. Money, Money, Money

4. Thank You For The Music

5. Mamma Mia

6. Chiquitita

7. Dancing Queen

8. Lay All Your Love On Me

9. Super Trouper

10. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!

11. The Name Of The Game

12. Voulez-Vous

Act 2

13. Entr'Act

14. Under Attack

15. One Of Us

16. S.O.S.

17. Does Your Mother Know

18. Knowing Me, Knowing You

19. Our Last Summer

20. Slipping Through My Fingers

21. Winner Takes It All

22. Take A Chance On Me

23. I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do

24. I Have A Dream

Finale bonus tracks

25: Mamma Mia

26. Dancing Queen

27. Waterloo


Elisabeth Andreassen - SPELLEMANN, Grappa GRCD4287, Norwegian April 20, 2009 CD

This is a all new Norwegian release by the singer also known as Bettan that includes covers of three Benny Andersson songs. "Klinga mina klockor", Det är vi ändå", and "Nu mår jag mycket bättre". The CD also includes a song written by Ted Gardestad. "Gabriellas Sang" is song that can found on a Helen Sjoholm album.
"Så som i himmelen" is a 2004 film (As it is in heaven/) that features Helen Sjoholm . It features "Gabriella's Sang" in it original version.

Klinga mina klockor
Här är gudagott att vara
Blinde-Karls vise
Sommerfuglen (with Nora Andreassen)
Gabriellas sång
Det är vi ändå (with Sven Nordin)
De nære ting
Koppången
Du som har mitt hela hjärta
Bryllupsvals
För kärlekens skull
Nu mår jag mycket bättre (with Bjarte Hjelmeland)



Mamma Mia ! : Edition spéciale French Gift Set DVD/CD May 26, 2009

This is A French MM! Le Film gift set. It contains one DVD (Pal 2 audio system, French subtitles and bonus material) as well as a CD with eight of the songs and a small blue bag with a sarong style beach wrap. In French it’s described as “Edition spéciale Trousse de maquillage avec CD de la bande originale + Paréo”.


Various Artists Den Svenska Sommaren (5CD) (Album) UNI-0602527-08239 June 17, 2009



A Swedish box set that has 5 CDs of summer hits, Den Svenska Sommaren,. ABBA related artists include-Tomas Ledin, Ainbusk, Ted Gärdestad, Hootenanny Singers, Helen Sjöholm, Tommy Körberg and Frida.



1. Sommar sommar sommar - Radions Underhållningsorkester 2. Sommaren är kort - Tomas Ledin 3. Turistens klagan - Cornelis Vreeswijk 4. Barfotavisan - Mats Paulson 5. Hav och sand - Lars Berghagen 6. Nocturne (sov på min arm) - Sven-Bertil Taube 7. Maj på Malö - Evert Taube 8. Dans på Brännö brygga - Lasse Dahlquist 9. Att angöra en brygga - The Real Group 10. Himlen är oskyldigt blå - Victoria Tolstoy 11. Allt som jag känner - Tone Norum & Tommy Nilsson 12. Det blå - Sonja Aldén 13. Blomstarteid (den blomstertid nu kommer) - Ainbusk 14. Balladen om Herr Fredrik Åkare och den söta fröken Cecilia Lindh - Anita Lindblom 15. Så skimrande var aldrig havet - Lill Lindfors 16. Ta mig till havet - Peter Lundblad 17. Som stormen river öppet hav - Mikael Rickfors & Susanne Alfvengren 18. Det gåtfulla folket - Olle Adolphson 19. Sjösalavals - Evert Taube 20. Ta av dej skorna - Povel Ramel 21. Oh boy - Peps Persson 22. Ge en sol - Ted Gärdestad 23. Kring de små husen i gränderna vid hamnen - Anita Lindblom 24. Till min syster - Thorstein Bergman 25. Niu ligger have stille - Di Sma Undar Jordi 26. Bedårande sommarvals - Monica Zetterlund 27. Axel Öhman - Lill Lindfors & Svente Thuresson 28. Afton på Solvik - Andrew Walter 29. Ett liv i solen - Frida 30. Lilla vackra Anna - Göran Fristorp 31. Jag tror på sommaren - Mats Olin 32. Blå blå är kärleken - Britt Bergström 33. Brusa högre lilla å - Björn J:son Lindh 34. Blå blå känslor - Tomas Ledin 35. Gröna granna sköna sanna sommar - Lill-Babs 36. Oh boy oh boy oh boy - Lasse Dahlquist 37. Calle Schewens vals - Evert Taube 38. Det var dans bort i vägen - Sven-Ingvars 39. Här är den sköna sommar - Hootenanny Singers 40. Till sommarvind - Carl Anton 41. Come give me love - Helen Sjöholm 42. Menuett på Haga - Cornelis Vreeswijk 43. Fiskarna i haven - Idde Schultz 44. En droppe regn - Niclas Wahlgren 45. Sakta vi gå genom stan - Monica Zetterlund 46. Sol vind och vatten - Ted Gärdestad 47. Oh vilken härlig da' - Jill Johnson 48. Drömmen om Elin - Tommy Körberg 49. Vilken härlig dag - Ewa Roos 50. Ännu glöder solen - Nordman 51. Hela vägen hem - Staffan Hellstrand 52. Visa vid vindens ängar - Mats Paulson 53. Rör vid min själ - Sanna Nielsen 54. Visa vid midsommartid - Dana Dragomir 55. En dag på stranden - Tomas Ledin 56. Dans på Vejby ängar - Hasse Andersson 57. Mitt sommarlov - Anita Hegerland 58. Vals i Furusund - Anderw Walters Kör & Orkester 59. Klöversnoa - Ted Gärdestad 60. Itsy bitsy teenie weenie yellow polka dot bikini - Lill-Babs 61. Sommarkort (en stund på jorden) - Cornelis Vreeswijk 62. Änglamark - Sven-Bertil Taube 63. När skönheten kom till byn - Thorstein Bergman 64. Mälarö kyrka - Åsa Jinder 65. Ett hus på stranden - Shirley Clamp 66. Jag ska fånga en ängel - Ted Gärdestad 67. En kväll i juni - Lars Berghagen 68. Dansar i månens sken - Suzzies Orkester 69. Sommar och sol är det bästa jag vet - Sven-Ingvars 70. Änglahund - Hasse Andersson 71. Dansen på Sunnanö - Hootenanny Singers 72. Hör min samba - Lilla Lindfors 73. Minns du den sommar - Gunnar Wiklund 74. Gotländsk sommarnatt - Ernie Englund 75. Så länge skutan kan gå - Evert Taube

The Rivals-2nd Best To None, Mono Music UNI-MMCDS -133 Swedish CD single /download May 6, 2009

“2nd Best to None” is a new Andersson-Ulvaeus song sung surprisingly effectively by the staff of Benny's Stockholm hotel , the Hotel Rival for use on the hotel website. Yes, the song sounds somewhat derivative, but this is still the most ABBA-esque thing that Benny and Bjorn have recorded in a long time. It's even a little catchy! The stilted English and bland vocals make me think of Ace of Base. Apparently, it seems to be a truism that choruses of Swedish women have a sound quite distinct from that of other nationalities.



Chess in Concert, Internationally released DVD June 16, 2009

A DVD version of the concert basically identical to the 2CD set. I would say buy the DVD rather than the CD if you have to choose. Most of the content on the DVD premiered on PBS TV during pledge week.

Chess-In Concert, International release DVD , June 16, 2009
Released in September 2009 in UK.


Recorded live at Royal Albert Hall, London, May 12-13, 2008
There is also a single CD Highlights version and DVD version which were released both in the United States and Europe. This concert version stars Josh Groban and was taped a full year before it's release. This is yet another reworking of the ever changing Andersson-Rice-Ulvaeus musical.


This time, Tim Rice took the lead on the redo duties. Bjorn and Benny did not get directly involved with this concert ,though perhaps they had a veto, if they did not like the project as a whole. This record is an attempt to issue a fairly complete version of the musical, based generally on the original London staging. Somewhat annoyingly, Tim Rice has once again changed a few lyrics. On the plus side, you get to hear a few of the songs that were written long ago, which had not been available on any recording of CHESS (other then a temporary release on the original version of the Danish Version of Chess) the songs are “Commie newspapers”,” Press conference”, “Global TV fanfare”, “Talking Chess” and “The Interview”. These are not great songs, but it’s still nice to have them. Most of the songs found only on the American Broadway staging did not make it on this recording, but otherwise this concert is really complete Chess score.

The album was recorded live, and as a result many of the performances sound a little shaky. Another problem for me with any re-recording or theatrical staging of Chess is losing out on getting Benny Andersson and the ABBA band play the music as it meant to be played. I would say that if you want the definitive CHESS album it would seem that it is still your best bet to go back to the original 1984 studio album.

Performers include Idina Menzel, Adam Pascal, David Bedella, Kerry Ellis, Clarke Peters, Marti Pellow ; The City of London Philharmonic ; The West End Chorus ; arranged and orchestrated by Anders Eljas ; David Firman, conductor, musical supervisor. Liner notes by Tim Rice and synopsis in container.

Contents Disc one (Act one). Prologue -- The story of chess -- Merano/ What a scene! What a joy? -- Commie newspapers -- Press conference -- Molokov and Anatoly -- Where I want to be -- Difficult and dangerous times -- The arbiter -- Hymn to chess -- The merchandisers -- Global TV fanfare -- Chess game #1 -- The arbiter (reprise) -- Quartet (a model of decorum and tranquility) -- Florence and Molokov -- 1956 - Budapest is rising -- Nobody's side -- Mountain duet -- Chess game #2 -- Florence quits -- Pity the child # 1 -- Embassy lament -- Heaven help my heart -- Anatoly and the press -- Anthem –


Disc two (Act two). Golden Bangkok -- One night in Bangkok -- One more opponent -- You and I -- The Soviet machine -- The interview -- Someone else's story -- The deal (no deal) -- Pity the child #2 -- I know him so well -- Talking chess -- Endgame #1 -- Endgame #2 -- Endgame #3/ Chess game #3 -- You and I (reprise) -- Walter and Florence -- Anthem (reprise).



Various Artists-Highlights from Chess in Concert, Internationally released single CD, June 16, 2009

This CD is an abridged version of the Albert Hall Concert CD, a common practice for Tim Rice productions. In this case cutting the recording to one disc is totally pointless, since much of the reason for the concert was to have a new unabridged definitive version.

1. The Story Of Chess
2. Merano
3. Where I Want To Be
4. The Merchandisers
5. Chess Game #1
6. Quartet (A Model Of Decorum And Tranquility)
7. Nobody's Side
8. Mountain Duet
9. Embassy Lament
10. Heaven Help My Heart
11. Anthem
12. Golden Bangkok
13. One Night In Bangkok
14. You And I
15. Someone Else's Story
16. Pity The Child #2
17. I Know Him So Well
18. You And I (reprise)
19. Walter And Florence
20. Anthem (reprise)

BAO-Sommaren du fick, Mono , Swedish single/download June 2009


This record is the Swedish language version of "Story of a Heart", called "Sommaren du fick". This recording can also be found as a bonus track on the Swedish release of the Story of a Heart album. This CD was released as a single in Sweden, the single has two versions of the song.



Ted Gardestad-"Helt Nära Dig - Samlade, Polar Music/Universal Music 06025270733-0, Sweden 8 CD box set July 1, 2009

This box set features Ted’s studio albums, many of which feature production and musicianship by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus.


Benny Andersson Band-Story of a Heart, European CD July 6, 2009 (June 24 in Sweden) Also released in Australia

This is the first English language album to be released by the Benny Anderssons Orkester who are retitled the Benny Andersson Band for the purposes of international release. This CD is mostly a compilation of previously recorded songs ranging back as far as 1987. Nine of the fourteen songs are instrumentals. Four of the songs- “Fait Accompli”, “Our Last Dance”, “You Are My Man”, “ The Stars” feature never before released English language vocal tracks.



The album features one totally new song “Story of a Heart”, which is a Andersson- Ulvaeus song that is more ABBAesque than the usual BAO stuff. I think "Story of a Heart" is good recording if not a great song , though Helen Sjoholm really has voice better suited for musicals than pop recordings.


The English lyrics to "Our Last Dance" and "You Are My man" come off as kind of cliche. It is often hard to do literal translations of songs to another language.

So often the second language version tells a totally different story, but Bjorn went ahead with fairly literal translations.



However, The lyrics to "The Stars" work well, and is this track is my favorite of the new recordings on this CD.
The album was released a couple of days after the band's first appearance in Hampstead, Britain on July 4, 2009.

Track listing with original Swedish title, songwriter(s), track times, year of original release, and lead singer if any…

1. Glasgow Boogie (Andersson) 3.35 2004
2. Trolska [Trolskan] (Andersson) 2.07 1989
3. Story Of A Heart (Andersson-Ulvaeus) 5.08 2009 Lead Vocals-Helen Sjoholm
4. Bed Of Roses [En dans på rosor] (Andersson) 3.04 2004
5. You Are My Man [Du är min man] (Andersson-Ulvaeus) 3.36 2004 Lead Vocals-Helen Sjoholm
6. Circus Finemang (Andersson) 4.18 2001
7. Fait Accompli (Andersson-Ulvaeus) 3.57 2007 Lead Vocals-Tommy Korberg
8. Song From The Second Floor [Sång från andra våningen] (Andersson) 3.46 2001
9. Birthday Waltz For Mona [Födelsedagsvals till Mona] (Andersson-Ulvaeus) 2.23 1987
10. [If This Is] Our Last Dance [Vår sista dans] Andersson) (Andersson-Ulvaeus) 4.46 2001 Lead Vocals-Helen Sjoholm
11. Jehu (Andersson) 3.44 2004
12. Tirolan Schottis [Schottis i Tyrolen] (Andersson) 2.51 2001
13. The Stars [För dig] (Andersson-Ulvaeus) 3.48 2007 Lead Vocals-Helen Sjoholm, Tommy Korberg
14. P.S. (Andersson) 1.01 2001
Bonus track (Sweden only):
15. Sommaren du fick (Swedish vers.- Story Of A Heart] (Andersson-Ulvaeus) 4.27 2009 Lead Vocals-Helen Sjoholm



ABBA- Waterloo: The True Story of ABBA 3 DVD plus book July 13, 2009

Apparently contains previously released ABBA - Music in Review and ABBA/Arrival - The Ultimate Critical Review



This collection includes two retrospective reviews of much-loved Swedish pop sensations ABBA, celebrating the band's musical output through rare archival footage and live-performance clips; including an appearance on THE DICK CAVETT SHOW. Further insight is given through interviews with rock critics and band colleagues such as musician Les Davidson, tribute-band founder Rod Leissle, and publicists John Tobler and Jeff Rose. The collection also features a critical review of, what is widely considered to be, ABBA's first classic album, 1976's ARRIVAL.


ABBA-Les No 1 de ABBA , Universal, French 2CD set, August 31, 2009
A repackaging of ABBA’s Definitive Collection for the French market.


Disc 1:
1. People Need Love
2. He Is Your Brother
3. Ring Ring
4. Love Isn't Easy (But It Sure Is Hard Enough)
5. Waterloo
6. Honey, Honey
7. So Long
8. I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
9. SOS
10. Mamma Mia
11. Fernando
12. Dancing Queen
13. Money, Money, Money
14. Knowing Me, Knowing You
15. The Name Of The Game
16. Take A Chance On Me
17. Eagle
18. Summer Night City
19. Chiquitita
20. Does Your Mother Know



Disc 2:
1. Voulez-Vous
2. Angeleyes
3. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
4. I Have A Dream
5. The Winner Takes It All
6. Super Trouper
7. On And On And On
8. Lay All Your Love On Me
9. One Of Us
10. When All Is Said And Done
11. Head Over Heels
12. The Visitors (Crackin' Up)
13. The Day Before You Came
14. Under Attack
15. Thank You For The Music
Bonus tracks:
16. Ring Ring (1974 Remix, single version)
17. Voulez-Vous (Extended Remix, 1979 US promo)

ABBA In Japan – Universal, DVD international release, October 26, 2009


This DVD depicts ABBA’s adventures in Japan in 1978 and 1980. The main section of the release is “ABBA Special”, a television special filmed when the group visited Japan for promotional tour in November 1978. Unlike most specials of this kind the DVD has been resembled from unedited materials meaning that the DVD features more of the actual filmed performances.
The DVD comes with two bonus sections. The package features a illustrated booklet with an essay by Carl Magnus Palm.

ABBA In Japan 2 disc limited edition, Universal, international release, October 26, 2009

The first disc is the same as the one disc version, the second disc features a rare behind the scenes documentary from ABBA’s concert tour in March 1980, as well as some photo galleries. The packaging features illustrated booklet with essay by Carl Magnus Palm. The two disc version features a sticker and three ABBA photo cards.



ABBA Special

1. Eagle

2. Take A Chance On Me

3. Money, Money, Money (live)

4. SOS (live)

5. That's Me

6. Tiger

7. Dancing Queen

8. Waterloo

9. Fernando

10. Summer Night City

11. The Name Of The Game

12. Knowing Me, Knowing You

13. If It Wasn't For The Nights

14. Thank You For The Music (live)



Special Features:



Disc 1

1. Behind The Scenes Documentary 1978 - ABBA In Japan Nov. 1978

2. If It Wasn't For The Nights (Alternate Mix)



Disc 2 (Limited Special Edition)

1. Behind The Scenes Documentary 1980 - ABBA - '80 Concert Tour In Japan

2. Photo Gallery

3. Single And Album Sleeve Gallery



ABBA Gold - Greatest Hits Sound + Vision Clamshell 2 CD + DVD UK, October 26, 2009




This box compiles ABBA Gold, More ABBA Gold and the ABBA gold DVD yet again.



ABBA-Live TV, Brazilian DVD, October 2009

Another unofficial collection of ABBA TV clips. This DVD 5.1 sound, Is ALL REGION (Free), NTSC FORMAT



1. SOS (Disco 1975)

2. Dancing Queen (Disco 1976)

3. Fernando (Musikladen 1976)

4. I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do (Disco 1975)

5. Mamma Mia (Disco 1976)

6. Take A Chance On Me (Star Parade 1978)

7. Chiquitita (Musikladen 1979)

8. Eagle (Star Parade 1978)

9. The Winner Takes It All (Show Express 1980)

10. I Have A Dream (live Wembley 1979)

11. Super Trouper (Show Express 1980)

12. No Hay a Quien Culpar (promotional film)

13. The Day Before You Came (Show Express 1982)

14. Cassandra (Show Express 1982

15. Mamma Mia (Versão clipe) (promotional film)



Dan Daniell- Ich habe einen Traum, Edel, German CD, November 6, 2009


Includes one track (Lieber Gott) with Frida, a remix of track they released in 2003.
1. Ich gehöre nicht Dir
2. Ich will Dich
3. Lieber Gott (Duet with Frida)
4. Schatten oder Licht
5. 1000 an der Zahl
6. Ich will Frieden
7. Ein Traum
8. Marlene
9. Licht und Feuer
10. Liebe
11. Nur eine Nacht
12. Lady in weiss
13. Licht der Ewigkeit
14. Bonus: Matterhorn (Remix 2009)
Source: ABBA World



Original Soundtrack- MAMMA MIA! Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! More Gift Set, Universal, USA

and BD/CD box sets 10 November 10, 2009






This set includes Original Movie Soundtrack CD and 32-page collectible book. Collectible Gift Set Box with LED Lights & Mamma Mia! Music Soundchip.



Disc 1



Bonus:



Sing-Along

Deleted Musical Number: "The Name of the Game"

Feature Commentary with Director Phyllida Lloyd

Disc 2: Bonus Disc

Bonus:



Digital Copy of Mamma Mia! The Movie (Expires 12/31/2009)

Deleted Scenes

Outtakes

The Making of Mamma Mia!

Anatomy of a Musical Number: 'Lay All Your Love on Me'

Becoming a Singer

Behind the Scenes with Amanda

On Location in Greece

A Look Inside Mamma Mia!

"Gimme! Gimme! Gimmie!" Music Video

Bjorn Ulvaeus Cameo





Various Artists-Atlantic Records Time Capsule, Atlantic, American 9 CD/1 DVD/plus a “45” set, November 17, 2009.



This 168 song box set is a rare acknowledgement that ABBA was once part of the Atlantic records stable in the U.S.A. market. ABBA’s American #1 record is included here on Disc 5, Track 11. Can you guess which song that is? Can you dance? Can you Jive?



MAMMA MIA! Two Disc After Party Edition , Universal UK DVD November 23, 2009, Australia 2DVD, December 2, 2009





This is a Special Edition of MM! The Movie Double DVD (this is the “party edition”)

A special edition with lovely bonus material such as a Sky documentary, a red carpet feature, cast interviews and much more has just been released. Very special, very party! Yeah, whatever….



Disc 1 Special Features

Feature commentary with director Phyllida Lloyd

Cameo of Björn Ulvaeus

The making of Mamma Mia!

Music video: 'Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!'

Deleted musical number: 'The Name Of The Game'

Deleted scenes

Becoming a singer feature

Anatomy of the musical number feature

Out-takes

Inside look of the movie

Sing a long

Disc 2 Bonus Disc

'Mamma Mia! Stage to Screen'

30 Rock episode ‘Mamma Mia’

'The Best Summer of my Life' Cast interviews

'Mamma Mia! - Meeting the stars - Premiere Spectacular'

Photo gallery

8/05/2009

Story of a Heart CD cover


Benny Andersson Band-Story of a Heart, European CD July 6, 2009 (June 24 in Sweden) Also released in Australia

This is the first English language album to be released by the Benny Anderssons Orkester who are retitled the Benny Andersson Band for the purposes of international release. This CD is mostly a compilation of previously recorded songs ranging back as far as 1987. Nine of the fourteen songs are instrumentals. Four of the songs- “Fait Accompli”, “Our Last Dance”, “You Are My Man”, “ The Stars” feature never before released English language vocal tracks.
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The album features one totally new song “Story of a Heart”, which is a Andersson- Ulvaeus song that is more ABBAesque than the usual BAO stuff. I think "Story of a Heart" is good recording if not a great song , though Helen Sjoholm really has voice better suited for musicals than pop recordings.

The English lyrics to "Our Last Dance" and "You Are My man" come off as kind of cliche. It is often hard to do literal translations of songs to another language.

So often the second language version tells a totally different story, but Bjorn went ahead with fairly literal translations.

However, The lyrics to "The Stars" work well, and is this track is my favorite of the new recordings on this CD.
The album was released a couple of days after the band's first appearance in Hampstead, Britain on July 4, 2009.

Track listing with original Swedish title, songwriter(s), track times, year of original release, and lead singer if any…

1. Glasgow Boogie (Andersson) 3.35 2004
2. Trolska [Trolskan] (Andersson) 2.07 1989
3. Story Of A Heart (Andersson-Ulvaeus) 5.08 2009 Lead Vocals-Helen Sjoholm
4. Bed Of Roses [En dans på rosor] (Andersson) 3.04 2004
5. You Are My Man [Du är min man] (Andersson-Ulvaeus) 3.36 2004 Lead Vocals-Helen Sjoholm
6. Circus Finemang (Andersson) 4.18 2001
7. Fait Accompli (Andersson-Ulvaeus) 3.57 2007 Lead Vocals-Tommy Korberg
8. Song From The Second Floor [Sång från andra våningen] (Andersson) 3.46 2001
9. Birthday Waltz For Mona [Födelsedagsvals till Mona] (Andersson-Ulvaeus) 2.23 1987
10. [If This Is] Our Last Dance [Vår sista dans] Andersson) (Andersson-Ulvaeus) 4.46 2001 Lead Vocals-Helen Sjoholm
11. Jehu (Andersson) 3.44 2004
12. Tirolan Schottis [Schottis i Tyrolen] (Andersson) 2.51 2001
13. The Stars [För dig] (Andersson-Ulvaeus) 3.48 2007 Lead Vocals-Helen Sjoholm, Tommy Korberg
14. P.S. (Andersson) 1.01 2001
Bonus track (Sweden only):
15. Sommaren du fick (Swedish vers.- Story Of A Heart] (Andersson-Ulvaeus) 4.27 2009 Lead Vocals-Helen Sjoholm


7/28/2009

2008 releases

2008

2008 brought many new releases in the profitable Mamma Mia franchise, but little of genuine artistic interest.


ABBA-The Best of ABBA (18 Hits), Universal, Canada CD, April 29, 2008

Yet another----other ABBA compilation, this time in a eco-friendly packaging. It is part of the Green Series of CD’s.
1. The Winner Takes It All
2. Super Trouper
3. Waterloo
4. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
5. The Name Of The Game
6. Ring Ring
7. I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
8. SOS
9. Fernando
10. Hasta Mañana
11. Mamma Mia
12. Lay All Your Love On Me
13. Thank You For The Music
14. Happy New Year
15. Honey, Honey (Swedish Version)
16. Waterloo (French Version)
17. Ring Ring (German Version)
18. ¡Dame! ¡Dame! ¡Dame! (Spanish Version of Gimme! Gimme!)



You, the Living (Du Levande), Scanbox , Swedish DVD (Region 2), April 9, 2008.



Another dark movie comedy by Swedish director, Roy Andersson, who also directed Songs from The Second Floor. Benny Andersson is credited as the composer of the music to this film. This music used here was actually left over from Songs from The Second Floor. This film stars : Jessica Lundberg, Elisabet Helander,and Björn Englund.



Various artists- Mamma Mia! 4 Kids, Water Music Records, USA CD, May 20, 2008


In the spirit of "I Have a Dream" kids sing ABBA songs, oh sorry, please forgive me, those songs are "Mamma Mia" songs now!
Track Listing1. Honey, Honey 2. Money, Money, Money 3. Thank You For The Music 4. Mamma Mia! 5. Dancing Queen 6. The Name Of The Game 7. S.O.S 8. Knowing Me, Knowing You 9. The Winner Takes It All 10. Take A Chance On Me



ABBA- More Gold, Universal 060251724733, International CD, June 2, 2008
This is a reissue of the 1993 release in updated packaging. This release has undergone another overhaul, with revised liner notes, a re-designed booklet and a remastered CD. The track listing remains the same. According to ABBA-World this CD was released in Germany 17 June; Australia 14 July; and in the UK 25 August.



ABBA-ABBA Gold, Universal 060251724732, International CD, June 2, 2008
They have updated this jewel box for the often reissued seminal 1992 ABBA compilation. The CD on this edition is now packaged in what is called the Super Jewel Box. You might ask what is the Super Jewel Box? Super Jewel Boxes are made of crystal clear, high grade polystyrene and features improvements to the old CD jewel case, such as a new and patented hub for one or two discs, rounded corners, stronger hinges, an advanced locking clasp, visibility to graphics on all four spines, and increased durability.

The booklet has been slightly updated at the same time, and the CD supposedly features the latest remastered versions of the same nineteen ABBA tracks. In short, there is nothing new to be found here.



ABBA-Thank You For The Music, Universal 060251743234, International CD, July 14, 2008
The 66 track, 4-CD ABBA box set, has been re-released in a downsized format, in accordance with current day box set packaging. The booklet has been redesigned with different photographs, and parts of the essays and liner notes have been gently corrected and updated. This means that the booklet is shorter with fewer pictures. The disc content remains exactly the same as it was in the original 1994 edition.

Original Soundtrack Recording, Mamma Mia-Decca label 177 418-4, International CD, July 7, 2008

The movie soundtrack album was released in the summer, slightly before the release of the movie. The CD was released in Sweden and the UK on July 7, 2008 (and in the US on July 8, 2008). This album actually went to #1 in the USA, and in many other places. The movie soundtrack was actually more successful than the musical's original cast album, which has tended to sell at a slower pace in most of the markets it had been released. The soundtrack has sold over 4,000,000 physical copies worldwide including nearly 1,800.000 copies in the USA.

The music was recorded before the movie was filmed with the vocals sung by the original actors in the movie. On occasion, the actors also sang “live” during filming. The musical backing tracks were newly recorded in February 2007 by Benny Andersson with the help of three veterans of the original ABBA band (Rutger Gunnarsson on bass, Lasse Wellander on guitar, Per Lindvall on drums. An orchestra was used for parts of the backing track, and the chorus parts for the vocal tracks were recorded by the Stockholm ensemble cast of Mamma Mia. Two songs that were in the original musical are not sung in the movie- "Under Attack" and "Knowing Me, Knowing You". "Knowing Me, Knowing You "has been replaced by "When All is Said And Done'. Due to time constraints , the following songs are not included in the soundtrack album track listing -Overture / Prologue, Chiquitita, Entr'Act, One Of Us, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, and Waterloo.

The main drawback of the album is that so many of the performers are actors first not singers, and so most of the lead vocals are underwhelming. The vocal performances do have the kind of character that actors can instill, that sometimes singers can not.

.Of course, even the best singers are not likely to improve on Frida or Agnetha's vocals, so instead the best approach appears to be try something slightly different and that's what is sometimes tried here.

Originally there was also supposed to be a special two-disc version of the soundtrack. The two disc version was to have included instrumental versions of songs that underscore the action in the movie, the end credits medley and god knows what else, but this idea never came to fruition, perhaps simply due to quality control concerns.

Track listing-
1. Honey, Honey (Amanda Seyfried, Ashley Lilley & Rachel McDowall)
2. Money, Money, Money (Meryl Streep, Julie Walters & Christine Baranski)
3. Mamma Mia (Meryl Streep)
4. Dancing Queen (Meryl Streep, Julie Walters & Christine Baranski)
5. Our Last Summer (Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgǻrd, Amanda Seyfried & Meryl Streep)
6. Lay All Your Love on Me (Dominic Cooper & Amanda Seyfried)
7. Super Trouper (Meryl Streep, Julie Walters & Christine Baranski)
8. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) (Amanda Seyfried, Ashley Lilley & Rachel McDowall)
9. The Name of the Game (Amanda Seyfried)
10. Voulez-Vous (Full cast, Philip Michael, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters & Stellan Skarsgǻrd)
11. SOS (Pierce Brosnan & Meryl Streep)
12. Does Your Mother Know (Christine Baranski & Philip Michael)
13. Slipping Through My Fingers (Meryl Streep & Amanda Seyfried)
14. The Winner Takes It All (Meryl Streep)
15. When All is Said and Done (Pierce Brosnan & Meryl Streep)
16. Take a Chance on Me (Julie Walters, Stellan Skarsgǻrd, Colin Firth, Philip Michael & Christine Baranski)
17. I Have a Dream
18. Thank You For the music (hidden track) Amanda Seyfried)


ABBA-ABBA The Album (Limited 180gram Remastered Vinyl LP), Polar/Universal 5499701 LP, July 8, 2008

To help celebrate the 60th year of vinyl Universal is re-releasing 80 titles in vinyl. The first batch includes ABBA-The Album. Supposedly, each album contains a voucher enabling the purchaser to download MP3 versions of the songs within. Supposedly, the album replicates the original packaging. The disc is pressed on 180 gram (heavier than normal) virgin vinyl. I didn't know LP's could have sex. No bonus tracks of course, since they would not fit anyway.


ABBAcadabra- We Love ABBA: The Mamma Mia Dance Collection, Almighty ALMYCD63, European 3CD set July 2008

This set is a new collection of what I believe are previously released dance mixes by this ABBA cover band.



ABBA-Thank You For The Music Collectors Box Set, 3 DVD (region 2) & booklet , July 28. 2008


This release is another one of those un-official biography DVD sets. This contains the previously released 2DVD set ABBA - Music in Review 1972- 1983 and new single DVD ABBA Live. ABBA Live includes TV clips from the Olivia special ABBA in Japan and the Midnight Special. , ABBA Music in Review 1972-1983 is also included in the Dancing Queen collection listed below this one.


ABBA-Dancing Queen Collection MVD090169 ,International 3 DVD plus book , August 28, 2008

The DVD’s here had been previously released before as ABBA/Arrival - The Ultimate Critical Review and as ABBA Music in Review. Two of the discs feature analysis of ABBA”s eight studio albums . The third disc focuses just on Arrival. Music critics and musicians are interviewed and ABBA videoclips (some rare, some not rare) are interspersed between the talking. The interviews are with people from Bjorn Again, ex-Smash Hits editor Emma Jones, Capital Radio DJ Mick Brown and session musician Neal McArthur Also included is a 48 page analysis of every Abba album from 1973-1982. Much of the information presented in the DVD and the booklet is inaccurate or uninteresting.


Blancmange -Mange Tout Reissue, Edsel EDSD 2023, UK 2CD, September 1, 2008

This is digitally remastered two CD deluxe edition of the Synthpop duo's sophomore album which includes a bonus CD that contains all the twelve inch mixes of the hits and the non-album B-sides, the majority of which appear on CD for the first time. This album was originally released in May 1984, it features the hits 'Blind Vision', 'Don't Tell Me' and their version of ABBA's 'The Day Before You Came'. Blancmange’s version was a bigger hit then ABBA’s version on the British charts. This deluxe edition has the 12 inch version of the song as well.


CD 1

1 Don't Tell Me
2 Game Above My Head
3 Blind Vision
4 Time Became The Tide
5 That's Love That It Is
6 Murder
7 See The Train
8 All Things Are Nice
9 My Baby
10 The Day Before You Came
11 Game Above My Head (Long Version) (Bonus Track)

CD 2

1 Blind Vision (Long Version)
2 Heaven Knows Where Heaven Is
3 On Our Way To?
4 That's Love That It Is (Extended)
5 Vishnu (Full Length)
6 That's Love That It Is (Remix)
7 Vishnu (Instrumental)
8 Don't Tell Me (Extended)
9 Get Out Of That
10 Feel Me
11 All Things Are Nice (Version)
12 The Day Before You Came (Extended)

Agnetha Fältskog's Original Album Classics, Cupol SME-8869735-2352. Swedish 5CD box set, September 29, 2008

This 5CD box set features the same contents as De Första Åren box set minus the bonus disc. Thus the five albums included are Agnetha Fältskog, Agnetha Fältskog Vol.2, Som jag är.,När en vacker tanke blir en sång, and Elva kvinnor i ett hus.

1. Jag Var Så Kär 3:18 2. Jag Har Förlorat Dej 3:25 3. Utan Dej Mitt Liv Går Vidare 2:47 4. Allting Har Förändrat Sej 3:10 5. Försonade 2:57 6. Slutet Gott Allting Gott 1:43 7. Tack Sverige 3:00 8 .En Sommar Med Dej 3:20 9. Snövit Och De Sju Dvärgarna 3:07 10. Min Farbror Jonathan 2:31 11. Följ Med Mig 1:35 12. Den Jag Väntat På 2:24

1. Fram För Svenska Sommaren 2:24 2 .Lek Med Dina Dockor 2:15 3. Ge Dej Till Tåls 2:25 4. Skål Kära Vän 2:05 5. Glöm Honom 2:15 6. En Gång Fanns Bara Vi Två 2:41 7. Hjärtats Kronprins 2:35 8. Det Handlar Om Kärlek 2:26 9. Som En Vind Kom Du Till Mig 3:24 10. Señor Gonzales 2:28 11. Zigenarvän 2:58 12. Tag Min Hand Låt Oss Bli Vänne 2:14

1. Som Ett Eko 3:09 2. När Jag Var Fem 3:08 3. En Sång Och En Saga 3:35 4 .Tänk Va' Skönt 3:21 5. Ta Det Bara Med Ro 2:10 6. Om Tårar Vore Guld 3:27 7 .Hjärtats Saga 2:18 8. Spela Vår Sång 2:18 9 .Så här börjar kärlek 2:31 10. Du Ska Minnas Mig 3:11 11. Jag Ska Göra Allt 3:46 12. Sov Gott Min Lilla Vän 2:44

1. Många Gånger Än 02:17 2. Jag Vill Att Du Skall Bli Lyck 3:05 3 Kungens Vaktparad 2:40 4. Mitt Sommarland 2:23 5. Nya Ord 2:13 6 .Jag ska inte fälla några tårar 2:00 7. Då Finns Du Hos Mig 2:30 8. Han Lämnar Mig För Att Komma T 3:03 9. Kanske Var Min Kind Lite Het 3:07 10. Sången Föder Dig Tillbaka 3:13 1.1 Tågen Kan Gå Igen 3:06 12 Dröm Är Dröm Och Saga Saga 3:25

1. S.O.S. 3:19 2. En Egen Trädgård 2:35 3. Tack För En Underbar Vanlig Da 2:38 4. Gulleplutt 2:56 5. Är Du Som Han 2:50 6. Och Han Väntar På Mej 3:03 7. Doktorn! 2:47 8. Mina Ögon 3:04 9. Dom Har Glömt 3:49 10 Var Det Med Dej? 3:39 11 Visa i åttonde månaden 3:57


Agnetha Fältskog-My Very Best, Columbia, Sweden 2CD, October 8, 2008

The bluish cover features a stunning photo of Aggie from the mid-1970's .This is a 35 track hits compilation from Aggie. All the tracks are previously released. One CD features her Swedish tracks from 1960's and the 1970's. The second CD features English language tracks from her post ABBA solo career along with one ABBA track -"The Winner Takes It All". The tracks are not sequenced in chronological order. The compilation includes tracks from her 2004 solo album, My Coloring Book. Eyes Of a Woman is under represented in favor of Wrap Your Arms Around Me. There are no tracks from her duet albums with her either of her children, which is no great loss. This collection is similar in scope to My Love, My Life, a previous Agnetha compilation.


There is something rather scary about the idea that this album is celebrating 40+ years of the music of Aggie Fältskog. Equally scary is Aggie's duet with Bjorn called -"Så här börjar kärlek".


CD 1
1. SOS2. Var det med dej?3. När du tar mig i din famn4. Många gånger än5. En sång om sorg och glädje6. Dröm är dröm, och saga saga7. Doktorn!8. Tack för en underbar, vanlig dag9. Så glad som dina ögon10. Vart ska min kärlek föra11. Tio mil kvar till Korpilombolo12. Så här börjar kärlek (duet with Björn Ulvaeus)13. Sången föder dig tillbaka14. Dom har glömt15. Om tårar vore guld16. Allting har förändrat sig17. Fram för svenska sommaren18. Jag var så kär

CD 2
1. Wrap Your Arms Around Me2. Little White Secrets3. Can't Shake Loose4. The Heat Is On5. If I Thought You'd Ever Change Your Mind6. I Stand Alone7. Mr. Persuasion8. I Won't Let You Go9. If You Need Somebody Tonight10. Never Again (duet with Tomas Ledin)11. Let It Shine12. Take Good Care Of Your Children13. Sometimes When I'm Dreaming14. The Way You Are (duet with Ola Håkansson)15. I Won't Be Leaving You16. When You Walk In The Room17. The Winner Takes It All



ABBA-ABBA-The Albums, Universal, Internationally released 9CD Box set, October 27, 2008

All of the tracks here have been previously released.

This is a new 99 track box set of all ABBA's studio albums, with a bonus disc of most of ABBA's non-original album A&B sides. It is by no means complete, though to be fair, that does not seem to be the intent. ABBA's live album, Spanish album, German & French language tracks, alternative mixes, and alternative edits, are not included. Nor are the rarities found on the Thank You For The Music box set or MORE ABBA GOLD included here. The Ring Ring album is presented here in the later track listing version with "She's My Kind of Girl" instead of " Ring Ring (bara du slog en signal)”, otherwise the studio albums are issued in their original track listings. The nine CD's are packaged in a embossed cardboard box.

RING RING
1. Ring Ring2. Another Town, Another Train3. Disillusion4. People Need Love5. I Saw It In The Mirror6. Nina, Pretty Ballerina7. Love Isn’t Easy (But It Sure Is Hard Enough)8. Me And Bobby And Bobby’s Brother9. He Is Your Brother10. She’s My Kind Of Girl11. I Am Just A Girl12. Rock’n Roll Band
WATERLOO
1. Waterloo2. Sitting In The Palmtree3. King Kong Song4. Hasta Mañana5. My Mama Said6. Dance (While The Music Still Goes On)7. Honey, Honey8. Watch Out9. What About Livingstone10. Gonna Sing You My Lovesong11. Suzy-Hang-Around
ABBA
1. Mamma Mia2. Hey, Hey Helen3. Tropical Loveland4. SOS5. Man In The Middle6. Bang-A-Boomerang7. I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do8. Rock Me9. Intermezzo No.110. I’ve Been Waiting For You11. So Long
ARRIVAL
1. When I Kissed The Teacher2. Dancing Queen3. My Love, My Life4. Dum Dum Diddle5. Knowing Me, Knowing You6. Money, Money, Money7. That’s Me8. Why Did It Have To Be Me9. Tiger10. Arrival
ABBA– THE ALBUM
1. Eagle2. Take A Chance On Me3. One Man, One Woman4. The Name Of The Game5. Move On6. Hole In Your Soul”The Girl With The Golden Hair”– 3 scenes from a mini-musical:7. Thank You For The Music8. I Wonder (Departure)9. I’m A Marionette
VOULEZ-VOUS
1. As Good As New2. Voulez-Vous3. I Have A Dream4. Angeleyes5. The King Has Lost His Crown6. Does Your Mother Know7. If It Wasn’t For The Nights8. Chiquitita9. Lovers (Live A Little Longer)10. Kisses Of Fire
SUPER TROUPER
1. Super Trouper2. The Winner Takes It All3. On And On And On4. Andante, Andante5. Me And I6. Happy New Year7. Our Last Summer8. The Piper9. Lay All Your Love On Me10. The Way Old Friends Do
THE VISITORS
1. The Visitors2. Head Over Heels3. When All Is Said And Done4. Soldiers5. I Let The Music Speak6. One Of Us7. Two For The Price Of One8. Slipping Through My Fingers9. Like An Angel Passing Through My Room
BONUS CD
1. Merry-Go-Round2. Santa Rosa3. Ring Ring (bara du slog en signal) [Swedish Version]4. Waterloo (Swedish Version)5. Fernando6. Crazy World7. Happy Hawaii8. Summer Night City9. Medley: Pick A Bale Of Cotton - On Top Of Old Smokey - Midnight Special 10. Lovelight11. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)12. Elaine13. Should I Laugh Or Cry14. You Owe Me One15. Cassandra16. Under Attack17. The Day Before You Came



Sarah Brightman-Winter Symphony, EMI 2440112, British CD/DVD November 4, 2008

This is a winter/holiday album from the star of Phantom of the Opera. This album has a new vocal version of ABBA's "Arrival". Somehow,

Ms. Brightman was able to get Bjorn Ulvaeus to write new lyrics to go with the melody to this ABBA instrumental. It works to some degree, but "Arrival" doesn't really need lyrics.

Track listing:

1. Arrival 3:15
2. Colder Than Winter 4:02
3. Ave Maria featuring Fernando Lima 4:09
4. Silent Night 3:08
5. In The Bleak Midwinter 3:43
6. I've Been This Way Before 3:51
7 . Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring 3:57
8. Child In A Manger
9. I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day 4:40
10. Amazing Grace 3:05
11. Ave Maria 2:53
12. I Believe In Father Christmas 2.52


MAMMA MIA! THE MOVIE, Universal, DVD and Blu-ray Disc UK 24 November 24, 2008 (UK) November 25, 2008 (USA) Features vary from country to country.


This was the initial DVD release of the successful movie version of Mamma Mia.

The movie stars Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan. The movie is the most commercially successful movie musical since Grease. The movie grossed 600,000,000 dollars worldwide including over 140,000,000 dollars in the USA.

This DVD has sold over 5 million copies in Great Britain, making it the most successful DVD in UK history. There have been numerous different variations of this release that have followed since in both 2008 and 2009, and some of the DVD’s have been part of “gift sets” that also have included pens, towels, sarongs, calendars etc. Each country has seen different bonus features –and so here is complete list of all the bonus features that you would have if they were all combined onto one DVD.


Mamma Mia! The Movie: Audio Commentary Director Phyllida Lloyd
Name of the Game?" Deleted Song (2:58)
Deleted Scenes (8:00)
Fun Outtakes (1:53)
Birthing Mamma Mia! (4:40)
The Filmmaking (14:47)
The Cast (10:26)
Anatomy of a Musical Number: "Lay All Your Love On Me" (5:39
"Gimme Gimme Gimme" Music Video (3:47)
Sing-along
Behind The Music
A feature on the trio of creative forces behind the musical and movie
How Christine Baranski and dancers put together the steps for the "Does Your Mother Know"
Breakdown of the choreography in "Voulez-Vous"
More on how "Gimme Gimme Gimme" developed, cast rehearsals and on the set
Behind the scenes with Meryl Streep as she sings "Mamma Mia"
10 excellent things about Mamma Mia! – countdown with the cast and crew
Behind the Scenes with Amanda
On Location in Greece
A Look Inside Mamma Mia!
Bjorn Ulvaeus Cameo
Making of Mamma Mia- From Broadway to Hollywood
A Look Inside Mamma Mia: Anatomy of key musical numbers
Picture-in-Picture
Behind the Hits footage
Becoming A Singer
'Mamma Mia! Stage to Screen'
30 Rock episode ‘Mamma Mia’
'The Best Summer of my Life' Cast interviews
'Mamma Mia! - Meeting the stars - Premiere Spectacular'
Photo gallery

ABBA- Singstar game software, November 14, 2008

ABBA Songs are being released on Singstar on the Playstation game platform. SingStar is a competitive karaoke video game series for the PlayStation 2 or 3, that lets you sing to your favorite artists along with their actual videos. The game scores you on how good (or bad!) you are, either singing on your own or with friends. It is developed by London Studio and published by Sony Computer Entertainment.



PLAYSTATION 3
Chiquitita /Dancing Queen/
Does Your Mother know/Fernando/Gimme Gimme Gimme
I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
Knowing Me, Knowing You
Mamma Mia
Money, Money, Money
The Name Of The Game
One Of Us
Ring Ring
SOS
Summer Night City
Super Trouper
Take A Chance On Me
Thank You For The Music
Voulez-Vous
Waterloo
The Winner Takes It All

PLAYSTATION 2

Chiquitita/Dancing Queen/The Day Before You Came/Does Your Mother Know/Fernando/Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)/Happy New Year/Head Over Heels/I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do I Do/Knowing Me, Knowing You/Mamma Mia/Money, Money, Money/The Name Of The Game/One Of Us/Ring Ring/SOS/Summer Night City/Super Trouper/Take A Chance On Me/Thank You For The Music/Under Attack/Voulez-Vous/Waterloo/When All Is Said And Done/The Winner Takes It All


MAMMA MIA GIFTPACK, Universal, UK Region 2DVD November, 24 2008

This set has the actual movie on DVD, but not the soundtrack album.. .The Mamma Mia! gift pack includes:*,sing-along

ng-along option*Feature commentary with director Phyllida Lloyd*A behind the scenes look at the making of the movie*The 'Gimme Gimme Gimme' music video*Deleted scenes including the deleted musical number 'Name of the Game'.

Mamma Mia ! THE MOVIE SOUNDTRACK Deluxe Edition CD/DVD November 24, 2008

This set does not include the actual movie. The package includes the soundtrack CD, a "Behind the Music" DVD and hardcover booklet which features song lyrics, never before seen photographs and commentary on the film and the soundtrack. The CD soundtrack does not include instrumental tracks that were originally rumored to be on never issued planned two CD special edition of the soundtrack.

The DVD contains 30 minutes of filmed footage from the recording sessions, interviews with the cast including Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan and Amanda Seyfried, Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus; rare and supposedly hilarious moments from the making of the MAMMA MIA! soundtrack.

CD:1. Honey, Honey - Amanda Seyfried, Ashley Lilley, Rachel McDowall2. Money, Money, Money - Meryl Streep, Julie Walters, Christine Baranski 3. Mamma Mia - Meryl Streep4. Dancing Queen - Meryl Streep, Julie Walters, Christine Baranski 5. Our Last Summer - Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgård, Amanda Seyfried, Meryl Streep6. Lay All Your Love On Me - Dominic Cooper, Amanda Seyfried7. Super Trouper - Meryl Streep, Julie Walters, Christine Baranski 8. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) - Amanda Seyfried, Ashley Lilley, Rachel McDowall9. The Name Of The Game - Amanda Seyfried10. Voulez-Vous - Full cast, Philip Michael, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters, Stellan Skarsgård11. SOS - Pierce Brosnan, Meryl Streep 12. Does Your Mother Know - Christine Baranski, Philip Michael 13. Slipping Through My Fingers - Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried 14. The Winner Takes It All - Meryl Streep15. When All Is Said And Done - Pierce Brosnan, Meryl Streep 16. Take A Chance On Me - Julie Walters, Stellan Skarsgård, Colin Firth, Philip Michael, Christine Baranski17. I Have A Dream - Amanda SeyfriedThank You For The Music (hidden track) - Amanda Seyfried

DVD:Behind The Music

Josh Groban -A Collection, Warner 9362498177, Europe 2CD, December 1, 2008

These recordings are a collection of Josh's best loved songs plus a bonus disc of Christmas songs from the No.1 US album "Noel". This CD features the first release of 'Anthem', recorded for live as a special anniversary performance of Chess at the Royal Albert Hall, however the song was later released with the whole Royal Albert Hall concert in 2009.

This album also includes Josh's version of 'You Raise Me Up', the first version of the song to have become a major hit before it was later covered by Westlife, 'Anthem', recorded for live as a special anniversary performance of Chess at the Royal Albert Hall, however the song was later released with the whole Royal Albert Hall concert in 2009. This set also included 'To Where You Are', that he performed before a global audience at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert and features a live version of 'Weeping' recorded with Soweto Gospel Choir at the Mandela Concert in Hyde Park.

Released ahead of Christmas, also features a second CD highlighting festive songs such as 'Silent Night', 'Little Drummer Boy' and 'Ave Maria'. It does not have my favorite Groban track- his version of "Oh Holy Night".

Disc: 1
1. Oceano 2. February Song 3. You Are Loved (Don't Give Up) 4. You Raise Me Up 5. In Her Eyes 6. Awake 7. Alla Luce Del Sole 8. To Where You Are 9. Anthem (From Chess) (Live) 10. Per Te 11. Remember When It Rained 12. Weeping (Live) with Vusi Mahlasela and the Soweto Gospel Choir 13. Alejate 14. Hymne A L'Amour 15. Cinema Paradiso (Se) 16. Smile

Disc: 2
1. Silent Night 2. Little Drummer Boy 3. Ave Maria 4. Panis Angelicus 5. Petit Papa Noël 6. Noche de Paz (Silent Night)



Various Artists- Absolute Musicals, EVACD 4087, Swedish 2 CD set. December 3, 2008

This CD is a Swedish market compilation of songs from various musicals including about five songs from Andersson-Ulvaeus tuners.

CD 1
1. Gunilla Backman - Vinnaren Tar Allt (from Mamma Mia!)
2. Niklas Andersson - Guldet Blev Till Sand (from Kristina från Duvemåla)
3. Michael Crawford - Music Of The Night (from The Phantom Of The Opera)
4. Jennifer Holliday - And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going to (from Dreamgirls)
5. Elaine Paige & Barbara Dickson - I Know Him So Well (from Chess)
6. Whitney Houston - I Have Nothing (from Bodyguard
7. Yvonne Elliman - I Don´t Know How To Love Him (from Jesus Christ Superstar)
8. Ren Woods - Aquarius
9. Lea Salonga & Simon Bowman - The Last Night Of The World (from Miss Saigon)
10.Michael Ball - With One Look (from Sunset Boulevard)
11.Frank Sinatra - There´s No Business Like Show Business (from Annie Get Your Gun)
12.Elizabeth Parrish & George Hearn - The Best Of Times (from La Cage Aux Folles)
13.Julie Andrews & Philippa Bevans - I Could Have Danced All Night (from My Fair Lady)
14.Kiri Te Kanawa - Summertime (from Porgy och Bess)
15.Judy Garland - Over The Rainbow

CD 2
1. Tommy Körberg - Anthem (from Chess)
2. Elaine Paige - Memory (from Cats)
3. Julie Covington - Don´t Cry For Me Argentina (from Evita)
4. Sarah Brightman & Cliff Richard - All I Ask Of You (from The Phantom Of The Opera)
5. Michael Ball - With One Look (from Sunset Boulevard)
6. Martin Stenmarck - Maria (from West Side Story)
7. Gunilla Backman - Mamma Mia (from Mamma Mia!)
8. Joel Gray - Willkommen (from Cabaret)
9. Liza Minnelli - Theme From New York New York
10.Bebe Neuwirth - All That Jazz (from Chicago)
11.Ensemble - One (Finale) (from A Chorus Line)
12.Topol - If I Where A Rich Man (from Fiddler on the Roof)
13.Monty Python - Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life
14.Judy Collins - Send In The Clowns (from A Little Night Music)
15.Julie Andrews - The Sound Of Music (from Sound of Music)


MAMMA MIA DVD. Wal Mart Version with Special Bonus Disc US DVD December 16, 2008

U.S. retailer Walmart has released its own exclusive 2-DVD version of Mamma Mia!-The Movie which includes a bonus disc with different features than the regular 2-Disc Special Edition.

Included on Walmart's bonus DVD are:
A feature on the trio of creative forces behind the musical and movie
How Christine Baranski and dancers put together the steps for the "Does Your Mother Know" number
Breakdown of the choreography in "Voulez-Vous"
More on how "Gimme Gimme Gimme" developed, cast rehearsals and on the set
Behind the scenes with Meryl Streep as she sings "Mamma Mia"
10 excellent things about Mamma Mia! –countdown with the cast and crew

Bjorn Again-Gimme Gimme Gimme A Really Great Workout!, Fremantle Home Entertainment, Australia DVD, December 26, 2008

PAL Region: Region 2 A poorly reviewed 64 minute workout DVD featuring live versions of ABBA hits as performed by Bjorn Again playing in the background.