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.

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