Mamma Mia! song cut shock!

The latest “shock horror” media beat-up ABBA story involves guitarist Lasse Wellander allegedly being “dumbfounded” and “stunned” that ‘I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do’ won’t be included in full in the forthcoming movie version of the musical MAMMA MIA! (source: Contact Music)

In truth, it’s hardly surprising. Half of the songs in the stage version of MAMMA MIA! are incomplete, some missing entire verses and choruses, or are interupted by dialogue or dramatic action. In the specific case of ‘I Do…’, the first verse stanza  was replaced by the second, the second had all new lyrics to incorporate the storyline and characters, and the third stanza (after the first bridge) has been dropped completely (see the lyrics here).

It must have been a slow news week. Or the film production wanted to get another story out to remind the world that the movie is coming.

Check out the story behind the story for this and more in the ABBA in the news section of ABBA World.


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6 Responses to “Mamma Mia! song cut shock!”

  1. Samuel Inglles Says:

    Hi IAN

    Here’s articles on the soundtrack of ‘Mamma Mia! -The Movie’

    Kind Regards
    Samuel Inglles

    The Age (Melbourne) – Thursday, 10 July 2008 (Page 26)

    Mamma Mia! Music and lyrics by Stig Anderson, Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus. Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Amanda Seyfried and cast, cond. Martin Lowe. Polydor – Score: 4/5 Stars. Review by Jim Murphy.

    The feel-good musical built around the relentlessly upbeat ABBA oeuvre was a smash hit all over the world and now the director and writer of the stage show, Phyllida Lloyd and Catherine Johnson, have brought it to the big screen. Three songs from the stage version are omitted but ‘When All Is Said And Done’ from ABBA’s final album, was added. No substantial change was made to the presentation of the songs – replicating the ABBA disco sound is the entire raison d’etre of the piece – but the casting is interesting. Meryl Streep, who I seem to remember reading somewhere had been Marian the Librarian in a College ‘The Music Man’, handles the singing duties as if to the manner born in the role of Donna. Broadway favourite Christine Baranski and Britain’s wonderful Julie Walters, splendid as Donna’s old friends and erstwhile colleagues in a girl band, team with Streep to good effect in ‘Dancing Queen’ and ‘Super Trouper’. Amanda Seryfried has a fresh, sweet voice as the daughter Sophie but the vocal contributions of Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård and, particularly, Pierce Brosnan as her three possible fathers, are modest.

  2. Samuel Inglles Says:

    Hi IAN

    Here’s a review and the chart placing of ‘Mamma Mia!-The Movie’ soundtrack.

    The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) – Thursday, 17 July 2008 (Page 12)


    Mamma Mia!-The Movie Soundtrack. Score: 1½ out of 5 stars. Review by Cameron Adams

    The ’Mamma Mia!’ cash cow continues. After the stage soundtrack, here’s the film one. A mere pre-DVD souvenir of the film, it’s ABBA gone cabaret. The originals are perfect pop; at their worst here the vocalists go cheesy (‘Honey, Honey’) or Michael Bolton-y (a suspiciously tuneful Pierce Brosnan on ‘S.O.S.’). And Meryl Streep barely gets away with her fairly montonic attack on the big numbers. What works on the screen often doesn’t on the CD. Colin Firth’s take on ‘Our Last Summer’ is diabolical.

    The Charts: Australian Top Ten Albums. Supplied by ARIA.

    1. Viva La Vida… – Coldplay
    2. This Is Our God – Hillsong
    3. Universes – Birds Of Tokyo
    4. Mamma Mia!-The Movie – Soundtrack
    5. Indestructible – Disturbed
    6. Good Girl Gone Bad – Rihanna
    7. Exclusive – Chris Brown
    8. Lessons To Be Learned – Gabriella Cilmi
    9. Apocalypso – The Presets
    10. Summer At Eureka – Pete Murray

    There’s another article on Page 27 about Björn Ulvaeus:


    Mamma Mia! I’ve lost my memories.

    Stockholm: Who can forget the silver suits, boots, flares and big hair that defined the ABBA years? Apparently Björn Ulvaeus has.

    As a new generation of fans discovers ABBA thanks to the hit film ‘Mamma Mia!’, Ulvaeus has revealed he is suffering from memory loss and cannot even remember winning the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974 with one of their best-known songs, ‘Waterloo’.

    It was the victory at the contest in Brighton, England, that propelled the Swedish group to international stardom.

    “It is like I was not even there,” said the 58-year-old father of four.

    Ulvaeus composed the music for the ‘Mamma Mia!’ stage musical with fellow ABBA star Benny Andersson and makes a brief uncredited appearance in the film, which stars Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth.

    The movie sparked an ABBA revival, but Ulvaeus says he can’t remember chunks of his life, even turning to hypnosis to find a cure.

    The songwriter; who divorced ABBA’s blonde singer Agnetha Fältskog in 1980, studied old photos and video to try to remember his life.

    Photo of ABBA from 1978: That was then … ABBA’s Ulvaeus has memory problems.

  3. Samuel Inglles Says:

    Hi IAN

    Here’s more ‘Mamma Mia!-The Movie’ articles as well as ABBA!

    Kind Regards
    Samuel Inglles

    Woman’s Day – 14 July 2008 (Page 114)

    CD Reviews

    Mamma Mia! Soundtrack

    Set to be one of the hit films of the year, ‘Mamma Mia!’, featuring songs of ABBA, is a must-have soundtrack if ever there was one. The all-star cast, industry Meryl Streep, Colin Firth and Pierce Brosnan, all lend their vocal chords to the Swedish foursomes classics including ‘S.O.S.’, ‘Take A Chance On Me’, ‘Dancing Queen’ and ‘Lay Al Your Love On Me’.

    The Canberra Times – Thursday, 17 July 2008 (Page 5)

    Did ABBA pen the most profound lyrics in pop? ‘Mamma Mia!’ – the film of the hit musical is here – but as we sing along, will we pause to appreciate the power of the band’s words? John Walsh hopes so

    “Nobody will listen to unalloyed misery,” Leonard Cohen once told me. “This song of mine [it was ‘The Future’] would be unbearable if I hadn’t allied it to a hot little dance tune.”

    ABBA’s songwriters Björn Ulvaeus, Stig Anderson and Benny Andersson know all about yoking bounce and misery. Their songs deal in loneliness, betrayal, sorrow, heartache, expressed in peppy melodies full of triumphant-sounding choruses.

    Take the song ‘Mamma Mia’: “I’ve been cheated by you since I don’t know when/So I’ve made up my mind, it must come to an end.”

    It’s hard to read those words without the tune doing a little dance in your head? But then you realise you’ve been humming all these years, to a tale of chronic infidelity, serial cheating, chronic door-slamming stuff, and a partner too weak not to take him or her back.

    And this is the extraordinary thing the song’s a celebration of indecision, of “losing control”, of being unable to tell your adulterous partner to go away.

    “Bittersweet” is the traditional word for such conflicting emotions in a song. ‘Mamma Mia’ is a bittersweet anthem about the joy of being a doormat.

    In ‘S.O.S.’, the racing piano and heart-lifting chorus obscure the fact that the loved one hasn’t actually gone, but is standing nearby, failing to notice his former lover’s disarray.

    ‘Money, Money, Money’ is a thunderous chorus of naked greed from the perspective of a naïve, nervous gold-digger. Games appear all over the place in ABBA songs.

    Saying goodbye, in ‘Mamma Mia’ is just “a game we play”. The song ‘The Winner Takes It All’ churns with imagery of card games, concealed aces, the folly of playing by the rules.

    When not dealing in games, their other mode is encouragement. ‘Chiquitita’ tells a sorrowful pal to, frankly, buck up and get over it.

    “Sing a new song, Chiquitita,“ is perilously close to “Change the bloody record Chiquitita”, but the sense of girly solidarity is still strong.

    So is the you-can-do-anything-tonight sentiment of ‘Dancing Queen’, a song that’s sent hordes of inept hoofers to “Leave them burning, and then you’re gone,” on dance floors from Malaga to Minsk.

    And who can resist the evidence, in ‘Super Trouper’, that the ABBA members suffered from Swedish melancholy, even while they were taking the world by storm?

    “Facing twenty thousand of your friends/How can anyone be so lonely/Part of a success that never ends/But I’m thinking about you only” – it’s masterful melancholia.

    Strip away the jaunty music, and the ABBA songbook stands revealed as an anthology of bittersweet ironies, about brittle lives in rubbish relationships, people who are sick of games, and need constant encouragement to keep looking for love in a glossy, false world.

    Suddenly, it’s no surprise that they came from the same land as Ingmar Bergman.


    The Sunday Canberra Times – 12 July 2008 (Page 27)

    Panorama – Film

    Subtlety is not my mamma’s strong suit.

    Mamma Mia! (PG)
    At Dendy, Civic; Greater Union Manuka; and Hoyts Belconnen, Tuggeranong and Woden.
    Score: 2½ out of 5 stars. Reviewer: Cris Kennedy.

    Young bride-to-be Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) has a dream (queue music). She wants to get married knowing who her real dad is. She has uncovered the diary of her free-spirit mother Donna (Meryl Streep), which lists three possibilities: heartbreaker Sam (Pierce Brosnan), writer Bill (Stellan Skarsgård) and headbanger-turned-uptight executive Harry (Colin Firth), but the diary doesn’t give a definitive answer and so she invites all three to give her away at her wedding, assuming she will know her dad when she meets him.

    With this yawn of a plot, thus begins ‘Mamma Mia!’, the big screen adaptation of the hit musical fashioned around the songs of ABBA.

    The thing about ABBA, and let me disclose up front that I am and will always be an ABBA fan until the bitter end, is that when they were good they were very, very good, and when they were bad, they were horrid. Very much the same can be said of ‘Mamma Mia!’. The fault, I believe, lies squarely with director Phyllida Lloyd, whose background is in theatre (she directed the Broadway run of the play). Every scene is performed with the subtlety of an old stage hoofer playing to the cheap seats. Every dance, every costume, is straight out of any high school play. Under a stronger director with a sense of subtlety, we might have a film every bit as enduring as last year’s ‘Hairspray’. Instead we have some of the (Western) world’s finer actors making utter prats of themselves. None of the male leads should ever let their friends convince them they can hold a note.

    But their vocal crimes are nothing compared to the ham-fisted overacting of the normally faultless Christine Baranski and Julie Walters, as Donna’s two best friends. Between them there are, at times, such high levels of oestrogen coming from the screen (and perhaps from my mums-and-bubs-audience) that I felt myself getting hot flushes from HRT-by-proxy.

    Meryl Streep, however, gives the film her all and she is nothing short of spectacular.

    And then, there are those wonderful ABBA tunes.

    Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus (who produced the film along with Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson) wrote some of pop group’s more bittersweet songs, and under their tutelage, Meryl Streep manages to take a classic like ‘The Winner Takes It All’ and, singing it in the golden light of the beautiful Greek locations, give it a new life and poignancy.

    I liken watching ‘Mamma Mia!’ to watching your favourite aunt drunk and dancing at a wedding. You know it’s embarrassing to watch, but you can’t help smiling and clapping along.

    The Times – Thursday, 10 July 2008 (Page 16)

    Times2 – Film Reviews

    Here we go again: Mamma Mia! is nothing more than a wooden rehash of the West End hit, says James Christopher.

    Score: 2 out of 5 stars.

    A glossy remake of the West End smash featuring ABBA’s greatest hits, ‘Mamma Mia!-The Movie’ is a guilty pleasure, powerful enough to turn the stoniest heads. My colleague Hugo Rifkind was charmed enough to give the film four stars at a press preview last week. I can’t muster the same enthusiasm. The rough magic that made the stage show an unexpected delight has been pulped into Hollywood blancmange.

    The quest of the beautiful Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) to discover the identity of her father before her wedding on her Greek island home is toothless drama. You couldn’t invent three more glamorous middle-aged stiffs than Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth and Stellan Skarsgård. They are suitably bemused by having shared the same woman during a Summer holiday 20 years ago, but they fail to generate a flicker of genuine anguish.

    The director Phyllida Lloyd has managed to turn her award-winning musical into a ghastly wooden farce. This is Hollywood karaoke, complete with picture-postcard sunsets, wind machines and swirling helicopter shots of Brosnan singing out of tune.

    This would all be forgivable if it were not for Meryl Streep, who plays the title heroine, Donna, far too dementedly. The 59-year-old hippy mother of Sophie can perform the splits in mid-air dressed in a pair of dungarees, a feat that is filmed in luxurious slow motion. She is horrified by the unexpected arrival of her three ex-lovers. In a mock panic she leads a Greek congo of local scrubbers on a barefoot bounce around the island. The sight of these women vamping to ‘Dancing Queen’ on a wobbly wooden pier is a truly terrifying spectacle.

    The hapless young romantics do their best as second fiddles. Dominic Cooper’s handsome Sky has a magnificent torso and a fine voice, but he doesn’t have enough screen time. Seyfried has better luck confusing her Mr Bean trio of dads. But Streep is the strongest voice in the film, and a cliff-top showdown with Brosnan – ‘The Winner Takes It All’ is a rare moment of hair-raising passion.

    She is aided by Julie Walters in full slapstick throttle and a bean-pole Christine Baranski as a sex-starved sophisticate who munches young men for breakfast in ‘Does Your Mother Know’. The sexual politics are lopsided, but that is the appeal of ABBA. How their songs are shoe-horned into the story should provide enough corny joy for most diehard fans.

    Photo: For die-hards only – Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan’s duet is an all-to-rare moment of passion.

  4. Letha Says:

    I would like to know why Waterloo, ( the last song in the finale) is not included in either the London version or the new movie version CD.

  5. Ian Cole Says:

    When the London cast CD was recorded, Waterloo wasn’t part of the encore. It was added sometime later. It was added to that CD when it was re-released on the show’s 5th anniversary.

    I don’t know why it’s not on the movie soundtrack CD. There is hope that a special edition double CD with the other music from the movie will be released later. There is precedent – the Hairspray special edition CD was released around the same time as the movie came out on DVD.

  6. Samuel Inglles Says:

    Hi Ian

    Mamma Mia! is nominated for the following award at the 14th annual Empire awards!

    Best Soundtrack (Shortlist by Empire Magazine)
    Mamma Mia!
    Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
    Quantum of Solace
    There Will Be Blood

    Kind Regards
    Samuel Inglles



    Box office behemoth The Dark Knight is the favourite to emerge victorious at the 14th annual Empire awards, after the nominations were announced.

    Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins sequel – which won two Oscars last weekend – has four nominations for the film magazine’s awards, sponsored by Jameson.

    The Dark Knight is vying with There Will Be Blood, WALL-E, No Country For Old Men and Iron Man for the best film prize while Nolan is up for the best director prize.

    Lead actor Christian Bale is nominated for best actor – alongside Daniel Day-Lewis, Robert Downey Jr, Daniel Craig and Johnny Depp – while the comic book film is also included in the best sci-fi/fantasy/superhero movie category.

    Quantum of Solace, the 22nd James Bond film, also has four nominations, while animated Oscar winner WALL-E is nominated for three awards.

    The best newcomer award, meanwhile, will be contested between Twilight star Robert Pattinson, St Trinian’s actress Gemma Arterton, Across the Universe’s Jim Sturgess, RocknRolla actor Toby Kebbell and Brideshead Revisited cast member Hayley Attwell.

    “These nominations, unlike those of other awards shows, truly reflect the power and diversity of cinema,” said Empire editor Mark Dinning.

    “Representing an amazing year for film, these nominations – incorporating everything from blockbuster action movies to thought-provoking dramas – mark the Jameson Empire awards out as the true barometer of movie taste, with movies like Wall-E and The Dark Knight finally getting the credit to match their monumental box office success.”

    The Jameson Empire awards 2009 nominations are:Best Film
    There Will Be Blood
    No Country For Old Men
    The Dark Knight
    Iron Man

    Best Actor
    Daniel Day Lewis (There Will Be Blood)
    Robert Downey Jr (Iron Man)
    Christian Bale (The Dark Knight)
    Daniel Craig (Quantum of Solace)
    Johnny Depp (Sweeney Todd)

    Best Actress
    Angelina Jolie (Changeling)
    Ellen Page (Juno)
    Sally Hawkins (Happy Go Lucky)
    Helena Bonham Carter (Sweeney Todd)
    Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace)

    Best Director
    Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight)
    Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood)
    Tim Burton (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street)
    The Coen Brothers (No Country For Old Men)
    Andrew Stanton (WALL-E)

    Best British Film
    Eden Lake
    In Bruges
    Son of Rambow

    Best Soundtrack (Shortlist by Empire Magazine)
    Mamma Mia!
    Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
    Quantum of Solace
    There Will Be Blood

    Best Comedy
    Tropic Thunder
    Son of Rambow
    Ghost Town
    In Bruges
    Burn after Reading

    Best Horror
    The Orphanage
    The Mist
    Eden Lake
    The Strangers
    Sweeney Todd

    Best Sci-Fi / Fantasy / Superhero Movie
    Iron Man
    Hellboy 2: The Golden Army
    The Dark Knight

    Best Thriller
    No Country For Old Men
    Quantum of Solace
    Gone Baby Gone
    Eagle Eye

    Best Newcomer
    Robert Pattinson
    Gemma Arterton
    Jim Sturgess
    Toby Kebbell
    Hayley Atwell

    02/03/2009 14:14:43

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