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Mamma Mia - The Movie Soundtrack Songbook: E-Z Play Today Volume 96 [Kindle Edition]

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(E-Z Play Today). 17 songs from the wonderfully entertaining movie soundtrack in E-Z Play Today notation, including: Dancing Queen * Does Your Mother Know * Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) * Honey, Honey * I Have a Dream * Lay All Your Love on Me * Mamma Mia * Money, Money, Money * The Name of the Game * Our Last Summer * Slipping Through My Fingers * S.O.S. * Super Trouper * Take a Chance on Me * Voulez-Vous * When All Is Said and Done * The Winner Takes It All.

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The delirious sight of Meryl Streep leading a river of multigenerational women singing "Dancing Queen" is one of the high points of Mamma Mia!, the musical built around the songs of the hugely popular pop group ABBA. The plot sets in motion when Sophie (Amanda Seyfried, Mean Girls), daughter of Donna (Streep), sends a letter to three men, inviting them to her wedding--because after reading her mother's diary, she suspects that one of them is her father. When all three arrive at the Greek island where Donna runs a hotel, Donna flips out and finds that passions she thought she'd laid aside are coming back to life. But let's face it, the plot is not the point--it's a ridiculous contrivance that provides an excuse for the characters to sing the massive hits of ABBA. Regrettably, first-time film director Phyllida Lloyd (who directed the original stage production) has drawn over-the-top performances from everyone involved, even Streep; every production number hammers its exuberance into your eyeballs. Which is too bad, because Mamma Mia! is a rarity: A middle-aged love story. The kids start things off, but the story is really about Streep and the three guys (former James Bond Pierce Brosnan, former Mr. Darcy Colin Firth, and Swedish star Stellan Skarsgard), as well as Donna's best friends (Christine Baranski, best known from the TV show Cybill, and Julie Walters, Calendar Girls). It's a romantic comedy aimed at the people who were around when all these songs were new, and that's an age group Hollywood largely ignores. For that alone, Mamma Mia! deserves to find an audience. --Bret Fetzer


Mamma Mia! became a Broadway smash when it hit Broadway back in 2001. With a story framed around the music of the Swedish pop band Abba, crowds loved its raucous, dance party vibe. Now it comes to the silver screen, with some truly delightful performances from the likes of Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan. It is the story of Sophie (Amanda Seyfried), a young woman living on a picturesque Greek island with her mother, Donna (Streep). Together, Donna and Sophie run a ramshackle island inn, and they are in the midst of preparing for Sophie's wedding. As the wedding approaches, Sophie becomes troubled by the fact that she has never known her father. She was the result of one of her mother's summer flings, and her mother has never revealed her father's identity. When Sophie stumbles upon her mother's diary, she learns that there are three possible men who could be her dad. Without telling her mother, she invites all three to her wedding. When Harry (Colin Firth), Sam (Brosnan), and Bill (Stellan Skarsgard) all arrive at the same time, Donna is of course shocked and overwhelmed by seeing her old lovers again after such a long time. She turns to her two best friends, Tanya (Christine Baranaki) and Rosie (Julia Walters), for their support, and vows to just get through the wedding and weekend. Meanwhile, Sophie spends time with each man, determined to learn the truth.

Major hi-jinks and confusion ensues, all amidst the utterly romantic scenery, and the rather irresistible, swelling love ballads. Streep has a lovely singing voice, and to watch her throw herself into this whimsical role is truly a delight. She looks like she is having a ball, and it is hard not to shimmy along with her. Baranski reliably delivers an over-the-top showstopper, and Brosnan's tender singing voice makes his character all the more touching. The film strives to be a jubilant celebration of mother/daughter relationships and the love between good friends, and it is hard to resist its many charms.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5751 KB
  • Print Length: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard (1 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FJ67YVI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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4.0 out of 5 stars E-Z-P-Z! 29 Aug. 2014
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First, a confession: I can't play the piano. I've never had a lesson, and read music about as well as I do Swedish. I bought this book (and the keyboard without which it would be rather useless) not for myself but for my daughter, who has since decided she would rather learn the clarinet.

I, however, have had great fun with it. The music is written in a way from which real musicians would recoil in horror, and the tunes are simplified to the point where you can play them with one hand - which is just as well, because although I do have a left hand, it is apparently even less musically gifted than my right. Yet now, thanks to this book, I can knock out a version of "Money, Money, Money" which those who are feeling kindly disposed towards me (normally my daughter, who still has some making up to do for getting me to spend £150 on a keyboard she never plays) will claim to recognise.

Personally, I find the E-Z-Play notation (where the note letter is written inside the symbol) reassuring, and the "large print" notes themselves easier to follow as they meander up and down those confusing lines. I will never be a great - or even competent - pianist, but thanks to this book I can have a stab at some great tunes and, with practice, not mangle them too awfully.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Buyers beware! 23 Mar. 2015
By Ash - Published on
I was very excited when I bought this book. The the title of the book says, "For Organs, Pianos & Electronic Keyboards." Open page 2, it says registration 2. Go to page 48. Registration 2 is ensemble: Brass Section, Sax Section, Wind Ensemble, Full Organ, Theater Organ.
The point is, there is no bass clef. There are no instructions as to how to play the left hand.
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5.0 out of 5 stars love it! 14 Sept. 2010
By lhewjkw - Published on
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It even has the 'slipping through my fingers' song that was not in the new movie (but was in the original play)... I love it, easy to play versions of some really fun songs!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 2 Oct. 2014
By Toni Leflett - Published on
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Love this movie,makes you want to get up an sing an dance with them.
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