Benny and Nameless -- I know that neither of you think very much about Meryl Streep's version of 'The Day Before You Came'.
I hated the ABBA original, in 1982, but now I like it. I instantly like Meryl Streep's version. Looking around The Internet, I see
Meryl's version getting a lot of praise. As usual with ABBA Songs, some people like and some people hate. Some call Meryl's
version 'Haunting', and others call it 'Boring'. At the end of the day, it is all a matter of personal taste and opinion.
Meryl's version is Track 18 on the Soundtrack CD. However, I have heard that the Song is not sung in the Film. If it is not in
the Film, then this is likely to mean that Meryl Streep is only a 'Flashback' character in the Film. That she has 'Died'. The New
arrangement of 'The Day Before You Came' would then be her 'Haunting Goodbye' Song, on the CD. We will see.
THE SOUNDTRACK CD -- For some reason, Benny and Bjorn are always very unsure about how 'Good' or 'Bad' ABBA's
Non-Singles Tracks are. I think that is why they were too nervous to put totally 'fresh' ABBA Songs on the Soundtrack.
They felt that they had to 'Prop Them Up', with several Singles from the 1st 'Mamma Mia!' Film. They had to use the
Title Single again, as it would be odd if that were not in it. But, was it really necessary to give us these again too?
'I Have A Dream', 'Dancing Queen', 'The Name Of The Game', (on Soundtrack 1, but not in the Film), 'Waterloo',
(in Film 1, but not on Soundtrack 1), and 'Super Trouper'. To be fair - 'Super Trouper' is given a New arrangement
this time. However, I feel that 'Dancing Queen' is not as strong/loud as it was in Film 1. Both the vocals and music
sound less energetic. I know that 'Angel Eyes' is one of the 'Fresh' ABBA Songs in Film 2. However, it seems to lack
the energy and power of ABBA's original. It is weaker...
Some Fans are already saying that Soundtrack 2 is 'Disappointing', due to it having several Songs from the 1st
Film. Whereas other Fans are complaining that they wanted more Songs from the 1st Film in Film/Soundtrack 2,
because they 'Don't know' several of the 'New' Songs! As usual, Benny and Bjorn cannot win. ABBA Fans tend to
want different things. Some want Songs that they already know and others want more 'New'/'Fresh' Songs...
I know that Benny and Bjorn love 'I Wonder (Departure)'. Like a lot of ABBA Fans I've never been terribly keen on
it. However, I rather like the 'New' version in Film 2. I'm sure that a lot of ABBA Fans could/would have chosen
several other 'Lesser Known ABBA Songs' for Film 2. I've always loved, 'Tiger', Move On', 'Hole In Your Soul',
'As Good As New', and 'If It Wasn't For The Nights'. However, I bet Benny and Bjorn would gave many reasons
why none of my choices were good enough for Film 2. That goes for any 'New' Songs that other ABBA Fans
might have chosen.
I've heard that Cher has already said that a 'Mamma Mia! 3' has been discussed. However, I think that the
2 'Mamma Mia!' Films are enough. If they made a 3rd Film, Benny and Bjorn would only use some ABBA
Songs from Films 1 and 2 again, and it would only look like they're forever trying to get cash out of Fans of
'Mamma Mia!' and ABBA, by re-using the same ABBA Songs time and time again. You can only get away
with using the same old Songs for so long - then people turn on you, and stop buying the Soundtracks,
and stop going to see the Films. I do hope that Benny and Bjorn realise this.
Benny and Bjorn do make mistakes - as can be seen and heard by them letting that 'Buffoon' have the 1st
30 seconds on 'Kisses Of Fire', in Film 2! The Female vocals are fine on it - and they should have been used
for the entire Song. But, Benny and Bjorn just had to let the imbecile 'Sing', at the start of it!
The Soundtrack is currently No.2 in the Global & European iTunes Album Charts. It is at No.6 in the UK iTunes
Chart - down from No.3 yesterday. However, we have to remember that the Film is not yet out in the UK and
most other Countries. It has its 'World Premiere', in London on Monday - 16th - and it is released in most of
the World - including the UK - next Friday - 20th July. That is when the Soundtrack's Sales will rise much more.
Due to people seeing the Film and all of the Media publicity etc.
I doubt if 'ABBA Gold' will get to No.1 again, as it did due to the 2008 Film. It has sold well over 5,300,000 to
5,400,000 UK copies, and there are not so many people, (who like ABBA), left to buy it. It may or may not get
back into the UK Top 10. We will see. (If the 1st Film Soundtrack had been allowed into the UK Artist Album
Chart in 2008, 'ABBA Gold' would not have been able to return to No.1. It would have got no higher than No.2).