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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 108 pages
  • Publisher: McSweeney's (December 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781938073380
  • ISBN-13: 978-1938073380
  • ASIN: 193807338X
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 9.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[A] visually stunning and captivating album… For anyone with an ear (or an eye) for music, this album is the perfect opportunity to abandon your seats, join the stage and become a participant rather than just a spectator."—Zink Magazine

"Visually sumptuous … A bold artistic challenge and a madcap creative gauntlet in a pop-culture landscape that favors instant gratification."—American Way

About the Author

Since 1993, Beck has released eleven albums; two of them, Odelay and Sea Change, were included on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. As a producer and collaborator, he’s worked with dozens of other artists, including Charlotte Gainsbourg and Thurston Moore. He lives in Los Angeles.

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Well played, Beck.
Brent Holcomb
The sheet music is written in traditional format WITH beginners notations (pictures of what the notes look like when placing the fingers on the guitar).
Lyndsay Taylor
The songs come as individual sheets, much like you would have found them back in the day.
John

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Minnesota Musician on December 9, 2012
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I'm a musician so its no surprise that I like to listen to music. However, while I like writing my own music, its rare that I am motivated to cover someone else's tunes. That's just how I am. But when I heard about Song Reader, my attitude changed. I just received my copy of Song Reader and I'm excited about it. Here's a collection of songs by a popular artist that noone has heard before. With nothing to compare it to, it's easy to understand why there have been so many interpretations submitted already, from musicians of all skill levels and ages.

The contents of this 'album' are on high quality paper with color artwork. I thought this was going to be more like a song book, but its a collection of individual sheet music, and its well done. 20 songs, plus a variety of 'bonus' material filling out the sheets, will keep you busy. I haven't read sheet music in a long time. While I may not be able to play some of the songs, at a minimum I can read the chords. If you get stuck, its just a matter of time before readers release a SoundCloud or YouTube track to kickstart your musical process.

I gave this four stars because I've had tons of fun learning and recording these songs. While I can't say I like all the songs, I feel like I got my money's worth, both in the physical package and overall entertainment value.

I'm not sure what non-musicians would 'do' with Song Reader, perhaps other reviewers will comment on what led them to purchase it. I'm not a collector of 'fan' material so I don't know if this would be interesting to a long-time Beck fan or not. It will be interesting to see how long the Song Reader buzz lasts.

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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By John on December 29, 2012
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I'm purposefully staying away from hearing other's renditions so that I can interpret these myself, but I can tell you from looking through the music that the songwriting is very much like the Mutations album. Like Mutations, there's a bluesy folk style and dark lyrics - the lyrics being darker here.

I'd highly recommend this if you're a Beck fan (especially if you liked Mutations), and even if you don't plan to play the songs, and even if you're not a musician. Like some pieces by Erik Satie, there is a lot in the sheet music for you to appreciate as you follow along. Artwork, whimsical instruction (e.g. the tempo marking for "Do We? We Do" is "Rhetorically") and quips, etc.

There are loads - tons - of unfinished thoughts here also, in addition to the twenty songs. Many of the sheets contain "ads" for other songs, which are all cut short. It will be interesting to hear how others finish these. There is a "hidden track" - the ad behind "Last Night You Were a Dream" is a complete song, with a similar melody and chords.

The packaging is excellent, very well made. The songs come as individual sheets, much like you would have found them back in the day. Most are written for piano and voice, with guitar tabs on top (a surprising number of songs with ukelele tabs instead). There are two songs ("The Last Polka" and "Mutilation Rag") that are written for piano only, with no chords. Loads of thought went into the artwork and the ads, all very retro Tin Pan Alley in style.

It'd be great if other artists did this, maybe less as a retro-style project and more as a regular, present-day occurrence.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JON MANNERS on February 24, 2013
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Here's my take on Beck's "Old Shanghai." I had a LOT of fun doing this, and you can too - what a cool, out-of-the-box idea he had to release his songs as sheet music! [...]
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brent Holcomb on January 25, 2013
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Beck has given us the music (and the witty annotations)... He leaves our hands for the interpreting. Brilliant move, gorgeous & heartbreaking album. Well played, Beck. Or Well played, myself, I could say.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Chris Szeliga on January 12, 2013
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None of us will ever be as cool as Beck, ever. Who else could have concieved of something like this? Now get your dead ass on the road and tour!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sam on March 14, 2014
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I don't play music but love Beck and plan on framing these pieces. Incredible artwork by themselves and even better when musicians come over.
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Beck has written these songs to mirror the sheet music that, in days yore, everyone went to music stores to buy and then played on piano, guitar or ukelele. Each song has its own sheet music, complete with fabricated ads on the back page. It's an adventure.
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By J. Putnam on April 5, 2014
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My son and professional musician found this book wonderful addition to his extensive library. He is still explring the pieces and finding new ways to play them - including a variety of other instruments and voices.
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