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The Best of U2 - 1980-1990 Paperback – April 1, 1999


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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard (April 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711973091
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711973091
  • Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 9 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #868,500 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By James Charters on January 26, 2007
As with the companion tab book, 'The Best of 1990-2000' (ISBN: 0634086391) this book contains some of the very best U2 songs for Guitar players to feast upon. The 80's was arguably when U2 really broke ground in terms of defining their sound with War and the Joshua Tree, and again in 1991 with Achtung Baby (songs from which are not in this volume, but the companion).

One must be careful, however, to purchase the right version of the book as Amazon does not really make a clear distinction between the Piano/Vocal/Guitar version (ISBN: 0634086375 - only has VERY limited guitar tab, essentially chords really, therefore is of not much use to the serious player) and the Guitar-only version (ISBN: 0711973091), which has comprehensive tab to nail these songs.

You'll find all of the notable classics like 'With or Without You', 'Where the streets have no name', 'I will follow', 'Pride', 'The unforgettable fire', 'All I want is you' and so on all accurately tabbed in this volume, and before you know it you will be rattling off the riff for Pride and think you will be a guest on tour with the boys from Dublin.

Grab this and the Best of 1990-2000 book (ISBN: 0634086391, Guitar-only version) and you will have a collection of some of the most seminal songs of the mid eighties and nineties. Trust me, they work a treat if you have a gig/party at a mate's place...the crowd will love them, and they are a pleasure to play.

Do yourself a favor, and don't bother with half of the tabs on the Internet for U2 songs. Most are wrong or incomplete, and since this tab book is $15 (a little more for me since I'm an Aussie, but still very cheap) you will have all you need and no need to bother with renditions by 14 year olds that think they are Eddie Van Halen or The Edge.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael R. Stoller Jr. on July 7, 2008
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I am a humble basement player who plays for myself and two kids, so I'm no professional although I have been playing for 10 years and know my way around "campfirey" sheet music. This book is good for the amateur -- songs both easy and difficult. As someone who usually rips TAB from various internet sources, this book was not beyond my musical reading ability. Clear chord changes and tabbed notes that didn't require a magnifying glass to read. Sometimes there are cheat chord diagrams before each song, and sometimes there are not. You can figure out fingerings from the tabbed music tough.

I don't expect I'll ever nail these songs in a note-for-note fashion; but for basic strumming I've got "All I Want Is You" and "Desire" already down.

Better musicians will get more out of this book. It is not an Easy Chord format. My grade is more reflective of my ability to use this book than it's value to someone else.

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marty Mcfly on November 16, 2008
This really has the best of U2 but it's not the best when it comes to the tablature. Sure the songs sound the same but I've personally found that they don't match. I've seen videos and watched Edge's finger placement and it was completely different than some of these tabs. If you're looking to play what the Edge plays.. look elsewhere..
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Julio on March 18, 2006
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I checked the book I received (Guitar version) and I think is a great book. Unfortunately I was ordering the piano version (had to order again from other vendor.

The good thing is that Amazon reimbursed the spent.

Regards,

Julio, from Chile.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. Alessandro on October 30, 2005
great book,the notation is exact and I will certainly buy the second one!
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