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  • Series: Real Books (Hal Leonard) (Book 1)
  • Plastic Comb: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard; 6th edition (July 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0634060759
  • ISBN-13: 978-0634060755
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,076 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A. Kerensky on June 2, 2008
Format: Plastic Comb
I have found Amazon.com very good at delivering books very promptly and at very good prices which is why I use them as my primary vendor. I'm going to offer some final thoughts on the Real Book Series. The Hal Leonard Corp has endeavoured to produce a legitimate Real book for Jazz Musicians. As previously mentioned it's not perfect but neither was the 5th edition, and no doubt in a few years time we will see a 7th edition but for now I'll make do with the 6th edition. I have purchased all 3 volumes in B Flat, E Flat, Bass Clef and C Concert. Here is what I note about the new Hal Leonard volumes, there are 143 tunes missing from volume 1, 170 missing from volume 2 and 159 missing from volume 3. That's 472 tunes in total missing in comparison to the earlier 5th Edition (Volume 4 perhaps?) but to counter this loss Hal leonard have added about 508 totally new tunes so its not a complete disaster (new numbers include some very nice classics such as `Nuages', `Night in Tunisia', `Beyond the Sea', `Jump, Jive & Wail' and so on. I'd say their is about 3 dozen classic standards missing from the new edition numbers such as `The Shadow of your smile' vol 1, `Sweet Georgia Brown', `Blue Moon' vol 2 and `Stars fell on Alabama' vol 3. These are personal favourites so these are going to be loose sheets at the back of the new real book. I count approx 1360 tunes in the present Real Book series so plenty to be working on and still a good selection of standards to choose from.Read more ›
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39 of 49 people found the following review helpful By RomanStJames on February 24, 2006
Format: Plastic Comb
It's about time someone attempted to publish a 'legal' version of the 'illegal' Real Book, the standard text that virtually all jazz musicians use to enable them to play together. But it's unfortunate that Hal Leonard was the company to do it, because they still have not gotten it right. For those that don't know, rumour has it that the original Real Book (editions 1 thru 5) were originally created by music students at the legendary Berklee School Of Music, who began transcribing the heads (melodies)and chord progressions of the jazz standards that they most often played and binding them into a book that they xeroxed and shared amongst each other. The only problem is that they never got permission from the composers/publishers of the music and consequently never paid any royalties to said composers/publishers.

When comparing the 'illegal' 5th edition of the Real Book to the new 'legal' 6th edition, the first thing you notice is that several songs are missing from Hal Leonard's 6th edition. I assume that's because Leonard & Co. was not able to get the rights for some songs, or couldn't get them at a rate that would still allow them to achieve the profit margin they were shooting for. Though disappointing, that's perfectly understandable.

However, what I can't understand is why they decided to publish several songs in different keys than they were originally presented in the 5th edition. Yes, John Coltrane originally recorded "Equinox" in the key of concert C#, but for years it's been played by what what must be millions of jazz players the world over in the key of C, as it appeared in the original Real Book. Instead of following what the 5th edition did, Leonard chose to publish it in C# in the new 6th edition.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By G. Goldman on January 14, 2008
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Fake books are a dime a dozen. I've seen many of them with really poor melodic transcriptions and others that even had wrong chords. I'm not even a working musician and can tell you there's nothing worse than hearing yourself playing something different from the original recordings and not begin able identify the exact chord. "Real Books" are a step above and beyond when it comes to fake books. This edition is very extensive (updated with tons of charts from the Jazz giants) and best of all, it's completely legal. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Howard L. Penn on February 13, 2013
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I had previously bought the Bb book, which is also legal, and wanted to get this one to complement the first and I'm glad I did. My edition if half the size of the Bb book, but the print is still easy to read. A+
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 7, 2012
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There are problems with the Hal Leonard Real Books for Kindle available on Amazon.com ranging from minor irritations to completely defective and unusable books (as in the Real Book I Eb instruments). I tried hard to get both Amazon/Kindle and Hal Leonard to recognize the problems and correct them yet, months later, the books remain for sale in their variously defective states. The issues start with a pathetically inconsistent titling system that makes it harder than it should be to find the book you are looking for both at the Kindle store and from within your Kindle app index. But it gets worse, much worse. It's amazing how unprofessionally some of these books have been implemented on the Kindle and that repeated efforts to call attention to the issues with Hal Leonard and Kindle have fallen on deaf ears! They say they will look into the problems and then nothing gets done. This is a very unprofessional level of neglect of their product line. It's too bad because professional musicians would love these books on their iPads to bring to gigs, rehearsals, and jam sessions. Until Amazon/Kindle/Hal Leonard take notice of the problems with the Kindle versions of these fake books, they are not ready for prime time.

I haven't checked out all the books, just the ones I was interested in owning. Here are some observations for the wary:

Hal Leonard Real Book Series for Kindle defective content issues:

Real Book volume I Eb Instruments: scores do not display fully and are chopped into pieces. This volume also has indexing issues (clicking on a song title takes you to the wrong page, usually somewhere in the introduction).
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