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  • Plastic Comb: 808 pages
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard (February 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0793529395
  • ISBN-13: 978-0793529391
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 1.6 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Founded in 1947, Hal Leonard Corporation has become the worlds largest print music publisher, representing some of the greatest songwriters and artists of all time. We are proud to publish titles of interest to all musicians as well as music lovers, from songbooks and instructional titles to artist biographies and instrument price guides to books about the music industry and all the performing arts.

Customer Reviews

In the Ultimate Fake Book, it's about two thirds of a page.
simple as that
My skills reading music as I was taught in piano lessons are not as good as I would like but with the Fake Books, I can play so many more tunes.
Joan D. Kruse
I have been playing tunes from this book almost every day since I received it several weeks ago and have only scratched the surface.
P. Anders

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246 of 250 people found the following review helpful By Eddie Landsberg VINE VOICE on October 10, 2000
Format: Plastic Comb
Ha ! The reviewer below me made a good point (if you've never seen this book before), and I for one have no intention of typing out the 1200 tunes !
I'll tell you why I like it... I have loads of Jazz fake books. This for sure *isn't* "The Real Book", but its a nice collection of more poppish tunes that I find useful to have along on a gig because sometimes people do request those '50s, '60s or '70s pop tunes or even older "less hip" standards and tunes. Its one thing to play for "musicians" but what about when you play in restaurants, at weddings, or for real people? It also has those tunes that vocalists tend to call but that instrumental Jazz ensembles don't play as often (you know, showtunes, Barbara Streisand Stuff, etc. etc.) and even lot's of stuff good for wedding gigs (I WILL SURVIVE, LOVE THEMES from films like TOP GUN and FOOTLOOSE, MANDY, MIDNIGHT TRAIN TO GEORGIA, THE "IN" CROWD, GREAT BALLS OF FIRE, GETTING TO KNOW YOU, QUE SERA SERA, even JIVE TALKIN', I SHOT THE SHERIFF. and '70s stuff like PIANO MAN, JIVE TALKIN', BRANDY (You're a Find Girl), CELEBRATE and JULIE, DO YOU LOVE ME ! ! !)
But its not just wedding band music... I've found some morsels in this one that aren't in most of my Jazz books... MORE TODAY THAN YESTERDAY, I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TIME IT WAS, CRY ME A RIVER, THE JERSEY BOUNCE, SAMABA DE ORPHEAU, WALK ON THE WILD SIDE, etc.
I can't list all 1200 tunes for you as I mentioned, but here are some of the categories...
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403 of 424 people found the following review helpful By Stephen DeVore on September 25, 2004
Format: Plastic Comb
When I first posted this list on September 25, 2004, I got the Table of Contents from the Hal Leonard Web site, but I did not know that they would publish later editions while apparently using the same ISBN number! The songs listed now at the H.L. site DIFFER from this list here. But I am leaving this list as a reference to the edition listed there when I first posted here.

2014 Update: The Hal Leonard site shows a 5th Edition. It has the same ISBN-13 number as listed on Amazon (978-0793529391), and likely has different songs than I first listed here in 2004. The ISBN-10 on Amazon is 0793529395. Amazon still says this was published in 1994. If you are concerned about exact songs you're getting, if possible, first check which edition you are getting before you order.

2004 List: (It barely fits.)
* 'Way Down Yonder In New Orleans
* ('Til) I Kissed You
* (All Of A Sudden) My Heart Sings
* (I Scream-You Scream-We All Scream For) Ice Cream
* (I Wanna Go Where You Go - Do What You Do) Then I'll Be Happy
* (I Wish I Was In) Dixie
* (I Wonder Why?
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136 of 141 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 25, 1997
Format: Plastic Comb Verified Purchase
I learned the hard way that this was formerly known as "The Book," and, except for the cover, the "Ultimate Fake Book" I bought is exactly the same as my copy of "The Book." Not to worry - it will make a great present for somebody.
All of the Hal Leonard "Ultimate" fake books are excellent, but this one and "The Best Fake Book Ever" are particularly generous, with lyrics, chords, and melody for some 1200 songs each. The variety is phenomenal - from Broadway to Folk to Big Band to current hits. My friends and I like to gather around a fake book and sing the night away. I can't think of a better way to spend an evening.
One complaint other than the mixup with the other book - the paperback cover and plastic looseleaf binding are a bit flimsy for a book this big.
-Joe Offer
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66 of 69 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 6, 1998
Format: Plastic Comb
With 1200 songs you would imagine this has got to have it all. That's what I thought. Because it tries to be all songs for all people, it winds up having (for me) very few songs of interest. I returned it and am buying more individual artist/subject song books. Buy it to have on the shelf as a resource book, but you might be better off paying less for easier to handle and read song books.
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72 of 76 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 30, 2003
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For those over 40, this book is MUCH better than the Best Fake
Book Ever. I went to the Hal Leonard website to find the complete index of songs for this book before I bought it. UNFORTUNATELY, because this book was so good, I did not bother to look at the complete list of songs before buying the Best Fake Book Ever. I just assumed it would be of the same high quality as this one. Wrong! The songs were much more obscure. From now on, I will find the publisher's website, study the index listing the contents, and then go to Amazon to purchase.
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