- Series: Bob Dylan
- Paperback: 788 pages
- Publisher: Amsco Publications; First Edition edition (January 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 082561774X
- ISBN-13: 978-0825617744
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 1.7 x 12 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Definitive Bob Dylan Songbook (Bob Dylan) Paperback – October 1, 2000
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Top Customer Reviews
Problems: The songs are arranged in ROUGH chronological order, making it frustrating to find what you need in a hurry--especially if you're playing "unplugged and seated" at a coffee house and need to get to the next song quickly. Also, the guitar tabs and melody notation is nice, but how hard would it have been to include piano chords and bass lines for our non-guitar playing musician friends? Here's the big hurdle you'll face if you buy this book: The sheet music is hit-or-miss when it comes to getting the correct keys and chords of the original songs. Though many of them are close enough that a savvy player can make a quick mental note to transpose (eg., songs listed in F major that are actually in E major can be played by thinking 1/2 step down), some of them are not only in the wrong key--their chords are nothing at all like the original versions! I'm talking about substituting minor chords that should be major and augmented chords that should be simple triads (i.e. basic "cowboy chords" in the first position).Read more ›
Overall, the collection makes an excellent one-stop resource for a majority of Dylan's work. Others have commented that some lyrics are incorrect (true to a point, but then who has ever heard Dylan do ANY of his songs twice the same way?)or that the chords, or tunes are not quite on the money. All that is more or less acceptable and curable with even a modicum of musical chops.
As far as the book's organization, that's more problematic. It departs from its primarily alphabetical format at the most inconvenient of times, leaving the reader scratching his or her head. An index of first lines would have been worth its weight in gold.
Ultimately, however, the single greatest drawback to this collection is the shabby quality of its binding. The cover on my copy completely broke loose by the time I'd played 10 songs. While this problem was easily corrected with a liberal application of good quality contact cement, it's the principle of the matter. To charge more than $35 for a volume with a binding that's less adequate than an old ten-cent Scrooge McDuck comic is unacceptable.
Great book - lousy cover.
IN 2004, a volume called Bob Dylan: Lyrics was published by Simon & Schuster. (See my review of this on epinions on 7/9/06) and, unlike the earlier book I mentioned, is a compilation of lyrics only -organized one album at a time - from 1962 to 2001 - emphasizing the poetry sans music. As a tome of poetic achievement, it is a monument to one of our most prolific and generationally expressive writers. However, it deliberately did not include the music.
I recently discovered the book at hand, first published in 2001 by Amsco Publishing. It combines the best of both worlds (for an amateur musician and long-time Dylan aficionado) by laying out the melodies, chords AND full lyrics to over 325 of his songs.
This is a BIG book, even in paperback -788 pages. A full sampling (not all-inclusive) of each of his periods - from the earlier years when he modeled himself after Woody Guthrie and took up social causes, to the creative boom of the 60's when his savant-like creativity flowed like a veritable tsunami of music with meaning to the latter phases where he has continued to write - but, by his own admission, without the `magical' and inexplicable inspiration that flowed spontaneously from him earlier in his career.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book for Dylan fans and musicians. Includes his music up to 2000. Can't wait for a more recent version.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
perfect songbook for any Dylan fan. arrived in great condition (better than advertised) Made a great birthday gift!Published 14 months ago by RNTvideos
Awesome Dylan music book that I refer to all of the time as a musician!Published 17 months ago by Jerry Choquette
Massive! That is both the joy and sorrow of this wonderful collection of Dylan. It is complete, and it is physically huge and heavy, but I am delighted to have it all in one... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Michael O. Simmons
This was purchased as a gift. I still have not given it to the person I bought if for. I am not a musician so... Not much I can say.Published on May 19, 2014 by Márgara
Great compilation of Dylan's works. Purchased as a present for "Secrete Santa" gifting. Plain and simple and complete, easy to play arrangements/printingPublished on March 2, 2014 by T W PRZYBYLINSKI SR
This book works as a tablature book but works even better as a lyric book. In fact, that's what it should be marketed as: a lyric book with tabs, not a tab book with included... Read morePublished on November 3, 2013 by terrapinJess
I love Dylan, if you play and love Dylan too you'll love this book! It's all in this book. "The sun's not yellow, it's chicken."Published on February 24, 2013 by Christopher L. Bryant