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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

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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 108 pages
  • Publisher: McSweeney's (December 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781938073380
  • ISBN-13: 978-1938073380
  • ASIN: 193807338X
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 9.8 x 12.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #465,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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While I am really really enjoying this collection for the sake of the songs it contains, the packaging is almost the best part: every song has gorgeous cover art and a hilarious fake ad on the back that is extremely true to the vintage sheet music which inspired the album. The arrangements are pretty straightforward and it is a treat to get to play through "unreleased" Beck songs, plus the actual physical product is so much fun!
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Leave it to Beck to deliver his musical versatility in a format once loved by hundreds of millions, now virtually (heh) abandoned: sheet music. All twenty songs are charmingly rendered in easy-to-follow notes/chords/lyrics, and adorned by many different visual artists with a multitude of mostly retro covers. There are many back-of-the-songsheet oddities (ads, fictional songs and "songs"), as you would expect from Beck + McSweeney's. Even if you are not a musician, this is a really cool object to hold and view and consider.

The songs? Mostly very good. A few are difficult (the one in 7/4, for example), a few are a little uninspired, but about half of them are REALLY good. Beck has reigned in his impulse towards excessively surreal lyrics, for the most part, in an attempt to make them more approachable. You can find online YouTube versions, but most of the interpretations I've checked out are not very impressive. If you are a musician, try them out yourself. More fun than a barrel of sea monkeys!
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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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This was a gift for a musically inclined friend and he loved it. Each song is it's own individual sheet music. The art is terrific and in some cases very humorous. Even if you're not a fan of Beck anyone who plays piano would love this.
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Beck is a genius. The quality of this songbook is awesome, and having an online community to review other folks versions of these songs is also a great idea. Having fun putting the work in to bring this book to life.
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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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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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