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Product details

  • Plastic Comb: 808 pages
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation; 4 edition (Jan 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0793529395
  • ISBN-13: 978-0793529391
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 4.2 x 30.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 116,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This really is the world's largest fake book. Over 1200 songs in all styles; jazz, classical, gospel, international styles, big band, novelty, sing-along, and Christmas songs. A complete index by title and composer together with categorisation by style an

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Jun 1997
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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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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Expatriado on 26 Oct 2007
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It's a large collection of tunes, but two points limit the book's usefulness for me (amateur guitarist and pianist playing occasionally in jazz and rock/pop bands).
1) It covers all genres, from early jazz to country, so it cannot be comprehensive in any genre. Even for a jazz beginner the 100 or so jazz tunes will quickly be insufficient, and a much better collection like the same publisher's Real Book will be needed. For 80/90-ies pop the selection is minimal. The best coverage is probably in broadway and movie/tv hits, which make up about half of the songs in the book.
2) 1200 songs in 800 pages means that they have been highly compressed. Every other page contains 2 songs: small fontsize, 12 staffs per page, highly simplified chords and melody. Impossible to read on stage, so you end up having to cut and paste with photocopiers or scanners to create something readable.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 April 1999
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Twelve hundred songs is not so many songs that you can expect of find all your favorites, but this is a very useful book to have around for gigging, for sight-singing, for studying the history of popular music, and--most important--for fun.
Also recommended: PENTATONIC SCALES FOR THE JAZZ-ROCK KEYBOARDIST by Jeff Burns.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By AJN on 7 Feb 2011
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Quite a book, which in some respects, is too big to handle comfortably - it would have been better as 2 or 3 volumes.
Some of the print size is quite small and I don't like various songs being split between 2 pages (i.e. starting half way down one page and carrying on to a half page on the other side. In other words, better pagination would have benefitted the book.
On the positive side, enough material to keep me busy for quite a while!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nickdas on 10 Jan 2013
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The Binding on this book is awful, within 1 day most of the back pages had come out and had to feed them back in, very frustrating. Also some of the rings were broken from the start.
Its also very heavy and bulky so it doesn't sit on the piano stand easily.They would have done better to make it in 2 parts.

The book itself is useful. As its title suggests a huge amout of tunes, quite a lot we dont know but i guess thats very subjective.

As it keeps falling apart i'll probably just take out the pages that i need and make my own smaller book with better binding!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Raymond Hedley on 6 Mar 2013
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Many large music books tend to bulk out with obscure titles -this book has a much more popular and well known selections
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We use these books a lot. Great for getting in to songs quickly. Lots of popular numbers as well as some more unusual ones.
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By David James on 18 Mar 2014
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Great book, good value, loads of songs many of which you won't know, but many you will. But beware, like others have said, IT'S HUGE!!!
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