QUICK REVIEW: I'm surprised nobody's written a review for this GREAT songbook yet. I noticed in many reviews for Wilco's previous songbook Wilco Songbook, that customers were disappointed that the book contained no guitar tabs, just music notes. With Wilco - Sky Blue Sky (Play It Like It Is), which features every single song on their 2007 album Sky Blue Sky--and only those twelve songs (check Wiki for track listing)-- we are given guitar tablature for EVERY GUITAR PART in each song, from Tweedy's background finger-picking to Nels Cline's lead jazz phrasings and difficult solos, and everything in between. The best part of this is that the tabs are actually approved by Wilco! As they should be--they're perfectly accurate.
DETAILED DESCRIPTION: In case you want to know EXACTLY what you're getting here... After a table of contents, it opens with a page-long description of the band's new line-up for Sky Blue Sky and obvious details about the conception of the album. Pretty superfluous stuff, but it features a lot of quotes from Tweedy himself on the band's new direction with their added players. Knowledgeable fans will likely gain nothing here. Then it gets right into the tabs. The songs are laid out in traditional musical notation with sheet music under the lyrics to each song (so you can easily follow along). Under each line is a corresponding six-line staff with the tabs we're all familiar with. These are VERY, VERY accurate. They include subtle pinch harmonics, proper slides, hammer-ons, palm mutes, tremolo picking, vibrato, bends-- literally EVERYTHING as heard on the album. And again, they do this for every guitar part, which is sometimes three simultaneously. Finally, the last page features a detailed guitar tablature notation legend with helpful pictures for those who aren't sure how to execute all those techniques I just mentioned above.
FINAL NOTE: If you play guitar and are familiar with the songs on this album, Wilco's first with Nels Cline, then you know how valuable this book is. Nowhere on the web can one find the proper tabs for the solos of many of these songs-especially Either Way, Impossible Germany, and above all Side With the Seeds. Even more surprising is the harmonizing of the other guitar parts, which I hardly noticed before playing them here- they are accurate too, and often beautiful sounding. Simply put, what you will find in this songbook is perfectly accurate tabs, and if mastered, it could be used to reproduce all guitar parts on the album accurately.