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Sokolow Fred Hal Leonard Guitar Method Rockabilly Guitar Tab Book/CD (Hal Leonard Guitar Method (Songbooks))
Sokolow Fred Hal Leonard Guitar Method Rockabilly Guitar Tab Book/CD (Hal Leonard Guitar Method (Songbooks))
by Fred Sokolow
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.95

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Light Primer, 20 Dec 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
The book itself is fine but it is only very short and aimed at the beginner.

It starts with the basics of what type of guitars are used in rockabilly and a little bit of history then moves on to 12 bar blues in A and some strumming patterns.

This takes up the first couple of chapters and about 1/4 of the book.

After this it goes on to looking at walking baselines and some 'Travis' picking patters (though very simple).

It also looks at some classic solos and picks up on the differences between the blues based ideas and the more jazz angled view. For me this is what I was looking for and wanted a lot more of this and some more in-depth analysis of what is happening.

Overall it's an OK book but not really enough to get your teeth in to. If you are just learning guitar it should offer some nice ideas but if you know your blues scales and can improvise a bit there won't be much to keep you interested.


Tom Waits - Burma Shave [2007] (NTSC) [DVD]
Tom Waits - Burma Shave [2007] (NTSC) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tom Waits
Price: £22.26

29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars oh lord!, 26 Sep 2007
yes, the first review for this item tells about the music... which is good.

BUT

the picture and sound are terrible.

it has obvioulsy been copied of a 20 year old VHS.

i would really recomend people to save their money. this is a complete rip-off, and dont be conned into thinking the quality 'adds' to the performance.

a real disapointment. i couldnt make it all the way through watching it and basically it has been a complete waste of money.

shame on amazon for selling this trash!


The World Is Yours
The World Is Yours
Price: £5.51

4.0 out of 5 stars Mellow Monkey Musings..., 26 Sep 2007
This review is from: The World Is Yours (Audio CD)
cool record. if you like ian brown you will be happy. simple as that.

the mans transformation (physically & musically) from the stone roses debut is now pretty startling. the main sound on this record is that of orchestral strings, some programmed beats and brown's musings on all things from 'the war' to nazi gold (taken by the catholic church) and on to love, life and freedom....

there are occasional guitar lines, but thankfully the squire influenced noodling is nowhere to be heard. really a pretty impressive record and great to see someone producing original ideas and music & creating their own path. who would have thought ian brown would become one of the lasting artists of his generation?

[interesting first review - see below - i guess if you had bought this rather than downloaded it you would see the man has plenty of people helping out with the music... but, oh well]


The World Is Yours (Special Edition Bonus Disc)
The World Is Yours (Special Edition Bonus Disc)
Offered by Musical Notes
Price: £16.99

17 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bonus disk...., 24 Sep 2007
Just a quick note to let people know the bonus disk contains INSTRUMENTAL orchestral versions of all the tracks on the album.

if, like me, you find this a bit of a let down this is a warning & maybe its better to go for the standard version.

i was so looking forward to our very own northern scott walker for the new generation...!

As for the album--->

cool record. if you like ian brown you will be happy. simple as that.

the mans transformation (physically & musically) from the stone roses debut is now pretty startling. the main sound on this record is that of orchestral strings, some programmed beats and brown's musings on all things from 'the war' to nazi gold (taken by the catholic church) and on to love, life and freedom....

there are occasional guitar lines, but thankfully the squire influenced noodling is nowhere to be heard. really a pretty impressive record and great to see someone producing original ideas and music & creating their own path. who would have thought ian brown would become one of the lasting artists of his generation?


Wilco - I Am Trying To Break Your Heart [2002] [DVD] [2006]
Wilco - I Am Trying To Break Your Heart [2002] [DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ Jeff Tweedy
Offered by LoveCat
Price: £11.00

4.0 out of 5 stars More information., 3 Sep 2007
I agree with everything the other reviewer said,

however, this is the ONE DISK version of this film. So you will miss out on the extra footage (mostly live) and the 'making of...' film.

If you can find it, the 2 disk set is worth getting. However, this still has the main film and is a great look at a band at the peak of their powers.


Versus [DVD] [2000]
Versus [DVD] [2000]
Dvd ~ Tak Sakaguchi
Price: £4.99

3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sounds great dont it? Are you sure?, 22 Aug 2007
This review is from: Versus [DVD] [2000] (DVD)
This really should be the most reviewed film on amazon...

I don't usually bother reviewing things when loads of people have already had their say. Whats left to add?

Anyways, this film - one of the more `interesting' films I've seen in a long time... anyone seen `void'??

OK - as has been said (but cannot be stressed enough) the plot (plot???) has something to do with good vs evil - actually, its `star wars' but in a woods rather than space... oh, and with zombies (or not really zombies, but some kind of `living dead') and vampires (well, some kind of vampires... they draw strength from drinking blood... well, only `special' blood), oh, and gangsters and kung-fu, oh, and they all look like they where trying to make a Japanese `matrix' but blew they 50 yen budget on a couple of leather jackets.... Oh, and it's a comedy - at least I found it firkin hilarious...

This all sounds great - infact, forget `the godfather' this sounds like the greatest film of all time (yer the godfather might have to horses head - but do they have a cop (at least I think he's a cop) with no hand?) - but the sum of the parts is somewhat less than the whole...

In the end this cannot be classed as a `good' film. Or even a competent film. Or, in honesty, very entertaining (its 2 hours... 2 HOURS. It's one bleedin' scene!) - had it been the finale of something more substantial it would have been a pretty cool bit that you could enjoy but as an entire film... nahh, maybe worth a rent if this kind of thing floats your boat....


Phil Lesh And Friends: Live At The Warfield [DVD]
Phil Lesh And Friends: Live At The Warfield [DVD]
Dvd ~ Phil Lesh & Friends

4.0 out of 5 stars Really only for the fans, 7 Aug 2007
What to say about this release?

I must admit to being a little disappointed. The main plus and negative point is the inclusion of guest John Scofield, and Greg Osby. Phil & Friends has always been a very liquid line up but these 2 seem to be very unfamiliar with the material. As such, many of the songs are simply an excuse for a bit of lite-jazz jamming.

If this is your thing, then all well and good, Scofield apparently played with Miles Davis and Osby is well respected in his field. I guess this is the main thing lacking, with Garcia on board with his love of folk and old, weird, Americana the Dead always remembered the songs. With this band the songs sometimes are forgotten...

On the other hand Joan Osborne is on hand as the main vocalist and she is simply superb, bringing her soul-blues style to the proceedings.

Overall this is very watch able and if the jamming is the main thing for you it is great. Personally I would have preferred to see a more solid line up playing some of the tighter tunes Phil has up his sleeve...

***3 1/2 stars*** oh, go on then... 4 - just for Joan

[it doesn't seem to be mentioned in the review but the second disk of the set features and interview with Lesh, Scofield & Osby talking about music and improvisation in particular. It also features a `Jazz Jam' with those 3 plus John Molo on drums which is fairly inconsequential to be honest.]


Kicking Television, Live In Chicago
Kicking Television, Live In Chicago
Price: £12.71

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars And...? The point is?, 2 Aug 2007
This should have been a really great record but in the end it just doesn't add enough to the recorded versions to make this really worthwhile.

There also that special `something' missing. Very had to know what but when listened to back-to-back with, say, `A ghost is born' the performances on here are defiantly somewhat weaker.

It's a real shame as Wilco are such a good band and I usually love live recordings for the extra rawness or roughness. Strangly this is smoother and safer than the records...

This is certainly not bad, just a little pointless... Oh, and it features flipping Nels Cline on guitar... and you KNOW that is not going to be a good thing!


Sky Blue Sky
Sky Blue Sky
Price: £8.99

1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Such a shame..., 2 Aug 2007
This review is from: Sky Blue Sky (Audio CD)
Following on from two of the best albums of the last few years there was obvious excitement surrounding this release. Unfortunately this record gets no where near the standard of Wilco of the past.

As has been pointed out before this is much `easier' listen than previous Wilco records which is not always a bad thing and it does contain some very good songs. However I have two issues with this...

First up it puts more weight onto the lyrical content and this has never been a strong suit from the band. When the music is doing so many interesting things around the songs this weakness is completely forgiven but when put in the spot light it cracks under the pressure (slightly).

Secondly Jeff Tweedy seems to have pretty much given up on much of his guitar playing that so enlivened `A ghost is born'. There are still little touches of it on songs like `you are my face' and we get ideas of how good this record could have been. Instead we are `treated' to the light jazz stylings of Nels Cline. I'm sure many people will like his contribution but to me most of his playing is toe curlingly bad.

Check out the video above - it gives a pretty good impression of the record (though I must say this version sounds a lot better than the recorded version). This is not a bad record it is mearly an average one from a great band who are capable of so much more.


A Ghost Is Born
A Ghost Is Born
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £7.45

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real 'Grower', 2 Aug 2007
This review is from: A Ghost Is Born (Audio CD)
The follow up to `Yankee Hotel Foxtrot' was always going to have a hard time of it and, unsurprisingly, this record has come in for a lot of stick for not being YHF. Sure, it is a definite step down - but a very small one.

On its own term this is a stunning album. Much heavier than YHF and featuring a lot more guitar (a LOT) but still brimming with melodies and great songs.

Like other Wilco albums it can sound a little `odd' on first listen but coming back to it now a few years down the line it is surprising how well it stands up and how straight up it sounds.

Certainly not their best album but one well worth getting (and you can always skip the second half of `Less than you think' when you are not in the mood for a 10 minute drone) - 4 ½ stars!


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