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An excellent compendium of Waits tunes for all abilities.
on 24 December 2009
I ordered this book suspecting it to be a knock off, cobbled together in someone's bedroom to make a quick buck. Not so. Legitimately printed, with an ISBN number and everything, this little black book contains chord arrangements for 80 Waits tracks on guitar. Spanning past to present (There's tracks here from Closing Time all the way through to Real Gone) it's an absolute gem for the price.
It falls down slightly on piano based songs, giving chord approximations. I'm an amateur guitar player, so lack the skill to work out the trickiest. Key-based tracks like Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis are in there, but as a sequence of chords by lyrics, nothing more. If you can work out picking patterns, then you will obviously be OK.
Another small moan is the binding isn't amazing. My copy is now well thumbed, and some of the pages are looking a little loose. A look at the price explains that problem, though.
But these are small quibbles. For the money, this is an amazing compilation of Waits' work. Buy it.