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The Best of U2, 1980-1990 Paperback – 1 Jan 1999
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Lyrics: Very accurate
Tablature: Very accurate and explained well
Chord Boxes: Mostly complete, (on "with or without you" no chord boxes are given but as chords are pretty simple should be ok - this is the reason why it gets 4 rather than 5 stars - same on "pride - in the name of love")
FX: Those of you looking for the elusive "edge sound" will not find any tecnical info from this book other than "w/echo effect" (just turn delay and echo up to full!)
Album photos on inside covers
Its undoubtedly a cracking album and this guitar book will get you going, the songs are a pleasure to play!
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I don't expect I'll ever nail these songs in a note-for-note fashion; but for basic strumming I've got "All I Want Is You" and "Desire" already down.
Better musicians will get more out of this book. It is not an Easy Chord format. My grade is more reflective of my ability to use this book than it's value to someone else.
The good thing is that Amazon reimbursed the spent.
Julio, from Chile.
One must be careful, however, to purchase the right version of the book as Amazon does not really make a clear distinction between the Piano/Vocal/Guitar version (ISBN: 0634086375 - only has VERY limited guitar tab, essentially chords really, therefore is of not much use to the serious player) and the Guitar-only version (ISBN: 0711973091), which has comprehensive tab to nail these songs.
You'll find all of the notable classics like 'With or Without You', 'Where the streets have no name', 'I will follow', 'Pride', 'The unforgettable fire', 'All I want is you' and so on all accurately tabbed in this volume, and before you know it you will be rattling off the riff for Pride and think you will be a guest on tour with the boys from Dublin.
Grab this and the Best of 1990-2000 book (ISBN: 0634086391, Guitar-only version) and you will have a collection of some of the most seminal songs of the mid eighties and nineties. Trust me, they work a treat if you have a gig/party at a mate's place...the crowd will love them, and they are a pleasure to play.
Do yourself a favor, and don't bother with half of the tabs on the Internet for U2 songs. Most are wrong or incomplete, and since this tab book is $15 (a little more for me since I'm an Aussie, but still very cheap) you will have all you need and no need to bother with renditions by 14 year olds that think they are Eddie Van Halen or The Edge.
One last thing: there is no indication of what effects you need to use to get the 'sound' of the Edge. I can tell you that it is primarily a Delay effect, but some excellent Internet 'Edge-wannabe' resources (try Google) will tell you the specifics for each song. U2 Purists looking for 'An Cat Dubh', 'The Electric Co.' (which is great) and some of their other REALLY early stuff ought to look elsewhere too, as this is simply a collection of their (many) hits of the 80's and nothing too left-of-field.