I recently re-discovered David Gilmour and Pink Floyd's music from the 70's and 80's including Gilmour's solo work. I was more into heavy metal back then in my teens. But since I've recently started playing guitar (about 1 year ago), and am kind of an aging rocker, I have taken more to listening and playing more blues and classic rock and so started listening to Floyd again, even discovering some albums I didn't know they had made, and was absolutely blown away by the pure genious in melody, phrasing and note choices of David Gilmour. With him its definitely more about what you play and how you play it then how much you play. I can't stop listening and attempting to play Floyd songs and especially Gilmour's solo's. I started by downloading tab off the internet and watching YouTube video tutorials but as many know that can lead you in the wrong direction more times than not. I really wanted to get a tab book that was written by the band or at least endorsed by them as correct and accurate. I couldn't be happier with my choice in this tab book. I honestly don't care for their late 60's and early 70's work with Syd Barret (I know some will call this sacreligious). I tell the truth when I say that I tried acid once and had such a horrible experience with it that I stuck with less mind altering forms of substance type entertainment. That's all I'll say about that. Anyway, The first two albums are not musical to me but to be listened to while stoned out your mind, IMO. Those aside, Atom Heart Mother is a little better and Meddle and Obscurred By Clouds are even better, but from Dark Side of The Moon on they perfected the blend of psychedelic sounds with tastful melodies and chord progressions and that's when Gilmour stands out and starts to shine. From then on they got into a groove and kept going strong for several albums. But they hit their pinnacle, for me, after Roger Waters left and the remaining band members focused completely on just the music and less filler sounds, noises, laughter, talking, etc., which The Wall was full of. After I had heard The Wall front to back about 50 times I found myself skipping tracks and listening to just the songs and less of Roger Waters fillers, although Comfortably Numb on disc 2 is my favorite Floyd song. I actually have a copy on my ipod where I edited out all the filler and am left with one strong album full of top quality, highly melodic and really beautifully musical songs. So, when Gilmour took over as the lead member and singing I feel they hit their peak. I love Gilmour's voice and feel it is better for music than Waters. Waters had his own flare which I like during the Dark Side and The Wall period, but musically I like Gilmour's voice better. Momentary Lapse of Reason is my absolute favorite album with The Division Bell close second (Gilmour had built an EMG loaded guitar and the tone on this album is so sweet, smooth, and unique. I love the tone from the EMG's and will probably end up getting anther strat and put them in it, but they are not very versatile and not suited for all of his music. They are a one sound pickup for the most part, IMO), and Wish You Were Here third, and so on down the line. As a musician I am more into Pink Floyd for the music and I feel Gilmour was the same way...more about the music and less about the trippy sounds and voices. Anyway, I chose this Pink Floyd tab book for its selection of songs from early to late. I like most all the songs in this tab book. I know you couldnt get every hit Floyd song in one song book and expect the binding to hold it together or carry it around so I think they did a pretty good job of song choice for this tab book, but I would love to see an Echoes 2 type tab book with more of their other hits in it. I would buy it right now if I found one. This book is beautifully put together with pictures and lyrics at the beggining of each song. The reason I only gave it four stars is that nothing's perfect in life. That aside, a couple of the songs (Marooned is one of them) starts out with incorrect tab. I just started playing Marooned and I noticed the first set of notes are not correct. Not sure why, but if you listen to the album Gilmour clearly starts out two frets, one note, higher (don't have tab book open right now so can't remember exactly which notes are incorrect). Minor error which I quickly corrected with a little pencil mark in the book. I think I read online on some tab site something that might have explained why it sounds different than its tabbed in this book...something about him using an octaver or some type of effect that plays the same note in the next octave up or down, or something like that (I'm new to using effects). Maybe someone can explain it better than I can. Also, another minor critique is that the tab is so accurate that its almost too accurate, IMO. When you learn the note progression of a song from the book and then start playing it to the music you seriously can't hear all the notes tabbed. I assume they are there and I know that Gilmour could easily be playing more than the notes I hear, but I find that I discard what I don't hear and find too difficult to play and just do the best I can at my intermediate skill level. I am not gigging yet so just playing around in my home studio it sounds good to me. I am truly having a blast with this tab book. It really challenges me and my playing ability and have found that my lead guitar playing and soloing has improved greatly learning to play Pink Floyd songs and especially David Gilmour's solos. I have such great respect and deep admiration for David Gilmour and the music he and the rest of Pink Floyd, including the Roger Waters era, that I just bought a black 2012 Fender American Standard with the aged maple neck and the vintage 50's pickups in it. I plan to change out the bridge pickup to a Seymour Duncan SSL-1 or SSL-5 like he uses, the pickguard to a solid black 1 ply, the trem bar to a 4 1/2", and do the mod to add the neck pickup in every position. I want to create an affordable David Gilmour signature strat for a lot less than the $4,280 dollars the Fender Custom Shop price. Pink Floyd and specifically David Gilmour's work with Floyd and his solo works have really brought focus to my guitar playing style and this tab book has become a main part of my studies. I hope to someday play a fraction as well as he plays combined with my own bluesy style and flare. As a result of re-discovering Pink Floyd, David Gilmour, and this tab book my style has morphed into something of a psychedelic blues rock. If Gilmour played blues I would be writing "Gilmour is god!" on subway walls. Sorry Clapton, I still love your work too.
Oh yeah, Amazon is awesome too. They got it here early and its condition was exactly as stated. I order a fair amount of stuff off Amazon and have never been disappointed. This is the first review I have ever written but felt like it was time to give kudos to Amazon, both their prices and their shipping efficiency, and rave about Pink Floyd, David Gilmour, and this fantastic tab book. Rock on!