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Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Beatles Complete Scores Box Edition (Transcribed Score) (Gebundene Ausgabe)
The front cover of this book proudly proclaims, "Full transcriptions from the original recordings. Every song written & recorded by the Beatles." Think about it: the complete scores for every Beatles song--and all for such a affordable price. Wow! What an incredible deal!
Although I have managed to find a few mistakes, I believe that the overall quality of the transcriptions is very high. The copyright page reveals that they were completed by Tetsuya Fujita, Yuji Hagino, Hajime Kubo and Goro Sato. These gentlemen are to be congratulated for completing such an immense work of over 1100 pages! I believe it when it states that "a great deal of effort has been put into presenting these performances in musical notation that is as faithful as possible to the original recordings." (p. 11) Some have suggested that there may be some other individual transcriptions that are more faithful to the original for a few songs, particularly those involving orchestral instruments. Perhaps. I ask, what will it cost you to amass the entire collection of Beatles scores individually, and how much effort will it take to locate them all? For all of the people who have criticized this book, not one single reviewer to date has provided an alternative recommendation that includes the complete scores to all Beatles songs. That's because one does not exist.
I've got a number of guitar transcription books to The Who, Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Creedence Clearwater Revival, etc. These books all fall short in one way. What are you going to do for the bass guitar and the drums? You have to go out and try to find a book for those parts--if they even exist, which they probably don't. Does anyone know of the complete scores to other major artists like Elvis, Frank Sinatra, or the Rolling Stones? I don't think they exist either, and if they do, they probably cost a lot more than that what this book does.
Friends, I cannot think of a better music book for a rock musician to have than this book. According to "The Billboard Book of Top 40 Albums" (Revised & Enlarged 3rd Edition) by Joel Whitburn, the Beatles are the number one artist of the rock era (according to Billboard's ranking system). The Beatles achievements include most weeks at number one, and most number one albums. This book is not to be underestimated in its importance. Growing up, I was never a really big fan of the Beatles, and there were a lot of other groups that I liked better. But when I started taking up the guitar, I decided to pick up "The Beatles Complete Scores" simply for educational purposes. After studying these scores, my appreciation of their talents has grown immensely, and these scores have provided me with many hours of enjoyment. I recommend this book highly.