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Title:
Book of shadows
Author:
Wylde, Zakk, performer.
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Publication Information:
[United States] : Armoury Records, 1999.
Physical Description:
2 audio discs : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Language:
English
Contents:
disc 1. Between heaven and hell -- Sold my soul -- Road back home -- Way beyond empty -- Throwin' it all away -- What you're look'n for -- Dead as yesterday -- Too numb to cry -- The things you do -- 1,000,000 miles away -- I thank you child -- disc 2. Evil ways -- The color green -- Peddlers of death.
UPC:
826992502021

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After spending several years with Ozzy Osbourne and recording one album with the heavy Southern rock trio Pride & Glory, guitarist Zakk Wylde released his debut solo album, Book of Shadows, in June of 1996. Naturally, the album is a guitar showcase, with each song boasting a dazzling guitar solo or two. That much was expected. What is a surprise is the musical diversity apparent throughout the album. Wylde does kick out some heavy riff-driven rockers, but he also detours into blues, country, and folk on occasion. That diversity ensures that Book of Shadows is more listenable for the average listener than most guitarist-led albums. However, Wylde's songwriting skills remain weak; although the playing is memorable, the melodies rarely are. Nevertheless, there's enough prime instrumental work here to make it a very worthwhile listen for guitar aficionados and a few of the tracks should satiate fans of straight-ahead heavy boogie rock. [Book of Shadows was reissued in 1999 with a bonus disc, containing the non-LP cuts "Evil Ways," "The Color Green," and "Peddlers of Death."] ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine