If you are familiar with Zakk’s work with Ozzy and Black Label Society, this album may come as a surprise. Zakk Wylde is a dynamite metal guitarist, but here he proves he can do softer, laid-back stuff just the same. The music is very calm most of the time, with a slight country vibe. Zakk’s vocals are excellent, and his guitar playing is great as well. “Throwin It All Away”, “I Thank You Child”, and “Road Back Home” are all great songs. Just about every song here is good though. Some of them are nothing to get excited about, but it’s a pretty good listen all the way through. However, I kind of had a misconception about this album upon buying it. I previously thought that it was all acoustic, but it isn’t. There is some electric thrown in, mainly for lead parts, and I have no idea why. There is only one acoustic solo on here, which kind of disappointed me. Monte Montgomery (unbelievable guitarist from Austin, TX) does similar stuff to this, but he plays all acoustic. I mean, taps, leads, it’s all acoustic, and it’s just amazing. I was hoping this would be more like that, but oh well. You can’t have it all.If you’re a fan of Zakk’s work, I think you’ll like this, even though it’s considerably softer than his other stuff (“1,000,000 Miles Away” is the only thing even close to hard rock here). If you like this, also check out “Mirror”, by Monte Montgomery.
Reissue of Wylde’s 1996 & first solo album after leaving Ozzy’s band and fronting Pride & Glory. Contains all 11 of the original cuts, plus a three track bonus CD comprised of new & unreleased tunes, ’Evil Ways’, ’The Color Green’ and ’Peddlers Of Death’. Double slimline jewel case. 1999 release.
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All told, this cd is simply one of the best examples of the talent that Zakk Wylde possesses. I am also a fan of Black Label Society and Ozzy and it amazes me that a guitarist of such heavy nature could release such a mellow, laid back and perfect example of rock n roll. This cd never leaves my changer.Every track is a standout in my opinion. Buy this and you will not regret it! Perfect drinking music. Perfect in every catagory. SDMF
There are few words that can even come close to describing how incredible this work is. Zakk Wylde is simply brilliant–an absolute musical genius with amazing style and talent that is second to none. I HIGHLY recommend this album to anyone who wants to know what fine music really is. “Book of Shadows” is in a class by itself.
It took me too long to track down the solo work of Zakk Wylde. I’m a big fan of his work on the Ozzy albums, but I’ve been disappointed by the solo efforts of other guitar gods (Nuno Bettencourt from Extreme, and Paul Gilbert from Mr. Big, for example). Too bad, because Zakk’s solo stuff is better than his “day job” work for Ozzy. And this album is just an excellent piece of work.First, ‘Book of Shadows’ is a real departure from the metal god style of Ozzy, and to a large extent, Wylde’s work with Black Label Society. Book of Shadows is generally acoustic music, and with a stronger southern folk feel. The strange impression one gets is that the style here is an odd mix of Allman Brothers and Black Sabbath. Strange, but it works. Beautifully. The songs on this album are earthy and mellow, but punctuated by just blistering lead guitar work here and there. For example, ‘Peddlers of Death’ has a nice acoustic folk feeling, but the solo bridge has Zakk diving in with a heavy, echo-delay laden solo that just sears. Then, magically, the song blends right back to the acoustic/folk groove.There’s no doubt that Zakk has a knack for catchy melodies and great riffs, but it’s this “sweet-and-sour” combination of styles that really makes this album tasty. Other great tracks on the album are “What You’re Looking For”, and “Road Back Home”.I really like Zakk’s wor with Ozzy, but this album is so good, I advise Zakk to hang up the Ozzy work, and focus on his own solo career. Believe it or not, the Ozzy material is just what Zakk did to build his career. It’s clear from this album that this is what Zakk loves to write and play.This album is one of those rare ones that you can listen to end to end for months at a time. My only criticism of ‘Book of Shadows’ is that Zakk hasn’t followed it up with another album in the same vein. Here’s to hoping.
1. I love metal as much as the next metal head but this is NOT a metal album – get over it! If your sole review comprises 3 stars because this isn’t metal you really need to consider broadening your horizons.
2. Apart from metal I also love all other kinds of music including classical, blues, folk, jazz, fusion, flamenco, etc. etc. This IS some really good acoustic guitar and piano music. Buy it! You won’t regret it!
3. If you liked this album check out Zakk with Black Label Society – Hangover Music Vol 6. More of the same though there are a few heavier tunes mixed in. Not quite the normal full on BLS heavy but a little heavier.