RELEASE
June 18, 1996
LABEL
Geffen
GENRES
Pop/Rock, Heavy Metal, Southern Rock, Hard Rock

Album Review

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, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Between Heaven and Hellhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=312121820&id=312121805&at=11l9vR
  2. Sold My Soulhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=312121824&id=312121805&at=11l9vR
  3. Road Back Homehttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=312121827&id=312121805&at=11l9vR
  4. Way Beyond Emptyhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=312121832&id=312121805&at=11l9vR
  5. Throwin' It All Awayhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=312121836&id=312121805&at=11l9vR
  6. What You're Look'n Forhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/book-of-shadows/id312121805?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  7. Dead as Yesterdayhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=312121880&id=312121805&at=11l9vR
  8. Too Numb to Cryhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/book-of-shadows/id312121805?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  9. The Things You Dohttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=312121885&id=312121805&at=11l9vR
  10. 1,000,000 Miles Awayhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=312121901&id=312121805&at=11l9vR
  11. I Thank You Childhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=312121904&id=312121805&at=11l9vR
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