Desert Pirate

by Thomas Leeb

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    README: click 'buy now' to view the selection of songs and please read this:

    Check your spam folder if you have a hotmail or aol e-mail address and you wonder where your order went.

    HOW IT WORKS: Within two days of placing your order, you will be sent .pdf documents of the pieces to the e-mail you used to order. These documents will be encrypted and digitally watermarked with your name, which will also be the password required to open. You can print everything and your name will be visible in the background. The files can be opened by Acrobat Reader 9.0 and later (free for PC and Mac).

    I've been transcribing music for fans, colleagues and magazines all over the world for more than fifteen years now. These tracks are the product of this process and the most-requested tunes that I've written or arranged and I'm happy to be able to offer them here.

    Unfortunately, given the fact that some people think transcriptions should be just copied and posted online for free, That's why I have to use the watermark and password approach which I sincerely wish wasn't necessary. I hate doing it but it works. Sorry.
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This album was voted one of the essential guitar albums of the last twenty years by Acoustic Guitar magazine.

“I would not want to be Thomas Leeb’s guitar, but I like having ears to hear what he does with it. On his latest amalgam of pops, slaps, bends, thwacks, plucks, and strums, Leeb once again pushes our aural boundaries with hard-driving melodies using — literally — the entire guitar. “Desert Pirate” is a firestorm of sound, from the opening “Grooveyard” (where surely even the most decayed are moving), to the gentler tribute piece “Ladzepko” (for his musical inspiration). Leeb’s ability to create accessible melody reminds me of Billy McLaughlin’s best work: you have a hard time imagining how he can be doing so much yet still create true songs. The title track, “Desert Pirate,” begins sounding like a mouse is trying to get into his soundhole; it then builds into a percussive crescendo before the traditional sound of a guitar appears, sounding not too traditional, but reminding us of the varied palette of sounds six steel strings can deliver. “Jebuda” mixes some well-placed harmonics with slightly more “traditional” picking in a funky groove. Harmonics feature again on the lovely “Nai Nai,” with the three notes of the melody ringing bell-like over open strings. Leeb delivers an infectious cover of Bob Marley’s “No Woman No Cry,” mixing slaps with a harmonically-rich melody over a driving bass line. He shows some jazz chops on “Oachkatzlschwoaf” (no, that’s not a typo, it’s a German word) which feels like a ride on the Autobahn with the top down in June. Leeb even covers the Swedish pop songstress Bjork’s “Isobel” (in a far more endearing form to this listener’s ears), giving his own percussive, driving sound, making the most of the lower registers of the guitar. This is a solid record. For anyone wanting new acoustic sounds on the guitar, Thomas Leeb delivers.” – Kirk Albrecht of


released January 10, 2007


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Thomas Leeb Val Verde, California

Just me and my acoustic guitar on a musical journey reaching from a seventeen-year-old to who I am now. It wasn't always easy but I'm proud to be here, releasing almost my entire back catalog here*.

* I did leave out the stuff that makes me cringe now, sorry.
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