Monday, May 31, 2010

Autograph - Discography

Autograph was an American Hard Rock band from Los Angeles, California. Active on RCA from 1984 to 1989, they sold over a million records and were awarded gold with their "Sign In Please" album. A new version of the band (v2.02) was formed by their founder Steve Plunkett in 2002 for a single album.

Autograph began in late 1983 originally as a solo project for singer-songwriter/guitarist Steve Plunkett (also known as "Plunk"), who had recently left the band Silver Condor, due to his frustration with their lack of interest in recording his songs. Plunkett then began playing and recording his own material with a group of his musician friends, most of whom had previously played with him in other bands.

On lead guitar was Steve Lynch who had played with Plunkett in the band Looker, and who has a distinctive two-handed, fretboard-tapping technique, which eventually won him the "Guitar Solo of the Year" award from Guitar Player magazine for his work on Autograph's signature song, "Turn Up The Radio." Bassist Randy Rand knew Plunkett from their days together in Wolfgang, a prominent club band in Los Angeles, which has been described as a local legend and of which Kevin Dubrow (lead singer of Quiet Riot) said, "They smoked us all....They a got better response than us and Van Halen"[1]. Steve Isham, keyboard player and longtime friend of Plunkett's, had earlier played with Holly Penfield, and on drums, Plunkett called on Keni Richards, his bandmate from John Doe, and whose friendship with Van Halen lead singer David Lee Roth led to Autograph's big break.

Quickly, this group of musicians recording together took the form of an actual band. Plunkett chose the name "Autograph" for the band, having been inspired by hearing Def Leppard's similarly-titled song, "Photograph," on the radio. They recorded their first rough demos in late 1983, but played them only for a few close friends. One of these friends, Andy Johns, a famous record producer, invited the band to re-record and upgrade those demos at the world-famous Record Plant studios - for free under his guidance. Keni Richards then played that new demo for David Lee Roth of Van Halen, who subsequently invited the band to open for them in their 1984 tour.

The band rose to prominence opening for Van Halen on their 1984 tour, ultimately playing 48 shows, an act of distinction for an unsigned band. Autograph signed a contract with RCA Records following a performance at Madison Square Garden in New York City in 1984.

The band’s debut album, Sign in Please, was completed and released in October of that year, but did not make an appearance on any record charts until January 1985. Sign in Please contains the band’s only major hit and signature song, "Turn Up the Radio." Interestingly, according to Autograph's Turn Up the Web website, the tune was one of the last songs recorded for the album, and the band members were initially very lukewarm toward it. The song became a top-30 hit, pushing album sales past the gold mark (500,000 copies sold). The album later went platinum. "Turn Up The Radio" was featured in an episode of Miami Vice entitled "Little Prince" and numerous other films.

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Autograph - Sign in Please (1984)
Steve Plunkett: Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
Steve Lynch: Lead Guitar
Randy Rand: Bass Guitar
Steven Isham: Keys
Keni Richards: Drums

Their 1984 debut album. The album featured their signature song, "Turn Up the Radio," and their other minor hit, "Send Her to Me," both of which had accompanying videos. "Turn Up the Radio" was featured in the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and "All I'm Gonna Take" was featured in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories.


01. Send Her to Me
02. Turn Up The Radio
03. Night Teen & Non-Stop
04. Cloud 10
05. Deep End
06. My Girlfriend's Boyfriend Isn't Me
07. Thrill of Love
08. Friday
09. In The Night
10. All I'm Gonna Take

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Autograph - That's The Stuff (1985)
Steve Plunkett: Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
Steve Lynch: Lead Guitar
Randy Rand: Bass Guitar
Steven Isham: Keys
Keni Richards: Drums

A different version of the album surfaced later in 1986, featuring a blue cover with slightly different artwork. This version of the album found the track "We're an American Band" replacing "Six String Fever" as track 6.

A remastered version of the original album (red cover) was released by Spitfire Records in 2002, which retained the same track listing as the original, apart from the substitution of "Six String Fever" with a cover of Grand Funk Railroad's "We're an American Band" as track #6. Since it's remastered release in 2002 the CD has become extremely rare to find. Prices range from 40 to 70 dollars to buy the album on the web.

01. That's the Stuff
02. Take No Prisoners
03. Blondes in Black Cars
04. You'll Get Over It
05. Crazy World
06. We're An American band
07. Changing Hands
08. Hammerhead (Instrumental)
09. Built for Speed
10. Paint This Town

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Autograph - Loud & Clear (1987)
Steve Plunkett: Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
Steve Lynch: Lead Guitar
Randy Rand: Bass Guitar
Steven Isham: Keys
Keni Richards: Drums

Two of the tracks featured on this album, "Dance all Night" and "She Never Looked that Good For Me" appeared (along with the band themselves) in the film Like Father Like Son, released the same year. The CD is no longer in production. The title song "Loud and Clear" featured a music video with Ozzy Osbourne and Vince Neil as extras.

01. Loud and Clear
02. Dance All Night
03. She Never Looked that Good for Me
04. Bad Boy
05. Everytime I Dream
06. She's a Tease
07. Just Got back from Heaven
08. Down N Dirty
09. More than a Million Times
10. When the Sun Goes Down

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Autograph - Missing Pieces (1997)

01. All Night Long
02. Heartattack
03. When I'm Gone
04. I've Got You
05. One-Way Dead-End Street
06. Sanctuary
07. Sweet Temptation
08. Love Comes Easy
09. Angel In Black
10. Turn up the Radio
11. Angela

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Autograph - Buzz (2003)
* Lead Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards: Steve Plunkett
* Guitars: T. J. Helmerich
* Bass: Lance Morrison
* Drums: Matt Laug

Steve Plunkett Is Autograph, meaning he writes all the songs, plays all the keyboards, some guitar, and of course, is the lead vocalist. Buzz starts off with off with the same keyboard sound you remember from them on “Break A Sweat.” A lot of ‘80s singers have lost their voice and just kind of walk through the notes (Joe Elliott, Vince Neil, etc.) but Plunkett more than holds his own. Trying to sing along to his belting out “Break a sweat!” during the chorus won’t do your vocal cords any good. He was always underrated as a singer, but shouldn’t be. This isn’t the pop-driven Autograph; this is the Autograph that just begs to “turn it up.” Great song.

01. Break and Sweat
02. Shake The Tree
03. She's the Reason
04. Fed up with Beeinn Down
05. That
06. Party Like we Did
07. Buzz
08. Like it Hot
09. Heart Raper
10. Can't Stop Rockin'

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Autograph - More Missing Pieces (2003)
This Cd Features The Entire 1997 Release "Missing Pieces" along with 7 New Demo/Unreleased Tracks.

01. All Night Long
02. Heartattack
03. When I'm Gone
04. I've Got You
05. One-Way Dead-End Street
06. Sanctuary
07. Sweet Temptation
08. Love Comes Easy
09. Angel In Black
10. Turn up the Radio
11. Angela
12. Nothin' to Lose
13. Reason to Rock
14. Send Her to Me
15. Nighteen and Nonstop
16. Friday
17. Deep End
18. All I'm Gonna Take

Steve Vai - Discography (1984 - 2005)

Steven Siro "Steve" Vai (born June 6, 1960) is an American rock guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and producer. After starting his professional career as a music transcriptionist for Frank Zappa, Vai also recorded and toured in Zappa's band, starting in 1980. The guitarist began a solo career in 1984 and has released 13 solo albums as of 2008. Apart from his work with Frank Zappa, Vai has also recorded and toured with Alcatrazz, David Lee Roth, and Whitesnake. Vai has been a regular touring member of the G3 Concert Tour which began in 1996. In 1999 Vai started his own record label, Favored Nations, intending to showcase, as Vai describes, "...artists that have attained the highest performance level on their chosen instruments.

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Steve Vai - Flex-Able Leftovers (1984)

Flex-Able Leftovers was a limited edition 10" vinyl EP by American composer and guitarist, Steve Vai. It was recorded from 1982 to 1984, and originally released in 1984 (see 1984 in music). The reissue, released on November 10, 1998 on Sony Records, contains four bonus tracks (only one of which is period) and is quite different to the original release. Unlike Steve Vai's other albums, which are mostly instrumental, almost all copies of Flex-Able Leftovers feature a Parental Advisory label, as a result of the song "Fuck Yourself" containing multiple profanities and sexual references. Other differences from the original version include the recording of live drums on "You didn't break it!" (Original was drum machine) and the complete re-editing and mixing of the songs.

Tracks: (download compressed files.Use WINRAR to extract)
01. #?@! Yourself
02. So Happy
03. Bledsoe Bluvd
04. Natural Born Boy
05. Details At 10
06. Massacre
07. Burnin' Down The Mountain
08. Little Pieces Of Seaweed
09. San Sebastian
10. Beast Of Love, The
You Didn't Break It (MISSING track)
The X-Equilibrium Dance (MISSING track)
13. Chronic Insomnia

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Steve Vai - Passion and Warfare (1990)
Passion and Warfare is a 1990 instrumental album from guitarist Steve Vai. It has been certified 2 times Platinum. It was written based on a series of dream sequences that Vai had when he was younger, and in the guitar music book of the album, Vai sums it up as 'Jimi Hendrix meets Jesus Christ at a party that Ben Hur threw for Mel Blanc'. It was all recorded in 'The Mothership' studio at his home in the Hollywood Hills, a 1,600-square-foot (150 m2) building where his guitar parts for Whitesnake's album Slip of the Tongue were also recorded. (Whitesnake singer David Coverdale has small talking parts on Passion and Warfare.) Vai has many strange recording techniques, and for one of Passion and Warfare's tracks, "For the Love of God", he fasted for ten days and recorded this song on the fourth day of the fast. The track Blue Powder was actually recorded in 1986 as a showcase track for Carvin amplification and given away with Guitar Player magazine in flexi-disc format. The song Blue Powder was recorded using Carvin's X-100B amplifier. Steve was introduced to Carvin Amplification by his mentor Frank Zappa who used the X-100B. (the drum performance was subsequently re-recorded for the album).

The gear used to record this album was: Ibanez JEM and Universe guitars, Charvel Greenie Meanie, Marshall JCM900 amplifiers, Carvin X-100B amplifier, Boss DS-1 pedals, ADA-MP-1 preamp, Eventide H3000 harmonizer, Lexicon etc. The song "For the Love of God" is available for download on Guitar Hero 3, and was voted the 29th best solo of all time by a readers' poll in Guitar World.

Tracks: (download compressed files.Use WINRAR to extract)
01. Liberty (2:02)
02. Erotic Nightmares (4:13)
03. The Animal (3:55)
04. Answers (2:41)
05. The Riddle (6:22)
06. Ballerina 12/24 (1:45)
07. For the Love of God (6:02)
08. The Audience is Listening (5:30)
09. I Would Love To (3:40)
10. Blue Powder (4:44)
11. Greasy Kid's Stuffd (2:57)
12. Alien Water Kiss (1:10)
13. Sisters (4:07)
14. Love Secrets (3:35)

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Steve Vai - Sex and Religion (1993)
A Steve Vai album presented under the name of simply "Vai" and before then "Light Without Heat" but had to be changed due to copyright issues to the original name. features Strapping Young Lad and The Devin Townsend Band vocalist and guitarist Devin Townsend on vocals before he started either one of his own bands. Townsend also co-wrote the track "Pig", as well as "Just Cartilage" which was left off the final album. Vai also worked with Desmond Child on the track "In My Dreams with You." The album's cover art appears to be a reference to the famous artistic depictions of Saint Sebastian.

Tracks: (download compressed files.Use WINRAR to extract)
01. An Earth Dweller's Return
02. Here & Now
03. In My Dreams With You
04. Still My Bleeding Heart
05. Sex & Religion
06. Dirty Black Hole
07. Touching Tongues
08. State Of Grace
09. Survive
10. Pig
11. The Road To Mt. Calvary
12. Down Deep Into The Pain
13. Rescue Me Or Bury Me

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Steve Vai - Alien Love Secrets (1995)
Alien Love Secrets is an EP released in 1995. It was written as a stripped-down guitar, bass and drums record with minimal keyboards. Alien Love Secrets was released in the middle of the recording process of the 1996 album Fire Garden, as Vai wished to keep a steady output, and the 70 plus minutes of Fire Garden were taking too long to release at an acceptable interval after Sex and Religion. Notable tracks include "Bad Horsie" (derived from a riff Vai played in the movie Crossroads). "Ya-Yo Gakk" is based around vocal recordings of Vai's young son, Jullian. "Tender Surrender", one of Vai's most famous songs, bases itself around a familiar sound, structure and beats-per-minute as Jimi Hendrix's "Villanova Junction" from Live At Woodstock, although written in a different key. Interestingly, "The Boy from Seattle" is actually a tribute to Jimi Hendrix written by Vai.

Tracks: (download compressed files.Use WINRAR to extract)
01. Bad Horsie
02. Juice
03. Die To Live
04. The Boy From Seattle
05. Ya-Yo Gakk
06. Kill The Guy With The Ball/The God Eaters
07. Tender Surrender

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Steve Vai - Fire Garden (1996)
This is his fourth solo album, as Alien Love Secrets is an EP. Fire Garden is divided into two "phases". Phase 1, consisting of everything from "There's a Fire in the House" to "Fire Garden Suite", is all instrumental (with the exception of Devin Townsend's backwards vocals on "Whookam" and some more vocals toward the end of "Fire Garden Suite"). The remainder of the album, Phase 2, features Vai on vocals on every song except "Warm Regards", which is an instrumental.

The album was intended to be a double album, but at mastering time Vai heard about the new 80 minutes CD format (instead of 74 for standard CD), and both sides would eventually fit on one disk. "Dyin' Day" was co-written by Ozzy Osbourne during the writing sessions for Osbourne's Ozzmosis album, which was released in 1995. One other song from those sessions ("My Little Man") made its way onto Ozzmosis, and is credited on that album as being co-written by Vai.

Tracks: (download compressed files.Use WINRAR to extract)
Phase 1
01. There's a Fire in the House - 5:26
02. The Crying Machine - 4:51
03. Dyin' Day (Vai, Ozzy Osbourne) - 4:29
04. Whookam - 0:37
05. Blowfish - 4:03
06. The Mysterious Murder of Christian Tiera's Lover - 1:01
07. Hand on Heart - 5:27
08. Bangkok (Björn Ulvaeus, Tim Rice) - 2:47
09. Fire Garden Suite - 9:56
- Bull Whip
- Pusa Road
- Angel Food
- Taurus Bulba

Phase 2
10. Deepness - 0:48
11. Little Alligator - 6:12
12. All About Eve - 4:28
13. Aching Hunger - 4:45
14. Brother - 5:04
15. Damn You - 4:31
16. When I Was a Little Boy - 1:20
17. Genocide - 4:10
18. Warm Regards - 4:06

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Steve Vai - The Ultra Zone (1999)
This is his fifth full-length album, as Alien Love Secrets is an EP. The Ultra Zone is structurally similar to Vai's previous album, Fire Garden, in that the first half of the album consists mainly of instrumentals, and the second half mainly of vocal songs; however, unlike Fire Garden, The Ultra Zone is not formally divided into two "phases".

The Ultra Zone is notable for its tributes to two legendary guitarists: Frank Zappa (on the track "Frank"), and Stevie Ray Vaughan (on the track "Jibboom"). Also notable is the fact that this was Vai's last studio album of original material until 2005's Real Illusions: Reflections; in the years in between, he released several compilations of his material, as well as a live album. This album includes the participations of Koshi Inaba and Tak Matsumoto from the Japanese band B'z on "Asian Sky".

Tracks: (download compressed files.Use WINRAR to extract)
01. The Blood & Tears
02. The Ultra Zone
03. 0000
04. Frank
05. Jibboom
06. Voodoo Acid
07. Windows To The Soul
08. The Silent Within
09. I'll Be Around
10. Lucky Charms
11. Fever Dream
12. Here I Am
13. Asian Sky

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Steve Vai - The 7th Song - Enchanting Guitar Melodies - Archives Vol. 1 (2000)
The Seventh Song is a 2000 album by guitarist Steve Vai. It is his first compilation album, but unlike a standard "greatest hits" or "best of" album, all of the songs on it (save for the three new tracks and the hidden track) can be found on one of Vai's previous albums as the 7th track. The 7th track on each of his albums is meant to be the most emotional and well articulated piece on the album. "Christmas Time is Here", while not previously released on a Vai album, can nonetheless be found as the 7th track on the 1996 Christmas compilation, Merry Axemas.

01. For the Love of God
02. Touching Tongues
03. Windows to the Soul
04. Burnin' Down the Mountain
05. Tender Surrender
06. Hand on Heart
07. Melissa's Garden
08. Call It Sleep
09. Christmas Time Is Here
10. Wall of Light
11. Boston Rain Melody

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Steve Vai - Alive in An Ultra World (2001)
Alive in an Ultra World is a live album by Steve Vai, recorded during The Ultra Zone world tour in 2000, and released in 2001. The songs compiled on this album were written specifically for the countries that Vai and his band were visiting. Aside from "Devil's Food", which is found on Vai's previous album Fire Garden, these songs were penned during long soundchecks and could not previously be found on any other album.

Tracks: (download compressed files.Use WINRAR to extract)
Disc 1
01. Giant Balls Of Gold
02. Burning Rain
03. The Black Forest
04. Alive In An Ultra World
05. Devil's Food
06. Blood And Glory
07. Whispering A Prayer
08. Iberian Jewel

Disc 2
01. The Power Of Bombos
02. Incantation
03. Light Of The Moon
04. Babushka
05. Being With You (In Paris)
06. Principessa
07. Brandos Costumes (Gentle Ways)

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Stave Vai - Elusive Light & Sound Vol1 (2002)
a 2002 album that groups all the songs that Steve Vai made for movies, TV shows and the like.

Tracks: (download compressed files.Use WINRAR to extract)
01. Celluloid Heroes 6:18
02. Love Blood 4:49
03. Fried Chicken 2:29
04. Butler's Bag 1:07
05. Head-Cuttin' Duel 4:42
06. Eugene's Trick Bag 2:28
07. Amazing Grace 1:52
08. Louisiana Swamp Skank 3:15
09. Air Guitar Hell 0:40
10. The Reaper 3:25
11. Introducing the Wylde Stallions 0:45
12. Girls Mature Faster Than Guys 0:13
13. The Battle 2:25
14. Meet the Reaper 0:40
15. Final Guitar Solo 1:35
16. The Reaper Rap 5:46
17. Drive the Hell out of Here 1:28
18. Get the Hell out of Here 3:53
19. Welcome Pre-Frosh 0:48
20. The Dark Hallway 1:07
21. The Dead Band Ends 0:56
22. The Cause Heads 1:18
23. Find the Meat 0:25
24. The Ax Will Fall 0:39
25. Now We Run (Cue) 0:44
26. Hey Jack 0:21
27. Wha 0:08
28. Still Running 0:28
29. Dead Heads 3:12
30. Blow Me Where the Pampers Is 0:55
31. Pins and Needles 0:24
32. Plug My Ass In 0:44
33. Loose Keg Sightings 0:21
34. Don't Sweat It 0:37
35. How Hidge 0:44
36. Beer Beer 0:19
37. We're Not Gonna Protest 1:53
38. Initiation 0:16
39. See Ya Next Year 0:51
40. Now We Run 3:46

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Steve Vai - Real Illusions Reflections (2005)
Real Illusions: Reflections is the first studio album since Steve Vai's 1999 studio release The Ultra Zone. The album was released on February 22, 2005. It is the first piece of a three part concept album about a town visited by the god sent Pamposh and his construction of the Church.

"Lotus Feet", the seventh song (which is to be the most emotional - see The Seventh Song), was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance. The song was recorded live in the Netherlands in 2004 during Vai's "The Aching Hunger Tour".

Tracks: (download compressed files.Use WINRAR to extract)
01. Building The Church
02. Dying For Your Love
03. Glorious
04. Kim-Pee-Du-We
05. Firewall
06. Freak Show Excess
07. Lotus Feet
08. Yai Yai
09. Midway Creatures
10. I'm Your Secrets
11. Under It All