Monday, May 31, 2010

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