Flex-Able

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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Steve Vai recorded his debut album, Flex-able, at home on an eight-track studio and released it himself in 1984. Even though Vai is one of rock's most renowned guitar virtuosos, Flex-able isn't really a typical "shred" album; playing with Frank Zappa for several years rubbed off on Vai, and many of his compositions reflect both Zappa's musical influence and a skewed sense of humor that makes for some whimsically entertaining moments i.e., "Little Green Men". Make no mistake, there's still plenty of Joe Satriani-esque technical virtuosity on display, but since Vai has a few other tricks in his bag, Flex-able turns out to be much more enjoyable and accessible to listeners ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Steve Vai recorded his debut album, Flex-able, at home on an eight-track studio and released it himself in 1984. Even though Vai is one of rock's most renowned guitar virtuosos, Flex-able isn't really a typical "shred" album; playing with Frank Zappa for several years rubbed off on Vai, and many of his compositions reflect both Zappa's musical influence and a skewed sense of humor that makes for some whimsically entertaining moments i.e., "Little Green Men". Make no mistake, there's still plenty of Joe Satriani-esque technical virtuosity on display, but since Vai has a few other tricks in his bag, Flex-able turns out to be much more enjoyable and accessible to listeners other than guitar-technique fetishists than the average '80s guitar shred-fest.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/7/2010
  • Label: Imports
  • UPC: 690897077720
  • Catalog Number: 937863
  • Sales rank: 395,616

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Little Green Men (5:39)
  2. 2 Viv Woman (3:09)
  3. 3 Lovers Are Crazy (5:39)
  4. 4 Salamanders in the Sun (2:26)
  5. 5 The Boy/Girl Song (4:02)
  6. 6 The Attitude Song (3:23)
  7. 7 Call It Sleep (5:09)
  8. 8 Junkie (7:23)
  9. 9 Bill's Private Parts (0:16)
  10. 10 Next Stop Earth (0:34)
  11. 11 There's Something Dead in Here (3:46)
  12. 12 So Happy (2:44)
  13. 13 Bledsoe Bluvd (4:22)
  14. 14 Burnin' Down the Mountain (4:22)
  15. 15 Chronic Insomnia (2:05)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Steve Vai Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Sitar, Vocals, Bells
Stuart Hamm Bass, Vocals, Background Vocals
Billy James Percussion, Drums
Chad Wackerman Drums
Scott Collard Synthesizer, Keyboards, fender rhodes
Larry Crane Lyre, Xylophone, Bells, Vibes
Greg Degler Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone
Laurel Fishman Vocals
Peggy Foster Bass
Chris Frazier Drums
Bob Harris Trumpet, Vocals
Suzannah Harris Vocals
Paul Lemcke Keyboards
Pai Maiocco Vocals
Tommy Mars Violin, Keyboards, Vocals
Irney (Bob Harris) Rantin Vocals
Ursula Rayven Vocals
Pete Zeldman Percussion, Drums
Technical Credits
Stuart Hamm Sound Effects
Steve Vai Producer, Engineer, Contributor, drum machine, drum programming
Joe Despagni Sound Effects
Lill Vai Sound Effects
John Matousek Mastering
Aaron Brown Illustrations
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