Mystery Tracks Archives, Vol. 3

Mystery Tracks Archives, Vol. 3

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by Steve Vai
     
 
Mystery Tracks Archives, Vol. 3 is Steve Vai's third installment of his planned ten-disc rarities retrospective, this time out collecting various hard-to-find Japanese bonus tracks, compilation cuts, and otherwise unavailable promotional tracks. Included is an edited version of the notorious "Kill the Guy With

Overview

Mystery Tracks Archives, Vol. 3 is Steve Vai's third installment of his planned ten-disc rarities retrospective, this time out collecting various hard-to-find Japanese bonus tracks, compilation cuts, and otherwise unavailable promotional tracks. Included is an edited version of the notorious "Kill the Guy With the Ball," retitled here "Speeding," and like most of the other tracks that appeared on import versions of Vai's albums, it's the type of shredding that folks have come to expect from Vai. The version of "Sofa" done at the Zappa's Universe concert, long out of print, is also included here. The most interesting tracks, however, come from some of the instrument demonstration cuts done for companies like Korg and Roland. On these tracks, Vai was inspired by (and constrained by) the sounds available to the instrument he was showcasing, and it leads him down a different path than that generally represented on his albums. There's far less bombast in these understated performances, and they really give a better indication of what a well-rounded player Vai can be. "Maple Leafs," a track featuring just Vai and Mike Keneally on guitars, is another understated beauty. Don't worry. There's still plenty here that will thrill fans of Vai's über-guitar technique (just try "Opposites Attract, Pt. 2"), but there is more to Steve than that. Fans will be quite pleased to finally have these tunes all gathered together in an easy-to-find package.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/23/2003
Label:
Favored Nations
UPC:
0690897235021
catalogNumber:
2350
Rank:
142713

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Steve Vai   Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Tambourine,Multi Instruments,Sampling
Morgan Ågren   Drums
Deen Castronovo   Drums
Jonathan Haas   Percussion
Mike Keneally   Guitar,Keyboards
Mike Porcaro   Bass
Sal Scarpa   Conductor
T.M. Stevens   Bass,Vocals
Scott Thunes   Bass
Lill Vai   Hand Clapping
Marc Ziegenhagen   Keyboards
Devin Townsend   Vocals
Sergio Buss   Hand Clapping
Robin Dimaggio   Drums
Joel Thome   Conductor
Pia Vai   Hand Clapping
Neil Citron   Hand Clapping
Ruta E. Sepetys   Hand Clapping
Fire Vai   Hand Clapping

Technical Credits

Steve Vai   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,Art Direction
Davitt Sigerson   Producer
Guy Eckstine   Executive Producer
Frank Zappa   Composer
Mike Keneally   Composer
Sal Scarpa   Music Direction
Devin Townsend   Composer
Robin Dimaggio   Producer,drum programming
Jeff Rowland   Executive Producer
Joel Thome   Arranger,Concept,Music Direction,Artistic Director
John Scher   Executive Producer
Priscila Bara   Art Direction
Ciruelo Cabral   Cover Art

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Mystery Tracks Archives, Vol. 3 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been a Vai fan for years and I love getting access to unreleased tracks, demos, bonus tracks, etc.. This CD (and all these archive discs) contains all sorts of great songs I didn't know how to get elsewhere. Speed is a great track - total Vai guitar mastery. But a number of the other tracks are great too - very atmospheric and beautiful (like Maple Leafs).. Check this out!!