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Mystery Tracks Archives, Vol. 3

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All Music Guide - Sean Westergaard
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Sean Westergaard
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/23/2003
  • Label: Favored Nations
  • UPC: 690897235021
  • Catalog Number: 2350
  • Sales rank: 113,295

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Speeding (3:45)
  2. 2 Just Cartilage (4:18)
  3. 3 San-San-Nana-Byoushi (3:33)
  4. 4 Sofa (3:52)
  5. 5 Essence (5:50)
  6. 6 Wipeout 2000 (3:41)
  7. 7 Feathers (5:10)
  8. 8 Opposites Attract, Pt.1 (3:52)
  9. 9 Misfits (6:12)
  10. 10 Selfless Love (3:27)
  11. 11 Maple Leafs (2:25)
  12. 12 The Murder (3:21)
  13. 13 Opposites Attract, Pt. 2 (9:23)
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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
Neil Citron Mastering
John Scher Executive Producer
Priscila Bara Art Direction
Ciruelo Cabral Cover Art
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome unreleased tracks!

    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!!

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