The Elusive Light and Sound, Vol. 1

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Steve Vai fans are a dedicated lot, eager to hear the entirety of the guitarist's work in that sense, he is very similar to his mentor, Frank Zappa, whose fans would buy collections of just his guitar solos. Given his fan base, Vai had the opportunity to release an album like The Elusive Light and Sound, Vol. 1 -- the first installment of an archival series, capturing all the music he's written and recorded for film, television, and theater. A brilliant idea, actually, since an album like this disproves the antiquated notion that Vai's music is all technique and skill, without much regard for tone, texture, or the big picture. By isolating his soundtrack work -- music that he made to accentuate a particular passage in...
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All Music Guide
Steve Vai fans are a dedicated lot, eager to hear the entirety of the guitarist's work in that sense, he is very similar to his mentor, Frank Zappa, whose fans would buy collections of just his guitar solos. Given his fan base, Vai had the opportunity to release an album like The Elusive Light and Sound, Vol. 1 -- the first installment of an archival series, capturing all the music he's written and recorded for film, television, and theater. A brilliant idea, actually, since an album like this disproves the antiquated notion that Vai's music is all technique and skill, without much regard for tone, texture, or the big picture. By isolating his soundtrack work -- music that he made to accentuate a particular passage in a film -- he reveals himself as both the master guitarist that he is, and his capacity to use that skill to create and enhance moods. And that's even more impressive when you realize that this is all early work, ranging from 1986's Crossroads to 1994's David Spade comedy PCU. After two opening fanfares that aren't in the movies both featuring vocals by Vai, an elegiac cover of the Kinks' "Celluloid Heroes" sets the mood, followed by "Love Blood," a song Vai wrote with the intention of it being part of an adaptation of Interview With the Vampire, or any film starring the Vampire Lestat, but later abandoned once the project wound up with David Geffen it might not sound too vampirey, but it's better than anything Jonathan Davis cooked up for the Queen of the Damned soundtrack. The compilation proceeds to go through every bit of music he's written for the featured films aside from the previously mentioned pair, he also played for Dudes, Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey, and Encino Man. This includes brief, brief cues some as short as 20 seconds; full pieces; and, best of all, the complete, legendary "Head Cuttin' Duel" from Crossroads, which features Vai and Ry Cooder in a shredding contest. Since this is deliberately an archival piece, it doesn't make for the easiest listening, but as an archival piece, it's first-rate. It's hard to imagine any serious Vai fan, or modern guitar aficianado, not wanting to hear this. No doubt, the next installment is eagerly awaited. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine ¶Õ
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/4/2002
  • Label: Favored Nations
  • UPC: 690897222021
  • Catalog Number: 2220
  • Sales rank: 71,246

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Celluloid Heroes (6:20)
  2. 2 Love Blood (4:48)
  3. 3 Fried Chicken (2:29)
  4. 4 Butler's Bag (1:07)
  5. 5 Head-Cuttin' Duel (4:43)
  6. 6 Eugene's Trick Bag (2:27)
  7. 7 Amazing Grace (1:52)
  8. 8 Louisiana Swamp Swank (3:15)
  9. 9 Air Guitar Hell (0:40)
  10. 10 The Reaper (3:25)
  11. 11 Introducing the Wylde Stallions (0:45)
  12. 12 Girls Mature Faster Than Guys (0:14)
  13. 13 The Battle (2:24)
  14. 14 Meet the Reaper (0:40)
  15. 15 Final Guitar Solo (1:35)
  16. 16 The Reaper Rap (5:46)
  17. 17 Drive the Hell Out of Here (1:28)
  18. 18 Get the Hell Out of Here (3:53)
  19. 19 Welcome Pre-Frosh (0:48)
  20. 20 The Dark Hallway (1:07)
  21. 21 The Dead Band Ends (0:56)
  22. 22 The Cause Heads (1:18)
  23. 23 Find the Meat (0:26)
  24. 24 The Ax Will Fall (0:39)
  25. 25 Now We Run (0:44)
  26. 26 Hey Jack (0:21)
  27. 27 What! (0:08)
  28. 28 Still Running (0:28)
  29. 29 Dead Heads (3:12)
  30. 30 Blow Me Where the Pampers Is (0:55)
  31. 31 Pins and Needles (0:24)
  32. 32 Plug My Ass In (0:44)
  33. 33 Loose Keg Sightings (0:21)
  34. 34 Don't Sweat It (0:37)
  35. 35 How Hidge (0:44)
  36. 36 Beer Beer (0:19)
  37. 37 We're Not Gonna Protest (1:53)
  38. 38 Initiation (0:15)
  39. 39 See Ya Next Year (0:51)
  40. 40 Now We Run (3:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Steve Vai Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals, Multi Instruments
Ry Cooder Slide Guitar
Shuggie Otis Guitar
Jorge Calderon Bass
Joss Ackland w/ Peter Bayliss Vocals
Bryan Beller Bass
Gregg Bissonette Drums
Chris Frazier Drums
Mike Keneally Keyboards
Sonny Terry Harmonica
Jeffrey "C.J." Vanston Keyboards
Bill Sadler Vocals
C.C. White Background Vocals
Roy Brocksmith Vocals
Robin Dimaggio Drums
Alex Winter Vocals
Kimberly Evans Background Vocals
Keanu Reeves Vocals
Terry Finn Vocals
Technical Credits
Ry Cooder Producer
Steve Vai Arranger, Producer, Engineer, Mastering, Art Direction
William Kanengiser Arranger
Richard Landers Engineer
Neil Citron Mastering
Priscila Bara Art Direction
Marcelo Gomes Engineer
Ciruelo Cabral Artwork
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