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Essential Steve Vai
     

The Essential Steve Vai

by Steve Vai
 
Steve Vai played with a wide variety of acts during the '80s -- Frank Zappa, David Lee Roth, John Lydon's PiL, and Whitesnake, among others -- as he became one of rock's most sought-after hired guns. In addition, Vai launched his own solo career, which come the '90s would be his sole career

Overview

Steve Vai played with a wide variety of acts during the '80s -- Frank Zappa, David Lee Roth, John Lydon's PiL, and Whitesnake, among others -- as he became one of rock's most sought-after hired guns. In addition, Vai launched his own solo career, which come the '90s would be his sole career focus. Sharing the same track listing as 2003's Infinite Steve Vai: An Anthology, the 2011 double-disc set The Essential Steve Vai is comprised almost entirely of Vai's solo work (save for a Whitesnake song, "Kittens Got Claws," and one by the obscure outfit Alcatrazz, "Lighter Shade of Green"). While most "guitar shredders" got a bad rap during the '90s, Vai was always an exception to the rule -- there's no secret that Vai was one of the most technically accomplished guitarists in all of rock, but he always knew to put songwriting before soloing (something that most of the other guitarists of the era failed to do), and inject his wacky sense of humor into his playing. If you're unfamiliar with Vai's work, go straight to the tracks from his first two solo releases, 1984's Flex-Able and 1990's Passion and Warfare, especially such ditties as "The Attitude Song," "For the Love of God," "The Animal," and the very Zappa-ish "Salamanders in the Sun." One complaint about The Essential Steve Vai is that the latter-day tracks far outweigh his superior earlier material -- tracks such as "Bad Horsie" and "Frank" are worthy, but there are several tracks that unquestionably should have been included ("Call It Sleep," "Erotic Nightmares," "Sisters," and Vai's sole solo MTV hit, "The Audience Is Listening"), while another criticism is that no Roth, Zappa, or PiL tracks are featured. Still, The Essential Steve Vai by and large serves as both a solid career overview and introduction to this one-of-a-kind guitarist.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/15/2011
Label:
Epic
UPC:
0886977867422
catalogNumber:
778674
Rank:
49246

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Steve Vai   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Linn Drum
Stuart Hamm   Bass
Glenn Hughes   Vocals
Don Airey   Keyboards
Tommy Aldridge   Drums
Bryan Beller   Bass
Gregg Bissonette   Drums
Terry Bozzio   Percussion,Drums
Deen Castronovo   Drums
David Coverdale   Vocals
Greg Degler   Clarinet,Flute
Peggy Foster   Fretless Bass Guitar
Tommy Funderburk   Vocals
Claude Gaudette   Keyboards
Bob Harris   Keyboards
Tris Imboden   Drums
Mike Keneally   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Keyboards
Mike Mangini   Drums
Tommy Mars   Organ
David Rosenthal   Keyboards
Rudy Sarzo   Bass
Pete Zeldman   Percussion
C.C. White   Background Vocals
Eric Goldberg   Keyboards
Devin Townsend   Vocals
Philip Bynoe   Bass
Miroslava Mendoza Escriba   Background Vocals
Kimberly Evans   Background Vocals
John Sergio   Bass
Dave Weiner   Guitar
Tracee Lewis   Background Vocals
T.M. Stevens "AKA Shaka Zulu"   Bass,Vocals
Chris Frazier   Drums

Technical Credits

Steve Vai   Composer,Producer,Engineer,drum programming,Instrumentation
Vandenberg   Composer
Vince Guaraldi   Composer
Mike Clink   Producer
Eddie Kramer   Producer,Engineer
Keith Olsen   Producer
Mark Larson   Art Direction
Jon Wiederhorn   Liner Notes
Olika Jacobson   Packaging Manager

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