Infinite Steve Vai: An Anthology

Infinite Steve Vai: An Anthology

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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 careerSee more details below

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. The 2003 double-disc set Infinite Steve Vai: An Anthology is comprised almost entirely of Vai's solo work (save for a Whitesnake song, "Kitten's Got Claws," and one by the obscure outfit Alcatrazz, "Lighter Shade of Green"). While most "guitar shredders" got a bad rap come 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 Infinite 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, Infinite Steve Vai: An Anthology by and large serves as both a solid career overview and introduction to this one-of-a-kind guitarist.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/18/2003
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0827969071328
catalogNumber:
90713

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Liberty  - Steve Vai
  2. Die to Live  - Steve Vai
  3. The Attitude Song  - Steve Vai
  4. Salamanders in the Sun  - Steve Vai
  5. The Animal  - Steve Vai
  6. The Riddle  - Steve Vai
  7. For the Love of God  - Steve Vai
  8. Bangkok  - Steve Vai
  9. Fire Garden Suite: Bull Whip/Pusa Road/Angel Food/Taurus Bulba  - Steve Vai
  10. Ya-Yo Gakk  - Steve Vai
  11. Blue Powder  - Steve Vai
  12. Bad Horsie  - Steve Vai
  13. Tender Surrender  - Steve Vai
  14. All About Eve  - Steve Vai
  15. Dyin' Day  - Steve Vai
  16. The Blood & Tears  - Steve Vai
  17. The Silent Within  - Steve Vai

Disc 2

  1. Feathers  - Steve Vai
  2. Frank  - Steve Vai
  3. Boston Rain Melody  - Steve Vai
  4. Kittens Got Claws  - Tommy Funderburk
  5. Lighter Shade of Green  - Steve Vai
  6. Giant Balls of Gold  - Steve Vai
  7. Whispering a Prayer  - Steve Vai
  8. Jibboom  - Steve Vai
  9. Windows to the Soul  - Steve Vai
  10. Brandos Costumes (Gentle Ways)  - Steve Vai
  11. The Reaper  - Steve Vai
  12. Christmas Time Is Here  - Steve Vai
  13. Essence  - Steve Vai
  14. Rescue Me or Bury Me  - Shaka Zulu
  15. Burnin' Down the Mountain  - Steve Vai

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Steve Vai   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Keyboards,Sitar,Musician
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
Larry Crane   Lyre
Greg Degler   Clarinet,Flute
Peggy Foster   Fretless Bass Guitar
Tommy Funderburk   Vocals
Claude Gaudette   Keyboards
Bob Harris   Keyboards
Tris Imboden   Drums
Mike Keneally   Guitar,Keyboards
Mike Mangini   Drums
Tommy Mars   Organ
David Rosenthal   Keyboards
Rudy Sarzo   Bass
T.M. Stevens   Bass,Vocals
Pete Zeldman   Percussion
C.C. White   Background Vocals
Tracey Lewis   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,Sitar
Chris Frazier   Drums

Technical Credits

Steve Vai   Composer,Producer,Engineer,drum machine,drum programming
Vince Guaraldi   Composer
Mike Clink   Producer
David Coverdale   Composer
Eddie Kramer   Producer,Engineer
Keith Olsen   Producer
Björn Ulvaeus   Composer
Tim Rice   Composer
Larry DiMarzio   Cover Photo
Lee Mendelson   Composer
Jim Vandenburg   Composer
Jon Wiederhorn   Liner Notes
Olika Jacobson   Packaging Manager
Dave Donnelly   Mastering

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