STEVE VAI - Essential, The (2CD)



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Date of release: Oct 26 2012

STEVE VAI - Essential, The (2CD)

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, 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."

Some of these 32 tracks are reflective ballads, more are raging rockers (often laced with a devilish sense of humor)-and all abound in guitar pyrotechnics that only could have come from the mind and fingers of Steve Vai! These take us from his arrival in the '80s into the new millennium: Liberty; Die to Live; Salamanders in the Sun; The Animal; The Riddle; Bangkok; Blue Powder; Bad Horsie; Dyin' Day; Feathers; Frank; Ya-Yo Gakk; Jibboom; The Reaper; Essence , and more.

Disc 1
2.Die To Live
3.The Attitude Song
4.Salamanders In The Sun
5.The Animal
6.The Riddle
7.For The Love Of God
9.Fire Garden Suite
10.Ya-yo Gakk
11.Blue Powder
12.Bad Horsie
13.Tender Surrender
14.All About Eve
15.Dyin' Day
16.The Blood & Tears
17.The Silent Within
Disc 2
3.Boston Rain Melody
4.Kittens Got Claws
5.Lighter Shade Of Green
6.Giant Balls Of Gold
7.Whispering A Prayer
9.Windows To The Soul
10.Brandos Costumes (Gentle Ways)
11.The Reaper
12.Christmas Time Is Here
14.Rescue Me Or Bury Me
15.Burnin' Down The Mountain


STEVE VAI - Essential, The (2CD)
Cat No: 88697786742
Barcode: 886977867422
Packaging: 2CD Slim Double

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