Steve Vai

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Country United States
Added By Mike
13 years ago
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1984-2012 Rock
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8.2 x15
Indian Instrumental Prog-Related Hard Rock/Metal
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6 users rate this artist 7.0 or better, one user rates it lower. five users think it is prog, one user thinks it is merely related to prog and one user thinks that it's not prog. show details
Track Statistics The database currently contains 103 studio tracks by Steve Vai.
Track durations range from 16s to 9m 56s, averaging at 4m 27s with a standard deviation of 1m 47s.
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Comment by Mike 6 years ago
Steve VaiMyspace.com - The Story of Light 2012
8.4
Non-Prog Rock
Nice - but not as great as Vai's truly classic albums of the 1990s. If you're a fan not only of Vai, but of nice guitar music in general - go for it, but it's not as bold and "out there" as his masterpieces of old.
Review by HughesJB4 10 years ago <Permalink>
Steve VaiMyspace.com - Passion And Warfare 1990
9.7
Prog-Related Rock
For the aspiring virtuoso guitarist, this album is, like Surfing With the Alien, a textbook example in virtuoso guitar and instrumental rock guitar.

It goes from rocking tunes like Erotic Nightmares and The Audience is Listening, which are also very quirky, to quieter songs like Sisters, which displays Vai's talent for rhythm guitar as well, to the absolute masterpiece and incredibly display of soulful playing, For the Love of God
Review by Mike 12 years ago <Permalink>
Steve VaiMyspace.com - Various Artists - Archives Vol. 4 2003, Compilation
8.9
Non-Prog Rock
This album is part of the "secret jewel box", it contains selected tracks which Vai recorded with other artists. I think it's an important album, essential for anybody who'd like to understand Vai and his musical background. Most of the songs are really different from what he did on his solo albums ... but his style is easily recognizable and at the same time blends perfectly with the mood/style of the song.
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Comment by Mike
Steve VaiMyspace.com - Alien Love Secrets 1995
9.5
Instrumental Prog-Related Rock
This is the perfect album to get into Vai. It's a perfect mix
of very accessible music from the Blues/Rock domain, as well as
some crazy stuff like the highly experimental Ya-Yo Gakk, or
the extremely heavy Kill The Guy With The Ball. It covers many
- but not nearly all - facets of Vai's style.
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Review by Mike 12 years ago <Permalink>
Steve VaiMyspace.com - Fire Garden 1996
8.8
Instrumental Non-Prog Rock
I like all Vai albums, but I think that this may be his most balanced output. The first half is purely instrumental (some "experiments" in the short tracks aside), and it's as close as Vai ever got to Satriani's style. But even here each song contains some weird parts that Satch would never do.

I prefer the second half though, and the ending of the first half with the brilliant Bangkok/Fire Garden Suite. The second half also features Vai on vocals on every track except the last one, and he does a really good job. He has a powerful voice with much variability, and songwriting is really great here. What's left to wish?
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Review by Mike 13 years ago <Permalink>
Steve VaiMyspace.com - The Ultra Zone 1999
8.9
Prog-Related Rock
This is a stellar release from one of the best and - at the same time - most underrated guitarists ever. Two common preconceptions about Vai are that his primary asset is technical prowess and speed, and that his playing and songwriting lack emotions. Well, on this album he again proves that both assumptions are wrong.

This album is not for the faint of heart - I'm sure that many people will not be able to get into it. Steve Vai is a guitarist, and of course all the songs have lengthy guitar solos. But the reason for giving this album 4 stars on a website for progressive music is that here he goes way beyond other shred guitarists. Joe Satriani's Engines of Creation has a similar concept, but The Ultra Zone is like ten times more adventurous and bizarre. You can hear his Zappa influences throughout the album, not just on the
song "Frank". The whole album is a mixture of weird Avant-Prog and cool Jazz-Metal- Fusion - except for a few songs which are not very progressive, and that is the only reason for me not giving this album 5 stars.
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Passion And Warfare 1990
 #1

9.0 x4
Instrumental Prog-Related Rock
Alien Love Secrets 1995
 #2

8.7 x4
Instrumental Prog-Related Rock
The Ultra Zone 1999
 #3

8.5 x5
Indian Prog-Related Rock
Fire Garden 1996
 #4

8.6 x4
Instrumental Prog Rock
The Story of Light 2012
 #5

7.9 x4
Prog Hard Rock
Real Illusions: Reflections 2005
 #6

8.1 x3
Prog-Related Rock
Sex & Religion 1993
 #7

7.3 x4
Prog-Related Rock
Flex-Able 1984
 #8

6.5 x4
Instrumental Prog-Related Rock
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The Story of Light 2012
 4 years ago
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7.3
Prog Hard Rock
The Story of Light 2012
 4 years ago
rushfan4
7.3
Prog Hard Rock
Real Illusions: Reflections 2005
 4 years ago
rushfan4
7.9
Prog-Related Rock
7th Song 2000, Best Of
 4 years ago
rushfan4
7.0
Instrumental Prog-Related Rock/Metal
The Ultra Zone 1999
 4 years ago
rushfan4
7.7
Prog-Related Rock
Fire Garden 1996
 4 years ago
rushfan4
7.5
Instrumental Prog Rock
Flex-Able 1984
 4 years ago
rushfan4
6.0
Prog-Related Rock
The Story of Light 2012
 5 years ago
rushfan4
7.3
Prog Hard Rock
The Story of Light 2012
 6 years ago
Mike
8.4
Non-Prog Rock
Alien Love Secrets 1995
 10 years ago
Mike
9.5
Instrumental Prog-Related Rock
Fire Garden 1996
 10 years ago
Mike
8.8
Instrumental Non-Prog Rock
Live in London 2007, Live
 10 years ago
Mike
8.7
Non-Prog Rock/Metal
Real Illusions: Reflections 2005
 11 years ago
Mike
8.5
Prog-Related Rock
Passion And Warfare 1990
 11 years ago
Mike
9.4
Instrumental Prog-Related Rock
The Ultra Zone 1999
 11 years ago
Mike
8.9
Prog-Related Rock
Real Illusions: Reflections 2005
 11 years ago
Mike
8.5
Prog-Related Rock
Alien Love Secrets 1995
 11 years ago
Mike
9.5
Instrumental Prog-Related Rock
Sex & Religion 1993
 11 years ago
Mike
8.9
Non-Prog Rock