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Steve Vai: Alive in an Ultra World

Read "Alive in an Ultra World" reviewed by Todd S. Jenkins

Just maybe, the best set yet from the master of cultivated shred. On his 2000 world tour Vai recorded these fifteen songs, each inspired by and dedicated to a different nation he has visited sometime in his career. Some of the excellent tunes were created spontaneously at soundchecks just prior to the shows, and it’s a testament to the players’ skills that none of them sound off-the-cuff in the least.

Each tune does indeed convey a bit of the spirit ...

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Steve Vai: The Ultra Zone

Read "The Ultra Zone" reviewed by Scott Andrews

Guitarist/composer Steve Vai helped lead the late 80s instrumental metal, “shred" guitar wave with his lead guitar work in several metal bands and his second solo album Passion and Warfare (1990). However, Vai's roots ran musically deeper than most of his instrumental metal colleagues, partly due to his stint in Frank Zappa's band and his idiosyncratic first solo record Flex-able (1984). Flex-able showed monster chops and unpredictable songwriting, understandably Zappa influenced, and all recorded in Vai's garage. Passion and Warfare ...


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