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Japanese pressing of 1995 album, scheduled to include one bonus track. CBS. 2005.
This specially priced, seven-track mini-album could have been titled the "Many Moods of Stevie Vai" given its stylistic sweep. "Bad Horsie" is a widescreen, effects-laden monster, "Juice" is a high-speed boogie, "The Boy from Seattle" verges on Metheny territory and "Tender Surrender" oozes with subtlety and taste. All this, plus a thrashing rocker that football coaches can motivate the troops with: "Kill the Guy with the Ball." --Jeff Bateman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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BUY THIS ALBUM NOW!STEVE VAI IS A ROCK GOD!
"Bad Horsie" which was originally a opening riff ment to be a train whistle blowing for the guitar duel off -Crossroads- has been turned into an amazing song.
"Juice" is a fast pace makes you want to grab your guitar and rock out song. This actually is a pretty fun song, probably my favorite off the album.
"Die To Live" makes you want to close your eyes and take you to another place, a very peacefull song.
"The Boy From Seattle" is also another beautifull song. Which, I'm not completley sure, but I believe is dedicated to Jimi Hendrix.
"Ya Yo Gakk", some people laugh, some people hit the >> button. Personally, I thought it was a great song. If the baby saying Ya Yo Gakk annoys you, zone it out and listen to the guitar playing, it really is great. I'm not sure if the baby is his son or if its a asian baby saying it. On the cover of the single, it is a japanesse child I believe.
"Kill The Guy With The Ball/The Good Eaters" is a fun song, he uses a voice box for about 32 seconds in it, but once you get into the actual song, its an even faster pace song than Juice and can really get the blood flowing.
"Tender Surrender" was just a perfect song to end the album with. It starts off very mellow, it actually kinda reminded me of Santana's playing but picks up to a very fast song but still soothing and calm. No crazy head cutting, just alot of fast scales and what not.
Very Amazing Album. My 2nd favorite. This is definetly the best Steve Vai Guitar album. But not the best Vai album. There's no lyrics except for Ya Yo Gakk being said quite a few times. But this is really pure instrumental. Amazing album, Gave it 5 stars
This was my first real introduction to Vai, and while not necessarily his best work, it is an admirable and gifted recording that inspired me to seek out his other work. His guitar virtuosity and understanding of melody within the framework of rock and roll guitar is, as always, the feature of this album. Being intrumental, it allows the listener to hear Vai unfettered or constrained by the contructs of a 'song' - at least not by a singer anyway. The video companion that includes full 'performances' is an interesting thing to view also, but the music is the most important thing.
For those new to Vai, this album or the superior 'Passion and Wafare' are recommended for intense and beautiful guitar instrumentals.