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Album Review

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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Non - Comparable

Are the words that describe the amazing Mr. Vai. Truly one of, if not the, best guitarist(s) of all time. All his songs feature tonal and technical territory that few other guitarists dare tread. However one thing is wrong with this album. The price. Their is anotehr compilation like this one from the same company called "The Electric Joe Satriani: An Anthology" which is only 9.99. Now we could battle on and on about whether its joe or steve, but the real question is both artists are equally matched in the field of the axe so why is satchs compilation so much cheaper. In my opinion he equally matches vai in all aspects, meaning he is not inferior, so either both compilations should be charged 16.99 or 9.99, heck satch taught vai to become this good, vai however ran away with it and did his own thing seperate from satch.

A Virtuoso

Steve Vai is a master of his instrument. Those are the only words that can describe his affluency with taking the guitar and wringing every possible emotion, noise, voice, and quality from it. These songs, an admirable collection of some of his best work are also taken from all aspects of his solo career, including 'Kittens Got Claws' by Whitesnake, but unfortunately no Zappa. I feel that Vai's musicianship and artistic senses have been praised enough already, so there's no need to fuel that train of thought. My favorite songs on this album are 'Bangkok'/'Fire Garden Suite', his Middle Eastern, multi-movement rock suite, 'For the Love of God,' his classic seventh song, and 'Whispering a Prayer,' the seventh song on the second disc, which took a while to grow on me, but now is one of my favorite Vai songs. Long Story Short, get this album.

The Master

Steve Vai is the ultimate guitarist!!! Anyone who begs to differ should take one listen to The Audiance Is Listening, Bad Horsie, For the Love of God, then talk to me. I still love Clark, Page, Hendrix, Sach, and Eddie but Vai kiks butt with his insane riffs and skill with the whammy bar.


Born: June 6, 1960 in Carle Place, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Six-string wizard Steve Vai, along with his onetime teacher Joe Satriani, set the standard for rock guitar virtuosity in the '80s. Born on June 6, 1960, and raised in Carle Place, New York, Vai became interested in the guitar via such legendary artists as Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, and Alice Cooper as a teenager and, upon starting high school, took lessons with an older player from the school, Joe Satriani. Playing in several local bands, Vai quickly picked up on the instrument, and by the age of...
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  • Partial Album
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal
  • Released: Nov 17, 2003
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