Whatâ€™s the 4-1-1?
Steve Vai hasnâ€™t always been the guitar virtuoso solo artist that youâ€™ve come to know and love. Throughout the years Steve has been a member of several bands and contributed his signature guitar playing to numerous other rock acts. Various Artists takes a sampling of Vaiâ€™s contributions to those other artistâ€™s projects and puts them together on one disc for this special compilation (originally only available as part of a limited edition Vai box set).
Hard rock / metal / hair metal / rock
The album starts off with â€śSweet Lady Luck;" a lost B-side from Vaiâ€™s days in Whitesnake. The song is loaded with all the over-the-top production values from that era, as well as Coverdaleâ€™s signature delivery and some fiery licks from our fret master. â€śThe Rumbleâ€ť is an eight minute instrumental that Vai contributed to a West Side Story compilation. Vai really puts his stamp on a combination of songs from this classic musical. Two tracks come courtesy of the John Lydon fronted Public Image Limited project from 1986. â€śEaseâ€ť is more of a trippy nod to classic 70s prog-rock, while â€śHomeâ€ť comes off more like a combination of a new wave/hard rock mishmash. Good stuff just the same.
â€śDriftingâ€ť is a great ballad that was part of a symphonic Jimi Hendrix tribute. The soulful vocals come courtesy of Living Colourâ€™s Corey Glover. â€śBold as Loveâ€ť comes from the same album, only this time Vai is teamed up with Bad Companyâ€™s Paul Rodgers. Vaiâ€™s twangy tones fit well with Rodgerâ€™s strong pipes. Not only did Alice Cooper tap Steve Vai to contribute to â€śFeed My Frankenstein," but so did Joe Satriani. Killer riffs all around. If you read the liner notes, youâ€™ll see this song is stacked with a whoâ€™s who of hard rock.
There are a few songs that disrupt the flow of the album due to their diversity; â€śWestern Vacationâ€ť is heavy in dialogue and â€śQueen of the Nightâ€ť is more operatic. And where are the David Lee Roth songs?
This compilation is certainly unique. How many other artists do you know that have been able to release something like this? With Various Artists, Steve Vai shows his diversity when it comes to his outside projects, but no matter what style, artist, or presentation the project may be, thereâ€™s no question that Steve Vai is the one laying down the guitar parts.
Did You Know?
The first song Steve learned on the guitar was Alice Cooperâ€™s â€śDead Babies."
Rating: 4 out of 5
Originally posted by author at Rock-Is-Life.com