The second of three albums by the Irish rock band, it is widely regarded as their peak. While plenty of the riffs could only have originated in the Nineties, some of the orchestral touches and bombastic layers elevate these songs beyond any particular scene. The textures here are nuanced and often dark. The new edition, having licensed everything from Sony, has been remastered by Sean Magee at Abbey Road and features ten additional tracks, comprising demos and b-sides.
It sounds predictably fantastic but, such was the excitement from the hardcore at this long-anticipated moment in the spotlight, the vinyl sold out pretty much instantly. However, a repress is on the way. Thanks to current circumstances, it should with you by mid-December. Long-time readers will be aware of the Travis reissue programme and its latest instalment is possibly the finest to date. Although there is a white pressing, this column played the regular black vinyl and it was fairly quiet throughout.
Sonically, this edition holds up well alongside its release, possibly even surpassing it at points. Its Seventies folk-rock bombast, mixed with show-tune primary colours, certainly formed part of the palette from which he has painted his wonderful solo career. His love for this rock opera which, of course, spawned the musical, has helped to ensure a deluxe box set and a vinyl reissue to mark its fiftieth-ish anniversary.
With the involvement of writers Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, a full-bodied remaster has managed to maintain the bottom end sound of records from this era and the Abbey Road kit has ensured a sonic marvel. There is an online label store exclusive replica edition of the 2LP set which impressively recreates the original fold out sleeve in all of its glorious detail. A mostly very quiet Optimal pressing, it could be a leftfield highlight of your vinyl purchasing year.
Some of them have aged better than others. From a distance, though, it all feels quite tame now. This double LP edition is pressed at Optimal and is available in standard black or limited edition red, depending on your persuasion.
Playback is largely quiet and the mastering definitely feels more open than on a cut, although it still feels lacking in bottom end. This is presumably just a case of reflecting the original recording and fans wanting a decent playing copy will be pleased. Things get a little boxed in towards the end of each side and the bonus disc is a curiously sequenced mix of demos, alternative takes and b-sides.
Not revelatory, but a marked improvement on the last round of reissues. Thankfully, every so often, the stars align and something really special lands on your turntable.
The challenge has been met on this glorious pressing, cut at Metropolis. Just Played received the Dinked edition on blue vinyl and with an accompanying flexi-disc, but there are also yellow, red, green and mint variants available alongside a standard black. This is demo standard stuff and a quite sincerely essential purchase.
All of the titles reviewed above were cleaned before playback using the ultrasonic record cleaning machine, Degritter. A full review of its capabilities can be found in a previous column. Header Left Sections. Search form Search ClashMusic. From toTravis & Fripp - Follow (CD recorded Passion and Warfare at his home studio, his second studio solo album.
Upon its release in NovemberSlip of the Tongue sold over three million copies worldwide, reaching number 10 on the Billboard while Vai joined the band on their thirteen-month world tour. In MayVai released Passion and Warfare through Relativity Records, Album)  and following its release, the album had reached number 18 in the Billboardselling over a million and a half copies worldwide. Vai left Whitesnake in to pursue his own musical avenues, and formed a band that included Devin Townsend on vocals, T.
Stevens on bass, and Terry Bozzio on drums. Due to conflicts, the album was re-written and recorded with Zakk Wylde on guitar. I was more concerned with making the record that I wanted to make, and not worry about what some others thought I should be doing.
On September 17,Vai released Fire Gardentrack double album, through Epic,  with the first half being primarily instrumental while the second half featured Vai on vocals.
On each G3 tour, three guitar-centric headlining acts are chosen to perform their own sets, and then collectively jam to fan favorite songs at the end of the show. The goal of the foundation was to provide funding for musical education to those otherwise unable to attain it.
Today, Vai often auctions items in his possession with proceeds going to the foundation. The release, which Vai himself produced and engineered, won him his second Grammy award for Best Pop Instrumental Album in February While most widely recognized for his stature as a rock guitar player, Vai is also a musical composer fluent in the composition and arranging of orchestral music.
In speaking of Westcott, Vai says "He taught me how to write, compose and appreciate music. There was no greater musical influence in my life.
InVai released Real Illusions: Reflectionsthe first installment in an ongoing three-part trilogy concept album. Each of the three installments to the series contain material songs, lyrics, and both spoken and written narration with particular relationships to the storyline, purposefully left out of order. Upon the release of the third installment, Vai intends to complete a fourth album of material, which will then be released with the previous three installments and completed storyline in order.
It's a story about this man who has a traumatic experience in his life, and it drives him insane. We see the story through his eyes. It also involves the town he lives in and this stranger that enters the town who's like a shaman; he builds this giant edifice, like a reflecting pond, and when people come to it they see aspects of their personalities and identities and discover things about themselves. There's some comedy involved, too, but it's pretty esoteric.
It's about a lot of lofty principles, so it's not a bad idea to dish this all out slowly. In support of Sound Theories Vol. During a month of twelve- to fifteen-hour a day rehearsals, Vai and the band perfected the performance which consisted of pieces from Vai's catalog, arranged by Vai to include the two violins.
Made of an acrylic body with three-dimensional "swirl painted" interior, this guitar can be seen in the beginning of the Where the Wild Things Are DVD.
InVai announced the release of his signature Ibanez Jemini distortion pedala twin distortion pedal with both a custom overdrive and lead distortion section. In FebruaryVai announced the introduction of "VaiTunes", a platform used to release digital-only singles via iTunes and other digital media outlets.
October saw more movement from Vai as a composer, with the premiere of two original symphonies at the Steve Vai Festival in Groningenthe Netherlands, and performed by the North Netherlands Orchestra. In MarchVai in conjunction with the online education division of Berklee College of Music set a Guinness World Record for the world's largest online guitar lesson.
Vai's eighth studio album, The Story of Lightwas released in August as the second installment in the Real Illusions concept album trilogy. Released on April 7, the double-disc set contained a copy of the Stillness in Motion concert footage and a special bonus feature disc called The Space Between the Notes.
The latter is a complete chronological timeline of the Story of Light tour, with a video or picture representation of each show of all of the engagements attended.
Each year the camp is held, Vai creates a syllabus with a particular theme and invites special guests to help him teach it. During the day, Vai and the special guests of whom have included Guthrie GovanJeff BaxterVernon Reid, Eric Johnson, Sonny Landrethand others hold classes in which they add their insight and perspective to the theme. Each evening, Vai and the special guests jam with the campers.
Vai has announced an upcoming release commemorating the 25th anniversary of Passion and Warfare. This release contains remastered songs from the album, as well as the inclusion of a new album of material written from the time between the recording of Passion and Warfare and his first solo album Flex-Able.
After the release, Vai held a world tour in which he played the entire Passion and Warfare album, along with material from the new release. The tour would continue during the first half of InVai played an uncredited guitar solo on the track " Go!
Starting in June, Vai embarked on the Passion and Warfare 25th Anniversary World Tour, where he played the album in its entirety for the first time. He also performed on the track "Never Surrender". He later featured in the second volume of the soundtrack, where he performed on the track "Reclaimer". Vai returned to re-record his Halo work for the Halo 2 Anniversary Original Soundtrackwhich was released in and included as part of the anniversary edition of Halo 2. InVai performed "Amazing Grace" in the film Dudes.
InVai's record label Favored Nations produced and released the award-winning original motion picture Crazy. An independent film, Crazy was inspired by the life and music of the guitarist Hank Garland.
At the age of thirteen, after having purchased his first guitar and begun taking his first lessons from fellow New York native Joe SatrianiVai became obsessed with the discipline of practice.
Vai's practice routine, consisting of a rigid and structured regimen of ten-to-fifteen hour-a-day practice schedules, became the basis of his work ethic for the rest of his career. Vai's first solo album, Flex-ablebegan his career as a solo artist in During the period of time that the album was recorded, Vai was heavily influenced by his previous tenure in Frank Zappa 's band.
Vai's playing style utilizes specialized guitar techniques such as two-handed tappingalternate pickinglegatohybrid pickingsweep pickingwhammy bar acrobatics, and circular vibrato in his music, as well as a wide range of recording techniques.
As a transcriptionist for Frank Zappa, Vai transcribed some of Zappa's most rhythmically complex music, using a range of conceptualizations for the notation of rhythmic music. Vai says "While transcribing the material, I was often confronted with situations that led me to reach into the intuitional areas of my imagination to come up with various notational devices and constructions that I had never seen before. I soon discovered that many contemporary composers were then and are still using these notations".
These concepts can be seen throughout the "Frank Zappa Guitar Book", which were composed of Vai's guitar and drum transcriptions from various Zappa albums. Vai toured with Zappa from toperforming selections of this technically demanding music with Zappa's band at the time.
Vai designed the Ibanez JEM guitar, a unique instrument that incorporated a series of groundbreaking designs that have since become staples in feature throughout the guitar industry, in In speaking of the development of the guitar, Vai says, " Stratocasters had whammy bars —which were fantastic—but they were very limited, were always going out of tune, and had single-coil pickups.
Les Pauls had humbuckers —which gave you that real scream in the bridge position—but no whammy bar, and I didn't like the way they sat. Neither guitar had twenty-four frets. So I went to a guitar shop in Hollywood, where I had these elements implemented into a guitar what would have been considered a Superstrat at the time. The guitar was designed with a sharper body shape, a large cutaway around the neck, twenty-four frets, a fully floating tremolo system, a specially wired five-way pickup selector switch, and an output jack angled on the side of the body so that when you step on the cable, it doesn't pull out of your guitar.
I knew of course that these features would eventually be taken and used in other guitars, so I did something completely preposterous: I said, 'Put a handle in it! Vai had several custom prototypes of these guitars built which were used on the Eat 'Em and Smile tour by Joe "Jem" Despagni, a custom guitar luthier and friend of Vai's. Due to Vai's highly coveted position in Roth's band, many guitar companies were eager to propose endorsement opportunities. In response to these offers, Vai sent Travis & Fripp - Follow (CD the specifications of the JEM guitar, detailing that the company that returned the best guitar would be given the endorsement.
Dissatisfied with the guitars returned and unwilling to compromise, Vai held out on a guitar endorsement until Ibanez approached him, sending him an instrument superior to that of the other companies and willing to follow his instructions.
Since its original release, the JEM has become one of the longest-running and most successful signature series guitars in history, with its sister guitar, the Ibanez RGbeing the second highest-selling guitar behind the Fender Stratocaster on the market.
Another design by Vai was the Ibanez Universethe first production seven-string guitarwhich was released in Used by Vai on much of Passion and Warfare and all of Whitesnake's Slip of the Tonguethe Universe was a large stepping stone for the burgeoning Nu-metal genre with bands such as KornLimp BizkitFear Factory and Meshuggah having adopted the instrument and incorporating it into their signature sound.
The primary way model differs from the JEM for its softer body curves and a Petal Grip handle replacing Travis & Fripp - Follow (CD original Monkey Grip cutout. Having always enjoyed the aspect of teaching and sharing his experiences in life and in the music business, Vai began a series of "Alien Guitar Secrets" masterclasses in a touring masterclass in which Vai holds open forum discussion about his own experiences in the music industry, explains the key principles to understanding success, plays to backing tracks often inviting class attendees to jam with himanswers questions, articulates key points of guitar technique, and more importantly goes beyond the technique and into the more profound esoteric principles at play.
Vai accessibly shares these concepts with masterclass participants using examples from his own experiences, delving into the ongoing process of identifying the self-critical nature of one's own thoughts.
Vai explains the techniques and exercises he uses to circumnavigate one's own insecurities and thoughts of self-doubt, and encourages masterclass participants to use these tools in their own lives. Often embarking on masterclass tours through Europe, South America, and Russia, Vai considers this ongoing series of classes as one of his most important contributions.
Guitar effects manufacturer Eventide approached Vai in the mids to contribute unique ideas for their H effects unit. Vai suggested many specific concepts, such as diatonic pitch change and multi-voice harmony, that were used in the unit and have since become standard algorithms in guitar effects processors.
InVai's signature series high-output "Evolution" humbucker pickup set was released by DiMarzio. InVai had begun working with the Carvin Corporation to design a signature series of Legacy amplifiers, which were used on his Epic Records release The Ultra Zone. In the s, Vai began touring in European and Asian countries such as Russia and China as well as South America, often having been the first American rock act in history to have performed in these areas.
With the broadcasting of this event on January 26,Vai became the first rock artist ever broadcast on a Chinese television program. Vai's personal studio, The Harmony Hutis a large edifice Travis & Fripp - Follow (CD in his backyard equipped with a full control room and performance room. Before his endorsement with Ibanez, Vai was endorsed by Charvel guitars, most notably using a green and black San Dimas model. The first recording titled Cryptomnesia was released on May 5, Vocals written and performed by Bixler-Zavala were recorded in All money raised will go to the Keep Music in Schools programs.
The album Tychozorente was scheduled for release on November 1, ; however, it received an early release on September 14, as a digital download. CD and vinyl versions of both albums are only available in Europe. On April 16,Omar released Telesteriona compilation album featuring 38 songs from Omar's solo albums. On July 7,Ipecac Records announced that they would release 12 albums by Omar, fortnightly, until December The group released their first song, "4AM".
As of [update]both Bosnian Rainbows and Antemasque have essentially been put on hold due to touring commitments of At the Drive-In. Beginning in his At the Drive-in days he started to document many kinds of things: live shows, sound checks, dressing rooms, hotels, airport lounges, sightseeing, encounters with colleagues.
Since he has produced many films, of which The Sentimental Engine Slayer was the first to be released. In that interview he also stated that he hated the guitar for a very long time. He only utilized it because it was the instrument his bandmates could "relate to". He said he "wrestled" guitar by adding effects and playing oddly to attempt "making it sound like anything besides this thing I hate—the guitar! However, he claimed to feel more comfortable with the instrument on Amputechture.
He has cited salsa pianist and bandleader Larry Harlow as his primary influence. In the progressive rock genre in which the Mars Volta are often categorized, he has professed that he "like[s] a lot of those groups, particularly King Crimson and early Genesis. Omar has endorsed Ibanez guitars since the Mars Volta's inception in Although he tunes to E standard tuning, Omar uses Ernie Ball.
Omar also plays through an Orange Rockerverb combo amp as well. In recent years, Omar has taken a minimalist approach to his pedals, which at one point was a very complex setup. During the Mars Volta's final shows and At the Drive-In's reunion tour, Rodriguez-Lopez switched back to a full-sized Ibanez Jetking guitar, although retaining his preferred single-pickup and volume knob configuration and 24" neck scale.
In a recent interview with TC Electroniche is seen using a blue Ibanez Jetking with two full-size humbuckers. Shortly afterwards, he was seen playing a custom Ibanez guitar that closely resembled his Supro. In addition, Rodriguez-Lopez now uses flatwound strings on his guitar. With Kimono Kult. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. American guitarist, songwriter, producer, and filmmaker. Progressive rock   post-hardcore .
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