Modern Primitive Steve Vai

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Label: Legacy Recordings

Genre: Rock

Subgenre: Hard Rock

Artist: Steve Vai

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  • 1Bop!05:37
  • 2Dark Matter03:53
  • 3Mighty Messengers03:57
  • 4The Lost Chord04:08
  • 5Upanishads04:37
  • 6Fast Note People05:53
  • 7And We Are One05:22
  • 8Never Forever05:17
  • 9Lights Are On06:26
  • 10No Pockets04:54
  • 11Pink and Blows Over, Pt. 103:21
  • 12Pink and Blows Over, Pt. 213:13
  • 13Pink and Blows Over, Pt. 303:30
  • Total Runtime01:10:08

Info for Modern Primitive

„Modern Primitive“ features new recordings based on early, unfinished song sketches written after Vai's first solo release, 'Flex-able,' and during the time Vai worked with David Lee Roth, Public Image Ltd. and Whitesnake.

The bulk of the music on Modern Primitive was either written or recorded in between my first solo record Flex-Able (1984) and my second solo record, Passion and Warfare (1990).

Modern Primitive can be thought of as a companion album for the 25th Anniversary release of Passion & Warfare.

I was between the ages of 20-23 when I wrote and recorded Flex-Able, and between the ages of 27-29 when I wrote and recorded Passion and Warfare so the material on Modern Primitive was mostly written or recorded when I was between the ages of 23-26. And now, a 55-year-old Steve Vai is completing this material, hence the name Modern Primitive. Some of these tracks were earmarked for Passion and Warfare but for various reasons didn’t make it onto the record.“ (Steve Vai)

„I had started working as a transcriptionist for Frank Zappa in 1978 (when I was 18 years old), and in 1980, I moved to California and started recording and touring with Frank until 1983ish. Enamored with Frank’s music, it’s obvious I was „deeply inspired and influenced by him, especially the One Size Fits All era.“ (Steve Vai)

Steve Vai, all instruments
Greg Wurth, guitar
Mike Keneally, keyboards
Tommy Mars, keyboards
Dave Weiner, sitar
Mohini Dey, bass
Stu Hamm, bass
Philip Bynoe, bass
Jeremy Colson, drums
Chris Frazier, drums
Mike Mangini, drums
Devin Townsend, vocals
Jazz James, vocals
Nayanna Holley, background vocals
Mandy Vejar, background vocals
Fletcher Sheridan, background vocals
Alvin Chea, background vocals
Antonio Sol, background vocals

Recorded at Stucco Blue Studios (Sylmar, California); The Mothership (Hollywood, California) and the Harmony Hut (Encino, California)
Engineered by Steve Vai, Greg Wurth at the Harmony Hut
Produced by Steve Vai

Please Note: we do not offer the 192 kHz version of this album, because there is no audible difference to the 96 kHz version!

Steve Vai
born Steven Siro Vai, is an American guitarist and composer, born June 6th, 1960 in Long Island, New York (making him six years old on the sixth day of the sixth month in 1966, as he noted in the introduction to his guitar transcription book of Frank Zappa). Vai is best known for his self-composed, performed and produced guitar instrumental music, but he has also played on the recordings of several other rock acts.

Steve Vai made his name playing 'stunt guitar' with the legendary rock performer, composer, music producer, and publishing mogul Frank Zappa. In the early 80's he replaced Yngwie Malmsteen (a good friend) as lead guitarist in Graham Bonnett's Alcatrazz. Then he joined former Van Halen front man David Lee Roth's group to record the albums Eat 'em and Smile and Skyscraper. Vai also stepped into guitarist Adrian Vandenberg's shoes to record with British rock legends Whitesnake (after Adrian Vandenberg injured his wrist due to some exercises he found in a book and tried out) shortly before recording was due to begin for the album Slip of the Tongue.

Steve Vai continues to tour regularly, both with his own group and with his one time teacher and fellow Grammy award winning guitar instrumentalist friend Joe Satriani (on the G3 series of tours). Steve recently teamed up with former David Lee Roth band member Bassist Billy Sheehan for a world tour. G3 2003 features Steve, Joe Satriani and Yngwie Malmsteen.

Steve Vai's music has featured in a number of feature films, including Dudes, Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey and Ghosts of Mars. He appeared onscreen in the 1986 Ralph Macchio vehicle Crossroads, playing the demonically-inspired Jack Butler. At the film's climax, Vai engages in a guitar duel with Macchio (with Ry Cooder dubbing Macchio's part). The 32nd note quick tempo pseudo-classical-baroque track (entitled Eugene's Trick Bag) with which Macchio wins the competition was composed by Vai, heavily based on Paganini's Caprice Op. 1 # 5, and has become a favorite apprentice-piece among many guitar students. Vai received a Grammy Award in 1991.

Where Vai's contributions to others' material has been constrained by the largely rock or heavy-rock style of those bands, his own material is considerably more esoteric. Vai is an accomplished studio producer (he owns two: 'The mother ship' and 'The harmony hut') and his own recordings combine his signature guitar prowess with novel compositions and considerable use of studio and recording effects.

Steve Vai owns 'Favored Nations', a recording and publishing business which specialises in looking after both newly discovered and already high profile recording artists from around the world. Vai is married with two children (Julian Angel & Fire) to Pia (former Bassist of All-Female Group 'Vixen', which can be seen in the movie 'Hardbodies'). He also enjoys keeping bees, which regularly produce a crop of honey that Steve sells for his chosen charity every year through his web site. (Source:

Booklet for Modern Primitive

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