Passion & Warfare (25th Anniversary Edition - Remaster) Steve Vai

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Label: Epic/Legacy

Genre: Rock

Subgenre: Hard Rock

Album including Album cover Booklet (PDF)

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  • 1Liberty02:02
  • 2Erotic Nightmares04:13
  • 3The Animal03:55
  • 4Answers02:56
  • 5The Riddle06:22
  • 6Ballerina 12/2401:45
  • 7For the Love of God06:02
  • 8The Audience Is Listening05:30
  • 9I Would Love To03:40
  • 10Blue Powder04:44
  • 11Greasy Kid's Stuff (Mixed Twelve)02:57
  • 12Alien Water Kiss01:10
  • 13Sisters04:07
  • 14Love Secrets03:35
  • 15Lovely Elixir05:08
  • 16And We Are One (Alternate Solo No. 2)03:31
  • 17As Above (SV Demo)02:02
  • 18So Below (Niels Bye Nielsen Orchestration)02:15
  • Total Runtime01:05:54

Info for Passion & Warfare (25th Anniversary Edition - Remaster)

Steve Vai celebrates the 25th anniversary of his 1990 album, „Passion & Warfare“, with reissuing a remastered version of it with a companion album, titled „Modern Primitive“. To commemorate the 25th anniversary of his landmark 1990 album, Passion & Warfare, Steve Vai has announced an extensive world tour that will celebrate the groundbreaking recording.

The now-classic album, which took several years to record, features 'For the Love of God,' 'Liberty,' 'Erotic Nightmares,' 'The Animal,' 'Blue Powder,' 'The Riddle' and several other legendary Vai tracks.

Newly remastered in 96 kHz, 24bit from the original analog tapes, the Passion and Warfare 25th Anniversary Edition disc includes, as bonus tracks, four previously unreleased recordings from the Passion and Warfare sessions.

The one and only Satriani-taught and Zappa-tested virtuoso, Steve Vai, returns with his self-produced 1990 release, „Passion & Warfare“. The album was inspired by sequential dream patterns Vai experienced earlier in his life, and results in one technically electrifying ride filled with vivid mysticism and groovy instrumental imagery. The album was recorded in his home studio, the Mothership, and released on Relativity/Epic Records. Vai says it best when he characterizes this album as 'Jimi Hendrix meets Jesus Christ at a party that Ben Hur threw for Mel Blanc.'

„Widely acclaimed as his best album, Passion and Warfare finds Steve Vai coming into his own as a composer, as well as bypassing vocals almost entirely. His style isn't quite as derivative of influences Frank Zappa and Joe Satriani as it was six years earlier on Flex-able; while some of Vai's sense of humor is still evident on tracks like the cock rock strut of 'The Audience Is Listening,' it is mostly replaced by a spiritual reflectiveness on ballads like 'For the Love of God' and 'Blue Powder' and dignified, committed rockers like 'I Would Love To' and 'Liberty.' Vai is a more distinguished composer than most of his guitar-shredder contemporaries, and rather than simply showing off his technique, he isn't afraid to experiment or take chances in his playing. Thus, Passion and Warfare is arguably the richest and best hard rock guitar-virtuoso album of the '80s.“ (Steve Huey, AMG)

Steve Vai, guitar, keyboard, bass
David Rosenthal, keyboard, background vocals
Bob Harris, keyboard, background vocals
Chris Frazier, drums (tracks 1–5, 8, 10, 11, 13)
Tris Imboden, drums (tracks 7, 9)
Stuart Hamm, bass (tracks 2–5, 7, 10, 13)
Nancy Fagen, vocals & hysteria (track 8)
Jamie Firlotte, boy vocals (track 8)
David Coverdale, background vocals
Rudy Sarzo, background vocals
Adrian Vandenberg, background vocals
Pascal Fillet, background vocals
Laurel Fishman, background vocals
Lillian Vai, background vocals
Pam Vai, background vocals
Joel Kaith, background vocals
Corky Tanassy, background vocals
Jamie Kornberg, background vocals
Lauren Kornberg, background vocals
Corinne Larue, background vocals
Darla Albright, background vocals
Laura Gross, background vocals
Rupert Henry, background vocals
Suzanna Harris, background vocals
Julian Angel Vai, background vocals

Recorded 1990 at The Mothership. Hollywood, LA
Engineered by Steve Vai
Mixed by Pascal Fillet
Mastering by Bernie Grundman
Produced by Steve Vai

Digitally remastered

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:

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