180 Gram Vinyl Record
|No. of Discs:||2|
Also available on:
• 180 Gram Vinyl Record
25th Anniversary Edition on Clear Vinyl
180-gram gatefold double LP!
Translucent blue vinyl pressed at RTI
Passion and Warfare established Steve Vai as a solo force to be reckoned with. Recorded entirely in Vai’s Mothership home studio, Passion and Warfare represents Steve Vai as a melodic, heavy guitarist with a gift for remarkable composition and a deep desire to convey the mystical and the metaphysical through his every last note.
The result was nothing short of stellar. The album was championed by critics: Guitar Player and Guitar World named it the best album of 1990, and both magazines showered him with individual awards; Guitar Player awarded Vai the titles of Best Rock Guitarist for the fifth year in a row and Best Overall Guitarist for the third year in a row, while Guitar World named him Best Rock Guitarist and deemed "For the Love of God" the year's best guitar solo. (A subsequent Guitar World readers' poll voted "For the Love of God" as one of the 100 greatest guitar solos of all time.)
Passion and Warfare was commercially successful. Boosted by the fan-favorite video for "The Audience is Listening," which received heavy rotation on MTV, the album peaked at No. 18 on the Billboard 200—no small feat for an instrumental guitar album. This crossover appeal set the stage for Vai's continued successes throughout his career.
This 180-gram clear vinyl limited edition of Passion and Warfare, newly remastered from the original analog tapes, includes four newly discovered recordings from the album sessions:"Love Elixir," "We Are One," "As Above" and "So Below."
Known for his intense, virtuosic and instantly recognizable guitar style, Vai—a onetime student of artist Joe Satriani—rose to prominence in 1980 when Frank Zappa invited the 20-year-old guitarist to join his touring band. He has since performed with a variety of acts from Alice Cooper and Ozzy Osbourne to Joe Jackson and heavy metal group Alcatrazz (where he replaced fellow virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen).
Vai remains one of the most honored guitarists of the past few decades. He’s won three Grammy Awards and garnered another eight nominations. In a Guitar World reader poll in 2012, Vai was voted the 10th greatest guitarist of all time. A seven-string guitar designed by Vai for Ibanez has been utilized by progressive and metal bands including Korn and Dream Theater. Guitarists from Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine to Mike Eizinger of Incubus have cited him as major influences on their playing.
|For The Love Of God|
|The Audience ls Listening|
|I Would Love To|
|Greasy Kid's Stuff|
|Alien Water Kiss|
|Lovely Elixir (Bonus)|
|And We Are One (Solo #2) (Bonus)|
|As Above (Bonus)|
|So Below (Bonus)|