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3.80 | 26 ratings | 2 reviews | 23% 5 stars

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Live, released in 2007

Songs / Tracks Listing

CD 1 - Sound Theories Vol. 1: "The Aching Hunger" (50:57)
1. Kill the Guy with the Ball (4:30)
2. The God Eaters (2:09)
3. The Murder Prologue (1:09)
4. The Murder (7:56)
5. Gentle Ways (5:48)
6. Answers (5:44)
7. I'm Becoming (2:20)
8. Salamanders in the Sun (5:05)
9. Liberty (2:06)
10. The Attitude Song (4:35)
11. For the Love of God (9:35)

CD 2 - Sound Theories Vol. 2: "Shadows and Sparks" (50:09)
1. Shadows and... (8:41)
2. Sparks (9:27)
3. Frangelica Pt. 1 (3:04)
4. Frangelica Pt. 2 (10:30)
5. Helios and Vesta (8:19)
6. Bledsoe Bluvd (10:08)

Total Time 101:06

Line-up / Musicians

Steve Vai and collaborators, Netherlands Metropole Orchestra.

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STEVE VAI Sound Theories Vol. I & II ratings distribution

(26 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(23%)
Excellent addition to any rock music collection(54%)
Good, but non-essential (19%)
Collectors/fans only (4%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

STEVE VAI Sound Theories Vol. I & II reviews

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Review by 1800iareyay
3 stars In 2007, Steve Vai realized a dream he'd harbored since his youth of composing for an orchestra. Recording live with the Metropole Orchestra, Sound Theories shows updated versions of some of his classics as well as some original compositions. Vai always did strive to be more of a composer than shred guitarist. In fact, many of his older songs played here sound fully realized with orchestral backing, as if they'd been missing some key element.

The album/concert is effectively split into two sections: the run through of Vai's hits, and then the original tracks he crafted with the orchestra in mind. What is incredibly surprising is how he wrote scant guitar parts for these tunes. For once, the hired orchestra is the center of attention, not merely a device to display the neo-classical leanings of the artist. The only problem is that the first disc doesn't really pick up until the second half, with masterful adaptations of Liberty, The Attitude Song, and For the Love of God (the latter shows Vai's dedication to the music and not just himself by replacing some key passages with clarinet). The second disc is where the real meat is, and that's what makes this worth buying. Vai's selfless, understated guitar throws out the rule book for shred. Even though shredders like Vai and his mentor Joe Satriani had learned to curb mindless soloing in favor of actual songwriting skill, Steve takes it to a whole new level.

Fans of the more straightforward shred might find this boring, but those who enjoy depth in their music would do well to check this out. I would say it's vai's most progressive work to date, although Passion and Warfare is still his masterpiece.

Grade: C+

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5 stars This album is one of the most amazing things Steve Vai has done. To me it's his most musical output and I believe Mr. Vai writes better for an orchestra than he does for his band. I've never heard such an amazing marriage between rock and orchestra since Zappa but this isn't anything like what ... (read more)

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