Header

THE ULTRA ZONE

Steve Vai

Prog Related


From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Steve Vai The Ultra Zone album cover
3.79 | 61 ratings | 3 reviews | 20% 5 stars

Excellent addition to any
rock music collection


Write a review
Buy STEVE VAI Music
from Progarchives.com partners
Studio Album, released in 1999

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Blood And Tears (4:26)
2. Ultra Zone (4:52)
3. Oooo (5:12)
4. Frank (5:09)
5. Jibboom (3:46)
6. Voodoo Acid (6:25)
7.Windows To The Soul (6:25)
8. Silent Within (5:00)
9. I'll Be Around (4:57)
10. Lucky Charms (6:44)
11. Fever Dream (6:03)
12. Here I Am (4:12)
13. Asian Sky (5:34)

Total Time 66:45

Lyrics

Search STEVE VAI The Ultra Zone lyrics

Music tabs (tablatures)

Search STEVE VAI The Ultra Zone tabs

Line-up / Musicians

- Steve Vai / guitars,vocals,various instruments
Guest Musicians:
- Mike Keneally / keyboards
- Mike Mangini / drums
- Robin Dimaggio / drums
- Philip Bynoe / bass
- Bryan Beller / bass
- Takashi Matsumoto / guitar
- Koshi Inaba / vocals
- Duane Benjamin / trombone
- Andy Cleaves / trumpet

Releases information

1999 Epic Cat#69817

Thanks to TheProgtologist for the addition
and to Snow Dog for the last updates
Edit this entry

STEVE VAI MP3, Free Download (music stream)


Open extended player in a new pop-up window | Random Playlist (50) | How to submit new MP3s

Buy STEVE VAI The Ultra Zone Music


Passion & WarfarePassion & Warfare
SBME SPECIAL MKTS. 1997
Audio CD$2.97
$0.02 (used)
Alien Love SecretsAlien Love Secrets
Sbme Special Mkts. 2007
Audio CD$2.96
$2.66 (used)
Story of LightStory of Light
Favored Nations 2012
Audio CD$5.24
$4.82 (used)
Steve Vai - Live at the Astoria LondonSteve Vai - Live at the Astoria London
Multiple Formats
Favored Nations 2003
DVD$8.00
$0.01 (used)
Fire GardenFire Garden
Sbme Special Mkts. 2008
Audio CD$2.96
$2.66 (used)
The 7th SongThe 7th Song
SonyBMG Special Markets 2007
Audio CD$2.82
$1.53 (used)
Flex-Able LeftoversFlex-Able Leftovers
Epic 2011
Audio CD$9.01
$0.99 (used)
Essential Steve VaiEssential Steve Vai
Epic 2011
Audio CD$10.27
$6.86 (used)
Sound Theories I & IISound Theories I & II
Red Int / Red Ink 2007
Audio CD$4.15
$2.46 (used)
Right Now on Ebay (logo)
Steve Vai "Secret Jewel Box" CD Box Set - Limited Edition US $40.00 [1 bids]
1h 2m
Where the Wild Things Are [Digipak] by Steve Vai (CD, Oct-2009, Favored Nations US $2.99 [0 bids]
2h 17m
YOUNG GUITAR JAPAN Japanese NEW Steve Vai YOU/ DEAD END on Demonstration DVD US $14.99 Buy It Now 2h 35m
STEVE VAI: SOUND THEORIES VOL.1 & VOL.2 BRAND NEW ?????? CD US $18.90 Buy It Now 2h 38m
Bad 4 Good Refugee Cassette Tape 1992 Bad4Good Steve Vai NEW SEALED US $4.99 Buy It Now 4h 26m
STEVE VAI 'Passion And Warfare' 14 song guitar shred cd 1990 US $1.95 [0 bids]
4h 38m
Alcatrazz..Disturbing the Peace LP, EX..Steve Vai, Graham Bonnett US $6.99 [0 bids]
4h 39m
Steve Vai : Western Vacation CD (2010) US $9.47 Buy It Now 6h 20m
Steve Vai - Passion And Warfare US $3.49 Buy It Now 7h 6m
Steve Vai - Sex & Religon US $3.99 Buy It Now 7h 8m
G3: Live in Concert CD ( Satriani, Steve Vai, Johnson ) US $3.99 Buy It Now 9h 11m
Steve Vai Flex-able Leftovers 10" EP In Side IM 777 Urantia US $17.00 [0 bids]
9h 23m
iron maiden cd cinderella lot x 16 cooper steve vai priest rockbitch cd metal US $16.00 [1 bids]
9h 35m
G3 Joe Satriani Eric Johnson Steve Vai - Live In Concert CD US $8.71 Buy It Now 16h 14m
G3 Live In Tokyo 2CD BRAND NEW Joe Satriani Steve Vai John Petrucci US $12.93 Buy It Now 16h 30m
STEVE VAI - Flexable (CD 1988) HARD Rock US $14.62 [0 bids]
17h 43m
4 CD's Pop Music Artist Billy Joel,Wayne Newton, Rod Stewart, Steve Vai US $3.50 [0 bids]
US $5.00 Buy It Now
18h 30m
Steve Vai : Passion and warfare (1990) CD US $2.37 Buy It Now 18h 45m
Steve Vai- Where The Other Wild Things Are - FN26402 US $18.97 Buy It Now 18h 47m
STEVE VAI - WHERE THE OTHER WILD THINGS ARE: LIVE IN MINNEAPOLIS - NEW CD US $6.88 Buy It Now 18h 53m
Steve Vai [Compo .. PCU: Music From The Motion Picture US $20.49 Buy It Now 19h 2m
JOHN CARPENTER movie SCORE cd GHOSTS OF MARS soundtrack STEVE VAI buckethead OST US $39.99 Buy It Now 19h 43m
ZAPPA (frank) LIVE cd AS AN AM rare #493 of 500 Steve Vai Tommy Mars Ray White US $34.99 Buy It Now 19h 46m
VAI - IN MY DREAMS WITH YOU 12" PICTURE DISC STEVE VAI US $22.66 Buy It Now 20h 16m
STEVE VAI Passion And Warfare CD NEW & SEALED US $10.96 Buy It Now 21h 15m
Adrian Legg vinyl LP Technopicker (G3, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai) electroacoustic US $12.23 [1 bids]
21h 18m
The Best of Yngwie Malmsteen 1990-1999 CD Joe Satriani Steve Vai Marty Friedman US $7.99 Buy It Now 21h 40m
Sex & Religion by Steve Vai (CD, Jun-1993 Relativity)) US $4.50 [0 bids]
US $6.50 Buy It Now
22h 6m
Western Vacation by Steve Vai (CD, Jun-2010, Favored Nations Entertainment) US $4.50 [0 bids]
US $6.50 Buy It Now
22h 25m
Where the Other Wild Things Are: Live in Minneapolis [Digipak] by Steve Vai... US $4.50 [0 bids]
US $6.50 Buy It Now
22h 28m
Flex-Able Leftovers by Steve Vai (CD, Nov-1998, Sony (USA)) US $4.50 [0 bids]
US $6.50 Buy It Now
22h 28m
Alcatrazz Disturbing The Peace vinyl LP Steve Vai Eddie Kramer Graham Bonnet US $6.99 [0 bids]
US $9.99 Buy It Now
22h 45m
STEVE VAI - THE STORY OF LIGHT - FN27802 US $22.17 Buy It Now 22h 47m
STEVE VAI - WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE - FN26202 US $18.97 Buy It Now 22h 49m
Steve Vai - Fire Garden,Ultra Zone,Sex & Religion,7th Song & more Music CD's US $25.00 Buy It Now 22h 53m
STEVE VAI - WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE (BLU-RAY) - FN26309 US $38.90 Buy It Now 22h 54m
STEVE VAI - WESTERN VACATION - FN26502 US $19.94 Buy It Now 23h
STEVE VAI "ALIVE IN AN ULTRA WORLD" 2CD SEALED US $16.99 [0 bids]
23h 33m
STEVE VAI "FIRE GARDEN" CD SEALED US $9.99 [0 bids]
23h 33m
STEVE VAI "THE 7TH SON-ENCHANTING GUITAR MELODIES" CD SEALED US $9.99 [0 bids]
23h 33m
STEVE VAI Sound Theories Vols 1 & 2 DOUBLE CD Joe Satriani Malmsteen / Epic '07 US $21.11 Buy It Now 23h 39m
Steve Vai - Passion and Warfare (CD 1993) US $5.68 Buy It Now 23h 54m
LEARN TO PLAY STEVE VAI SOLOS GUITAR LICK LIBRARY DVD US $26.15 Buy It Now 1 day
STEVE VAI The Reaper Rap Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey PROMO DJ CD Single 1991MINT US $39.99 Buy It Now 1 day
STEVE VAI - Flexable * ORIGINAL '84 w/ NEWSLETTER and INSERT (WHITE LABEL) US $39.99 Buy It Now 1 day
Steve Vai- Greatest Hits (2CD ) Digipak US $14.99 Buy It Now 1 day
Steve Vai Sex & Religion Cassette Tape 1993 Relativity 1132-4 And Devin Townsend US $6.29 Buy It Now 1 day
STEVE VAI - SOUND THEORIES, VOLS. 1-2 - NEW CD BOXSET US $8.02 Buy It Now 1 day
STEVE VAI - WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE [DIGIPAK] - NEW CD US $10.23 Buy It Now 1 day
Steve Vai - The Reaper Rap CD 1-track promo-only US $15.99 Buy It Now 1 day
Passion and Warfare by Steve Vai (CD, 1997, Sony) US $2.99 [0 bids]
US $5.99 Buy It Now
1 day
Steve Vai The Ultra Zone CD OOP rare no scratches US $9.99 Buy It Now 1 day
Steve Vai - The Elusive Light And Sound Vol. 1 - CD (Renticular 3D Cover) US $17.44 Buy It Now 1 day
Western Vacation LP 1986 Akashic Records Steve Vai LP Harris Schwartz Mars US $10.00 Buy It Now 1 day
STEVE VAI - Passion And Warfare CD 2006 4671092 CBS AUSTRALIA US $12.34 Buy It Now 1 day
Ry Cooder Steve Vai Crossroads Guitar Duel GuitarPlayer magazine Soundpage US $8.00 Buy It Now 1 day
STEVE VAI For The Love Of God CD *PROMO* RARE US $22.79 Buy It Now 1 day
STEVE VAI - THE ELUSIVE LIGHT AND SOUND vol. 1 - holographic case CD + inlay VGC US $8.99 Buy It Now 1 day
EPIDEMICS - Shankar / Caroline LP '86 ECM Steve Vai US $7.99 Buy It Now 1 day
PUBLIC IMAGE LTD - Album - 1985 - Sex Pistols / post-punk new wave / STEVE VAI US $4.99 [0 bids]
US $10.00 Buy It Now
1 day
Joe Satriani Eric Johnson Steve Vai - G3 Live In Concert / TH Cassette US $9.99 Buy It Now 1 day
The Ultra Zone by Steve Vai (CD, Sep-1999, BMG (distributor)) US $0.69 [0 bids]
US $1.29 Buy It Now
1 day
Steve Vai Rare Authentic Hand Signed Flexable Vinyl LP Record + Candi US $124.99 [0 bids]
1 day
Alive in an Ultra World by Steve Vai (CD, Jun-2001, 2 Discs, Epic (USA)) US $8.49 [0 bids]
US $16.99 Buy It Now
1 day
WHITESNAKE Slip Of The Tongue CD Japan OBI RARE ORIGINAL'89 CSCS-5001 -STEVE VAI US $14.50 Buy It Now 1 day
STEVE VAI CD THE 7th SONG AS NEW 2007 ROCK ALBUM US $3.48 Buy It Now 1 day
Passion and Warfare by Steve Vai (CD, Jun-1997, Epic (USA)) US $3.99 Buy It Now 1 day
cd-album, Steve Vai - Passion And Warfare, 14 Tracks, Australia US $8.68 Buy It Now 1 day
JOE SATRIANI, ERIC JOHNSON, STEVE VAI / G3 LIVE CONCERT US $16.99 Buy It Now 1 day
@ CD G3 - Live In Concert JOE SATRIANI ERIC JOHNSON STEVE VAI SONY MUSIC 1997 US $9.99 Buy It Now 1 day
STEVE VAI Alive in an Ultra World 2 CD SET US $3.25 [4 bids]
1 day
Steve Vai CD FIRE GARDEN (CD Epic (USA) US $5.00 Buy It Now 1 day
STEVE VAI Alien Love Secrets CD US $0.99 [1 bids]
1 day
STEVE VAI - VINYL - PASSION AND WARFARE - 1990 US $25.97 Buy It Now 1 day
David Lee Roth - Skyscraper (CD 1989) VAN HALEN STEVE VAI WHITESNAKE MR BIG US $8.10 Buy It Now 1 day
STEVE VAI - 1993 Magazine Poster US $7.31 Buy It Now 1 day
Steve Vai - Real Illusions: Reflections 24HR POST!! US $7.29 Buy It Now 1 day
Steve Vai - Ultra Zone 24HR POST!! US $6.48 Buy It Now 1 day
Real Illusions:reflections - Steve Vai New & Sealed Compact Disc Free Shipping US $19.90 Buy It Now 1 day
Steve Vai - Fire Garden 24HR POST!! US $6.48 Buy It Now 1 day
BAD 4 GOOD - Refugee JAPAN CD w/OBI [AMCY-452] Steve Vai RARE HAIR METAL US $19.99 [0 bids]
1 day
Steve Vai : 7th Song: Enchanting Guitar Melodies - Archives 1 CD (2000) US $3.96 Buy It Now 1 day
STEVE VAI SOUND THEORIES VOL I & II SEALED 2 CD SET US $7.80 Buy It Now 2 days
Real Illusions: Reflections by Steve Vai (CD, Feb-2005, WK) US $5.99 Buy It Now 2 days
Frank Zappa - CD - Man from Utopia CD 2012 (with Steve Vai) US $7.71 [7 bids]
2 days
DAVID LEE ROTH: EAT 'EM AND SMILE LP /STEVE VAI /AFTER THE VAN HALEN BREAK-UP!! US $99.00 Buy It Now 2 days
Archives, Vol. 4 by Steve Vai (CD, Oct-2003, Favored Nations Records (USA)) US $13.99 Buy It Now 2 days
Steve Vai, Eric Johnson, Joe Sat-G3 Live in Concert-Audio CD US $5.99 Buy It Now 2 days
STEVE VAI : John the Revelator & Book of the Seven Seals - PROMO 7" VINYL (2012) US $17.99 Buy It Now 2 days
STEVE VAI - FLEX-ABLE [STEVE VAI] - NEW CD US $9.21 Buy It Now 2 days
steve vai & david coverdale GUITAR MAGAZINE feb. 1990 COVER EXC. with poster US $8.00 [0 bids]
US $12.00 Buy It Now
2 days
STEVE VAI "FLEXABLE" EXCELLENT LP! US $15.00 [0 bids]
US $20.00 Buy It Now
2 days
Passion and Warfare/Sex & Religion by Steve Vai (CD, Oct-1993) US $3.77 [0 bids]
US $5.77 Buy It Now
2 days
JOE SATRIANI / ERIC JOHNSON / STEVE VAI 'G3 - Live In Concert' 12 song shred cd US $2.95 [1 bids]
2 days
5B.CD ALBUM.2 X CD,S.THE INFINITE STEVE VAI.AN ANTHOLOGY. E2K 90713 US $13.04 Buy It Now 2 days
Steve Vai FAvored Nations 2005 Sampler cd US $9.99 Buy It Now 2 days
NEW SEALED CASSETTE TAPE THE EPIDEMICS SHANKAR/CAROLINE WITH STEVE VAI US $7.99 Buy It Now 2 days
STEVE VAI Live in Minneapolis 2DVD+CD Where The Other Wild Things Are Region All US $33.99 Buy It Now 2 days
Passion and Warfare by Steve Vai CD Rare! US $7.95 Buy It Now 2 days
STEVE VAI Passion and Warfare Cassette Tape CS shred rock joe satriani US $0.50 [0 bids]
2 days

More places to buy STEVE VAI music online Buy STEVE VAI & Prog Rock Digital Music online:
  • AmazonMP3: Search for STEVE VAI DRM-Free MP3 Downloads @ AmazonMP3 (USA Only) | AmazonMP3 (UK Only)

STEVE VAI The Ultra Zone ratings distribution


3.79
(61 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(20%)
20%
Excellent addition to any rock music collection(49%)
49%
Good, but non-essential (23%)
23%
Collectors/fans only (5%)
5%
Poor. Only for completionists (3%)
3%

STEVE VAI The Ultra Zone reviews


Showing all collaborators reviews and last reviews preview | Show all reviews/ratings

Collaborators/Experts Reviews

Review by MikeEnRegalia
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars This is a stellar release from one of the best and - at the same time - most underrated guitarists ever. Two common preconceptions about Vai are that his primary asset is technical prowess and speed, and that his playing and songwriting lack emotions. Well, on this album he again proves that both assumptions are wrong.

This album is not for the faint of heart - I'm sure that many people will not be able to get into it. Steve Vai is a guitarist, and of course all the songs have lengthy guitar solos. But the reason for giving this album 4 stars on a website for progressive music is that here he goes way beyond other shred guitarists. Joe Satriani's Engines of Creation has a similar concept, but The Ultra Zone is like ten times more adventurous and bizarre. You can hear his Zappa influences throughout the album, not just on the

song "Frank". The whole album is a mixture of weird Avant-Prog and cool Jazz-Metal- Fusion - except for a few songs which are not very progressive, and that is the only reason for me not giving this album 5 stars.

The Blood & Tears: "Let the might of your compassion arise to bring a quick end to the flowing stream of the blood and tears ..." Quite an unusual album opener ... Vai's excursion in World music and Indian folklore. The song flows nicely, meandering through different soundscapes and occasional solo spots.

The Ultra Zone: A very funky song, and many cool breaks. It is based on a simple melody - but beefed up with some African rhythms, samples and weird chord progressions.

OOOO: This is the first weird tune - and the first real highlight of the album. Vai often uses his guitar to mimic vocals, and here the solo guitar literally screams.

Frank: This song is obviously dedicated to Frank Zappa, for whom Vai used to play in the early 80's. It's a majestic tune, and it doesn't resemble any Zappa song. Vai uses very colorful voicings which remind of Eddie Van Halen just a little bit. In the middle of the song Vai plays an amazing laid back solo, and his use of the vibrato bar is nothing short of amazing. Jeff Beck's song "Nadja" is the only song I know which is equally majestic.

Jibboom: "Just go for it ..." ... this is another homage, this time to Stevie Ray Vaughan. It's the only song on the album which is not particularly progressive, but it's still a nice fusion of Blues and Jazz-Funk. In the latter half Vai plays some familiar SRV voicings in a very funky rhythm.

Voodoo Acid: This is the first - and one of the few - tracks on this album with vocals. The lyrics tell a weird story of how to have intercourse with a swarm of bees - or something like that. Vai uses morphed vocal parts for the bees' voices - watch out for the queen of the hive ... later in the song she gets angry and the song climaxes in a weird solo by Vai's octafuzzed guitar and the queen and her hive, who sound like dozens of Indian temple mistresses on a x10 timewarp trip ...

Windows to the Soul: The 7th song on any Vai album is always a beautiful ballad. This one is very nice - no alarms and no surprises, if you will. The rhythm is quite odd: 7/4 grouped in 3 + 4, with the accents cleverly positioned to throw off your counting.

The Silent Within: Now this is a track for all the polyrhythm maniacs out there - the vocals, drums and various instruments lead a life of their own here. The song starts without drums, followed by a short bridge dominated by cleverly orchestrated choirs. The rest of the song is dominated by Vai's guitar solo.

I'll Be Around: Another ballad ... beautiful, and quite funky and uplifting at times. Not very progressive, but outstanding nonetheless.

Lucky Charms: If I had to recommend one single track to someone who doubts Vai's progressive talent, it would be this one. Here Zappa really shines through - without the music sounding like any Zappa song I know. It shows that Vai really matured as a songwriter, compared to his early progressive songs on Flex-Able. The song features many different parts, interesting breaks, horn sections, wild unisono vibraphone runs, dramatic slow downs and accellerandos ... awesome. And during all of

that it never sounds constructed or forced - as complex as it is, this song is based on a simple melody.

Fever Dream: The most interesting aspect of this song is that Vai plays it on a three neck guitar on stage. And yes, he plays on all three necks simultaneously, you'll have to trust me - or go to one of his shows. The song is based on some futuristic sounding chord progressions, and flows rather nicely for about three minutes. The following 2 minutes are pure Jazz Fusion, remotely similar to parts of the Fire Garden Suite.

Here I Am: This is again a rather straight song, and a nice change after the previous two weird tunes. The use of layered guitars in combination with the vocals in the chorus is quite remarkable.

Asian Sky: This songs is like an extension of Fever Dream, with lots of Asian elements thrown in, including Japanese vocals.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to MikeEnRegalia (BETA) | Report this review (#43132) | Review Permalink
Posted Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Review by Chicapah
PROG REVIEWER
4 stars This is the third of Steve's albums that I've had the pleasure to know. My other reviews of his records will inform you of the immense respect I have for him and musicians of his caliber who are able to transcend the label of being merely "pretty damn good" and soar into the realm of "holy crap incredible." To say that Vai is that kinda guy is to venture into the area known as the blatantly obvious. His mastery over the guitar frequently causes my stubbly jaw to drop. And he ain't just doing slight-of-hand studio tricks. I caught one of his concerts not long ago on the boob tube and I sat in amazement at the sounds he was coaxing out of his instrument in a live setting. Having said that, it's one thing to be proficient and another to be creative. A typical first chair violinist can play a difficult concerto by Mozart with his eyes closed yet not be able to conjure up an original musical idea on the order of "Wild Thing" even if his life depended on it. So, in order to be a complete package of skill and imagination, one must be gifted in both camps. Steve Vai is and his impressive "Ultra Zone" stands as proof positive.

He opens with the Indian-tinged "The Blood Tears," a curious blend of female spoken and sung segments weaving over, under and around a basic rock beat. The intriguing platform this song stands on promises that surprising things are in store for the listener. Steve's playing is clean and somewhat reserved throughout the tune, as if he were warming up in the bullpen. "The Ultra Zone" is next whereupon metallic, percussive thuds precede the number's launch into an up-tempo pace. Here Vai is adventurously dabbling into world rhythms and I commend him for it but it's his stunning guitar virtuosity that rivets my attention over all else. "Oooo" follows and it's a killer cut. Growling guitars are always a plus in my book but the witty and highly enjoyable Zappa-esque interludes push the song into the territory of the sublime. It has a strange arrangement (in a good way) while it wisely retains its melodic charms from beginning to end. Speaking of the late, great bearded wonder, Steve honors FZ with the heartfelt "Frank." His playing in this heavy ballad is quite beautiful without ever becoming wearily saccharine. The regal subtleties in Vai's performance add a touch of grace and class rarely found in Progland, making this tune the highlight of the record.

Steve pays tribute to Stevie (another icon taken from us too soon) on "Jibboon" by building the number upon a simple blues progression and then proceeding to blast a hole in the studio wall with a stream of spectacular six-string salvos. Even a novice guitarist can appreciate that this is a mad genius at work who has few peers. It sizzles. "Voodoo Acid" is next and its expected weird vibe suggested by the title doesn't disappoint. Thank heavens Vai's rhythmic narration stops short of falling into a rap trap. It's more along the lines of poetic story-telling than that. All in all it comes off as a fun experiment that turned out to be comprehensible and, since it never tries to become "scary," it's a loopy trip into surrealism. "Windows to the Soul" is a bright gem. Its semi-mellow groove in 6/4 time supports Steve's stratospheric guitar manipulations perfectly. This song efficiently displays the profound emotions that can be expressed through even the simplest of instruments when wielded by a maximally talented artist. "The Silent Within" follows and it succeeds in capitalizing on the momentum generated by its predecessor. It's another Indian-influenced piece but Vai adds an engaging vocal track that sets it apart from the album's curtain-raiser. The tune's clever harmony schemes and smartly orchestrated spurts of aural color add undiluted excitement.

"I'll Be Around" doesn't fare as well. It's a love song and, understandably, is inherently conservative and predictable. It's akin to what Dream Theater sounds like when they chill out but it pales in comparison to the other tracks. "Lucky Charms" is next and it does a superb job of allowing the record to quickly regain its traction. Possessing an incurably uplifting melody line delightfully augmented by sharp brass, it really spotlights Steve's versatility and willingness to shift gears at a moment's notice. After a thrilling start it morphs into a syncopated funk segment and then evolves into a movement involving stirring symphonic passages that'll keep you wondering where he's going next. This number is a truly impressive example of ingenuous prog rock done right. "Fever Dreams" is another of my favorites. Its smooth but zippy pace sustains the abrupt changes in mood that arise over and over. With Vai the tones he produces are so extraordinary that sometimes I forget it's a guitar he's playing and this is one of those instances as his innovative forays flourish and thrive. "Here I Am" is little more than an old-fashioned rawker with a decent lead vocal supplied by Mister Vai (who's no slouch in that department). Unfortunately, the song lacks the strong hook required to make it memorable. The vocal-heavy "Asian Sky" is the caboose on this train, a hard-hitting tune with a big, Styx-styled chorus that falls far short of inducing the intended goose bumps. Luckily for us Steve tosses in a spirited head-cutting sequence wherein he duels with himself to blazing results but I'm glad that he put this one last.

Face it, Steve Vai is a freak of nature who received a lion's share of the guitar-playing genes in his DNA design. I and 99.999% of the axe men in the world have no earthly idea how he does what he does so well but we can't deny the fact that what we hear him do so consistently is the real McCoy. He can play like an angel or a demon depending on what's required and he makes music that appeals to both aficionados of the genre and the most naďve of its adherents at the same time. No easy feat, that. "The Ultra Zone" is a stellar work created by a remarkable savant. 4.2 stars.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to Chicapah (BETA) | Report this review (#1034424) | Review Permalink
Posted Friday, September 13, 2013

Latest members reviews

3 stars Not being a Vai fan, i think, my opinion adds some more objetivisim about his work. I am not keen on "virtuoso" stuff. Anyway, i think Vai implies certain tons of emotion on his songs and adds some quite astonishing breaks and synthetisers which round his guitar work quite well. The problem with m ... (read more)

Report this review (#102859) | Posted by Tomás | Tuesday, December 12, 2006 | Review Permanlink

Post a review of STEVE VAI "The Ultra Zone"

You must be a forum member to post a review, please register here if you are not.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | GeoIP Services by MaxMind | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: JazzMusicArchives.com — the ultimate jazz music virtual community | MetalMusicArchives.com — the ultimate metal music virtual community


Server processing time: 0.45 seconds