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2.55 | 28 ratings | 3 reviews | 7% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, released in 1984

Songs / Tracks Listing

CD re-issue track list:

1. F*** Yourself (8:27)
2. So Happy (2:43)
3. Bledsoe Bluvd (4:22)
4. Natural Born Boy (3:34)
5. Details at 10 (5:58)
6. Massacre (3:25)
7. Burnin' Down the Mountain (4:22)
8. Little Pieces of Seaweed (5:12)
9. San Sebastian (1:08)
10. The Beast of Love (3:30)
11. You Didn't Break It (4:19)
12. TH X-Equalibrium Dance (5:10)
13. Chronic Insomnia (2:00)

Total Time 52:10

Line-up / Musicians

- Steve Vai / electric and acoustic guitars,synthesizer,electric piano,sitar,lead and background vocals

Guest Musicians:
- Stuart Hamm / bass
- Chris Frazier / drums
- Robin Dimaggio / drums
- Deen Castronovo / drums
- Tommy Mars / violins,keyboards,vocals
- Pete Zeldman / percussion
- Larry Crane / lyre,vibraphone
- Bob Harris / vocals,background vocals
- Suzannah Harris / vocals,background vocals
- Lill Vai,Joe Despagni,Randy Coven / sound effects

Releases information

LP EP : Urantia Records IM777,(Vinyl, 10", EP, Limited Edition)
Side A referred to as In Side, side B as Out Side.
Comes with 10" inlay containing all lyrics and background information.
This is the first issue, limited to 1000 copies.
This 10" was re-issued with different artwork later in 1984 on Akachic Records, once again limited to 1000 copies.

CD re-release: Epic 492858 2 (EU, 1998, Epic, The extra songs on this reissue are: Track 1, 4, 6, 9, 12, alternative cover)

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STEVE VAI Flex-Able Leftovers ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(7%)
Excellent addition to any rock music collection(21%)
Good, but non-essential (36%)
Collectors/fans only (36%)
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Review by Gatot
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
2 stars Steve Vai, despite my full collection of his solo albums, has never been in my attention because I typically do not like music which demonstrates the ego of the artist especially in playing his instrument. In the case of Vai, I do not like the over play of guitar throughout his compositions. This is not only to Vai, but also to other soloist like John Petrucci who also composed music based on his ego and do not let other musicians to perform their skills. I have the CD of this Flex-able Leftovers for years already and it has never been spun fairly from my players. I did try it some days ago and I find some interesting songs like the opening track "*&^# yourself" which reminds me to the music of Frank Zappa. No wonder because Steve was from Frank Zappa band previously. In terms of composition this song has weird style with unique grooves. There is interesting guitar solo which does not take that long (thanks God!).

Other track that I think is good as well is "Massacre". It demonstrates how Steve is an excellent musician with greak guitar playing skills. As this CD is containing leftovers you might imagine that some songs are probably not qualified to be included in the full fledge album.

Overall, it's a good album and it might satisfy those who like guitar-based music like Satriani, Johnson, Petrucci, etc. I consider this is a good collection for collectors.

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

Review by Evolver
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
3 stars The original version of this album was a limited issue 10" EP. All of the songs from that EP are on this album, plus a few more unreleased tracks from Mr. Vai's vaults. Like any album of remnants, there are some good pieces and some bad pieces. But nothing spectacular.

There are some nods to Frank Zappa. #[email protected]! Yourself is the most obvious, and very funny. San Sebastian, and instrumental, has a very Zappa-like feel. And Bledsoe Bluvd, with Tommy Mars, is very good. Details at 10, an indictment of newscasters, with it's pseudo- reggae beat, also has some Zappa-esque qualities.

A couple of songs, So Happy and Little Pieces of Seaweed, babble on too long before Vai starts showing off his guitar imitation of spoken word, and the pieces get kind of silly, then boring. And a few poppy songs at the end fall flat.

But Vai is just too creative for these leftovers to not hold some interest. So three stars.

Review by Magnum Vaeltaja
2 stars A bizzare, eclectic and eccentric collection of some of Steve Vai's weirdest and most experimental musings. If you aren't already a Steve Vai fan, turn back now. If you've heard lots of his other material and want to get a better insight into the man behind the music, read on. "Flex-Able Leftovers" contains a wide range of musical styles, with some simpler, relatively melodic numbers interspersed with more abstract, sometimes humorous pieces. I'm not really a fan of the latter ones but there is good material to be found . Some of my favourites are the hard rock shredder "Massacre" and the acoustic "Burnin' Down The Mountain". There are some more complex songs that are also of interest, such as "Bledsoe Bluvd.", which reminds me of some Canterbury Scene music and "The X-Equalibrium Dance", which has such an erratic drum part that would give Bill Bruford a run for his money. I believe that the best song on the album is the primal hard rock "Natural Born Boy", which is a quality song that wouldn't be out of place on "Alien Love Secrets". The real prize that comes with owning this album are the CD's liner notes; Steve writes out little anecdotes, stories and descriptions about each of the album's songs, which makes for a riveting read.

"Flex-Able Leftovers" is a gold mine for any serious Steve Vai fan but will have very little allure to anyone not acquainted with his art.

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