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    Posted: October 21 2004 at 20:03
i think he should.  his music is progressive enough for me.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 21 2004 at 21:36
I chose maybe. His music is progressive in the sense that it combines traditional aspects with things that haven't (or hadn't) been done before...I think its a tough decision to make.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 21 2004 at 23:39
no, his music, while technically amazing is devoid of any passion and ends up being boring.  he doesn't really do anything (new) with the talent he has either.  And no, he isn't prog.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 22 2004 at 03:51
I'd have to say an emphatic NO.

Don't get me wrong, I know he's a hugely talented guitarist & contributed much in his short stint with Zappa, but I agree 100% with Carl floyd fan, there is no passion there, and you can only listen for so long to what my wife refers to as "guitar w**king".

This isn't progressive rock, just re-hashing what Edward Van Halen was doing 25 years ago, only faster.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 22 2004 at 04:50

I think Vai is great especially Re-Flexible and Passion & Warfare, but prog music??? No.

My admiration grows for Vai having found him guesting on others' albums of other sorts of music, e.g. with Al DiMeola playing (on the remake) Racing The Devil On A Turkish Highway or with Anglo-Indian musican Surinder Sandhu and British jazz saxophonist Andy Shepherd doing Indo-Jazz Fusion.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 22 2004 at 05:10
Should any of us be here ?????????????????
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 22 2004 at 05:20

Sorry mate but no. Like Elvis, he's a genre unto himself.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 22 2004 at 05:57

Originally posted by rachmahlerov

i think he should.  his music is progressive enough for me.

If he's prog enough, all is prog enough


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 22 2004 at 06:40
I agree with Oliver. We have to have some bounderies. And of course I also agree with Velvet: Should any of us be here? I know I have my doubts...
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 22 2004 at 07:32

I disagree with the comments about his lack of passion - methinks you look in the wrong places!

There are swarms of *other* "virtuosi" who release passionless, sterile, technical, ego-centric noodlefests, but for me at least, Vai stands head, shoulders and probably many other bits above his contemporaries.

To say Vai's solo material lacks passion is a lot like saying Zappa's music lacks passion.

I know I shouldn't be here...

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 22 2004 at 07:41

But there's no doubt that Zappa is prog!

And virtuosity is not the only criteria

Zappa is one of the very best guitar player and a great composer!


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 22 2004 at 07:41

..and Zappa rated Vai very highly, and perfomred with him on numerous occassions.

I saw Vai playing with Dave Lee Roth some years ago, and he was the best thing happening on the stage. He's very talented,versatile, and original but not really prog IMO.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 22 2004 at 07:54

No Way ! ! ! That goes for Satriani too, before anybody gets the idea !

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 22 2004 at 07:57
Originally posted by Lunarscape

No Way ! ! ! That goes for Satriani too, before anybody gets the idea !

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Wasn't Satriani Vai's guitar teacher for a while??

A freind of mine was into Satriani in the 80's. I thought his albums 'Not of this Earth' and 'Surfing with the alien' were rather tedious, so I never listerned to anything else he did.

You're quite right. I agree. Not prog..

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 22 2004 at 10:23
Originally posted by sigod

he's a genre unto himself.

 

Goodness stand by for every rock musician having his/hers/their own personal sub-sub-sub- etc - sub-genre. I thought Vai was literally out of Joe Satriani's school of shreading....................................

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 22 2004 at 17:39
hmm... I think he's got some progressive quality to him.

I think he should be in here.

Just listen to the Attitude song.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 30 2004 at 16:12

listen to bangkok and firegarden suite before deciding whether steve is prog or not.  and the comments about him playing with feel are irrelevant, there are 100s of bands on this site that "play with no feel" imo.  to me, prog is eclectic rock that cannot be catergorized any other way, and usually features virtuoso musicianship.  is that not steve?

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 30 2004 at 16:55

Yeah, probably...

 

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 30 2004 at 16:55
The Fixx is 100 times more prog than Steve Vai, and it is still not here!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 30 2004 at 17:20

Originally posted by greenback

The Fixx is 100 times more prog than Steve Vai, and it is still not here!

I totally disagree with your considered and detailed discourse...

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