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    Posted: April 13 2010 at 17:16
Though Vai is not a progressive artist generally, he does have one magnificent 12 minute piece that I think would be of great interest to prog fans. He combines elements of fusion and prog metal with a notable raga-indo influence to produce 1996's Bangkok/Fire Garden Suite, one of my favourite instrumentals at the moment. It is presented as two tracks on album but Bangkok is a sort of overture, establishing the instrumentation and flowing directly into Fire Garden Suite. Don't let the refrain of One Night In Bangkok scare you away. Or the terrible artwork.
 
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 13 2010 at 17:19
^ The artworks is acutally quite interesting.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 14 2010 at 04:16
I love that whole album. Although I am actually a bigger fan of the half that has vocals. Aching Hunger and Genocide kick a lot of motherf**king ass. Of course no one can compete with the shredding of There's A Fire In The Machine or the groove of The Crying Machine. Awesome album all around.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 14 2010 at 05:29
I remember that when I argued in favor of his addition, M@x commented very favorably on the Fire Garden Suite ... I think he even called it a Prog Epic. And rightly so IMHO.Big smile
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 14 2010 at 16:12
Fire Garden Suite definitely is a prog epic. However it's pretty lonely in Vai's catalogue in that regard. Elton John's law states: "One prog song does not a prog artist make."
 
I still hope that one day Vai will record a whole album of this stuff, I think he could pull of a Mike Oldfield style composition, only more rocking.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 16 2010 at 06:21
^ What about all the tracks on the two Flexable albums, and most on The Ultra Zone and Real Illusions, plus his latest live albums?Big smile




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