Passion and Warfare

by Steve Vai

(1990) Epic #EK 68030

Personnel Steve Vai - guitars, and company
Description More on the serious side but just as humorous.
Posted By Frederick Burton (5465)
Directory Recordings: Rock/Pop
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On 1/11/2008, Michael Laurance (4040) posted:
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One of the best guitar albums of all time. It greatly changed the way I look at the guitar, though not necessarily the way I look at music. I'm a blues rock player, but it shows that no matter what you play, there's always more envelope to push with your instrument, your amp, and effects.
On 1/8/2005, Csaba Varszegi (1686) posted:
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I think this is one of Steve's most inspiring recordings. It's probably a bit listening to it for the first, especially if you don't have much 'experiment' in instrumental (guitar) music. In that case my advice is to listen to it song by song. That way you can pay more attention to the ideas too. The recording is really versatile, so anyone can find what one wants/seeks. He has also one of his best tones on this effort. It's a real must for every guitar lover!
On 1/20/2004, Keith Deuser (2686) posted:
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Great album with some great instrumentals. Vai rocks man!!
On 1/13/2004, Liam Mooney (103) posted:
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This album rocks! The tracks are outstanding, especially 'For the Love of God'. There isn't really a worst aspect to this album, so I'll just say that this guy is one of the greatest guitarists ever and you should buy this!
On 6/30/2003, Bernardo Pires (4599) posted:
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Great instrumental rock album. Good tone and recording quality. This CD has the tune "For the Love of God", one of my favorite songs of Vai.
On 10/3/2002, Dave George (48) posted:
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It's hard to declare a high watermark for Vai. Every one of his releases has a distinct personality of its own. For me personally, when I really want to be inspired by over-the-top licks and otherworldly composition, I plug in "Passion and Warfare". It was the first Vai I ever owned. I used to be a Satriani disciple and then I heard that Vai was a "student" of Satch's. Well, talk about the student becoming the master! From the anthemic "Liberty" to the freeform, psychedelic "Love Secrets", the Italian Virtuoso shows himself to be the unqualified master of the instrument in the rock/jazz/fusion/prog/blues genre (is that really a genre?). I love this guy for his passion and dedication and spirituality and that's about all I have to say. Thanks, Steve, for giving us an unattainable goal to shoot at!
On 3/7/2001, Inactive Member posted:
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I think this record sucks s---. The music sounds monotonous and uninspired, except for a couple good lines that are copoied DIRECTLY from Eddie Van Halen such as the opening of I Would Love To. Vai is so damn revered by the guitar community but I just don't get. So he can blow your head off with a six handed guitar technique at 2,000 b.p.m., who gives a f---? He still can't write! His tone sucks too. It sounds like a Sonic the Hedgehog videogame or something. Also there's all these weird sound effects and stuff to mask the fact that there's no substance and it's just some "virtuoso" making a whole bunch of fast loud noise. Speaking of loud, it doesn't have any edge to it at all. The guitar always sounds the same, and yet it copies so many styles simultaneously that it doesn't have an identity either. Go buy 1984 by Van Halen or Led Zeppelin 4 for a good guitar record. OR, CRYSTAL PLANET by Joe Satriani. Joe Satriani used to give lessons to Steve Vai, and it really shows. I think Vai should forget about all his f---ing guitar awards and take some more lessons from Joe about how to add this thing called FEELING to your playing.
On 12/13/2000, marcos croci posted:
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This is a awosome album. Almost every song is no. 1. This is an album that everyone has to have in your house. Fantastic!!!
On 8/27/2000, Adam Baltezor (85) posted:
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My favorite guitarist, my favorite music, my favorite album. I love Steve Vai and this is by far his best album. A must have for any aspiring guitarist.
On 6/15/2000, Peppe Lahtinen (1754) posted:
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To put it simply,this is the best instrumental guitar record i know.good songs and creative playing.there are million things you can learn from this record.do i have to say more?
On 2/12/2000, Ryan Roupe (426) posted:
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one of my favorite cds
On 2/8/2000, Jason Reich (1765) posted:
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vai goes nuts again. More guitar, less talk. What did you expect?
On 2/7/2000, Leroy Smith (2273) posted:
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Definitely a great album by one of the most talented guitarists. Got it when it first came out as a Christmas present, and I was fairly young. It just blew my mind.
On 1/14/2000, Greg Robin (418) posted:
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This is one of the most influential guitar records during the last 20 years. Must Have. Must own
On 1/13/2000, Inactive Member posted:
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All I can say is Steve Vai has some Ballsy tone on this album. This is the type of record you put on when you think you are getting good at guitar because it will give you a big kick in the pants and show you who is boss.This album has great balads and some kickin' rock tunes!
On 1/12/2000, Inactive Member posted:
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Now obviously the guitar playing on this album is out of this world but in comparison to his earlier work it seems less interesting and more ponderous -- except for his school days "I'm going to be a famous rock and roll guitarist" song which seems like an obvious rip of VH. But as good as it is I seldom ever listen to this one. Weird, this is the last Vai CD I bought.
On 1/12/2000, Frederick Burton (5465) posted:
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I really like this recording and highly suggest it to anyone of any style of guitar playing they're into. Steve's playing has that way of touching all styles. It should be a crime to be that creative and such an excellent guitar player. Along with his work with DLR, Vai's playing always sounds like he's having fun.