The end of the track probably delivers what the naysayers expected in abundance, but by that stage we have had 5 minutes of great music. Then we get a grand finish. Too many mediocre moments for me to listen to it too often. I could live without the vocal songs at the start of the disc. Not bad. The other clips are interesting, but a bit of a mush-mash. Good to have in one place though. The live albums are all good, and I enjoy them immensely.
The jams get a bit cacophonic, and are the least best bits on the albums. It would be nice to hear some proper collaborative compositions rather than redundant jams IMHO. The Astoria disc is super. I was there with some guys from Jemsite. A good evening. FonzAug 7, at AM. Lotus Feet This is a beautiful, melodic track that opens with some nice somewhat orchestral arranging, and layers that really give a thick lush feel to the track. We move into a melodic guitar and it works nicely.
We get an emotional impact moment early when the guitar moves up an octave. This leads into a swell of sound that moves into a different melody and section. This really sounds like an extravagant piece of movie writing. Certainly I don't mean that in a negative way, but this is just huge sounding and dramatic, and we move through these melodic theme, and through big swells of sound.
Just before we get to the halfway mark in the song, we get Steve playing a lead break, which uses a lot of the bar for affect, and it again works very well. Vai is likely one of the best bar users in the guitar world.
We move back into the melodic theme, and the guitar is just soaring over the top beautifully. We move into a key modulation and it really just gets bigger and bigger as we go. With this track Steve was really working with dramatic effect.
We move through a section where the guitar is just going berserk, but the orchestral arrangement is holding the melody together beautifully, and it is very effective. We move into a somewhat typical Vai coda, with an atmospheric backing and some surreal guitar, and again it is very effective. I am not sure that the whole track is live, but about three quarters of the way through it seems we get a slight change of atmosphere, and the track ands as a live track.
Yai Yai Here we have something a little unusual. We get a clock-like guitar on the right side. This is accompanied by a vocoder-like effect, and it ends up for me being somewhat of a novelty track. Not something I would play outside the album context really MilesAug 7, at AM. Midway Creatures We have a nice staccato rhythm guitar here, with an interesting effect on it, and we come in with a solid beat, and move into some riffs.
The effect is interesting, it is like water over the music, creating a kind of musical slushy, and the lead guitar layers are crisp and clear, and it sounds quite interesting. We get some melodic guitar layers creating a good amount of interest in this as a piece of music, rather than just a piece of guitar. When we get about half way we get a nice lead break that roll back around into a nice groove feel, via the backing and the way the lead works with it.
To some degree I think Steve's technical excellence as a lead guitarist leads people to miss other aspects of his music. When the record was finished and in my hands, it was a great thrill, but now what? You have to get your butt out there and sell the thing. I called many distributors and not one returned my call. For this reason I always return every call I get no matter how insignificant but I also never give my phone number out.
Finally, there was a call back from Cliff Cultreri at Important Record distributors. He knew of me from the records I did with Frank and was interested in buying records.
This generated enough funds to promote Flex-Able and keep recording. Soon Cliff called again and said that all sold and he wanted another In the beginning I would change the color of the label and the inscription that was carved into the mother stamper on each batch of disks.
There was a good reaction from European distributors too. It really started to come together due to the loyal fan base of Frank Zappa. Initially it was his fans that bought the records and made it possible for me to continue.
By the way, there are 4 different versions of Flex-Able released in Europe. The only difference is a slight edit I made to each of the mother masters. I did this for all the hard core neurotic collectors. Anybody have them all? I thank you for that.
This story is outlined not to show off how much money Flex-Able generated, but to inspire artistic, would-be music moguls that they can do it too. It helps to be fiercely committed and have a lot of good karma too.
Register Login. Flex-Able Little Green Men 2. Viv Woman 3, Album). Lovers Are Crazy 4. Salamanders In The Sun 5. The Attitude Song 7. The first line read "I fucked Christ". Hmmm, very New York? It was quite interesting to watch the reactions of the passers-by or gourmet diners. His attitude and drive in the face of adversity is intense. Two radio singles and one music video "God Blessed Video" were spawned. Have you ever heard it? This is Little Green Man - Steve Vai - Flex-Able (CD of my favorite Frank records.
There are such innovative recording techniques on it. A lot of it was recorded live, then edited together in the studio. Frank did that often. He was sort of a Sonic Chef that could blend ingredients from all the different food groups to give you an audio tapestry that tasted good enough to dance to. Whips up a mean Beef Yogurt too!
Lisa Popeil is primarily a singer who was almost in the band that almost went to Europe. Soon after that she started work on a solo record and invited me to lay down some tracks for it. As it turned out, Frank took studio tracks he already had, spiffed them up and that was the content of this record. Much of this material was recorded on the tour, then some overdubs were done in the studio. On the song "Envelopes," my live guitar track had some hairy sounds on it, and, by accident, Frank erased it.
I basically played background rhythms on these records. The first time I met Frank, he gave me two cassettes filled with material that ended up on these records.
He asked me to transcribe the compositions, both the guitar and drum parts. The notation is devastatingly complex, and I definitely acquired some gray hairs with the name of that book on it. These three records are wonderful treats for lovers of the six Album) crying machine. His grinding extractions of melodies from the multi dimensions of his genius.
This was the first real studio album on which I ever played. Then you sleep a little bit, you get up, maybe eat some Raisin Bran with room temperature milk and record, then record some more. Then there will be material out with you on it for many years to come. You Are What You Is was a challenging record to make.
Some of the material was very hard for me and I was surprised at how patient Frank was. I remember how he would sit directly Album) to me at the console, punching me through the guitar parts.
Moments like that are blazed into my memory, never to be forgotten. This was my first professional recording. Shortly after that I was invited to play on the American tour, from which Tinseltown Rebellion a live record was recorded. I wonder whatever happened to the quilt Frank had made from all those feminine undergarments collected onstage? Register Login. Toggle navigation. Click on an Album for details. Text in green is Steve's personal notes.
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