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Fire Garden [CD]

Steve Vai Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Audio CD (12 April 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000024NDK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,348 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. There's A Fire In The House PHASE 1
2. The Crying Machine PHASE 1
3. Dyin' Day PHASE 1
4. Whookam PHASE 1
5. Blowfish PHASE 1
6. The Mysterious Murder Of Christian Tiera's Lover PHASE 1
7. Hand On Heart PHASE 1
8. Bangkok PHASE 1
9. Fire Garden Suite/Bull Whip/Pusa Road/Angel Food/Taurus Bulb PHASE 1
10. Deepness Bull Whip;Pusa Road;Angel Food;Taurus Bulba
11. Little Aligator
12. All About Eve
13. Aching Hunger
14. Brother
15. Damn You
16. When I Was A Little Boy
17. Genocide
18. Warm Regards

Product Description

CD Epic, 485062 2, 1996 18 Track

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Passionate & Accessable 5 Sep 2003
By David Cranson VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Vai's most accessable album to date. With - apart from one exception - one half singing, one half instrumental. Favourites include the the wonderful 'Crying Machine' (makes you wonder why he insists on going SO leftfield when he can come up with something as stupendous as this(!)); 'Mysterious Murder . . .'; & the wonderful title track(s); Of the singing side 'Brother' is brillliant, along with 'Damn You', 'Aching Hunger' & 'When I Was . . .' (which is so daft that I sat with my mouth open listening to it the first time I heard it!). The closer, 'Warm Regards' just rounds things off nicely. Actually the whole thing doesn't have a bad track on it - even the 'interludes'. IT's Vai's feelgood album.
Just when Satch was going all weird & electronic Vai decided to come up with this(!) It's a funny ol' world, indeed . . .
If you have avoided Steve Vai because you think he's too weird - and he is weird(!) - then take a chance and have a go at this one.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius, pure and not so simple! 16 Jan 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This album contains some of the best guitar tones ever recorded and anyone serious about playing modern rock guitar music should do themsleves a favour and buy this. It kicks off with the Satriani-esque There's a fire in the house. It's a great song to wake you up in the morning! Phase 1 contains many different musical styles, ranging from melodic rock to hard rock to uncomprimising industrial, the list goes on. Phase 1 ends with the mammoth Fire Garden Suite which manages to cram all these musical styles into a 10 minute masterpiece which i'm sure would even leave frank zappa scratching his head. Phase 2 shows that Vai can write some cool ass riffs and lyrics and not just blistering guitar instrumentals. The album is structured in an unusual way to begin with but after the Fire Garden Suite, Vai seems to let you down slowy until the final song, Warm Regards. The song has a mysterious christmas feel which make you feel warm and cozy and is a fantastic way to end an album which is quite hectic in places. Overall this is a very unique album from a very unique musician. Even if you aren't a guitarist i would still reccomend it if you like great music!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD really! I don't understand what people don't like about 'Fire Garden'. I still can't decide which album i like best - this or 'Passion And Warfare'.
Phase 1 from the bomb-track 'There's a Fire in the House' to the end of the 'Fire Garden Suite' is almost wordless, which is good, because we need to listen to how great the guitar playing is. Phase 2, from 'Deepness'/'Little Alligator', right through to the end of 'Warm regards'* is much better than some people make it out to be. 'Aching Hunger' 'Damn You' and 'Genocide' (all in phase 2) are all hugely pleasurable to play with, so anybody who likes playing, and likes good technical guitar music, will love this album.
* 'Warm regards' - highly under-rated as one of the worlds most beautiful, emotive pieces of music. It is the only possible way to end this epic album: Another like 'There's a Fire in the House' would have left us wanting it to never end, and the album would have been a little disappointing.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Vai with All the Unpredictable Twists! 14 Jan 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is in the same sort of vain as Passion & Warfare. Complex, orchestrated tracks, with brilliant playing. It opens with "There's a Fire in the House" and it captures all the urgency of someone running around in a blazing house! Cryin' Machine is a little like Santana, and Dying Day is beautifully sweet with its altered tunings and sentimental playing. It suggests a conversation between a boy and his dying father. "Hand on Heart"is another beautifuly constructed piece of music which always brings a tear to my eyes."The Fire Garden Sweet"is not for the faint hearted but it's worth trying to get your head round. Part 2 of the album features some of Vai's songs. He underwent some special training to improve his voice and his singing is really quite good-clean and precise as opposed to "rawk"! "All About Eve" is wonderful with it's lydian sound giving it an otherworldly atmosphere. I also love "Brother" but then I'm a sentimantalist! Again, this is a superb Vai album. The singing on part two may not be to everyones taste, but the instrumental part one alone makes this CD worth buying.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Had no idea what i was going to expect 25 Jan 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Had no idea what i was going to expect when i ordered this on a Wednesday evening. Music is my life and i love listening to music, and there's nothing better than the thrill of hearing new great music for the first time. So i took a gamble with this after hearing Of Steve Vai as an amazing guitarist. After the 3rd song i started to write this review, definitely worth the money. Totally brilliant music and a great surprise!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic album!!! 18 Sep 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have to say that this is one of my favourite Vai albums. It contains songs such as the crying machine, fire garden suite and all about eve. This album is split into two parts- one part instrumental and the other part vocal. Some people aren't a fan of Steve's voice but I think it suits this style brilliantly. I would recommend this album to anyone, not just fans of Steve.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is the Vai Album you need 9 Jan 2013
By Mike
Format:Audio CD
Basically, Vai CDs started off weird, got awesome, got weird, starting to get back to normal.
This is smack bang in the phase where his playing was at the top of his game, his musicality was unreal (he must have though carefully about ever one of the 10000000000 notes in this CD), and he held back from musical schitzoid embolisms and too many weird noises.

This is an album of beautiful and moving songs, it really is the best - always got time for this.
You hear people raging about passion and warfare (it's very very good) but it's like saying "more than words is the best extreme song" because it's the only one people know.

This is the album that got away, the one that people missed, the hidden treasure.
Thanks me later.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vai at his best! Beware of the rubbish he produced on later
I bought this for my son. Vai at his best ! Beware of the rubbish he produced on later albums
Published 3 months ago by Nigel Melvin
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Guitarist
Steve Vai is one of the greats and this is another brilliant album. I just enjoy the sounds of wailing guitars and Steve Vai is one of the greats who can certainly satisfy my... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Peter Mayhew
5.0 out of 5 stars essential to own, even if it only for "The Crying Machine".
Fire Garden was Steve Vai's proper follow up to his classic "Passion and "Warfare" and probably not quite as good overall. Read more
Published on 7 Feb 2008 by Alister King
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect album for any Vai fan, or anyone getting into him
If you're new to Steve Vai, you probably won't know that he is perhaps the greatest guitarist in the world. Read more
Published on 14 Dec 2005 by "major_sharpe"
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential to own, if only for "The Crying Machine".
Fire Garden was Steve Vai's proper follow up to his classic "Passion and "Warfare" and probably not quite as good overall. Read more
Published on 9 July 2001 by Alister King
4.0 out of 5 stars Passion and awful
You would expect that a review, accompanied by a rating of 4 out of 5, would contain nothing but praise. Read more
Published on 19 Feb 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars Phase 1= incredible; Phase 2= a bit dodgy, but good bits
This album is made up of 2 phases the first with instrumentals and the second with Steve's voice over the top. All of the instrumentals on this album kick butt. Read more
Published on 21 Jun 2000
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