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|2. Just Cartilage|
|6. Wipe Out 2000|
|8. Opposites Attract - Part 1|
|10. Selfless Love|
|11. Maple Leafs|
|12. The Murder|
|13. Opposites Attract Part 2 (The Indulgent Version)|
Steve puts these compilations together himself - the man obviously cares about his music and his fans.
If you're a Vai fan, this CD is no let down. If you're a new to the man, then it will give you an insight into what he does - blow your mind! :)
5/5 SPEED - As the title implies, this is one of Steve's fastest songs. Lots of finger- tapping soloing on this one. This was originally the first half of "Kill the Guy with the Ball" off the Alien Love Secrets album.
2/5 JUST CARTILAGE - This was a bonus track for Japan recorded during the Sex & Religion sessions. It features the vocals of Devin Townsend and some heavy bass from TM Stevens. I can't say I care for this song too much, but if you liked what Vai was doing in 1993 you'd probably like this.
5/5 SAN-SAN-NANA-BYOUSKI - My Japanese is a little rusty, but I believe the translation of the title is Three-Three-Seven-Beat (Just kidding. I actually got the translation from the liner notes). This was another bonus track recorded in 1995. A very up-beat song. Tell me you don't to clap along when you hear it.
5/5 SOFA - Recorded at a Frank Zappa tribute in 1991, this is the song Steve won the Grammy for in the "Best Rock Instrumental" category. This is a very catchy mid-tempo song.
2/5 ESSENCE - Recorded as a demo for the Roland VG88 and GR33 guitar synths in 2002. If you heard this on the radio you would never know this was Steve. Don't look for any virtuoso playing to shine through on this one.
4/5 WIPEOUT 2000 - Supposedly this was a hit on Disney Radio. It's a cover of the old surfer instrumental from the sixties, now complete with vocals. Just a fun song to listen to. Checkout how Steve breaks into Rimsky-Korsakov's "Flight of the Bumblebee".
5/5 FEATHERS - Here is Steve's 7th song balled, and it's a good one. Very sweet melody and full of emotion. This is one of the better tracks on the album.
2/5 OPPOSITES ATTRACT PART 1 - This was recorded in 1998 to promote the Morley Bad Horsie wah pedal. A soulful tune with very low vocals by Steve and lyrics about the creation of woman.
5/5 MISFITS - Another demonstration track for the Roland guitar synths. Unlike the first one, this is a very Steve like ballad.
3/5 SELFLESS LOVE - Written for Steve's mom and recorded during the 1999 Ultra Zone sessions. This one is just acoustic guitar with some nice vocals by Steve.
2/5 MAPLE LEAFS (SONG FOR CANADA) - This was a song written on tour and was meant to have been recorded live for the Alive in the Ultra World album. This is a very simple song which features "clean" guitars by Steve and Mike Keneally. Could this be the worst song on the album?
3/5 THE MURDER - A strange song recorded during the 1996 Fire Garden sessions and spawned by a dream. I'm guessing Steve had a nightmare!!
4/5 OPPOSITES ATTRACT PART 2 - An all-instrumental version of track #8 improved with some awesome soloing and 5 addition minutes of music. I have to say I like this version much better.
In conclusion, I'd have to say that if you are a fan of Steve Vai you will appreciate the music on this album. And if you are not too familiar with Vai, although this is a good album, I'd recommend you get the Passion and Warfare album first.
I have all of Steve's other releases and this is my favorite one, even more so that Passion and Warfare. That said... I recommend this to anyone who has already been a fan of his music. Without it, you're missing some of his finest work.