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4.1 out of 5 stars
3 CD Slipcase
Format: Audio CD|Change

on 29 February 2004
If you are reading this review, you clearly do not know who Steve Vai is, or you would have snatched up the chance to get three cds for the price of about one and a half.
"Passion and Warfare" is Steve playing some of the hardest guitar material written, with no vocals, except occasionally some random intro dialogue or outro dialogue, often very patriotic. this applies to all tracks except "The Audience Is Listening" which is interesting the first time it is heard, as it is intended to create the image that a young Steve Vai is playing at his school, after telling his teacher how "nice" his music is, then driving the teacher mad. However, on repeat listens it is next to impossible to hear what is being played and what is being said, as both are masked by the other.
Three years after "Passion and Warfare" Steve put together his own band called "Vai", the idea being that each person in the band would put forward interesting musical techniques from their instruments, and be more or less a "supergroup". This means more or less every track has vocals, which can be disappointing for those who want to hear finger blistering guitar shredding. More importantly listeners need to accept the vocalist, who despite getting moments of Bono (U2) like sound, tends to be...I think mad is getting close to the right word, although maybe that is a bit harsh.
Finally "Alien Love Secrets" is my personal favourite although it lasts less than 40 minutes, it has all the right ingredients to make a great guitar album, while retaining some originality, and inventiveness. For me, "Alien Love Secrets" covers all corners of the guitar instrumental spectrum. "Bad Horsie" gives a heavy, while not too fast stompy feel, "Juice" is reminiscent of ex-teacher Joe Satriani's "Satch Boogie", which can never be a bad thing, giving it a heavy and fast track. "Tender Surrender" is by far the best ballad on the cd, although "Die To Live" and "The Boy From Seattle" give the other aspects of ballad instrumentals, "Ya-Yo Gakk", is another heavy sounding one, but with the key difference that it portrays a conversation between a baby, and a guitar, which is humourous, original, sweet, and rocks at the same time. However I don't think there is anyone who can accurately describe "Kill the Guy With the ball/ The God Eaters" it is another one of Steve's inventive moments of self indulgence.
Yet, what persuaded me to get it was how well the box matched the Joe Satriani box set I already had. If you don't have the Satch one get that first! They look so great side by side on a cd rack.
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on 5 May 2004
This box-set is very very good but could have been made better by using another album than sex and religion, most people find it a very weak album compared to the other 2. DOn't get me wrong the guitar is still great but the vocals arent brilliant, and the lyrics are, well rubbish. Don't let it put you off buyin the album even if it is for the other 2 which are amazing. Pssion and Warfare, is a great listen good variety and some humour. Alien love secrets, is great to air guitar to it's quite metal and it just rocks.
So buy it, it's about the same price of 2 of them, and you get sex and religion, which you may like. So a great buy if you have no vai cd's
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on 4 December 2001
There are many people throughout time who have excelled above the norm to help science, society and music progress. Steve Vai clearly shows a talent that could be considered beyond human capability and it not just his guitar playing that is excellent.
Passion and Warfare is probably the best Vai album. This album has a mix of sheer speed and brutality(erotic nighmares), which is clear contrast to tracks like For the Love God that has a strange tranquility about it. Passion and Warfare also cotains the fasted guitar solo in existance (It's true),in The Riddle Steve reaches an astonishing 21 notes per second.
Sex and Religion is also a great album and it would certainly appeal to most heavy Rock Fans. Like Passion and Warfare it has a huge mix of songs, however Devin Townend (The vocalist) adds that extra edge, which makes it excell over Eat em' and Smile.
In My Dreams with you is the best of the slower tracks because of excellent fusion between the euphoric vocals and Steve's guitar acrobatics. Howver the best song on this album is Down Deep into the Pain, which is classic example of Vai's technique e.g. the tapping solo, complex heavy riffage and a stonking intro.
Alien Love Secrets is the shortest of the three albums however it provides a great introduction to Steve's style. Like the other two albums it contains great guitar playing, funnily after the extremely fast Juice (track two of the album) has finished, some states "shut up we know you can play", which makes it obvious that rest of the album is going to be an incredible feast for the ears.
Overall this set of cds is a great introduction to Steve Vai's music and it will make you want to stand up and shred your guitar untill the cows come home
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on 3 October 2001
This collection of three of Vai's best albums truely show us what a musician he is. His style of song writting is 'twisted' yet so effective and melodic.
Tracks such as 'Erotic Nightmares', Sex And Religion', 'Bad Horsie', and 'I Would Love To' all have the most memorable rock riffs. Yet Vai's Ballads 'For The Love Of God', 'Touching Tongues', and 'Tender Surrender' all display his brilliant talent for slow, emotional, melodic song writting.
He is arguably one of the best guitarists in the world at present!
Buy this album, you won't regret it.
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on 2 October 2000
I've heard it being said that you have to be a guitar player to appreciate the true genius of Steve Vai. I disagree with this statement totally, as I don't play the guitar but I know true genius when I hear it and on this album Steve proves that he ranks up their with Hendrix, Page, Springsteen and Clapton as one of the greatest guitarists of all time. However unlike these 4 he did not have any vocals to share the song with and is forced to captivate thee listener with the sound of the guitar alone and incredibly the manages to achieve this, elevating the complexity of the music with each track o the album. Although I don't think it's his best album, it's not far off as songs like "For The Love OF God" and "The Riddle" go to prove. Generally the album is fast paced but at the same time its incredibly intense and yet in places quite tranquil. Steve will take you on a journey that no other guitarist will be able to take you on and this album is highly recommended.
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on 15 March 2002
Another Student of Joe Satriani, STEVE VAI, in my opinion, the best guitarist in the world, worked with some of the most talented people in the business:
Devin Townsend on the Sex and religion album and others.
Not only is he one of the Best Guitarists in the world, he also has his own guitars to go with it. The Ibanez Jem. there is a variety of songs on this album, well albums, such as slow, relaxing, unbeleiveablely technical riffs, that sound so good, only the man himself could do it, such as 'Touching tongues', 'For the love of god'. Then you have his heavy side, such as 'Pig' and 'Bad Horsie' and other.
BUY THIS ALBUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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