Flex-able: 36th Anniversary (Clear Vinyl, Anniversary Edition)Regular price $50.00 Save $-50.00
Coming fresh off his 3 year residency as lead guitarist in Frank Zappa's band, Steve Vai spent the majority of 1983 in the studio. These recordings resulted in the 1984 release of Flex-Able which introduced Vai to the world as a solo artist. The standout instrumental track, "The Attitude Song", was featured in the October 1984 issue of Guitar Player magazine as the first sound sheet Flexi Disc and quickly established Vai as a bonafide and powerful innovator of guitar pyrotechnics. Flex-Able has served as an integral part of Vai's career that paved the way for him to join Alcatrazz, David Lee Roth's band, Whitesnake, and to create his follow up, platinum tour-de-force, second album Passion & Warfare.
No expense or process was spared in the refurbishing and re-release packaging for Flex Able. It was remastered in 2020 by Bernie Grundman using the original 1/4" analog master tapes.
InviolateRegular price $25.00 Save $-25.00
Over the course of a more than 40-year career, Steve Vai has routinely transformed what would appear to be outrageously impossible into something very, very possible... and still also pretty outrageous. From his days as Frank Zappa's "stunt guitar" player to his more recent expansive and exploratory solo work, Vai has continually challenged notions of traditional guitar playing and composition - and on more than one occasion even reimagined the very instrument itself. Which, he'll admit, is not necessarily his intention. "I don't sit around and say, 'Okay, what can I do now that pushes the boundaries?," Vai explains about his approach to the guitar. "What I do say to myself is, 'Okay, Vai - what are you going to do now that's going to interest you, that's going to fascinate you, and that's different than anything you've done before?" The answer to that question comes in the form of Vai's newest and 10th solo album, Inviolate, a nine-song opus that does indeed push the boundaries of instrumental guitar music - this time out, Vai quite literally invented not just a new guitar, but also a new guitar-playing technique. "An inviolate inspiration is one that comes to you completely pure," Vai explains. "It appears almost in it's completeness, and there's a recognition of it as being right for you - perfectly right for you. There's no excuses in it. There's no fantasy in it. There's just a recognition of 'yes.' And then you capture that in a way that's authentic to your unique creativity. Hopefully, that's what I've done with this record."