Label: Epic - EPC 2,Red Ink - EPC 2 • Format: CD Album • Country: Europe • Genre: Rock • Style: Hard Rock, Heavy Metal Steve Vai - Real Illusions: Reflections (, CD) | Discogs/5(39). Nov 15, · Stream Real Illusions: Reflections by Steve Vai and tens of millions of other songs on all your devices with Amazon Music Unlimited. Exclusive discount for Prime members. Glorious (Album Version) Glorious (Album Version) Listen Now $ 4. this is the worst steve vai cd yet. i love flexable, passion and fire garden but this /5(27). For his first studio album in five years, Steve Vai came up with a "rock fable" described as follows: "Real Illusions: Reflections is the first part of a multilayered menagerie of vignettes based on the amplified mental exaggerations of a truth-seeking madman who sees the world Oh, never mind." Sound advice there. Each tune has a description of the "story line" and further track-by-track 8/
Athough it will be difficult for many of you who classify Steve as a "rock guitarist" to appreciate his musicianship and his continuous strive to take the instrument to a new level, the rest of us can enjoy a CD filled with emotion, catchy riffs, unique rythms, and amazing guitar playing and composition. You insult the reader's intelligence by saying this IMO. And there are some grammar errors you should check. Won't neg, since you worked hard at this, but won't pos either. When this came out he was saying it was supposed to be the first in a trilogy.
Has anyone heard anything else about future ones? I thought this was great and the concept was cool, so I'd love to see him make good on the trilogy. Steve Vai Real Illusions: Reflections 4.
This is Steve Vai's most progressive work yet. It is his Album) full length concept album and it does not disapoint. Unlike other CD's where Steve free-styles solos gratuitously by playing scale fragments and whammy tricks, on this CD each note seems purposeful and well thought out.
A lot more introspecitve that his previous works. Album) has a '70s psychadelic and funk feel to it, which pays tribute to his Zappa inluence, but some cuts are very much straight ahead rock. Check it out. Vai fans will love it, and you kids who want to learn something about playing guitat, have a listen your '90s guitar heroes don't even compare to this. I think that when you are a genius such as Steve Vai there probably gets to be a point where you feel you can do anything.
Will someone please tell him that he should not and can not sing. I'll be honest with you here. Steve Vai cannot sing and should not be singing, his lyrics are decent quality, but he just can't get it going on.
Steve is a very talented man and I am going to continue to purchase his albums and tour his shows whether he sings or not, but personally he just isn't very good at it! Steve Vai has one of best resumes in rock and roll, period. Vai started out as his career as a member of Frank Zappa's ever changing musical freak show and soon found himself working for another well know freak when he became a member of David Lee Roth's solo band.
In fact it is fairly safe to say that without Vai Roth's solo work would have been lackluster at best. Still, despite all his high profile side work, Vai has still managed to maintain a body of solo music that is as diverse as it is strange.
Vai's latest release Real Illusions: Reflections is no exception. Vai has always had an affinity for conceptual music and Real Illusions, aside from being a great record, is simply the first of several courses Vai has planned for his fans. Real Illusions: Reflections is designed to set the stage for a fable that Vai plans to tell over the course of several more albums and eventually a box set.
Musically Vai's playing is mind boggling with its soul and precision and the record even features lead vocals from Vai himself. The album also contains a sample of Vai's orchestral work with the track "Lotus Feet. Here's a track by track review: Building The Church - starts out with a Ridiculous two-handed tapping intro that must be heard which ends up a theme for the song. Very metal backing here also a major thing throughout the album. A lot of this songs sounds like he used the guitar synth, so there are some very cool sounds.
Dying For Your Love - bit of a change, this song has vocals multiple layers, good thing. More guitar synth work here. Parts of this song remind me of circus music, mostly because of the background keys. However, this song definitely does have a dark side to it, as the title suggests.
Glorious - back to instrumentals here. Vai said this was partially done on the Triple-Neck Jem, and I think it bears some resemblance to the track on the latest G3 DVD he did with the guitar. Again, this song's main opening theme was done on the guitar synth, but then Evo took over for the bulk of the song. Very up-tempo song on the whole, very well composed.
K'm-Pee-Du-Wee - this is the simplest song on the whole album, nothing but guitar, bass, and drums. You can tell he put a lot into this song, and there are a ton of signature Vai moments especially things like his ridiculously perfect vibrato. Firewall - another vocal track here.
After a few listens, I think the vocals at the beginning represent about 17 different overdubs. But, they are what I'd call "percussive" vocals, not just melodies. This song has it all, handclaps, drums, funky guitar parts, Horn section. Think of this as like, Stevie Wonder on crack. It's plain cool. Freak Show Excess - starts off with a great sitar hook and takes off from there.
This is the first big guitar shreddy moment here. There are a few runs in the solo that are just ridiculous, not that I'm really surprised, after all it is a Steve Vai album.
The final guitar solo reminds me of the solo at the very end of the Fire Garden suite if you have both you'll understand. Lotus Feet - there are no words to describe this song. If "Firewall" was the gimmicky highlight of the album, this might be the overall highlight.
This song was recorded live with the Metropole Orchestra in Holland, and has Vai playing some ridiculously beautiful melodies with the orchestra. Seriously, there are some emotional moments equaled only by "For the Love of God" and maybe "Whispering a Prayer" on this track. I can't even imagine what this would have been like live. There really is nothing I can say that would truly do this song justice. I don't know how I would describe this song to somebody.
The whole song is just Vai seemingly piddling around with "Yai Yai" coming out. Funny song. Great listen. Midway Creatures - oh yes, we have metal. It was my first recognition of the instrument. When I saw that guitar and I saw this kid playing it, I knew instinctually that I was going to play the guitar someday, and that it would be my instrument.
Don't ask me how I knew, I just knew. It was the coolest thing I had ever seen. As a young child, Vai was influenced by the music his parents had listened to. One album in particular that he cites as his "musical awakening" was the original motion picture soundtrack to the film West Side Story. While at Berklee, Vai began working for Frank Zappa as a transcriptionist, and in the middle of his fourth semester, moved to California to start his career as a session and touring artist for Zappa.
After moving on from Zappa's employ inVai bought a house in Sylmar, Los Angeleswhere he built his first professional studio. Out of this material, Vai compiled his first studio album Flex-Able.
Vai began his rise to public acclaim in when, shortly before the release of Flex-Ablehis composition " The Attitude Song " was published in Guitar Player magazine. Each following section of the song showcased a number of specialized techniques such as two-handed tappingwhammy bar acrobaticssweep pickingalternate pickingmulti-part harmoniesand odd phrasing used in angular and exaggerated ways that were unique Album) the song at the time.
Also inVai was cast in the blockbuster film Crossroads as the Devil's guitar player "Jack Butler". In the famous "duel scene" between Vai and Ralph Macchio 's character, Vai wrote and performed all guitar parts with the exception of the slide guitar, which was performed by Ry Cooder.
In between solo work, Vai replaced Yngwie Malmsteen in June as the lead guitarist of Alcatrazzwith whom he recorded the album Disturbing the Peace. Vai left shortly after the subsequent tour to join David Lee Roth 's band. The foursome's debut album Eat 'Em and Smilereleased on July 7,was both a critical and commercial success, reaching number four on the Billboard albums chart and selling over two million copies.
Guitar World magazine editor Brad Tolinski commented on Vai's playing at the time, saying that "Steve Vai's guitar wizardry is so profound that in earlier times he would have been burned as a witch.
Roth's subsequent album Skyscraperreleased inwas produced by both Roth and Vai. Infollowing the successful Skyscraper TourVai departed from the band. Inafter having joined Roth's band, Vai designed the JEM guitar, a unique instrument that incorporated a series of groundbreaking designs that have since become staples in feature throughout the guitar industry. Vai began working with Ibanez in to develop the guitar, and the first production Ibanez JEM guitars were released in FromVai recorded Passion and Warfare at his home studio, his second studio solo album.
Upon its release in NovemberSlip of the Tongue sold over three million copies worldwide, reaching number 10 on the Billboard while Vai joined the band on their thirteen-month world tour. In MayVai released Passion and Warfare through Relativity Records,   and following its release, the album had reached number 18 in the Billboardselling over a million and a half copies worldwide. Vai left Whitesnake in to pursue his own musical avenues, and formed a band that included Devin Townsend on vocals, T.
Stevens on bass, and Terry Bozzio on drums. Due to conflicts, the album was re-written and recorded with Zakk Wylde on guitar. I was more concerned with making the record that I wanted to make, and not worry about what some others thought I should be doing. On September 17,Vai released Fire Gardentrack double album, through Epic,  with the first half being primarily instrumental while the second half featured Vai on vocals.
On each G3 tour, three guitar-centric headlining acts are chosen to perform their own sets, and then collectively jam to fan favorite songs at the end of the show. The goal of the foundation was to provide funding for musical education to those otherwise unable to attain it. Today, Vai often auctions items in his possession with proceeds going to the foundation.
The release, which Vai himself produced and engineered, won him his second Grammy award for Best Pop Instrumental Album in February While most widely recognized for his stature as a rock guitar player, Vai is also a musical composer fluent in the composition and arranging of orchestral music. In speaking of Westcott, Vai says "He taught me how to write, compose and appreciate music. There was no greater musical influence in my life. InVai released Real Illusions: Reflectionsthe first installment in an ongoing three-part trilogy concept album.
Each of the three installments to the series contain material songs, lyrics, and both spoken and written narration with particular relationships to the storyline, purposefully left out of order. Upon the release of the third installment, Vai intends to complete a fourth album of material, which will then be released with the previous three installments and completed storyline in order.
It's a story about this man who has a traumatic experience in his life, and it drives him insane. We see the story through his eyes. It also involves the town he lives in and this stranger that enters the town who's like a shaman; he builds this giant edifice, like a reflecting pond, and when people come to it they see aspects of their personalities and identities and discover things about themselves.
There's some comedy involved, too, but it's pretty esoteric. It's about a lot of lofty principles, so it's not a bad idea to dish this all out slowly. In support of Sound Theories Vol. During a month of twelve- to fifteen-hour a day rehearsals, Vai and the band perfected the performance which consisted of pieces from Vai's catalog, arranged by Vai to include the two violins.
Made of an acrylic body with three-dimensional "swirl painted" interior, this guitar can be seen in the beginning of the Where the Wild Things Are DVD. InVai announced the release of his signature Ibanez Jemini distortion pedala twin distortion pedal with both Glorious - Steve Vai - Real Illusions: Reflections (CD custom overdrive and lead distortion section.
In FebruaryVai announced the introduction of "VaiTunes", a platform used to release digital-only singles via iTunes and other digital media outlets. October saw more movement from Vai as a composer, with the premiere of two original symphonies at the Steve Vai Festival in Groningenthe Netherlands, and performed by the North Netherlands Orchestra. In MarchVai in conjunction with the online education division of Berklee College of Music set a Guinness World Record for the world's largest online guitar lesson.
Vai's eighth studio album, The Story of Lightwas released in August as the second installment in the Real Illusions concept album trilogy. Released on April 7, the double-disc set contained a copy of the Stillness in Motion concert footage and a special bonus feature disc called The Space Between the Notes. The latter is a complete chronological timeline of the Story of Light tour, with a video or picture representation of each show of all of the engagements attended.
Each year the camp is held, Vai creates a syllabus with a particular theme and invites special guests to help him teach it. During the day, Vai and the special guests of whom have included Guthrie GovanJeff BaxterVernon Reid, Eric Johnson, Sonny Landrethand others hold classes in which they add their insight and perspective to the theme.
Each evening, Vai and the special guests jam with the campers. Vai has announced an upcoming release commemorating the 25th anniversary of Passion and Warfare.
This release will contain remastered songs from the album, as well as the inclusion of a new album of material written from the time between the recording of Passion and Warfare and his first solo album Flex-Able. After the release, Album), Vai will hold a world tour in which he will play the entire Passion and Warfare album, along with material from the new release.
The tour would continue during the first half of InVai played an uncredited guitar solo on the track " Go! Starting in June, Vai embarked on the Passion and Warfare 25th Anniversary World Tour, where he played the album in its entirety for the first time.
He also performed on the track "Never Surrender". He later featured in the second volume of the soundtrack, where he performed on the track "Reclaimer". Vai returned to re-record his Halo work for the Halo 2 Anniversary Original Soundtrackwhich was released in and included as part of the anniversary edition of Halo 2.
InVai performed "Amazing Grace" in the film Dudes. InVai's record label Favored Nations produced and released the award-winning original motion picture Crazy.
An independent film, Crazy was inspired by the life and music of the guitarist Hank Garland. At the age of thirteen, after having purchased his first guitar and begun taking his first lessons from fellow New York native Joe SatrianiVai became obsessed with the discipline of practice.
Vai's practice routine, consisting of a rigid and structured regimen of ten-to-fifteen hour-a-day practice schedules, became the basis of his work ethic for the rest of his career. Vai's first solo album, Flex-ablebegan his career as a solo artist in During the period of time that the album was recorded, Vai was heavily influenced by his previous tenure in Frank Zappa's band.
Vai's playing style utilizes specialized guitar techniques such as two-handed tappingalternate pickinglegatohybrid pickingsweep pickingwhammy bar acrobatics, and circular vibrato in his music, as well as a wide range of recording techniques.
As a transcriptionist for Frank Zappa, Vai transcribed some of Zappa's most rhythmically complex music, using a range of conceptualizations for the notation of rhythmic music. Vai says "While transcribing the material, I was often confronted with situations that led me to reach into the intuitional areas of my imagination to come up with various notational devices and constructions that I had never seen before.
I soon discovered that many contemporary composers were then and are still using these notations". These concepts can be seen throughout the "Frank Zappa Guitar Book", which were composed of Vai's guitar and drum transcriptions from various Zappa albums. Vai toured with Zappa from toperforming selections of this technically demanding music with Zappa's band at the time. Vai designed the Ibanez JEM guitar, a unique instrument that incorporated a series of groundbreaking designs that have since become staples in feature throughout the guitar industry, in In speaking of the development of the guitar, Vai says, " Stratocasters had whammy bars —which were fantastic—but they were very limited, were always going out of tune, and had single-coil pickups.
Les Pauls had humbuckers —which gave you that real scream in the bridge position—but no whammy bar, and I didn't like the way they sat. Neither guitar had twenty-four frets.
So I went to a guitar shop in Hollywood, where I had these elements implemented into a guitar what would have been considered a Superstrat at the time. The guitar was designed with a sharper body shape, a large cutaway around the neck, twenty-four frets, a fully floating tremolo system, a specially wired five-way pickup selector switch, and an output jack angled on the side of the body so that when you step on the cable, it doesn't pull out of your guitar.
I knew of course that these features would eventually be taken and used in other guitars, so I did something completely preposterous: I said, 'Put a handle in it! Vai had several custom prototypes of these guitars built which were used on the Eat 'Em and Smile tour by Joe "Jem" Despagni, a custom guitar luthier and friend of Vai's.
Due to Vai's highly coveted position in Roth's band, many guitar companies were eager to propose endorsement opportunities. In response to these offers, Vai sent out the specifications of the JEM guitar, detailing that the company that returned the best guitar would be given the endorsement.
Dissatisfied with the guitars returned and unwilling to compromise, Vai held out on a guitar endorsement until Ibanez approached him, sending him an instrument superior to that of the other companies and willing to follow his instructions. Since its original release, the JEM has become one of the longest-running and most successful signature series guitars in history, with its sister guitar, the Ibanez RGbeing the second highest-selling guitar behind the Fender Stratocaster on the market.
Another design by Vai was the Ibanez Universethe first production seven-string guitarwhich was released in Used by Vai on much of Passion and Warfare and all of Whitesnake's Slip of the Tonguethe Universe was a large stepping stone for the burgeoning Nu-metal genre with bands such as KornLimp BizkitFear Factory and Meshuggah having adopted the instrument and incorporating it into their signature sound. Having always enjoyed the aspect of teaching and sharing his experiences in life and in the music business, Vai began a series of "Alien Guitar Secrets" masterclasses in a touring masterclass in which Vai holds open forum discussion about his own experiences in the music industry, explains the key principles to understanding success, plays to backing tracks often inviting class attendees to jam with himanswers questions, articulates key points of guitar technique, and more importantly goes beyond the technique and into the more profound esoteric principles at play.
Often embarking on masterclass tours through Europe, South America, and Russia, Vai considers this ongoing series of classes as one of his most important contributions.
Guitar effects manufacturer Eventide approached Vai in the mids to contribute unique ideas for their H effects unit. Vai suggested many specific concepts, such as diatonic pitch change and multi-voice harmony, that were used in the unit and have since become standard algorithms in guitar effects processors.
InVai's signature series high-output "Evolution" humbucker pickup set was released by DiMarzio. InVai had begun working with the Carvin Corporation to design a signature series of Legacy amplifiers, which were used on his Epic Records release The Ultra Zone. In the s, Vai began touring in European and Asian countries such as Russia and China as well as South America, often having been the first American rock act in history to have performed in these areas.
With the broadcasting of this event on January 26,Vai became the first rock artist ever broadcast on a Chinese television program. Vai's personal studio, The Harmony Hutis a large edifice located in his backyard equipped with a full control room and performance room. Before his endorsement with Ibanez, Vai was endorsed by Charvel guitars, most notably using a green and black San Dimas model. In addition, over the course of his career, Vai has used guitars made by various other companies, including JacksonFenderand Gavtone.
Generally for live use he utilizes the unit for stereo effects such as delaychorusand phasewith a separate preset for the parameters of each different song in his setlist. The Axe-Fx MFC foot controller is set up in conjunction with the unit, allowing Vai to switch effects on and off in a fashion reminiscent to that of standard stompboxes.
The centerpiece of the pedalboard is the Axe-Fx MFC foot controller for the Axe-Fx II XL, which, as previously mentioned, controls the effects in a manner similar to switching on and off stompboxes.
There are two expression pedals used for the Axe-Fx, one to act as a volume pedaland the other to control the harmonizer built into the Axe-Fx unit.
From the output of the Whammy, the signal heads into the input of the Carvin Legacy amplifier head. Out of the effects loop of the Legacy, the signal heads directly into the Axe-Fx II XL, where it is split into stereo and the effects are applied and controlled via the MFC foot controller. Out of the output of the Axe-Fx, one signal is sent back to the original Legacy head return, and a second is sent to a second Carvin Legacy head return, bypassing the preamp stage completely and acting as a slave power amp.
Vai utilizes his stereo setup on effects like delay, where he sets up two separate delay times one slower and one faster and allows them to alternate back and forth. The signal is then sent from the amp to the 4x12 Carvin Legacy speaker cabinets loaded with Celestion Vintage 30 speakers.
Vai uses AKG microphones to mic his amps, and uses a separate Carvin power amp to power a direct guitar monitor cabinet instead of relying on the PA. InVai began working with the Carvin Corporation to design a signature series of Legacy amplifiers, which were used on his album The Ultra Zone.
Detailed gear diagrams of both Vai's  and guitar rigs  are well-documented. Since the late s, Vai has resided in Encino, Los Angeles with his family. Vai is married to Pia Maioccoformer bassist of the band Vixen who can be seen in the film Hardbodieswith whom he has two children, Julian and Fire Vai.
Not including guest appearances. Vai started his recording career in with Frank Zappa, and has since recorded with a plethora of artists and bands.
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Real Illusion: Reflection This album is Steve Vai's 12th solo album, recorded and released in Also, believe it or not, this is his first album since his last new recorded materials in , the album The Ultra Zone/5(5). Real Illusions: Reflections is the seventh studio album by guitarist Steve Vai, released on February 22, through Epic Records. The album reached No. on the U.S. Billboard , as well as No. 88 on the Dutch albums chart and No. on the French albums chart.
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Real Illusions: Reflections è un album in studio del chitarrista americano Steve Vai, pubblicato il 22 febbraio del L’ultimo lavoro in studio era stato L’ultimo lavoro in . It is all in a day's work for our 'little Italian virtuoso' and Real Illusions: Reflections is the greatest experimental expression and perhaps the greatest album by the evermore reliable Steve Vai. Ranging from funk to incredible guitar shredding skills, from love songs to just plain absurdism, this album is worth the more than reasonable /5(38).
Real Illusions: Reflections ist das siebte Studioalbum des US-amerikanischen Rockgitarristen Steve Vai und erschien am Februar unter dem Label Epic. Real Illusions: Reflections ist der erste Teil der Real Illusions Trilogie, welche auf einem übertriebenen, ratsuchenden Wahnsinnigen beruht, der die Welt aus seiner verzerrten Empfindung betrachtet.
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