Sound Theories Vol. I & II

Label
Epic/Red Ink
Running length
17 tracks
Running time
91:50

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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Kill the Guy With the Ball 4:29 13,649
2 The God Eaters 2:09 5,481
3 The Murder Prologue 1:09 5,230
4 The Murder 7:54 6,707
5 Gentle Ways 5:47 4,936
6 Answers 2:56 45,459
7 I'm Becoming 2:20 5,279
8 Salamanders In The Sun 2:24 17,364
9 Liberty 2:03 54,116
10 The Attitude Song 4:35 30,128
11 For the Love of God 6:08 117,719
1 Shadows And... 10:05 3,519
2 Sparks 8:39 3,703
3 Frangelica (Part 1) 9:24 581
4 Frangelica (Part 2) 3:03 549
5 Helios and Vesta 10:28 2,729
6 Bledsoe Bluvd. 8:17 955

About this album

Steve Vai - Sound Theories Vol. I & II

Review by William Ruhlmann

Despite his reputation as a rock guitar virtuoso, Steve Vai has been writing orchestral scores since the age of 14 (that would be circa 1974) by his estimation and ” hefty heaps” of them ever since, “but with few performances.” So he notes in his annotations to the ambitious double-CD live set Sound Theories, Vols. 1-2. Vai’s compositional bent finally was given an outlet by Co de Kloet of Dutch Public Radio & Television, which commissioned him to write an hour’s worth of music to be performed by the Metropole Orkest. Going through his amassed materials, Vai came up with two hours’ worth, which he and the orchestra performed in a series of concerts in May 2004 and July 2005. Then, he took the recordings home and began working on them, resulting, two years later, in this album, the first two volumes of what he hopes to be a continuing series. The pieces date back to 1978 (“Answers”), with many from the 1980s (“Salamanders in the Sun,” “Attitude Song,” “For the Love of God,” and “Liberty” from the first disc and the entire second disc). Several of these earlier works, notably “Salamanders in the Sun” and “Frangelica, Pt. 2,” reveal the influence of Vai’s former employer Frank Zappa.

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  • JonteJH

    radko: are you stupid?

    20 Nov 2009 Reply
  • radko

    Disappointment; very boring album.

    5 Jul 2008 Reply
  • grund21

    THE LOUDER THE BETTER.

    10 Apr 2008 Reply
  • grund21

    THE INTRO JUST BUILDS AND BUILDS AND JUST EXPLODES INTO SOME SUPER BAD ASS SHIT. EVERYTHING I LOVE ABOUT MUSIC IS DEMONSTRATED THROUGH VAI. ESPECIALLY SOUND THEORIES. I GOTTA SAY THIS MAY BE THE COOLEST THING TO HAPPEN IN MUSIC HISTORY IN A LONG TIME. BUT OF COURSE SOME PEOPLE JUST DONT UNDERSTAND IT AND IMMEDIATELY DONT LIKE IT.

    10 Apr 2008 Reply
  • old_bach

    I really love it, The arrangements are great, and the pieces like frangelica are a great example that Steve Vai isn't a simple Guitar Hero, He is a real and serious composer.

    13 Aug 2007 Reply
  • ShredHeadVaiGuy

    I'm sure it will grow on me, but really, I was destined to dislike it. Most of the songs he reworked were ones I never really liked in the first place, and one of them (FtLoG) can't really be improved upon. I have very particular tastes in classical (dark and minor, usually) which wasn't where Vai went with it. I was just hoping for more music like 'Lotus Feet,' and that's not what this is.

    17 Jul 2007 Reply
  • pedrov1

    The album was a beautiful fusion of many sounds from all different instruments. Not only are there old favorites that have been reprized, but there are also some new compositions to tickle the minds ear (or eye if you will) The most enjoyable part of this whole album would have to be the idea behind it. I have waited years for Vai to entertain this idea on album, and its magnificent.

    13 Jul 2007 Reply
  • ears1991

    man its not that bad lol.. some of the tracks are average but stuff like gentle ways the murder answers ftlog, liberty. i dunno i like it... mind you ive seen the whole metropole orchestra video a few times.. itll probs grow on you..

    30 Jun 2007 Reply
  • ShredHeadVaiGuy

    I can only express complete and utter disappointment.

    30 Jun 2007 Reply
  • ears1991

    (Y)

    29 Jun 2007 Reply

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