What's your Favorite Steve Vai solo?

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  1. freedom's door

    freedom's door Supporting Member

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    30 years later, it's still this one for me:
    (starts at 5:35)



    This album, Eat Em & Smile, Alcatrazz' Disturbing The Peace, and Flex-Able are still Vai at his best IMO.
     
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    agreed.
     
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    Big Trouble, Ladies Night in Buffalo, Breaking the Heart of the City, Blue Powder and Ease are all amazing.

    I loved his playing back then; I've tried, but I can't get into any of his music since 1990 or so.
     
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    buddaman71 Student of Life Silver Supporting Member

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    Blue Powder from 1986 GP SoundPage played on my old turntable w tube power amp is still my all time favorite thing I've ever heard from Vai. Absolutely astonishing, especially almost 30 years ago!
     
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    There's great live versions of it too.
     
  7. Matt L

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    I'll try to pick some post-Passion & Warfare material for a change.

    I love what he does on this one, 3:08-end, especially the harmonized lines towards the end-



    This is one of the most beautiful pieces he's ever done-

     
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    Juice
    Whispering a prayer
    Elephant gun
    Touching tongues
     
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    aynirar27 All You Need Is Rock and Roll Gold Supporting Member

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    every note of this
     
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    wahfreak Silver Supporting Member

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    There are a lot of them but I just really love this. Many times it doesn't appear like he's really trying but he appears to put in some effort on this one.

     
  12. GuitarGuy66

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    I have that same neck for a Rootbeer Jem clone I'm putting together. I was disappointed to find that the screw heads aren't real, but a + pattern under the clear fret markers.

    I work in a factory that has a machining dept. along with a couple machinists who are pretty much magicians at what they do. I might get the fret markers milled out and then replace them with actual screw heads.

    :aok


    Favorite solo: Hot Dog and a Shake.
     
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    Amazing energy. I saw this show 5 days later in Toronto.

     
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    One of my biggest regrets was not getting to this gig. Man that's an amazing video and HUGE Props to diamond Dave for giving them a nice chunk of the spotlight to shine on them each night. It must have been amazing having those two monsters in the same band.

    How could he not give them a huge playground!!!

    Damn son!!


    :love:
     
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    Big Trouble is spectacular. And while he has done lots of impressive wankery in all his solo albums, the fact that he could fit this solo into the middle of a DLR song which has a completely different audience than his solo stuff, is amazing.
     
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    Thanks for posting that, just incredible..........
     
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    :bow Just incredible.
     
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    Impossible to pick one. The Riddle, Blue Powder, the last solo in I Would Love To, Rescue Me or Bury Me, Sisters, Bad Horsie, Juice, Windows to the Soul, Tender Surrender, Touching Tongues, etc.

    Probably Blue Powder. Really, I could choose a different tune every day. Big influence.
     
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    They Call it Sleep
     
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    Big Trouble with David Lee Roth.

     

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