Widely acclaimed as his best album, Passion and Warfare finds Steve Vai coming into his own as a composer, as well as bypassing vocals almost entirely. His style isn't quite as derivative of influences Frank Zappa and Joe Satriani as it was six years earlier on Flex-able; while some of Vai's sense of humor is still evident on tracks like the cock rock strut of "The Audience Is Listening," it is mostly replaced by a spiritual reflectiveness on ballads like "For the Love of God" and "Blue Powder" and dignified, committed rockers like "I Would Love To" and "Liberty." Vai is a more distinguished composer than most of his guitar-shredder contemporaries, and rather than simply showing off his technique, he isn't afraid to experiment or take chances in his playing. Thus, Passion and Warfare is arguably the richest and best hard rock guitar-virtuoso album of the '80s.
Performance CreditsSteve Vai Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Keyboards,Multi Instruments
Stuart Hamm Bass
Bob Harris Keyboards
Tris Imboden Drums
David Rosenthal Keyboards
Nancy Fagan Vocals
Jamie Firlotte Vocals
Pia Vai Keyboards
Chris Frazier Drums
Technical CreditsSteve Vai Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Art Direction
David Bett Contributor,Art Direction
Pascal Fillet Engineer
Aaron Brown Artwork,Illustrations
Bill Reim Artwork,Art Direction,Cover Design
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Passion and Warfare based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
A richly delicious album - Enthrallingly orgasmic.
is a total guitar album from top to bottom, in which Steve Vai creates brilliant instrumentals of every kind. This 1989 release is so good, it's impossible to pick a highlight -- just listen to the whole CD, start to finish. Passion And Warfare contains brilliant compositions, astonishingly deep guitar playing and even examples of Vai's sense of humor. Critics have called this record, ''...arguably the richest and best hard rock guitar-virtuoso album of it's time.'' You be the judge.
Steve Vai's guitar playing is truly amazing in this masterpiece. This album is a total must have for anyone who likes lead guitar. It also contains an amazing bass solo on Blue Powder. You may not like this album if you don't like instrumental music. This album is actually what got me into instrumental music because with Steve Vai the guitar pretty much speaks for itself. From the craziness of "The Audience is Listening" to the tranquilness of "Sisters" this album is a work of art.