Passion and Warfare

Passion and Warfare

by Steve Vai


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/24/1997
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074646803028
catalogNumber: 68030

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Steve 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
Eventide   Synthesizer
Chris Frazier   Drums

Technical Credits

Steve Vai   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Art Direction
PIA   Producer
David Bett   Contributor,Art Direction
Pascal Fillet   Engineer
Aaron Brown   Artwork,Illustrations
Bill Reim   Artwork,Art Direction,Cover Design

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Passion and Warfare 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A richly delicious album - Enthrallingly orgasmic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
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