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The Elusive Light and Sound Vol.1

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1. Celluloid Heroes
2. Love Blood
3. Fried Chicken
4. Butler's Bag
5. Head-Cuttin' Duel
6. Eugene's Trick Bag
7. Amazing Grace
8. Louisiana Swamp Swank
9. Air Guitar Hell
10. The Reaper
11. Introducing the Wylde Stallions
12. Girls Mature Faster Than Guys
13. The Battle
14. Meet the Reaper
15. Final Guitar Solo
16. The Reaper Rap
17. Drive the Hell Out of Here
18. Get the Hell Out of Here
19. Welcome Pre-Frosh
20. The Dark Hallway
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 4, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Favored Nations
  • ASIN: B000066AZS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,865 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mad Dog on November 11, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is a collection of tracks written for or inspired by movie soundtracks. I bought it for the tracks from the movie Crossroads. Back when the Crossroads soundtrack hit the shelves, I was seriously bummed that the music from the headcutting duel scene was not included. Well, it's all here. Unfortunately, the sound quality of those tracks is not as good as I'd expected. But at least I've now got them.
The other tracks vary significantly in their appeal to me, but overall, I give a thumbs up. I've been a Steve Vai fan since the days when he played what Frank Zappa called "stunt guitar" for Frank's band. Was that really 20 years ago? I guess it was...
Steve's an incredible technician, but his music has always had his own unique attitude and for me, that's what sets him apart from so many other guitar heroes. The music on this disc covers quite a range of material. If you're into solo guitar, you'll probably find something to like.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on June 20, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Here is an accurate review:
Steve Vai fans are a dedicated lot, eager to hear the entirety of the guitarist's work (in that sense, he is very similar to his mentor, Frank Zappa, whose fans would buy collections of just his guitar solos). Given this fanbase, Vai had the opportunity to release an album like The Elusive Light and Sound, Vol. 1 � the first installment of an archival series, capturing all the music he's written and recorded for film, television, and theater. A brilliant idea, actually, since an album like this disproves the antiquated notion that Vai's music is all technique and skill, without much regard for tone, texture, or the big picture. By isolating his soundtrack work � music that he made to accentuate a particular passage in the film � it shows that he's not just a master guitarist, but he's very capable of using that skill to create and enhance moods. And that's even more impressive when you realize that this is all early work, ranging from 1986's Crossroads to 1994's David Spade comedy PCU. After two opening fanfares that aren't in the movies (both featuring vocals by Steve) � an elegiac cover of the Kinks' "Celluloid Heroes" sets the mood, followed by "Love Blood," a song Vai wrote with the intention of it being part of an adaptation of Interview With the Vampire or any film starring the Vampire Lestat, but later abandoned once the project wound up with David Geffen (it might not sound too vampirey, but it's better than anything Jonathan Davis cooked up for the Queen of the Damned soundtrack) � the compilation proceeds to go through every bit of music he's written for the featured films (aside from the previously mentioned pair, also Dudes, Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey, and Encino Man).
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By T. Christesen on June 21, 2002
Format: Audio CD
this album is part of the secret jewel box set...it's not supposed to be the "ultimate vai album" that's gonna blow you away. any fans of steve vai should know this and should appreciate it for what it is - specifically, a collection of previously unreleased songs from films, nothing more. maybe if people did more research before they bought cds, they wouldn't feel so dissapointed when their expectations were not met. i personally thought it was a killer cd...you have to think like you're in the movie though...that's when you can really see Vai's true ability to write for whatever medium he is called to...it's very inspirational when you think like that.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Fluffy Peanut on July 28, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This CD contains hard to find Vai treasures that any Vai fan should have. Notice I say fan, i say this because if you just "like some of Vai's music" then you may not like this CD, you should buy an actual album of his instead. The first two previously unreleased tracks are okay. Celluloid Heroes is light and Love Blood is heavy. My only dissapointment with the two tracks is that he sings on them. Tracks 3-6 from Crossroads are great, Steve Vai and Ry Cooder do excellent guitar work on these blues based tracks. Tracks 7 & 8 are nothing special, but an alright listen. Tracks 9-16 from Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey are very fun guitar tracks and contain great, but also wierd (air guitar hell), songs. Tracks 17-18 from Encino Man sound very alike but both of them are really good guitar tracks and all around cool rock tracks. Tracks 19-40 are where you might want to stop listening. These songs are (mostly) very short and pointless, there's nothing much to see here. Some of the tracks contain really cool little guitar solos, but other than that you can just stop after track 18. So, if you're a Vai fan then you will probably not be dissapointed with this CD, if you are just getting into Vai or not a "fan" then you might wanna pass this one up.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 21, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This record is plain and simple - a collection of music that Steve has contributed to film over the years. If you are a Vai fan or a fan of guitar, then this is a CD to have in the collection. If you know nothing about Vai and/or his music, this CD won't leave a good taste in the mouth.
No, it's not a CD that will live in your player, nor was it intended to be. To speak for others and say that the public doesn't want compilation CD's or greatest hits is illogical. Opinions are great and we are all entitled to them, but there is not one person that has the right to speak for others.
This was a treat for the fans that could not purchase the box set. An added bonus for those who have the box set by going the next step and spending the money on a 3D cover and a special package. I wish there were more artists out there that are willing to go the extra mile for the fans like Steve did on this.
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