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The 7th Song: Enchanting Guitar Melodies - Archive 1

a Compilation/Boxed-Set release
Steve Vai

Release Year: 2000

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On this CD, Steve is performing with some well known guests including Hamm, Bissonette, Townsend, Keneally, and Bozzio.
According to Steve Vai 'Traditionally, I have made the 7th song on all my CDs the mellifluous guitar ballad that serves the melody on a silver platter. In numerology, the number 7 is shrouded in mystique. In a record sequence, it has always felt like the sweet spot'.
This CD then are these 7th-songs.
Added To Proggnosis Database on: 5/11/2002 12:00:00 AM
Entry Last Updated on: 10/15/2016 6:36:00 AM by: DBSilver
  1. For the Love of God
  2. Touching Tongues
  3. Windows to the Soul
  4. Burnin' Down the Mountain
  5. Tender Surrender
  6. Hand on Heart
  7. Melissa's Garden
  8. Call It Sleep
  9. Christmas Time Is Here
  10. The Wall of Light
  11. Boston Rain Melody
Steve Vai
Guitars, Keyboards, Other Stuff, Discrete Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Mixing, Pro Tools Manipulation, Eventide H3000, Arrangement, Production, Engineering
Devin Townsend
Lead Vocals
Mike Keneally
Keys, Keyboard
Terry Bozzio
Drums, Percussion
Pete Zeldman
Scott Collard
Bryan Beller,
Stuart Hamm,
Philip Bynoe,
T.M. Stevens
Gregg Bissonette,
Deen Castronovo,
Tris Imboden,
Mike Mangini

Reviewed by DBSilver on 11 May 2002

This album is worthwhile on all counts and I am glad to see it listed at Prognosis because it is really really good. The album itself is made up of either slow ballads or open sounding songs (not rockers) of the type Vai has traditionally made track 7 on each of his releases (hence the name The 7th Song). It like the tenderloins of steaks, the juiciest parts of each album here in one place.
As you might imagine, this is not actually a prog album and it is not actually a fusion album. There is in fact, one proggish song on board - track 2, Touching Tongues and it is definately the best track on this album. This is a song that you must hear and is worth the price of admission by itself. Fortunately, there is nothing on this album that doesn't please - prog/fusion or not. I like Steve Vai a lot, but he has not ever been my personal pick for most expressive guitarist but here on The 7th Song he frequently turns my head. I now have to go back and re-listen to the whole catalog.