Saturday, March 27, 2021

Steve Vai - Flex-Able (1984)


Steve Vai - Flex-Able (1984)


Tracklist front / back album covers

Steve Vai - Flex-Able

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Side one

"Little Green Men" – 5:39

"Viv Woman" – 3:09

"Lovers Are Crazy" – 5:39

"Salamanders in the Sun" – 2:26

"The Boy/Girl Song" – 4:02


Side two

"The Attitude Song" – 3:23

"Call It Sleep" – 5:09

"Junkie" – 7:23

"Bill's Private Parts" – 0:16

"Next Stop Earth" – 0:34

"There's Something Dead in Here" – 3:46


Track listing (Extend Re-Release)

The album was re-released on CD in 1988 by Akashic Records, with four bonus tracks from the Flex-Able Leftovers EP; and again remastered and reissued by Epic Records in 1997, with the same track listing as the Akashic reissue. There is also one European reissue on Curcio Records (released in 1992 in Italy) that features the same cover on the vinyl and just the first eleven tracks.


All songs written by Steve Vai unless otherwise indicated

"Little Green Men" – 5:39

"Viv Woman" – 3:09

"Lovers Are Crazy" – 5:39

"Salamanders in the Sun" – 2:26

"The Boy/Girl Song" – 4:02

"The Attitude Song" – 3:23

"Call It Sleep" – 5:09

"Junkie" – 7:23

"Bill's Private Parts" – 0:16

"Next Stop Earth" – 0:34

"There's Something Dead in Here" – 3:46

Bonus From Flex-Able Leftovers EP

"So Happy" (Steve Vai, Laurel Fishman) – 2:44

"Bledsoe Bluvd" – 4:22

"Burnin' Down the Mountain" – 4:22

"Chronic Insomnia" – 2:05



Steve Vai Band Members / Musicians

Steve Vai – synthesizer, bass, guitar, percussion, piano, electric guitar, keyboards, sitar, vocals, bells, producer, engineer, drum machine, drum programming, design, mixing


Scott Collard – synthesizer, keyboards, Fender Rhodes

Larry Crane – lyre, xylophone, bells, vibraphone

Greg Degler – clarinet, flute, saxophone

Joe Despagni – sound effects

Laurel Fishman – vocals

Peggy Foster – bass

Chris Frazier – drums

Stuart Hamm – bass, sound effects, vocals, vocals (background)

Bob Harris – trumpet, vocals (as Irney Rantin)

Suzannah Harris (as Ursula Rayven) – vocals

Billy James – percussion, drums

Paul Lemcke – keyboards

Pia Maiocco – vocals

Tommy Mars – violin, keyboards, vocals

Lill Vai – sound effects

Chad Wackerman – drums

Pete Zeldman – percussion, drums


William Becton – composer

Aaron Brown – design, illustrations

John Matousek – mastering

Mark Pinske – assistant

Neil Zlozower – photography



Flex-Able is the debut studio album by Steve Vai. This was his first as a solo artist, and was created in Stucco Blue, a shed converted into a studio in Vai's old back garden. It is very different from many of his other albums, and is largely influenced by Frank Zappa. Flex-Able does not rely as much on massive guitar arrangements and shred moments as the rest of his output from the 1990s onwards, with the exception of Leftovers which is a compilation of bonus tracks and remasters from his sessions at 'Stucco Blue'.

The cover of the May 2009 issue of Guitar World features a photograph of Vai in a pose similar to the album's cover, including the bending guitar neck.


Steven Siro Vai (/vaɪ/; born June 6, 1960) is an American guitarist, composer, singer, songwriter, and producer. A three-time Grammy Award winner and fifteen-time nominee, Vai started his music career in 1978 at the age of eighteen as a transcriptionist for Frank Zappa, and played in Zappa's band from 1980 to 1983. He embarked on a solo career in 1983 and has released eight solo albums to date. He has recorded and toured with Alcatrazz, David Lee Roth, and Whitesnake, as well as recording with artists such as Public Image Ltd, Mary J. Blige, Spinal Tap, and Ozzy Osbourne. Additionally, Vai has toured with live-only acts G3, Zappa Plays Zappa, and the Experience Hendrix tour, as well as headlining international tours.



Steve Vai Bands History


Early Bands

The Ohio Express (1971–1972)

Circus (circa 1973 to 1976)

Ravge (circa 1973 to 1976)

Bold As Love (1977)


Berklee Bands

Axis (1978–1979)

Morning Thunder (1979)


Professional Bands

Frank Zappa (1980–1982)

The Out Band (Circa 1983)

The Classified (1984)

777 (1984)

Alcatrazz (1984–1985)

David Lee Roth (1985–1989)

Whitesnake (1989–1991)



Steve Vai Discogtaphy Full

Vai started his recording career in 1980 with Frank Zappa, and has since recorded with a plethora of artists and bands. In 1983, Vai began his career as a solo artist with his release of Flex-Able, and solidified his place as a virtuoso rock guitarist with his acclaimed 1990 release of Passion and Warfare. His discography consists of nine studio albums, two EPs, two special albums, eight live albums, twelve soundtracks, twenty compilation albums, and six DVD releases.


Steve Vai Studio Albums

Flex-Able (1984)

Passion and Warfare (1990)

Sex & Religion (1993)

Fire Garden (1996)

Flex-Able Leftovers (1998)

The Ultra Zone (1999)

Real Illusions: Reflections (2005)

The Story of Light (2012)

Modern Primitive (2016)


Grammy Awards

These are the three wins from Vai's 15 solo or collaborative nominations:

1993: Steve Vai - Best Rock Instrumental Performance for "Sofa" from Zappa's Universe

2002: Steve Vai et al - Best Pop Instrumental Album for No Substitutions: Live in Osaka

2008: Steve Vai et al - Best Rock Instrumental Performance for "Peaches en Regalia" single from a Zappa Plays Zappa tour


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