NEWS: Vai’s Naked Tracks box set available

Steve Vai’s Naked Tracks box set is now available as a physical release.

This is from the latest Riot Act newsletter here in merry olde Australia: 
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Arguably the most amazing guitarist to walk the face of the earth, Steve Vai is set to release his groundbreaking new DVD IN September but until then check out this innovative piece of Vai! Get ready to get naked! ‘Naked Tracks’ is housed in a special limited edition digipak box set. This series of play-along CDs is designed to help create an atmosphere of focus so you can shred yourself into a personally-induced inspirational nirvana.

Included in the set are 5 CD’s featuring backing tracks from the following albums: ‘Passion & Warfare’, ‘Sex & Religion’, ‘Alien Love Secrets’, ‘Fire Garden’, ‘The Ultra Zone’, ‘Alive in an Ultra World’, & ‘Real Illusions: Reflections’!

Previously only sold on and iTunes. Steve Vai is one of the most influential guitarists of our time. An excellent practice tool for any guitarist. A must have for the Steve Vai collector. World tour late 2009-2010.

Great news huh? I bought them from an online store a while ago and I …hey wait a minute… you catch that last bit?

Let’s look at that again:

World tour late 2009-2010.


Anyway, back to the Naked Tracks: Here’s Jon from Guitar Noize rocking his cover of Answers.

NEWS: Steve Vai ‘Naked Tracks’ now on CD

Those who have been waiting patiently for the physical release of Steve Vai’s ‘Naked Tracks’ can now head on over to the store. The CDs will be available from February 2. 

These recordings are Steve Vai’s actual studio tracks, with the lead guitar removed so you can play along in your own little Vai fantasy world. I couldn’t wait for the physical release so I bought a few of them from eMusic (Fire Garden/Ultra Zone and Passion & Warfare) but the actual CD set looks very cool, and the completist in me kinda wants that too.

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NEWS: Cool stuff on eMusic

Mrs I Heart Guitar recently introduced me to a site called eMusic, which seems pretty heavily stocked with downloadable ablums by a huge range of artists, especially guitarists. So far I’ve downloaded John McLaughlin’s Floating Point, Andy Timmons’ Resolution, Richie Kotzen’s Return of The Mother Head’s Family Reunion, and Steve Vai’s Passion And Warfare Naked Tracks (which includes tracks from the album minus the lead guitar, so guitarists can jam over the songs), and Alien Love Secrets (when I originally ripped the disc to MP3 years ago I did it at way too low a bitrate, and now the CD is in a box somewhere, so now I have a much nicer sounding version). 

The tracks are DRM-free and will play on an iPod. I used the trial to get the Vai Naked Tracks 100% for free, but totally legally. I’m going to buy the hell out of the rest of the Vai Naked Tracks just for a start, then I’m going to embark on my fusion eductation.