:Steve Vai- “Passion and Warfare”.
Vai established himself as both a frontman and a singular guitar virtuoso with the release of 1990’s “Passion and Warfare”. Recorded after his stints as a sideman for David Lee Roth and David Coverdale, P&W features Vai at his most aggressive and extreme- couples with deft sonic experimentation.
The album contains the instrumental masterpiece “For the Love of God”, the boogie grooves of “The Audience is Listening” and “Greasy Kid’s Stuff”, the hauntingly beautiful “Sisters”, and the fusion-esque “Blue Powder”. The album proved to be a showcase for Vai’s incredibly fast fretboard technique as well as his effects-laden approach to coaxing a myriad of incredible sounds from his instrument.