STEVE VAI Flex-able Leftovers (1984 US 8-track Urantia Records 10″” vinyl LP, housed in a 10″ picture sleeve complete with lyric insert. This copy is still in the original shrink and therefore shows no signs of age, the vinyl is also immaculate. As a bonus this copy comes with the Steve Vai Newsletter #1 – Revised’ IM77).
Steve’s second album was originally available on limited edition 10″ vinyl through mail order only, is now long out of print and quite rare.
Flex-Able Leftovers was a limited edition 10″ vinyl EP by American composer and guitarist, Steve Vai. It was leftover material from the recordings done during the “Flex-Able” days (1982 to 1984) and originally released in 1984 with a different artwork and limited to 1000 copies on Akachic Records.
All songs written by Steve Vai, except where noted.
“You Didn’t Break It” (Bob Harris, Suzannah Harris) – 4:14
“Bledsoe Bluvd” – 4:22
“The Beast of Love” (Joe Kearney) – 3:29
“Burnin’ Down the Mountain” – 4:22
“So Happy” (Vai, Laurel Fishman) – 2:43
“Details at 10” – 5:57
“Little Pieces of Seaweed” (Vai, Larry Kutcher) – 5:12
“Chronic Insomnia” – 2:00
This record could be looked at as being part II of the Flex-Able disc.
This music was never intended to be released but was just collecting dust at my house.
Have a good laugh.”
The creative concept for Flex-Able was to release it on Evatone Flexi-discs in a trilogy of a three disc package, hence the name Flex-Able. But then that idea was supplanted with the realization that it could actually be released as a full length, vinyl record. Heck, it could even end up in stores! Flex-Able was recorded and there was so much stuff left over from those days, I put a little record out — a 10-inch EP called Flex-Able Leftovers. It’s a weird little offspring. I only issued 1000 copies.
Steve Vai – vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, coral sitar, keyboards, electric piano, bass guitar, background vocals
Scott Collard – Synthesizer (Prophet V)
Larry Crane – piccolo xylophone, bell lyre, vibraphone
Fammin – Voice (Screaming)
Laurel Fishman – Vocals
Chris Frazier – drums
Joe Kearney – vocals
Larry Kutcher – Voice (Narration) Lyrics (Little Pieces Of Seaweed)
Stu Hamm – vocals, bass guitar
Suzannah Harris – background vocals
Bob Harris – vocals, Programmed by (Drums)
Tommy Mars – vocals, violin, keyboards
Lillian Vai – Vocals (Crying)
Chad Wackerman – Drums
Pete Zeldman – percussion
Original scarce 1984 Akashic Records (IM777) 10″ LP, sleeve, disc & insert are lovely near mint condition !!!
Steven Siro Vai (born June 6, 1960) is an American guitarist, songwriter and producer of italian origin who has sold over 18 million albums. Vai recorded and toured in Zappa’s band for two years, from 1980 to 1982. He began a solo career in 1983, has released solo albums and wonGrammy Awards. He has also recorded and toured with Public Image Ltd., Alcatrazz, David Lee Roth, Whitesnake, G3, etc.
Vai’s playing style has been characterized as quirky and angular, due to his technical ability with the guitar instrument and deep knowledge of music theory. He regularly uses odd rhythmic groupings and his melodies often employ the Lydian mode. Perhaps his most readily-identifiable stylistic feature is his creative use of the floating vibrato, using it to add melodic lines that sound odd to the ear. His playing can be described as lyrical, as if sung by a human voice.