Fire Garden

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Fire Garden
Studio album by Steve Vai
Released September 17, 1996 (1996-09-17)[1]
Recorded The Mothership Studio in Hollywood Hills
Genre Instrumental rock, hard rock
Length 74:05[2]
Label Epic
Producer Steve Vai
Steve Vai chronology
Alien Love Secrets
(1995)
Fire Garden
(1996)
Flex-Able Leftovers
(1998)

Fire Garden is the fourth studio album by guitarist Steve Vai, released on September 17, 1996 through Epic Records. The album reached No. 106 on the U.S. Billboard 200[3] and remained on that chart for two weeks,[4] as well as reaching the top 100 in three other countries.[5]

Overview[edit]

As described by Vai in the liner notes, Fire Garden is a concept album divided into two "phases":[6][1] "Phase 1" comprises tracks 1–9 and is entirely instrumental (with the exception of Devin Townsend's backwards vocals on "Whookam" and some more vocals toward the end of "Fire Garden Suite"), while "Phase 2", the remainder of the album, features Vai on vocals on every song except the instrumental "Warm Regards". Fire Garden was intended to be a double album, but during mastering Vai heard about the new 80-minute CD format (instead of 74 for a standard CD), which meant that both sides would eventually fit onto a single disc.[7]

"Dyin' Day" was co-written by Ozzy Osbourne during the writing sessions for Osbourne's 1995 album Ozzmosis. Another song from those sessions, "My Little Man", made its way onto Ozzmosis and is credited on that album as being co-written by Vai.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine at AllMusic gave Fire Garden four stars out of five, calling it "An impressive effort from a musician who continues to grow and stretch himself with each new release" and "enjoyable for non-guitar freaks, as well." He remarked that Vai's vocals "still have a way to go before they are as expressive as his instrumental work, but this subtle and dense concept album is the closest he's ever gotten to integrating the two sides of his musical personality together."[1]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Steve Vai, except where noted. 

"Phase 1"
No. Title Length
1. "There's a Fire in the House"   5:26
2. "The Crying Machine"   4:50
3. "Dyin' Day" (Vai, Ozzy Osbourne) 4:29
4. "Whookam"   0:36
5. "Blowfish"   4:03
6. "The Mysterious Murder of Christian Tiera's Lover"   1:02
7. "Hand on Heart"   5:25
8. "Bangkok" (Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, Tim Rice) 2:46
9. "Fire Garden Suite"
  • "Bull Whip"
  • "Pusa Road"
  • "Angel Food"
  • "Taurus Bulba"  
9:56
"Phase 2"
No. Title Length
10. "Deepness"   0:47
11. "Little Alligator"   6:12
12. "All About Eve"   4:38
13. "Aching Hunger"   4:45
14. "Brother"   5:04
15. "Damn You"   4:31
16. "When I Was a Little Boy"   1:18
17. "Genocide"   4:11
18. "Warm Regards"   4:06
Total length:
74:05

Personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Year Chart Position
1996 Finnish albums chart 22[5]
French albums chart 30[5]
Dutch albums chart 85[5]
Billboard 200 106[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Fire Garden - Steve Vai". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2014-12-10.
  2. ^ Fire Garden (CD release "Epic 485062 2").
  3. ^ a b "Fire Garden - Steve Vai | Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2014-12-10.
  4. ^ "Steve Vai - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2014-12-10.
  5. ^ a b c d "Steve Vai - Fire Garden (album)". finnishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2014-12-10.
  6. ^ Vai, Steve. "Fire Garden (1996)". vai.com. Retrieved 2014-12-10.
  7. ^ "From the Archive: Steve Vai Discusses His 1996 Album, 'Fire Garden'". Guitar World. NewBay Media. October 1996. Retrieved 2014-12-12.

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