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
Label Epic
Producer Steve Vai
Steve Vai chronology
Alien Love Secrets
Fire Garden
Flex-Able Leftovers
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]

Fire Garden is the fourth studio album by guitarist Steve Vai, released on September 17, 1996 through Epic Records. It reached #106 on that year's Billboard 200 chart.[2]

The album, as described by Vai in the liner notes, is divided into two "phases":[3] "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 minutes CD format (instead of 74 for a standard CD), which meant that both sides would eventually fit onto a single disc.[4]

"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.

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"  
"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:


Chart performance[edit]

Year Chart Position
1996 Billboard 200 106[2]


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