Flex-Able

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Flex-Able
Studio album by Steve Vai
Released January 1984
Recorded April–November, 1983
Genre Progressive rock, progressive metal
Length 41:18 (without the bonus tracks)
55:04 (with the bonus tracks)
Label Urantia Records (original)
Akashic Records (1988 reissue)
Epic Records (1997 reissue)
Producer Steve Vai
Steve Vai chronology
Flex-Able
(1984)
Flex-Able Leftovers
(1984)
Alternative cover
The 1988 re-released CD with bonus tracks
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Flex-Able is an album by Steve Vai. This was his first as a solo artist, and was created in Stucco Blue, a shed converted into a studio in Vai's old back garden. It is very different from many of his other albums, and is largely influenced by Frank Zappa. Flex-Able is not as based around massive guitar arrangements and shred moments as the rest of his output from the 1990s onwards, with the exception of Leftovers which is a compilation of bonus tracks and remasters from his sessions at 'Stucco Blue'.

The cover of the May 2009 issue of Guitar World features a photograph of Vai in a pose similar to the album's cover, including the bending guitar neck.[2]

Track listing (Original LP release)[edit]

The album was originally released on vinyl in 1984.

All songs written by Steve Vai.

Side one[edit]

  1. "Little Green Men" – 5:39
  2. "Viv Woman" – 3:09
  3. "Lovers Are Crazy" – 5:39
  4. "Salamanders in the Sun" – 2:26
  5. "The Boy/Girl Song" – 4:02

Side two[edit]

  1. "The Attitude Song" – 3:23
  2. "Call It Sleep" – 5:09
  3. "Junkie" – 7:23
  4. "Bill's Private Parts" – 0:16
  5. "Next Stop Earth" – 0:34
  6. "There's Something Dead in Here" – 3:46

Track listing (Extend Re-Release)[edit]

The album was re-released on CD in 1988 by Akashic Records, with four bonus tracks from the Flex-Able Leftovers EP; and again remastered and reissued by Epic Records in 1997, with the same track listing as the Akashic reissue. There is also one European reissue on Curcio Records (released in 1992 in Italy) that features the same cover on the vinyl and just the first eleven tracks.[3]

All songs written by Steve Vai unless otherwise indicated.

  1. "Little Green Men" – 5:39
  2. "Viv Woman" – 3:09
  3. "Lovers Are Crazy" – 5:39
  4. "Salamanders in the Sun" – 2:26
  5. "The Boy/Girl Song" – 4:02
  6. "The Attitude Song" – 3:23
  7. "Call It Sleep" – 5:09
  8. "Junkie" – 7:23
  9. "Bill's Private Parts" – 0:16
  10. "Next Stop Earth" – 0:34
  11. "There's Something Dead in Here" – 3:46
Bonus From Flex-Able Leftovers EP
  1. "So Happy" (Steve Vai, Laurel Fishman) – 2:44
  2. "Bledsoe Bluvd" – 4:22
  3. "Burnin' Down the Mountain" – 4:22
  4. "Chronic Insomnia" – 2:05

Personnel[edit]

Musicians
  • Scott Collard – synthesizer, keyboards, Fender Rhodes
  • Larry Crane – lyre, xylophone, bells, vibraphone
  • Greg Degler – clarinet, flute, saxophone
  • Joe Despagni – sound Effects
  • Laurel Fishman – vocals
  • Peggy Foster – bass
  • Chris Frazier – drums
  • Stuart Hamm – bass, Sound Effects, Vocals, Vocals (bckgr)
  • Bob Harris – trumpet, vocals
  • Suzannah Harris – vocals
  • Billy James – percussion, drums
  • Paul Lemcke – keyboards
  • Pia Maiocco – vocals
  • Tommy Mars – violin, keyboards, vocals
  • Ursula Rayven – vocals
  • Lill Vai – sound effects
  • Steve Vai – synthesizer, bass, guitar, percussion, piano, electric guitar, keyboards, * sitar, vocals, bells, producer, engineer, drum machine, drum programming, design, mixing
  • Chad Wackerman – drums
  • Pete Zeldman – percussion, drums
Production
  • William Becton – composer
  • Aaron Brown – design, illustrations
  • John Matousek – mastering
  • Mark Pinske – assistant
  • Neil Zlozower – photography

References[edit]