Real Illusions: Reflections

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Real Illusions: Reflections
Studio album by Steve Vai
Released February 22, 2005 (2005-02-22)[1]
Recorded The Mothership Studio in Hollywood Hills; The Harmony Hut in Encino, Los Angeles; De Oosterpoort in Groningen; Paradiso in Amsterdam
Genre Instrumental rock, progressive metal, heavy metal, hard rock
Length 55:10
Label Epic
Producer Steve Vai
Steve Vai chronology
The Ultra Zone
Real Illusions: Reflections
The Story of Light
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]

Real Illusions: Reflections is the seventh studio album by guitarist Steve Vai, released on February 22, 2005 through Epic Records. Described by Vai as "rock fable" in the liner notes, Real Illusions: Reflections is the first part of a three-part concept album about a town visited by the godsent Pamposh and his construction of the Church.[2] "Lotus Feet", purposely designated as track seven (see The Seventh Song) and recorded live during three separate concerts in the Netherlands during Vai's 2004 "Aching Hunger Tour", was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance at the 2006 Grammys.[3] Vai cites Bulgarian wedding music as having inspired "Freak Show Excess".[4]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Steve Vai. 

No. Title Length
1. "Building the Church"   4:58
2. "Dying for Your Love"   4:50
3. "Glorious"   4:35
4. "K'm-Pee-Du-Wee"   4:00
5. "Firewall"   4:19
6. "Freak Show Excess"   6:51
7. "Lotus Feet" (live) 6:45
8. "Yai Yai"   2:37
9. "Midway Creatures"   3:42
10. "I'm Your Secrets"   4:26
11. "Under it All"   8:07
Total length:


Chart performance[edit]

Year Chart Position
2005 Billboard Independent Albums 15[5]
Dutch albums chart 88[6]
French albums chart 110[6]
Billboard 200 147[5]
Billboard Top Internet Albums 147[5]


Event Title Award Result
2006 Grammys "Lotus Feet" Best Rock Instrumental Performance Nominated[3]


  1. ^ a b Westergaard, Sean. "Real Illusions: Reflections - Steve Vai". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2013-12-21.
  2. ^ Vai, Steve (2005). "Inside Real Illusions: Reflections". Retrieved 2013-12-21.
  3. ^ a b "48th Grammy Awards - 2006". Rock On The Net. Retrieved 2013-12-21.
  4. ^ rkkrah (2008-03-03). "Steve Vai demonstration - Freak Show Excess". YouTube. Retrieved 2013-12-21.
  5. ^ a b c "Real Illusions: Reflections - Steve Vai | Awards". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2013-12-21.
  6. ^ a b "Steve Vai - Real Illusions: Reflections (album)". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2014-01-10.

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