ALBUM NEWS: Steve Vai to release ‘Modern Primitive’ next week Print
Thursday, 29 June 2017 12:11

Virtuoso guitarist and composer Steve Vai will release his new album, ‘Modern Primitive’, next Friday (7 July) through Favored Nations Entertainment, the indie label founded by Vai in 1999.


Steve Vai Sleeve


Originally included as a companion disk to Vai’s 25th anniversary release of his ‘Passion and Warfare’ CD, ‘Modern Primitive’ will be released by itself as the seventh instalment of the Steve Vai ‘Secret Jewel Box,’ an ambitious ten CD box set that was originally released in December 2001.


This stand-alone release of ‘Modern Primitive’ will be a limited edition album and has been modified specifically for Vai’s Secret Jewel Box.


Modern Primitive is comprised of material that was written and partially recorded with Vai’s band The Classified back in the early ‘80s. The Classified consisted of Tommy Mars on keyboards, Chris Frazier on drums, Stu Hamm on bass and Sue Mathis on vocals and keyboards and was formed by Vai after his first solo record, ‘Flex-Able’ and prior to the writing and recording of ‘Passion and Warfare’. Vai completed the recording last year.


“The music on ‘Modern Primitive’ was written and recorded with virtually no expectations for its future,” Vai said.


“As a result, there was an opening up to a powerful and personal creativity that allowed me to find the most stimulation music I could conjure. So far it’s my favourite album that I ever made.”


Steve Vai Secret Jewel Box copy 

Vai’s ‘Secret Jewel Box Set,’ a deluxe 10’ x 6’ x 6’ gloss black box, lined with red velvet, features compartments for a total of 10 CDs, three guitar picks, and a 100-page booklet. Hidden in a flap on the underside of the box in an exclusive CD interview with Steve specifically about the project. Much of the recordings contained in ‘The Secret Jewel Box’ are comprised of various material from dozens of different records including guest appearances, film soundtracks, bonus tracks, a piano reduction CD, and a full CD comprised of choice tracks that Vai contributed to while working with Frank Zappa in the early 80’s. All of the rare and essential Vai recordings that do not appear on his solo records are collected here, with many surprises for even the most hardcore collector. A limited run of 7,000 units of the box set was manufactured and sold out.