Steve Vai recorded this piece on the fourth day of a ten day fast, apparently while pursuing some altered state of consciousness. The album version runs to 6 minutes 2 seconds. In 2005 he recorded a live version with the Holland Metropole Orchestra, conducted by Chris Opperman. Here, the solo clarinet introduction and the harp arpeggios are a distinct improvement on the usual lead guitar.
Overall, this version is reminiscent of the Deep Purple orchestration "April"; the only difference being that the supposedly so egocentric Ritchie Blackmore looks positively humble in comparison.
Suggestion credit: Alexander Baron - London, England
Ian from Leeds, United KingdomThis is actually one of my all-time favourite songs, simply because it invokes a lot of emotion for me. It's such a sad yet epic sound that's played so well you can't help but love it