Guitar mastermind Steve Vai will release "Mystery Tracks Archives Vol. 3", the second individual release from his limited edition box set, on September 23 through Favored Nations Records.
Available only online through Vai.com, the 10-CD "Secret Jewel Box Set" is a collection of rarities, bonus tracks and film soundtrack pieces. "The Elusive Light And Sound Vol. 1", a culmination of music composed for film, was released through Favored Nations in June of 2002. "Archives Vol. 2 - Original Recordings of Frank Zappa", is only available through the site as a part of the full package.
The Box ships with three discs inside ("The Elusive Light and Sound Vol. 1", "Alcatrazz Disturbing the Peace", and "Archives Vol. 2 - Original Recordings of Frank Zappa") and the remaining 7 CDs will be released and sold separately over the next couple of years. Only 10,000 boxes will be made and all 10 of the CDs will fit into it, spelling out a secret phrase on the CD spines.
"Mystery Tracks Archives Vol. 3" is a compilation of bonus Vai tracks featured on Japanese releases of his albums, contributions to other artists' works and unreleased/demo tracks. "It's sort of like a golden scrap pile. Devour with a silver spoon," Vai elaborates in the liner notes. The accompanying CD booklet also features Vai commentary on each track.
More info on the "Secret Jewel Box Set" can be found on Vai.com.