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Flying in a Blue Dream

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  • Audio CD (May 27, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • ASIN: B00701QUOC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,245 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Guybert on July 17, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Guitar wizard Joe Satriani sings? Yes, sir/madam! "Big Bad Moon" is one of six vocal selections and is regarded by many as one of his finest songs. It's an extremely hard rockin' blues number that never lets up. A classic. He also uses different styles for his songs. There are serious "I Believe," and humorous "The Phone Call." He's a decent singer, but obviously it's at guitar shredding that he really shines. Every song on this one is cool, but as far as I'm concerned, "The Forgotten (Parts 1&2) are worth the whole price alone. This two part number is unbelievable and is beautiful in a heavy, sad kind of way. This album has to be heard to be believed, so why don't you stop reading and buy it?
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By P. Woods on May 6, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I have heard all of Satch's albums (minus 'Time machine') and for me this is probably the greatest album he has ever done. If you've heard 'Surfing with the alien', this album will be no different, but Satch has many more different, interesting songs here. Straight-ahead shred-rock ('Back to shalla-bal' and 'One big rush'), some funk ('Bells of lal part 2' and 'Strange'), a bit of folk/country ('The feeling' and 'Phone call') and a bit of 80s metal ('Big bad moon'). Don't worry, 'cause Satch still uses great guitaring and solos. For me Satch is great at making amazing solos, but also making them very musical, and not just a load of notes thrown together. He is very talented at composing songs, as well as being a great guitarist. He also includes his famous double handed tapping tecnique in the beautiful 'Day at the beach' and the not-so-good 'Headless', and the complex 'hand-holding-the-neck and hammer-on' tecnique in the fantastic 'Mystical potato head groove thing'.

But also, Satch does a bit of singing now. Some may not like the idea of that and I wasn't sure if i'd like it at first, but I found some of the vocal tracks to be just as enjoyable, from the punky 'Can't slow down' to the ballad of 'I believe' they are all great, but one of my favourites is the mid-tempo rocker 'Ride'. He also sings in 'Phone call', 'Big bad moon' and 'Strange'. Satch's voice isn't exactly fantastic, but it's not as bad as everyone says, his voice is suited to the songs (maybe with the exception of 'I believe', as he sometimes goes a bit flat in it). You can still sing the songs, no matter who sings them.

So, if you want to listen to Joe Satriani, i'd try 'Surfing with the alien' first, but this is also a good album to try as well and my favourite of Satriani. It just has a wide variety of songs and it's a great 70-minute listen. If you're a fan of guitar or just rock music in general, you will definately enjoy this album. This is Satch at is very best.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mike S on January 23, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This CD really rocks. The title track is one of Joe's best songs he's ever done. Joe's guitar playing is bone chilling and beautiful. He even sings on a few songs such as I BELIEVE; which is a very good song. Joe plays all the instruments, except the drums. Nobody plays instrumental hard rock like Joe does. There isn't a bad song on this CD. Joe's guitar playing is worth the price of this recording.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Paul HItch on November 23, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Thank you for taking the time to read my review.

Wow! Where do I start with this one! My favourite early Satch album. Far more innovative, inventive and far more substance than it's very commercial predecessor.

Even the title is awesome.

The first track" Flying in a blue dream" is classic Satriani, with effortless ease he takes us up and down the fretboard. Great feedback moments in this song too.

Next track is " The mystical Potato head Groove thing " Wonderfully creative key changes, and the switch to different techniques is amazing.

"Can't slow Down" the first of his vocal tracks. Great rocking song, with a typical fast, clean solo. " Headless" is unusual, has a bit of harmonica in it. Great fast sound, and much better than " The Headless Horseman" from his first album.

" Strange" is very funky sounding, another vocal track with great funny lyrics Eg "My brain's about to crumble, spill out on the floor, sweep 'em up, Throw 'em away. Don't want' em anymore!!" Classic!

Great fast solos.

" I Believe" is I think Joes best vocal track ever. A Sad haunting song, with great guitar work. Lovely Echoing on the Guitar during the end solo.

" One Big Rush" is just that. Three minutes, 20 seconds of a fast paced Joe enjoying himself.

" Big Bad Moon" another quite famous vocal track is blues at it's best, with Joe really hammering the guitar on this one. Some great slide work, and tapping on this too.

" The Feeling" is a lovely country style banjo playing, beautiful melody.

" The phone call" I LOVE this! Another vocal, sdtandard blues song, with the vocals recorded over the phone line. Love the clever corny lyrics too. Brilliant blues guitar solo. Great stuff!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Gordon N. Davies on January 18, 2004
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My favourite Joe Satriani album, not least for the way in which the track ordering enables the music to segue so seamlessly through a variety of moods and colours and back again to a satisfactorily rounded conclusion.
From the opening rock numbers, to the more introspective middle section with a series of vignettes (Day at the Beach being a personal favourite) including a couple of bass cameos from Stu Hamm, and an epic conclusion, Flying in a Blue Dream was an important album of its time (I can still recall the catalytic effect the release made back in late '89, setting up Steve Vai's Passion & Warfare release just a few months later), and one which still sounds fresh today.
The point about Satch's vocals made in other reviews is taken, but I am a bit surprised by some of the "don't start here" recommendations. Personally, I think the wide range of styles (most prominently showcased in the latter half of the recording) make this Satriani's most listenable outing to a general audience.
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