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If there is one thing that can be said about veteran guitarist Joe Satriani, it is that he loves to play in front of a crowd. His legions of fans world-wide are ecstatic to learn that recent live show was been recorded; more great musical moments captured forever. Satriani’s 14th album, Live in Paris: I Just Wanna Rock, is that great moment and so much more. This very special ... Read more in Amazon's Joe Satriani Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 7, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Epic/RED
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (202 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,768 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

1. Unstoppable Momentum
2. Can t Go Back
3. Lies and Truths
4. Three Sheets to the Wind
5. I ll Put a Stone On your Cairn
6. A Door Into Summer
7. Shine on American Dreamer
8. Jumpin In
9. Jumpin Out
10. The Weight of the World
11. A Celebration

Customer Reviews

The rest of the songs are very good as well.
Big Huge Dave
Over the years he's put out great albums but this one I just can't stop listening to.
A truly musical feast throughout the entire album.
Bryant Hwang

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By BlackParkeri597 on May 19, 2013
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Joe has come out with cool, fresh new material. I really liked the previous album, so my expectations were kind of high. Joe did not let down, not for a single moment. I love every single song, and this is probably the first Satriani album I can hear non-stop from beginning to end and smile all the way. It opens with the title song, which features a really awesome 5/4 time signature and a feel-good mood, with the cool sounds that he's known for. Songs like Jumpin' out and Three sheets to the wind are particularly enjoyable also.

Yet probably the thing I noticed the most, is the rest of the band. They are so good! The older Satriani material usually featured slightly boring rhythm sections and were a little too simple at times. But Vinnie's drums are truly exciting, Mike's keyboard harmonies are very powerful and Chris's bass fits perfectly with the rest of the band, without jumping out too much. It just works! They should get together more often.

Last but not least, the audio quality is outstanding - truly amazing. Do yourself a favor and get some nice headphones or speakers to listen this album. It's a great experience.

Unstoppable Momentum is fresh, modern, cool, exciting and just plain awesome, with Joe's signature sound all over. Go check it out!
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46 of 57 people found the following review helpful By srvlives on May 9, 2013
Format: Audio CD
So, first of all I'm perplexed by all the reviews by people who say they're tired of Joe's sound. They also say, it's the same old thing. Are we listening to the same album? Sounds like some pre-programming of your brain took place before you listened.

This album is very different from most of Joe's other albums. Yet, it's a great album. What I think is happening is that Joe keeps meeting people's expectations, and they find that boring. "Ohhhh, another great Satriani album...booooooorrrring."

I think what they'd prefer is for him to change his style of dress, or grow his hair in again...

Most annoying is all this pinning for Guthrie Govan I keep hearing. It's pretentious nonsense. If you want to listen to G.G. then by all means go ahead. What's that got to do with Joe?

Here's the deal. I would have rated this CD a 3 out of 5 the first time or two I listened to it. The third time I got up to a 4. After the 5th or 6th time, this album is approaching 5 for me!

Like a lot of great music, it requires patience and repeated listening; cause there's too much to get in one pass.

To all of you who just need the next new thing all the time: Watch "The Voice".
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24 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Cleremond2000 on May 9, 2013
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Ok...Unstoppable Momentum....

As with any Joe Satriani album, I have to process it over several listens. My current impression is like with "Strange Beautiful Music" and "Is There Love in Space".

There are moments of shear compositional and technical brilliance here and there and then moments where you are scratching your head saying to yourself..."Man, what was Satch thinking when he laid that down?". I feel obligated to buy it just because I really want to support him, but several of the tracks are so boring and 'inaccessible', it just seem like filler. A couple of the tracks though are so groovy and infectious you just can't help but bob your head right along with the tune.

The first two tracks, "Unstoppable Momentum", "Can't go Back", and the track "A Door into Summer" are all fantastic. "Jumpin' In" and "Jumpin' Out" are both funky hillbilly vibe tunes, maybe reminiscent of his "Banana Mango" phase, but the solo sections in both of these tracks are off the hook awesome, especially on "Jumpin' Out"! Whenever Satch explores those minor lines, his tunes just have an incredible gravity to them and reminds me why he's one of my favorite guitar players.

"Weight of the World" begins with a "Bamboo"esque intro and then turns into a dance track with a rather depressing melody and it just doesn't work very well. Certainly one of those "scratch yer head" tracks. Think of "Hordes of Locusts" with dance tracks and more morbidity.

"A Celebration"....think of a "Happy" version of "Driving at Night" should have been titled "Driving during the Day"...its ok, but certainly not a stand out at all.

The worst track on the disc is by far "Shine on American Dreamer"...
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By sleepwalkers on May 7, 2013
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Satriani has assembled a world class ensemble to perform on his latest album.

UNSTOPPABLE MOMENTUM - Aptly titled, as Vinnie Colaiuta propels this song from start to finish with a forward momentum akin to that of one of the drummer's strongest influences, Tony Williams. The song is composed in 5/8 and Colaiuta's penchant for evening out odd-time signatures comes into play, even while he dares to take the piece out of bounds with some of his patented beat displacement and soloing over the final 50 seconds or so...a jazz musician's sense bringing a heavy dosage of sophistication to the simplicity of shred.
CAN'T GO BACK - An impeccable groove to accompany tasteful and economical melodies - Satriani's tone and phrasing remind me of Jeff Beck on this one...probably my favorite track on this disc.
LIES AND TRUTH - Contains a wonderfully syncopated "drums n bass" pattern during the verse sections and then briefly breaks into some heavier riffing along the lines of Hendrix's "Fire" before the chorus blasts through with a straight ahead rock n roll extremely intriguing song throughout.
THREE SHEETS TO THE WIND - I was prepared to approach this track as a mere novelty song, but it's a pleasure to hear the band cut loose as the song unfolds - and I can appreciate the 'drunken horn section' brought to the track with the assistance of Keneally's keyboards.
I'LL PUT A STONE ON YOUR CAIRN - A brief respite from the fierce and aggressive sounds that surround this interlude. Judging by the title, Satriani intended the piece to have a Gaelic influence - Scottish bagpipes perhaps?
A DOOR INTO SUMMER - Straight ahead and mid-tempo rock with catchy commercial melody lines.
SHINE ON AMERICAN DREAMER - A simple song composed for the common man...
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I wonder if Joe will release bonus tracks at different retailers again.
Yeah it's pretty annoying when that happens.
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Perhaps you should listen to it, rather than relying on some website citing a "lossy" source as its basis. I bought the CD first day, and think it sounds great.
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