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The old school Satch is back,
This review is from: Black Swans & Wormhole Wizards (Audio CD)
From start to finish this album is really fun to listen to. I hadn't even read anything about the CD...just popped it in and started listening. Right away you know something is different: the keyboards. Once again Joe has changed studio bands bringing in Mike Keneally on keys and Allen Whitman on bass.
Not knowing what to expect after recent releases, (Super Colossal and Professor Satch were very technical and the Chickenfoot project was lame) I was happy once I heard the first note. There is amazing guitar work as one would expect on a Satch album, but it's not overdrive...the disc is full of solid, no BS guitar riffs with several keyboard solos. I think playing in a band (Chickenfoot) may have changed his approach a bit.
My favorite songs are "Premonition" , "Pyrrhic Victoria" , "Two Sides To Every Story" (very jazzy!) and "Wormhole Wizards". There is even a ballad "Littleworth Lane" which I can envision being played with the 10-minute solo live in concert.
Overall this a very impressive effort and my favorite since "Strange Beautiful Music" & "Crystal Planet".
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Initial post: Oct 13, 2010 8:33:52 PM PDT
This album is in no way, shape, or form, old-school Satch.
Posted on Oct 19, 2010 7:02:43 PM PDT
Moonlight Blue says:
I share similar taste. My favorite of the most recent projects are Strange beautiful Music and Crystal Planet. So far, this new album has the potential to be at the same level. I have only listened to it twice since yesterday but I am getting there. I also share the comments on Chickenfoot: lame. Not that I don't like Joe's guitar in any shape or form, but Sam Haggar is done. I did not even liked him when he started with VH 20 years ago. Time to move on. Joe has stayed on top and continues to re-invent himself. And seeing him on stage is simply mind blowing. You have to have seen other greats like Yngwie, Steve (Vai) and Steve (Morse) to know a great when you see one and Joe is first-class act.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 20, 2010 4:28:46 PM PDT
Sam Hagar is done? Chickenfoot is lame? Are you people listening to the same CD as I am? I think the band kicks ass, and Sammy sounds great. I can't believe he's 62 years old! His voice hasn't lost any of its power, or the ability to hit the high notes like other singers in his age group (ex. Robert Plant, Rob Halford, etc).
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 30, 2010 9:51:53 PM PDT
Yeah i agree, the Chickenfoot album was killer and Sammy Hagar was on fire. This new Satriani album lacks intensity and memorable tunes. Add Steve Lukather, Steve Stevens, Marco Sfogli, Paul Gilbert, and Jeff Beck to that list of great players.
Posted on Nov 3, 2010 8:23:15 PM PDT
Six String Sax says:
CHICKEN FOOT ROCKED PERIOD.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 20, 2010 2:14:38 PM PST
Just saw Joe last week at the Tower Theater in Philly....of the 6 times I've seen him live (4 solo & 2 G3 tours), this was by far the best!
Posted on Jan 1, 2011 1:37:55 PM PST
Kevin G. says:
Anyone saying Chickenfoot is lame or that Sammy can no longer sing just hasn't paid attention to the music, in particular , the dvd. Your loss.
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 7, 2011 4:09:21 AM PST
Jason M. Smith says:
Obviously when he was younger he played with a different passion and intensity and his newer more mature, material shows him to be in a totally different place. That's called artistic integrity, for better or for worse, that is what a real artist does.
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