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Joe Satriani

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 27, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Relativity
  • ASIN: B000002BWB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #481,601 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
All of Joe Satriani's music is rooted in the blues, but sometimes it isn't always obvious beneath his fierce shredding and aggressive melodies. On his self-titled release, our good man Joe strips his music down to his core influences, and the result is a sizzling blues record. Like all his music, the playing oozes feel and emotion. The songs here are much slower than his intense songs from albums like _Surfing with the Alien_ or _Flying in a Blue Dream_. Yet, for all its relaxed colors, there is a hushed intensity in the soulful grooves and flickering riffs. Even though blues generally isn't my cup of tea, every song on this album is good or great. "Cool #9" is a wickedly groovy blues piece with calculated build-ups and perfect rhythmic accents. "Home" is one of my favorite Satch ballads, romantic and moving. "Moroccan Sunset" sandwiches some perfectly executed blues soloing between heated, tense riffs and rhythms. "Luminous Flesh Giants" is noteworthy both for its weird name and its dense rockosity. "(You're) My World" is emotionally lucid guitar playing at its best. "Down, Down, Down" has melodies mired in molasses -- it has to be one of the slowest, dullest songs I've heard but my mind gets all fuzzy when it plays, and I like the feeling. "Look My Way" is the album's funny and catchy moment. Obviously, it's a must-have for Satriani fans, and even those turned off by some of the other reviews should give it a try. Guitar fireworks? No. Great, soulful playing? Yes.
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Was looking for a jpeg and decided to write a review, and thank you for your patience if you've already read 1-42. Anyway, I didn't read them all, but while the first half-dozen reviews mention the fact that this is likely Satriani's most laid-back album, none of them mention either the fact that Glyn Johns (The Beattles, The Who, The Stones, Elton John, and almost anyone else who's ever made a record) produced the songs or that Nathan East (bass) and Manu Katche (drums) play on most of them. Bummer. Along with his first--and strangest, since he made it between sessions and teaching gigs, and did most everything but play drums--album, Not Of This Earth(1986), and his most ambitious--hey, I don't know of any Electronica artists capable of playing a guitar as well as Satriani--album, Engines Of Creation(2000), Joe Satriani(1995) is one of my favorite albums by Mr. Satriani. Sure, the Surfing With The Alien(1987)/Flying In A Blue Dream(1989) era stuff is still fresh and amazing, and his newer albums, Is There Love In Space?(2004) and Super Colossal(2006), show that he still owns his guitar. However, I would argue that Joe Satriani(1995) is the only Satriani album where he allows the other musicians to rip it up as much as he typically does. Heck, this could be called The Manu Katche Album given how many times he fills blank spaces tastfully with quick and tricky drum-work. I realize that most people don't like to think (which is probably why The Extremist(1992) remains one of Satriani's most popular albums to date--young brothers on bass and drums, told exactly what to do: don't rock the boat, keep a beat, call me sir). But if you're looking for a Satriani album that might actually be considered fusion (in a broad sense of the word) and has a markedly higher level of overall musicianship than most of his other efforts, check out Joe Satriani(1995). It might just please you.
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If you were expecting a blasting array of bi-dextral tapping, pinched harmonics and wild whammy bar hysteria, this is not the album you want to get. Satriani unleashes himself from his usual jaw dropping virtuosity and he lets the feeling of the music take over. The album is dominated by a bluesy feel, but strays occasionally into beautiful melodic tracks such as "Home" and the Eastern influenced "Morroccan sunset". Satriani's tone is once again top notch, and his inventive use of the wah wah pedal in his melodies adds flavour to the album. Perhaps this is not a Satriani album for all fans, but if you love good old blues, go and buy it. A wonderful recording.
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This is not the Joe Satriani we hear on most of his recordings. It's rich, it's bluesy, it's well done; but it is not the hard-driving, layered exotic axe work that the name Satriani conjures up. This has more in common with Stevie Ray Vaughn than with Joe's other work. In fact, that's probably a good analogy--imagine Satriani does Vaughn and you'll have a good idea of what this CD sounds like.
If you'd rather surf with aliens during a blue dream, steer clear of this one. If, however, you're open to hearing a well handled guitar get down and bluesy, give this one a listen.
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Satriani's self-titled effort, like most of his music, finds most people missing the point. It's not about flash, it's about substance. It's really not a blues record, it's about feeling. Like most instrumental guitar work, it nods at the blues, but to call it a blues album is, well, simply missing the point. Why can't this man put out a record without upsetting half his listeners? Because the general market is dominated by consumers who let radio dominate them, and allow marketing departments to shape their taste in music. This album is a stunning piece of compositional art. The playing is fantastic, and the groove and overall vibe is nothing short of groundbreaking. When a man reknowned for his chops and production values can put something out this different from how he's traditionally been viewed, and do it this well, that's cause for renewed faith in music. Joe Satriani is quite simply the only instrumental guitarist working today that consistently makes meaningful contributions to the music world, no matter how he chooses to make them.
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