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I've been a Satch fanantic for 20 years now[!!]. I have everything he's ever done and while I especially love his work in the late '80's with Stu Hamm and Rod Morgenstern [what I call Joe's "Golden Age" - check out the live B-side of the "Dreaming #11" EP], I love everything Joe puts out. But I must admit that this new double-DVD set is really exceptional, primarily because IMHO we finally get to see and hear Joe stretch out musically.
While "Live In SF" was fantastic, at times I felt it was a bit too clean and polished, almost antisceptic-feeling, and that the song renditions were, for the most part, too-perfect perfomances of the studio tracks. Not a whole lot of musical improvisation overall. But this new LIVE! DVD really caught Joe and company extending themselves, especially on some of the older stuff.
I also feel the same as others did about having too many versions of Satch-standards like "Flying...", "Always...", and "Summer Song", but on this DVD, all the oldies have been stretched out Joe breathes new life on everything. Go and listen to "Circles", the extended ending improv on "Always...", the swinging, jazzy feel of "Cool#9", the exceptionally moody intro to "Flying..." - all the old stuff simply rocks and feels so incredibly fresh because Joe's pushed things around, changed things up and flexes those fingers.
As for the Super Colossal heavy set-list. Overall, I very much like the new studio CD [though for me too, Crystal Planet is still one of my favorites], but yes, I too would have preferred to have a better mix of tracks from throughout the Satch catalog. You can't please everyone!Read more ›
If you like the "Satriani -Live in San Francisco" dvd you will like this dvd as well. It is true about the cameramen -most cameramen unfortunately are not guitarists. We guitarists know when the solo is coming and are expecting that the camera will be glued to Joe's fingers! For myself I would never want the camera anywhere else but on Joe. So the way to do it would be having multiple camera angles with one camera on Joe at all times (a guitarist speaking).It would be nice if the cameramen were Joe Satriani fans and were familiar with his work. But this still is a great dvd and camerwork was not a distraction to me. Now my opinion could be slanted because I've seen "Cream - Live at the Albert Hall 1968"(on VHS)! I screamed with frustation when I first saw this concert on VHS! While Clapton was doing an amazing solo the cameraman was filming Jack Bruce's head!!! This man should be located and shot(and if he is already dead lets dig his bones up and burn them)! :-) Another example is the filming of the recently released "Blind Faith Live". We see more of the crowd than we do the band, such a shame.
Conclusion: don't miss this one if you are a Joe Satriani fan.
I've been a Satriani fan since his first album, and especially after the release of Surfing with the Alien. My one gripe was how static and simple the support parts in his compositions were, specifically, the drums and bass. More recently I've gained a greater appreciation of why this was so. First to highlight his incomparable ability to write an amazing guitar melody, and second (and more obviously) to highlight his amazing technical virtuosity. Nevertheless, this lacking in the support areas has been addressed continually over the years, for example, with the frequent use of the unbelievable Stuart Hamm on bass.
This live CD & DVD set is by far the most dramatic step forward in the area of support, and it is what makes this a definitive Satriani live CD/DVD. Specifically, the extended versions, the jam-outs (or jam-ins), which include some very interesting stretching on Joe's part also, highlight the dynamic nature of this big step.
In recent years, Joe has used the reliable backing of bassist Matt Bissonette & Satriani stalwart drummer Jeff Campitelli. And while Bissonette is a decent and very reliable musician, he is not by any means a mind-boggling technical virtuoso, as is the aforementioned Stuart Hamm. Likewise, Campitelli had never really pressed any buttons for me as a drummer, as my leanings in that area tend to be toward the likes of guys such as Neil Peart, Vinnie Colaiuta, Terry Bozzio, etal. I have been to many G3 shows, and the energy level always seemed to be higher when Steve Vai was out with his amazing band (particularly with the likes of Billy Sheehan on bass in recent years, and Tony MacAlpine on Second Lead Guitar and Keyboards).Read more ›
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One of my favorite guitar players of all time,this man is just incredible!!!Published 19 months ago by Kathryn Karlin
"Satriani is as accomplished as any of the other guitar gods of his generation, with the possible exception of Edward Van Halen"
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Enough has been said previously regarding the cameras. I do agree somewhat but I can live with it. Camera work issues aside, this is an incredible musical performance. Read morePublished on April 26, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Satch really smokes! Shear guitar shredding amp busting vertuosity. Dvd was filmed in a most out standing up close and in your face manner. Read morePublished on December 11, 2012 by Patrick M. Hagedorn
I had never heard of Satriani until one night I was watching this concert on the HD Net channel on direct tv. I purchased it along with another one of his cd's. Read morePublished on December 26, 2011 by Peter J. Miller
this covers most of his big songs, old and new. Shows some behind the scenes in the studio and on tour. Read morePublished on January 8, 2009 by J&LG