The first time I ever heard Joe Satriani's brilliant Ibanez tone was via an Armed Forces Network television commercial, while I was stationed withthe Navy, in Japan, back in 1987. About every hour, each day, this AFN stationwould play a short "Here's what's happening in your community" type of announcement, which just so happened to use Satriani's "Always With Me, Always With You", as the background music throughout the announcement. It took me about a month to finally track down who the hell it was who was playing this awesome tune, and I immediately went out and picked up Surfing With The Alien, his great album that this song is from.
Live In Paris: I Just Wanna Rock is the 4th live album by guitarist Joe Satriani, released in February 2010. It is a 2CD Live set of his live concert in Paris, France on 27 May 2008. In many ways it acts as a best-of glimpse at Satriani’s career, and the audio mix is top-notch. Included in the over two-hours worth of material are the grooving “Diddle-Y-A-Doo-Dat,” the tap-happy “Satch Boogie,” the sleek “Flying In A Blue Dream,” and “Ghosts,” which is driven by a haunting Middle-Eastern flavor. There’s enough stylistic variety within the 22 songs that boredom is never an issue.
Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards is the thirteenth studio album by guitarist Joe Satriani, released on October 5, 2010 through Epic Records. Recording for Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards took place in June–August 2010 and the title was announced on August 20. A podcast of each track was put up on Satriani's official Facebook profile and YouTube channel leading up to the album's release, with "Light Years Away" being released as a free MP3 single download on September 7, 2010 in exchange for the customer advertising it in a Facebook post or Twitter tweet. Two bonus tracks, "Heartbeats" and "Longing", were made available through Best Buy and Napster.
Essential: A masterpiece of hard rock music.
Surfing with the Alien belongs to its era like Are You Experienced? belongs to its own – perhaps it doesn't transcend its time the way the Jimi Hendrix Experience's 1967 debut does, but Joe Satriani's 1987 breakthrough can be seen as the gold standard for guitar playing of the mid- to late '80s, an album that captures everything that was good about the glory days of shred. Certainly, Satriani was unique among his peers in that his playing was so fluid that his technical skills never seemed like showboating – something that was somewhat true of his 1986 debut, Not of This Earth, but on Surfing with the Alien he married this dexterity to a true sense of melodic songcraft, a gift that helped him be that rare thing: a guitar virtuoso who ordinary listeners enjoyed.