Joe Satriani - Surfing With The Alien
Label: Relativity/88561-8193-1 | Release: 1987 | Genre: Hard-Rock
Mastered By Bernie Grundman
Vinyl | LP Cover (1:1) | FLAC | 24bit/96kHz | 890 MB
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.
Nowhere is this more true than on “Always with Me, Always with You,” a genuine ballad — not beefed up with muscular power chords but rather sighing gently with its melody — but this knack was also evident on the ZZ Top homage “Satch Boogie” and the title track itself, both of which turned into rock radio hits. This melodic facility, plus his fondness for a good old-fashioned three-chord rock, separated Satriani from his shredding peers in 1987, many of whom were quite literally his students. But he was no throwback: he equaled his former students Steve Vai and Kirk Hammett in sweep picking and fretboard acrobatics and he had a sparkling, spacy quality to some of his songs — particularly the closing stretch of the Middle Eastern-flavored “Lords of Karma,” the twinkling “Midnight,” and “Echo” — that was thoroughly modern for 1987. The production of Surfing with the Alien is also thoroughly of its year — stiff drumbeats, sparkling productions — so much so that it can seem a bit like a relic from another era, but it’s fine that it doesn’t transcend its time: it captures the best of its era and is still impressive in that regard.
Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine, allmusic.com
A1 Surfing With The Alien 4:20
A2 Ice 9 4:08
A3 Crushing Day 5:16
A4 Always With Me, Always With You 3:20
A5 Satch Boogie 3:10
B1 Hill Of The Skull 1:46
B2 Circles 3:27
B3 Lords Of Karma 4:46
B4 Midnight 1:42
B5 Echo 5:38
Pressed By – Electrosound Group Midwest, Inc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Relativity Records, Inc.
Copyright (c) – Relativity Records, Inc.
Copyright (c) – Marvel Entertainment Group, Inc.
Published By – Strange Beautiful Music
Recorded At – Alpha And Omega Studios
Recorded At – Hyde Street Studios
Mixed At – Alpha And Omega Studios
Mixed At – Hyde Street Studios
Art Direction – David Bett
Cover [Concept] – Jim Kozlowski
Drum Programming, Technician [Sound Design], Percussion – Bongo Bob Smith
Drums, Percussion – Jeff Campitelli
Engineer – John Cuniberti
Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, Percussion, Drum Programming – Joe Satriani
Mastered By – Bernie Grundman
Percussion – John Cuniberti
Producer – Joe Satriani, John Cuniberti
Technician [Pre-production Programming And Sound Design] – Jeff Kreeger
Written-By, Arranged By – Joe Satriani
Recorded and mixed at Alpha and Omega Recording and Hyde Street Studios, San Francisco, CA.
℗ © 1987 Relativity Records, Inc.
TM & © Marvel Entertainment Group, Inc.
All songs © Strange Beautiful Music/ASCAP
Barcode and Other Identifiers
Barcode (Text): 88561-8193-1
Matrix / Runout (Side One Etched): 88561-8193-1-A “JOE LOVES RUBINA” Emw
Matrix / Runout (Side Two Etched, Variant 1): 88561-8193-1-B “JOE LOVES RUBINA” Emw
Matrix / Runout (Side Two Etched, Variant 2): 88561-8193-1-B “JOE LOVES RUBINA” ♡ Emw