Album Review: “Flying In a Blue Dream” Joe Satriani


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Joe Satriani is one of the most influential instrumental guitarist to exist.  Probably one of the most technically innovative as well.  A key player with a line of shredders in his time such as John Petrucci, Marty Friedman, Jason Becker, Steve Vai, etc, Satriani makes his way through fame with his third released album.  And though it may not appeal to hardcore fans of him, he does sing for the first time.  And even if this album does not fascinate many people like the previous Satriani album, “Surfing With the Alien,” it still has some nice songs added.  “Big Bad Moon” has a sound of Yardbirds/Eric Clapton riffs and a nice solo added to it.  “Back to Shalla-Bal” and “The Bells of Lal”(Part 2) reflect some of Joe’s older songs including “Circles” and Satch Boogie.”  Long time listeners of Joe will hopefully be more influenced by music.  Unfamiliarity with him will require research and some digging through his two precious albums, “Not of This Earth” and “Surfing With the Alien.”  Some listeners may not entirely enjoy the sound this album offers compared to the two previous albums mentioned above. [C]

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