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Joe Satriani
"Not Of This Earth"

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Year of Release: 198

track listing
  • Not Of This Earth
  • The Snake
  • Rubina
  • Memories
  • Brother John
  • The Enigmatic
  • Driving At Night
  • Hordes Of Locusts
  • New Day
  • The Headless Horseman

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    "Not Of This Earth"

    I first discovered Joe Satriani and his great album, Surfing With The Alien (1987). Obviously, when discovering a group or artist's breakthrough album, one often goes back to this talent's previous releases to see if they are just as good as their breakthrough album. Satriani's second chronological album, from 1986, Not Of This Earth, has the same quality atmosphere as his Alien, and for those who enjoyed Alien, Not Of This Earth will be equally enjoyed.

    If you're familiar with Satriani's sound on Surfing With The Alien, then you'll know that the following songs are in that same style: "Not Of This Earth" "Driving At Night, and "New Day".

    "The Snake" has a funky/soul beat, heard in the late 1970s disco-styled music, however, Satriani does give it a much solid edge, with his hard-driven solos, and in some spots sounding like techo-pop.

    "Rubina" slows the down the pace just a bit, where "Memories" is a medium-rock tempo, demonstrating, once again the great guitar solos of Satriani. "Brother John" is another slow paced number, sounding more accoustical, even though the electric guitar is used.

    "The Enigmatic" is eerie and powerful. It can be great music for a chiller mystery movie soundtrack. "Hordes Of Locusts" is a definite mix of Satriani rock and heavy metal. "The Headless Horseman" has an Eddie Van Halen solo comparison, as in Van Halen's "Eruption". Satriani isn't playing in "lightning speed" as Eddie, but the sound is definitely there, compared to the early years of Van Halen with David Lee Roth.

    If you've never heard of Joe Satriani, he is another indiviudal who is in the great book of rock guitarists. Not Of This Earth, like most of his early releases, is all instrumental. Satriani's music can easily be used for movie soundtracks, likewise background music for radio station commercials and promotions. (And I'm sure somewhere they are.) His music has the basic ingridients in guitar-driving rock, sometimes heavy metal, and sometimes even jazz rock. Joe Satriani is another name in the long list of artists, who should be discovered, because his guitar playing is just as unique and great as such classic guitarists as Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, and Stevie Ray Vaughan; the list goes on and on...

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