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Year of Release: 1997
The Crush Of Love
Hordes Of Locusts
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JOe Satriani's Dreaming #11 was a 4-song EP. The main reason for its popularity, was the hit single, "The Crush Of Love." It's one of
those songs that has a great guitar hook, and of course, the distictive sound of Joe Satriani's previous albums. "The Crush Of Love" was the main
reason why this EP was bought. The remaining three tracks were from his Surfing With The Alien Tour,
supporting his previous album at the time, in 1987.
Joe introduces his band for track two, "Ice Nine" : Stuart Hamm (bass), Jonathan Mover (drums). "And my name is Joe..."
is a great sound of metal and hard rock. "Memories" is even better. It's Joe's signature sound, and the beginning intro can be
compared to Eddie Van Halen's "Eruption," and could be also an early VH styled song. (Joe Satriani is a better guitar player than Eddie, in my own
opinion.) Ending the EP is a great Rock track, "Hordes Of Locusts."
Being an EP, Dreaming #11 leaves you wanting more. With only four songs, there could easily have been more, like more live tracks, and studio
tracks. Which by the way, there was a track called "Dreaming #11" but it was not released on this EP. It would later be included on his 1993
compilation album, Time Machine. Likewise, "The Crush Of Love" was also included.
For the ultimate Satriani fan, this EP definitely is not enough. But at the time of the release, "The Crush Of Love" was becoming a huge hit,
and was only available on this EP at the time. It was the EP's only studio track. It was a Top 10 hit on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart, and was
nominated for Best Rock Instrumental Performance at the 1990 Grammy Awards. By 1993, it would be part of a compilation, along with the "title track."
So as his popularity became bigger with each album released, obviously a best-of/greatest hits/anthology compilation would soon be available. And in
most cases, these kinds of compilations included never-before-released tracks, and included various EP tracks, since there weren't enough songs to complete
an entire album.
The EP itself is recommended, despite it only has four tracks. "The Crush Of Love" is worth the price. It's one of his best songs, and it came
after what may some consider his best album of his career - Surfing With The Alien. Each album he has released has been exceptional, and picking out
just one album would be hard. But for those who want to discover Joe Satriani, Surfint With The Alien would be a good start. (This is how I was
introduced to his music.) Anyone who enjoys Rock music, has always admired the top guitar players. Joe Satriani is one of them. An amazing guitarist,
he has taught guitar (Steve Vai was one of his students). Also an amazing songwriter, and performer, he has paved the way for future guitarists and guitar
equipment. If you haven't yet discovered Joe Satriani, you must have been far asleep, or just haven't recognized from others how great this musician truly
is. His unique guitar playing stands out as one of the finest to ever play. He has been recording since 1984, and has been in supergroups: G3-he and two
other distinctive guitarists; his first formation was with Steve Vai and Eric Johnson. Other guitarists have had the G3 name, with Satriani being the
"original member." The other is Chickenfoot, along with Sammy Hagar. A great resume of music, Joe Satriani keeps his popularity intact with the Rock world,
and its fans. It's been over 25 years since his first album, as he is sure to be a future Rock Hall of Famer. His time is due.
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