As of April 22, 2014, Legacy Records has released Joe Satriani’s Complete Studio Recordings as a box set. This box set contains all 14 of Satriani’s albums, starting with 1986’s Not of this Earth and ending with last year’s Unstoppable Momentum. Two of the albums included were platinum sellers: 1987’s Surfing with the Alien and 1989’s Flying in a Blue Dream. A 15th CD is also included, Additional Creations and Bonus Tracks.
The collection also includes a booklet of photos, according to the press release, and each CD has its own replica cardboard jacket. The sound remastering was overseen by Satriani himself, according to the information I received.
I also received a promotional sampler in streaming audio format consisting of a number of tracks from the release, including “Surfing with the Alien,” “Flying in a Blue Dream,” “Not of This Earth” and “Always with Me, Always with You.” Based on these tracks I would say that the sound quality on the collection appears to be excellent and that even Satriani’s earliest work seems preternaturally modern.
Satriani is, of course, considered to be one of the greatest guitar players of our day and, again according to the press release, the world’s best-selling instrumental guitarist. His career has remained strong and his reputation has endured for nearly 30 years.
Satriani’s music often sounds otherworldly and runs the gamut from sedate and meditative to mind-bending speed. It is, to my mind at least, unlike any other artist’s output. He combines jazz, rock, blues and classical music to create something that is immediately recognizable as Satriani’s own music.
The collection, of course, will be a must for Satriani fans and collectors of instrumental guitar music. It will make an excellent gift for any music lover or for yourself.
Here is the listing of all the albums included in the set:
Not of This Earth (1986)
Surfing with the Alien (1987)
Flying in a Blue Dream (1989)
The Extremist (1992)
Time Machine (1993)
Joe Satriani (1995)
Crystal Planet (1998)
Engines of Creation (2000)
Strange Beautiful Music (2002)
Is There Love in Space (2004)
Super Colossal (2006)
Professor Satchafunkilus and the Musterion of Rock (2008)
Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards (2010)
Unstoppable Momentum (2013)
Additional Creations and Bonus Tracks (2014)