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Joe Satriani

    Along with teaching some of the top rock guitar players of the '80s and '90s, Joe Satriani is one of the most technically accomplished and widely respected guitarists to emerge in recent times. Born on July 15, 1956, in Westbury, NY, and raised in the nearby town of Carle Place, Satriani -- inspired by guitar legend Jimi Hendrix -- picked up the guitar at the age of 14 (although he was initially more interested in the drums). Quickly learning the instrument, Satriani began teaching guitar to others and found a kindred spirit in one of his students, Steve Vai. By the late '70s, however ...read more

    Along with teaching some of the top rock guitar players of the '80s and '90s, Joe Satriani is one of the most technically accomplished and widely respected guitarists to emerge in recent times. Born on July 15, 1956, in Westbury, NY, and raised in the nearby town of Carle Place, Satriani -- inspired by guitar legend Jimi Hendrix -- picked up the guitar at the age of 14 (although he was initially more interested in the drums). Quickly learning the instrument, Satriani began teaching guitar to others and found a kindred spirit in one of his students, Steve Vai. By the late '70s, however, Satriani had relocated to Berkeley, CA. With his sights set on his own musical career, "Satch" kept teaching others, including such future rock notables as Kirk Hammett (Metallica), Larry LaLonde (Primus), David Bryson (Counting Crows), and jazz fusion player Charlie Hunter. In the early '80s, Satriani got a gig playing guitar with power popster Greg Kihn, doing some session work and touring with the group (an archival release recorded around this time, King Biscuit Flower Hour, was later issued in 1996), and issuing his own solo self-titled EP in 1984, financing and releasing the project entirely on his own. But when Vai hit the big time as the guitarist of David Lee Roth's solo band in 1986, he offered praise for his good friend and former teacher in several major guitar publications, leading to widespread interest in Satriani's playing. The timing couldn't have been more perfect for Satch, as he'd just issued his first full-length solo album, Not of This Earth, which automatically made ripples in the rock guitar community. But the best was still to come, in the form of his sophomore release, 1987's Surfing with the Alien. Almost overnight, Satriani was widely regarded as one of rock's top guitarists, as the album earned gold certification and the guitarist would finish at the top of guitar magazine polls for years afterward. He was even handpicked by Mick Jagger to accompany the famous singer on a tour of Australia and Japan around this time. A stopgap EP, Dreaming #11, combined both studio and live tracks and was issued a year later, and in 1989, Satriani issued solo full-length, Flying in a Blue Dream. Another sizeable hit, the album also marked Satch's debut as a vocalist on several tracks. His career received another big push the same year when his song "One Big Rush" was included on the soundtrack to Say Anything, Cameron Crowe's hit movie. The '90s began with Satriani creating his own line of guitars for the Ibanez company (the JS Joe Satriani model), but it wasn't until 1992 that he would issue his next solo release, The Extremist. The double-disc set Time Machine followed a year later (a combination of new tracks, live material, and the long out of print Joe Satriani EP from 1984), and in 1994, Satch filled in on tour for the departed Ritchie Blackmore for heavy metal pioneers Deep Purple. Although he was asked to become a full-time member, Satriani turned down the offer to return to his solo career. Satriani issued two more solo albums during the '90s, 1995's self-titled release and 1998's Crystal Planet. He also started the G3 guitar showcase tour with Vai in 1996, which became an annual event. Satriani issued a live document of the tour's initial run, G3: Live in Concert, a year later. 2000 saw Satriani issue his most musically daring release yet, the electronic-based Engines of Creation, and a year later, Live in San Francisco. Engines was nominated for a Grammy the next year, and after a successful tour he stepped back into the studio. The result, Strange Beautiful Music, was released in 2002. Electric Joe Satriani: An Anthology arrived in 2003, followed by Is There Love in Space? in 2004, Super Colossal in 2005, and Satriani Live! in 2006. In addition to his own albums, Satriani has guested on several other artists' albums over the years, including Blue Öyster Cult's Imaginos, Alice Cooper's Hey Stoopid, Stuart Hamm's Radio Free Albemuth, Pat Martino's All Sides Now, and Spinal Tap's Break Like the Wind. Satriani's thirst for collaboration extended to him joining forces with ex-Van Halen members Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony for the 2009 supergroup Chickenfoot. The next year, Satriani returned to his guitar pyrotechnics with Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards. « hide

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    LPs
    What Happens Next
    2018

    3.1
    34 Votes
    Shockwave Supernova
    2015

    3.2
    49 Votes
    Unstoppable Momentum
    05/07/2013

    3.3
    75 Votes
    Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards
    2010

    3.7
    93 Votes
    Professor Satchafunkilus and the Musterion of Rock
    2008

    3.1
    113 Votes
    Super Colossal
    2006

    3.8
    196 Votes
    Is There Love In Space?
    2004

    3.7
    145 Votes
    Strange Beautiful Music
    2002

    4
    126 Votes
    Engines of Creation
    2000

    3.1
    91 Votes
    Crystal Planet
    1998

    4
    175 Votes
    Joe Satriani
    1995

    3.6
    101 Votes
    Time Machine
    1993

    3.7
    75 Votes
    The Extremist
    1992

    4.2
    229 Votes
    Flying In A Blue Dream
    1989

    3.9
    186 Votes
    Surfing With The Alien
    1987

    4.2
    553 Votes
    Not of This Earth
    1986

    3.5
    99 Votes
    EPs
    Additional Creations
    2000

    3
    1 Votes
    Dreaming #11
    1988

    3.4
    31 Votes
    Joe Satriani EP
    1984

    2.6
    4 Votes
    Live Albums
    Satchurated: Live in Montreal
    04/23/2012

    4.4
    6 Votes
    Live in Paris: I Just Wanna Rock
    2010

    3.8
    10 Votes
    Satriani Live!
    2006

    4
    32 Votes
    Live In San Fransisco
    2001

    4.1
    42 Votes
    Compilations
    The Essential Joe Satriani
    2010

    3.2
    5 Votes
    Playlist: The Very Best Of Joe Satriani
    2010

    2.7
    3 Votes
    Joe Satriani Original Album Classics
    2008

    5
    1 Votes
    One Big Rush: The Genius of Joe Satriani
    2005

    3.4
    6 Votes
    The Electric Joe Satriani: An Anthology
    2003

    4.8
    2 Votes
    The Beautiful Guitar
    1993

    3.5
    1 Votes

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