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"Not Of This Earth"
© Epic Records
Year of Release: 198
Not Of This Earth
Driving At Night
Hordes Of Locusts
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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