Sometimes talent just finds a way to get things done. Surfing With The Alien was recorded in 1987 on a $13,000 budget. Joe Satriani relied on drum machines for a majority of the songs in order to free up time and money, with Satch Boogie being the sole “live drum” track on the album. Joe also only had one guitar solo worked out in advance, choosing to play loose and improvise his solos over the precision machine beats. This strategy worked out great, and Joe Satriani became a name that all guitar players learned with a quickness. Some of my favorites from Surfing are Ice 9, Echo, Crushing Day, Satch Boogie, Hill Of The Skull, the amazing title track, and the gorgeous Always With Me, Always With You. Joe’s playing is filled with technique and tricks, but more importantly, it is overflowing with melody and tone. Non musicians can enjoy this disc just as much as us guitar nerds.
Written By Braddon S. Williams