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Artist: Joe Satriani

Title: Surfing With the Alien

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Joe Satriani Surfing With the Alien Album Cover


Category: Instrumental

Year: 1987

Label: Relativity Records, Inc.

Catalog Number: 88561-8193-2


Joe Satriani guitar, bass, keyboards, percussion, and drum programming
Bongo Bob Smith drum programming, sound design, percussion
Jeff Campitelli drums, percussion
John Cuniberti percussion


1.  Surfing With the Alien  
2.  Ice 9  
3.  Crushing Day  
4.  Always With Me, Always With You  
5.  Satch Boogie  
6.  Hill of the Skull  
7.  Circles  
8.  Lords of Karma  
9.  Midnight  
10.  Echo  

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Existing comments about this CD

From: 9 CHAMPIONS A 1 Date: January 10, 2003 at 10:12
Para mi su mejor disco.Este no era el tipico album instrumental de los 80 donde imperaban las melodias preciosistas y quien movia los dedos mas rápido,este quiere ir mas allá,aqui la guitarra parece que tuviera vida propia,a parte de esos sonidos que uno se pregunta como demonios puede salir eso de una guitarra.No sabria como explicarlo,mejor escuchadlo si teneis oportunidad.Si "soportais" los discos instrumentales,este es uno de esos de OBLIGADA ESCUCHA.

From: TIM Date: January 10, 2003 at 15:14
I think "Surfing With The Alien" is still my favorite song by Joe. "Satch Boogie" is also pretty cool.

From: The Fizzy One Date: January 13, 2003 at 5:25
I'm not much for instrumental music, but "Alwayus With Me, Always With You," has got to be one of the best chickie-charmin' songs out there, and all the better as it has no words to complicate matters.

From: koogles Date: January 27, 2003 at 2:18
Until Satch, instrumentals on hard rock radio were unheard of in the '80s! Joe blew into town with a fistful of melodies so good, they didn't need a singer. A landmark release and a great driving CD!

From: Date: February 1, 2003 at 6:48
I tottaly agree with The Fizzy One & koogles!

From: Knuckles Date: February 24, 2003 at 23:04
Anybody that can play the guitar so well that I believe I hear vocals can flat out play.Taught him everything he knows.

From: kskkerim Date: January 20, 2004 at 8:43
no:1 for me the god of guitar . unstopable ,untouchable

From: sparkyass Date: January 25, 2004 at 2:52
an absolute alltime classic!!!!!!not one bad song or note for that matter. this one will live in infamy!!!!!

From: Vancouver Date: February 8, 2004 at 3:44
I only have good things to say about this one. "Lords of Karma" should be used in a Japanese anime; it has the sound. I learned a number of these songs on guitar. This CD and "Flying In A Blue Dream" was, to me, great summer music.

From: Big Papa K Date: June 14, 2004 at 18:16
Not a big fan of "guitar wankin" albums, but Satriani can construct a song better than most of the other metal instrumentalists. While tunes like "Satch Boogie" and "Always With Me, Always With You" are great listens, the album has a terrible dated feel to it because of the drum machine sound. 6/10

From: Rafo Phoenix Date: November 8, 2004 at 22:12

From: Joan Date: November 11, 2004 at 14:08
El mejor de Joe y el mas rockero. Surfin...crushing day...always with me..ESTILAZO

From: Metalhead Date: November 11, 2004 at 16:11
Agree with koogles, the melodies are so strong they don't need a singer. Satch I think is the only one that puts out instrumental albums that the songs are really "SING-A-BLE". Although I would still put his former student VAI ahead of him in terms of natural talent, I heard tons of techniques here that I haven't heard from VAI.

From: juan carlos Date: June 3, 2006 at 22:15
Es una gran alegría que todos concordemos con este gran album y creo que se lo merece. Acá Satriani se sale pero con todo.. "surfing with the alien" "ice 9" "crushing day".. uff todos los temas son grandiosos, y es que la manera de tocar de este gigante de la guitarra me fascina pero mas en este disco. "always with..." hace llorar a cualquier ser vivo o muerto ;-) mis respetos maestro, porque no siguió esa misma onda en sus siguientes albums? al menos dejó este clásico. Summer Disc indeed! 9.5/1

From: insane Date: April 28, 2007 at 9:51
No words can describe want a great album this is! Joe Satriani at his best and want a guitar....MY GOD!!! Satriani and Vai the 2 big ones.

From: lalo r.o.c.k. Date: July 17, 2008 at 13:05
Otro discazo de este genio de las seis cuerdas,hacía tiempo que no lo escuchaba y la verdad que me hizo disfrutar como loco,como olvidar temazos tan llenos de perfección instrumental como Surfing with the alien,Crushing day,Always with me always with you,Satch boggie,Circles todas con un aura musical que solo Joe Satriani puede imprimirle y pensar que lo veré en Lima este 5 de Agosto,uno de sus mejores discos junto con The Extremist,a mi parecer este albúm es un reflejo del interior hecho música.

From: pie75 Date: August 5, 2010 at 8:41
man what a great album the best instrumental album ever when i first heard always with me,always with you i was stunned by his tone i've listened to this so many times and always give this to guitarists i know to listen to and if i ever see it cheap i buy it and give it to them satch's finest moment

From: guitarrizer Date: June 19, 2019 at 7:10

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