Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards

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Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards
Studio album by Joe Satriani
Released October 5, 2010 (2010-10-05)[1]
Recorded June–August 2010[2][3] at Skywalker Sound in Nicasio, California; Studio 21 in San Francisco
Genre Instrumental rock, progressive rock[1]
Length 53:12
Label Epic
Producer Joe Satriani, Mike Fraser
Joe Satriani chronology
Live in Paris: I Just Wanna Rock
Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards
Satchurated: Live in Montreal
Singles from Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards
  1. "Light Years Away"
    Released: September 7, 2010 (2010-09-07)[4]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]

Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards is the thirteenth studio album by guitarist Joe Satriani, released on October 5, 2010 through Epic Records. The album reached No. 45 on the U.S. Billboard 200[5] and remained on that chart for two weeks,[6] as well as reaching the top 100 in six other countries.[7]

Release and tour[edit]

Recording for Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards took place in June–August 2010[2][3] and the title was announced on August 20.[3] A podcast of each track was put up on Satriani's official Facebook profile and YouTube channel leading up to the album's release,[8] with "Light Years Away" being released as a free MP3 single download on September 7, 2010 in exchange for the customer advertising it in a Facebook post or Twitter tweet.[4] Two bonus tracks, "Heartbeats" and "Longing", were made available through Best Buy and Napster.[9]

Touring began in Europe in October–November, followed by North America and Mexico in December to January 2011.[10]

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Joe Satriani.

No. Title Length
1. "Premonition"   3:52
2. "Dream Song"   4:48
3. "Pyrrhic Victoria"   5:08
4. "Light Years Away"   6:11
5. "Solitude"   0:57
6. "Littleworth Lane"   3:46
7. "The Golden Room"   5:19
8. "Two Sides to Every Story"   4:10
9. "Wormhole Wizards"   6:27
10. "Wind in the Trees"   7:42
11. "God Is Crying"   4:52
Total length:



Year Chart Position
2010 Billboard Hard Rock Albums 5[5]
Billboard Independent Albums 7[5]
Billboard Top Rock Albums 14[5]
Billboard Tastemaker Albums 23[5]
Swiss albums chart 34[7]
Dutch albums chart 39[7]
French albums chart 39[7]
Billboard 200 45[5]
Austrian albums chart 65[7]
Belgian albums chart 65[7]
German albums chart 85[7]


  1. ^ a b c Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards - Joe Satriani". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2014-02-08.
  2. ^ a b Webmaster (2010-06-01). "New Message from Joe, Club Joe and Europe Dates". Retrieved 2014-04-05.
  3. ^ a b c Webmaster (2010-08-20). "Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards Preorder & North America Tour". Retrieved 2014-04-05.
  4. ^ a b "Free MP3 Download of "Light Years Away"". 2010-09-07. Retrieved 2014-02-08.
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards - Joe Satriani | Awards". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2014-02-08.
  6. ^ "Joe Satriani - Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2014-03-18.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g "Joe Satriani - Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards (album)". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2014-02-07.
  8. ^ "Joe Satriani - Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards Podcasts". 2010-10-05. Retrieved 2014-02-08.
  9. ^ a b "Joe Satriani Best Buy® Exclusive". Best Buy. Retrieved 2014-02-08.
  10. ^ "2010/2011 The Wormhole Tour". Retrieved 2014-04-05.

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