Crystal Planet

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Crystal Planet
Studio album by Joe Satriani
Released March 3, 1998 (1998-03-03)[1]
Recorded The Plant Studios in Sausalito, California; The Site; H.O.S. Recording; Hyde Street Studios in San Francisco; Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, California
Genre Instrumental rock
Length 67:37
Label Epic
Producer Joe Satriani, Eric Valentine, Mike Fraser, John Cuniberti
Joe Satriani chronology
G3: Live in Concert
(1997)
Crystal Planet
(1998)
Engines of Creation
(2000)
Singles from Crystal Planet
  1. "Ceremony"
    Released: 1998 (1998)[2]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]

Crystal Planet is the seventh studio album by guitarist Joe Satriani, released on March 3, 1998 through Epic Records and reissued on June 16, 2008 as part of the Original Album Classics box set.[3] The album reached No. 50 on the U.S. Billboard 200[4] and remained on that chart for eight weeks,[5] as well as reaching the top 100 in five other countries.[6] "Ceremony" was released as a single, reaching No. 28 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart[4] and notably features Satriani's first recorded use of a seven-string guitar, namely the Ibanez Universe. "A Train of Angels" was later nominated for Best Rock Instrumental Performance at the 1999 Grammys;[7] this being Satriani's ninth such nomination.

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Joe Satriani, except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Up in the Sky"   4:09
2. "House Full of Bullets"   5:33
3. "Crystal Planet"   4:34
4. "Love Thing"   3:50
5. "Trundrumbalind"   5:13
6. "Lights of Heaven"   4:23
7. "Raspberry Jam Delta-v"   5:21
8. "Ceremony"   4:53
9. "With Jupiter in Mind"   5:46
10. "Secret Prayer"   4:27
11. "A Train of Angels" (J. Satriani, Z.Z. Satriani) 3:42
12. "A Piece of Liquid" (J. Satriani, Z.Z. Satriani) 3:04
13. "Psycho Monkey" (J. Satriani, Z.Z. Satriani) 4:36
14. "Time"   5:05
15. "Z.Z.'s Song"   3:01
Total length:
67:37

Personnel[edit]

  • Joe Satrianiguitar, guitar synthesizer, keyboard (tracks 5, 7, 13, 14), bass (tracks 2, 13, 14), harmonica, clapping (track 7), mixing (tracks 14, 15), production (tracks 13–15)
  • Eric Caudieux – keyboard (tracks 3, 7, 9, 12), programming, orchestration, editing
  • Eric Valentine – keyboard (track 14), drums (tracks 13, 14), percussion (tracks 13, 14), bass (track 14), engineering (tracks 13, 14), mixing (track 14), production (tracks 13, 14)
  • Jeff Campitelli – drums (tracks 1–12), percussion (tracks 1, 4, 6, 8–12), clapping (track 7)
  • Elk Thunder – percussion (track 8)
  • Rhoades Howe – percussion (track 14), engineering assistance (tracks 13, 14)
  • Stuart Hamm – bass (tracks 1, 3–12)
  • Mike Manning – clapping (track 7)
  • Mike Fraser – clapping (track 7), engineering (tracks 1–13), mixing (tracks 1–13), production (tracks 1–13)
  • John Cuniberti – engineering (tracks 14, 15), mixing (tracks 15), production (tracks 14, 15)
  • Kent Matcke – engineering assistance (tracks 1–10, 12)
  • Kevin Scott – engineering assistance (tracks 1–12), mixing assistance (track 14)
  • Stephen Hart – engineering assistance (track 15)
  • Judy Kirschner – engineering assistance
  • Zac Allentuck – mixing assistance (tracks 1–10, 12, 13)
  • George Marino – mastering

Chart performance[edit]

Album[edit]

Year Chart Position
1998 French albums chart 10[6]
Finnish albums chart 35[6]
Swiss albums chart 40[6]
Billboard 200 50[4]
Dutch albums chart 54[6]
German albums chart 73[6]

Singles[edit]

Year Title Chart Position
1998 "Ceremony" Billboard Mainstream Rock 28[4]

Awards[edit]

Title Event Award Result
"A Train of Angels" 1999 Grammys Best Rock Instrumental Performance Nominated[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Crystal Planet - Joe Satriani". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2014-03-18.
  2. ^ "Joe Satriani – Ceremony". Discogs. Retrieved 2014-03-18.
  3. ^ "Original Album Classics - Joe Satriani". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2014-03-18.
  4. ^ a b c d "Crystal Planet - Joe Satriani | Awards". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2014-03-18.
  5. ^ "Joe Satriani - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2014-03-18.
  6. ^ a b c d e f "Joe Satriani - Crystal Planet (album)". finnishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2014-02-18.
  7. ^ a b "41st Grammy Awards - 1999". Rock On The Net. Retrieved 2014-03-20.

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