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)
Recorded June–August 2010 at Skywalker Sound in Nicasio; 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)
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.[1] The album reached No. 45 on the U.S. Billboard 200[2] and remained on that chart for two weeks,[3] as well as reaching the top 100 in six other countries.[4]

Release and touring[edit]

Recording for Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards took place in June–August 2010[5][6] and the title was announced on August 20.[6] A podcast of each track was put up on Satriani's official Facebook profile and YouTube channel leading up to the album's release,[7] 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.[8] 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[2]
Billboard Independent Albums 7[2]
Billboard Top Rock Albums 14[2]
Billboard Tastemaker Albums 23[2]
Swiss albums chart 34[4]
Dutch albums chart 39[4]
French albums chart 39[4]
Billboard 200 45[2]
Austrian albums chart 65[4]
Belgian albums chart 65[4]
German albums chart 85[4]


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