Not of This Earth (Joe Satriani album)

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Not of This Earth
Studio album by Joe Satriani
Released 1986 (1986)[1]
Recorded Early 1985[2] at Hyde Street Studios in San Francisco
Genre Instrumental rock
Length 38:42[3]
Label Relativity
Producer Joe Satriani, John Cuniberti
Joe Satriani chronology
Joe Satriani
(1984)
Not of This Earth
(1986)
Surfing with the Alien
(1987)
Alternative cover
European edition / 1988 reissue

Not of This Earth is the first studio album by guitarist Joe Satriani, released in 1986 through Relativity Records.[1]

Overview[edit]

In the liner notes, Satriani provides a brief introduction to himself and the background behind Not of This Earth. He states that his goal was "to make a 'guitar-record' that would be enjoyed by all; not just a 'guitar-chops-record' but one with real music on it." He also mentions the recording of a follow-up album which he promises "will turn heads, drop jaws and create world peace in our lifetime!";[2] this would become his 1987 breakthrough smash hit Surfing with the Alien.

The album uses electronic drums rather than acoustic drums. The title track utilizes a unique compositional technique described by Satriani as pitch axis theory, which consists of shifting modes underneath a pedal tone (in this case, E). "The Enigmatic" uses the enigmatic scale.[4] "Rubina" is one of two tracks named after his wife, the other being "Rubina's Blue Sky Happiness" on The Extremist (1992). "The Headless Horseman" is performed entirely using a two-handed tapping technique, and was revisited in the form of "Headless" on Flying in a Blue Dream (1989).

Reissue[edit]

Not of This Earth has been reissued several times. The original cover art used for the first vinyl and CD editions was lost early on, having since been replaced with an alternate cover which has been used for all releases since 1988.[5] Notably the guitar, an Ibanez 540P, with which Satriani is pictured on this second edition cover was never actually used by him, instead being merely "a promo shot that got too much press".[6]

The second major reissue of the album was as part of the Joe Satriani Original Album Classics box set, released on June 16, 2008 through Epic Records.[7] The most recent reissue was part of The Complete Studio Recordings, released on April 22, 2014 through Legacy Recordings; this is a box set compilation containing newly remastered editions of every Satriani studio album from 1986 to 2013.[8]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[9]

Phil Carter at AllMusic gave Not of This Earth four stars out of five, describing it as having "superior compositions, a signature style, a unique tone, and playing that's out of this world." He praised Satriani's "fluid playing and wicked licks [that] are enough to drop jaws and widen eyes" and that "There isn't a weak track on this disc".[9]

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Joe Satriani.

No. Title Length
1. "Not of This Earth"   4:04
2. "The Snake"   4:43
3. "Rubina"   5:56
4. "Memories"   4:06
5. "Brother John"   2:10
6. "The Enigmatic"   3:26
7. "Driving at Night"   3:33
8. "Hordes of Locusts"   4:59
9. "New Day"   3:52
10. "The Headless Horseman"   1:53
Total length:
38:42

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Not Of This Earth". satriani.com. Retrieved 2014-03-22.
  2. ^ a b Not of This Earth (CD edition liner notes).
  3. ^ Not of This Earth (CD edition "Rel 462972 2").
  4. ^ Fischer, Peter (2000). Rock Guitar Secrets, p. 162. ISBN 3-927190-62-4.
  5. ^ "Joe Satriani – Not Of This Earth". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-03-13.
  6. ^ Chat Transcript: 12/5/00. Musictoyz. 2000-12-05. Retrieved 2014-03-22.
  7. ^ "Original Album Classics - Joe Satriani". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2014-03-20.
  8. ^ Bosso, Joe (2014-04-08). "Joe Satriani talks The Complete Studio Recordings album by album | Not Of This Earth (1988)". MusicRadar. Future Publishing. Retrieved 2015-03-11.
  9. ^ a b Carter, Phil. "Not of This Earth - Joe Satriani". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2014-03-22.

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