Surfing with the Alien

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Surfing with the Alien
Studio album by Joe Satriani
Released 1987 (1987)[1]
Recorded Alpha & Omega Recording, Hyde Street Studios in San Francisco
Genre Instrumental rock
Length 37:37
Label Relativity
Producer Joe Satriani, John Cuniberti
Joe Satriani chronology
Not of This Earth
(1986)
Surfing with the Alien
(1987)
Dreaming #11
(1988)
Singles from Surfing with the Alien
  1. "Surfing with the Alien" / "Ice 9"
    Released: 1987 (1987)[2]
  2. "Always with Me, Always with You" / "Hill of the Skull"
    Released: 1987 (1987)[3]
  3. "Satch Boogie"
    Released: 1987 (1987)[4]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[5]

Surfing with the Alien is the second studio album by guitarist Joe Satriani, released in 1987 through Relativity Records. The album is one of Satriani's most successful to date and contributed greatly to establishing his reputation as a respected rock guitarist.[5] It is his third highest-charting album on the U.S. Billboard 200, reaching No. 29[6] and remaining on that chart for 75 weeks, the longest of any of his releases.[7] It is also notable for being one of the first instrumental rock albums to reach the Billboard Top 40 chart; Satriani's subsequent album Flying in a Blue Dream (1989) would later chart higher, at No. 23.[8] Surfing with the Alien was certified platinum in February 1992 and remains Satriani's only release to achieve that accolade.[9][10]

Two singles from the album reached Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart: "Satch Boogie" at No. 22 and "Surfing with the Alien" at No. 37.[6] A third single, "Always with Me, Always with You", received a nomination for Best Pop Instrumental Performance at the 1989 Grammy Awards, while the album itself was nominated for Best Rock Instrumental Performance at the same event;[11] these being Satriani's first two of many such awards. Live versions of "Always with Me, Always with You" would later be nominated for Best Rock Instrumental twice more, at the 2002 and 2008 Grammys.[12][13]

Overview[edit]

The album contains fast and complex songs such as the title track and "Satch Boogie", which helped to further popularize shred guitar during that time, in addition to the strange-sounding "Crushing Day" and "Lords of Karma". By contrast slower, melodic songs such as "Always with Me, Always with You" and "Echo" provide a change of pace. "Midnight" utilizes the technique of two-handed tapping at high tempo, evoking a Spanish fingerstyle effect. There are also Nashville-tuned guitars ("Echo") and key changes ("Always with Me, Always with You" and "Echo") for variation. "Ice 9" references the fictional apocalyptic substance from Kurt Vonnegut's 1963 novel Cat's Cradle.[14]

The title track was made available as downloadable content in the music video games Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock (2007) and Guitar Hero Arcade (2009). "Satch Boogie" is available as a playable track in Guitar Hero III's sequel Guitar Hero World Tour (2008), and as a bonus track in Guitar Hero On Tour: Decades (2008). Additionally, both "Satch Boogie" and "Surfing with the Alien" are downloadable tracks for the Rock Band series.

Artwork[edit]

The cover art depicts the Marvel Comics character Silver Surfer on the front, with the hand of Galactus on the inside cover. The artwork is taken directly from Silver Surfer #1 (1982). The artist, John Byrne, has noted that the image was used without his permission and that he has never received payment for its use.[15] However, the album's back cover lists a Marvel Characters, Inc. copyright statement.

Reissue[edit]

Surfing with the Alien has been reissued several times. A remastered edition of the album was released on July 27, 1999 through Epic Records, which featured expanded liner notes.[16] A second remaster celebrating the album's 20th anniversary was released on August 7, 2007 through Epic/Legacy Recordings;[1] this is a double-disc set comprising the album itself with further expanded liner notes, as well as a DVD featuring Satriani's live performance at the 1988 Montreux Jazz Festival, music videos for "Always With Me, Always With You" and "Satch Boogie", and additional bonus material. To promote the 2007 reissue, Satriani played exclusive club gigs in select cities.[17]

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Joe Satriani.

No. Title Length
1. "Surfing with the Alien"   4:25
2. "Ice 9"   4:00
3. "Crushing Day"   5:14
4. "Always with Me, Always with You"   3:22
5. "Satch Boogie"   3:13
6. "Hill of the Skull"   1:48
7. "Circles"   3:28
8. "Lords of Karma"   4:48
9. "Midnight"   1:42
10. "Echo"   5:37
Total length:
37:37

Bonus DVD[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Ice 9"    
2. "Memories"    
3. "Midnight"    
4. "Rubina"    
5. "Circles"    
6. "Lords of Karma"    
7. "Bass solo"    
8. "Echo"    
9. "Hordes of Locusts"    
10. "Always with Me, Always with You"    
11. "Satch Boogie"    
12. "Satch Boogie" (music video)  
13. "Always with Me, Always with You" (music video)  
14. "Bonus material"    

Personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Album[edit]

Year Chart Position
1987 Billboard 200 29[6]
2007 Australian albums chart 10[18]
New Zealand albums chart 16[18]

Singles[edit]

Year Title Chart Position
1988 "Satch Boogie" Billboard Mainstream Rock 22[6]
"Surfing with the Alien" 37[6]

Awards[edit]

Title Event Award Result
Surfing with the Alien 1989 Grammys Best Rock Instrumental Performance Nominated[11]
"Always with Me, Always with You" Best Pop Instrumental Performance
"Always with Me, Always with You" (from Live in San Francisco) 2002 Grammys Best Rock Instrumental Performance
"Always with Me, Always with You" (from Satriani Live!) 2008 Grammys

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Surfing With The Alien "Surfing With The Alien". satriani.com. Retrieved 2014-03-22.
  2. ^ "Joe Satriani – Surfing With The Alien". Discogs. Retrieved 2014-03-22.
  3. ^ "Joe Satriani – Always With Me, Always With You". Discogs. Retrieved 2014-03-22.
  4. ^ "Joe Satriani – Satch Boogie". Discogs. Retrieved 2014-03-22.
  5. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Surfing with the Alien - Joe Satriani". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2014-03-22.
  6. ^ a b c d e "Surfing with the Alien - Joe Satriani | Awards". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2014-03-22.
  7. ^ "Joe Satriani - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2014-03-22.
  8. ^ "Flying in a Blue Dream - Joe Satriani | Awards". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2014-03-22.
  9. ^ "Album artist 997 - Joe Satriani". The World's Music Charts. TsorT. Retrieved 2014-03-22.
  10. ^ "Joe Satriani's Chronology". satriani.com. Retrieved 2014-03-22.
  11. ^ a b "31st Grammy Awards - 1989". Rock On The Net. Retrieved 2014-03-22.
  12. ^ "44th Grammy Awards - 2002". Rock On The Net. Retrieved 2014-03-22.
  13. ^ "50th Grammy Awards - 2008". Rock On The Net. Retrieved 2014-03-22.
  14. ^ Surfing with the Alien liner notes (1999 remaster).
  15. ^ Byrne, John. "Byrne Robotics: FAQ". byrnerobotics.com. Retrieved 2014-03-22.
  16. ^ "news". satriani.com. Retrieved 2014-03-22.
  17. ^ "Joe Satriani Set to Play Exclusive Club Dates". JustPressPlay. 2007-07-12. Archived from the original on 2008-03-01. Retrieved 2014-03-22.
  18. ^ a b "Joe Satriani - Surfing With The Alien (album)". finnishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2014-03-22.

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