The Extremist

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The Extremist
Studio album by Joe Satriani
Released July 17, 1992 (1992-07-17)[1]
Recorded 1990–92[2] at Bearsville Studios in Bearsville, New York; Coast Recorders and Alpha & Omega Recording in San Francisco; Ocean Way Recording in Hollywood; Record One Studios in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles; Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, California
Genre Instrumental rock
Length 47:53
Label Relativity
Producer Joe Satriani, Andy Johns, John Cuniberti
Joe Satriani chronology
Flying in a Blue Dream
The Extremist
The Beautiful Guitar
Singles from The Extremist
  1. "Friends" / "New Blues"
    Released: 1992 (1992)[3]
  2. "Summer Song" / "Why"
    Released: 1992 (1992)[4]
  3. "Cryin'"
    Released: 1992 (1992)[5]
  4. "The Extremist"
    Released: 1992 (1992)[6]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[7]

The Extremist is the fourth studio album by guitarist Joe Satriani, released on July 17, 1992 through Relativity Records and reissued on June 16, 2008 through Epic Records as part of the Joe Satriani Original Album Classics box set.[8] The album is one of Satriani's most popular releases and his highest-charting to date, reaching No. 22 on the U.S. Billboard 200[9] and remaining on that chart for 28 weeks,[10] as well as reaching the top 50 in six other countries.[1] Three singles reached Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart: "Summer Song" at No. 5, "Friends" at No. 12 and "Cryin'" at No. 24.[9] The Extremist was certified gold in December 1992[11][12] and received a nomination for Best Rock Instrumental Performance at the 1993 Grammy Awards;[13] this being Satriani's fourth such nomination.


"Rubina's Blue Sky Happiness" is dedicated to Satriani's wife Rubina, and is the second song named after her. "Summer Song" has endured as one of Satriani's best-known songs and is a mainstay at his concerts; it was used by Sony in a commercial for the Walkman[12] and was later included on the soundtrack to two of Sony's console video games: Formula 1 (1996) for the PlayStation and Gran Turismo 4 (2004) for the PlayStation 2. Two B-sides from The Extremist's recording sessions, "Crazy" and "Banana Mango II", together with the outtakes "Thinking of You", "Speed of Light" and "Baroque", were later released on Satriani's 1993 double compilation album Time Machine.[2]

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Joe Satriani.

No. Title Length
1. "Friends" (arrangement: Satriani, Andy Johns) 3:29
2. "The Extremist"   3:43
3. "War"   5:48
4. "Cryin'"   5:43
5. "Rubina's Blue Sky Happiness"   6:11
6. "Summer Song"   5:00
7. "Tears in the Rain"   1:18
8. "Why"   4:45
9. "Motorcycle Driver"   4:58
10. "New Blues"   6:58
Total length:


Chart performance[edit]


Year Chart Position
1992 Norwegian albums chart 5[1]
Swiss albums chart 11[1]
New Zealand albums chart 16[1]
Billboard 200 22[9]
Australian albums chart 29[1]
Swedish albums chart 35[1]
Dutch albums chart 44[1]
German albums chart 55[1]


Year Title Chart Position
1992 "Friends" Billboard Mainstream Rock 12[9]
"Summer Song" Billboard Mainstream Rock 5[9]
1993 "Cryin'" Billboard Mainstream Rock 24[9]


Title Event Award Result
The Extremist 1993 Grammys Best Rock Instrumental Performance Nominated[13]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Joe Satriani - The Extremist (album)". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2014-03-20.
  2. ^ a b Time Machine (booklet). Joe Satriani. U.S.: Relativity Records. 1993. 88561-1177-2. 
  3. ^ "Joe Satriani – Friends". Discogs. Retrieved 2014-03-20.
  4. ^ "Joe Satriani – Why". Discogs. Retrieved 2014-03-20.
  5. ^ "Joe Satriani – Cryin'". Discogs. Retrieved 2014-03-20.
  6. ^ "Joe Satriani – The Extremist". Discogs. Retrieved 2014-03-20.
  7. ^ Carter, Phil. "The Extremist - Joe Satriani". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2014-03-20.
  8. ^ "Original Album Classics - Joe Satriani". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2014-03-20.
  9. ^ a b c d e f "The Extremist - Joe Satriani | Awards". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2014-03-20.
  10. ^ "Joe Satriani - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2014-03-20.
  11. ^ "Album artist 997 - Joe Satriani". The World's Music Charts. TsorT. Retrieved 2014-03-21.
  12. ^ a b "Joe Satriani's Chronology". Retrieved 2014-03-20.
  13. ^ a b "35th Grammy Awards - 1993". Rock On The Net. Retrieved 2014-03-20.
  14. ^ "Joe Satriani - The Extremist +1". MusicStack. Retrieved 2014-03-21.

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