Crystal Planet

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Crystal Planet
Joe Satriani - Crystal Planet.jpeg
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[2]
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)[3]

Crystal Planet is the seventh studio album by guitarist Joe Satriani, released on March 3, 1998 through Epic Records. 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 featuring Satriani's first recorded use of a seven-string guitar, namely the Ibanez Universe. "A Train of Angels" was nominated for Best Rock Instrumental Performance at the 1999 Grammy Awards;[7] this being Satriani's ninth such nomination.

Reissues[edit]

Crystal Planet has been reissued twice. The first was on June 16, 2008 as part of the Original Album Classics box set,[8] and most recently as part of The Complete Studio Recordings, released on April 22, 2014 through Legacy Recordings; this is a box set compilation containing remastered editions of every Satriani studio album from 1986 to 2013.[9]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine at AllMusic gave Crystal Planet four stars out five, calling it "an instrumental record with a difference" and Satriani's "finest all-instrumental effort since Surfing With the Alien." He praised Satriani for "taking more chances than ever" and further developing his technique, saying that it reaches "new, uncharted waters."[1]

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]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
United Kingdom (BPI)[10] Gold 500,000[11]
United States (RIAA)[12] 202,416[13]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Awards[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Crystal Planet - Joe Satriani". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2014-03-18.
  2. ^ Crystal Planet (CD edition "EPC 489473 2").
  3. ^ "Joe Satriani – Ceremony". Discogs. Retrieved 2014-03-18.
  4. ^ a b c d "Crystal Planet - Joe Satriani | Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. 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.
  8. ^ "Original Album Classics - Joe Satriani". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2014-03-21.
  9. ^ Bosso, Joe (2014-04-08). "Joe Satriani talks The Complete Studio Recordings album by album | Surfing With The Alien (1987)". MusicRadar. Future Publishing. Retrieved 2015-03-18.
  10. ^ "BPI Gold Sales Award – Crystal Planet". Equipboard. Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
  11. ^ "Nielsen SoundScan Gold Sales Award – Crystal Planet". Equipboard. Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
  12. ^ "American album certifications – Joe Satriani – Crystal Planet". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  13. ^ "Sludge Scan For December 1999". www.metalsludge.tv. Retrieved 10 July 2015. 

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