Professor Satchafunkilus and the Musterion of Rock

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Professor Satchafunkilus and the Musterion of Rock
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Studio album by Joe Satriani
Released March 31, 2008 (2008-03-31)
Recorded October 29, 2007 – early 2008 at The Plant in Sausalito, California; Studio 21 in San Francisco
Genre Instrumental rock
Length 54:15
Label Epic
Producer Joe Satriani, John Cuniberti
Joe Satriani chronology
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Professor Satchafunkilus and the Musterion of Rock is the twelfth studio album by guitarist Joe Satriani, released on April 1, 2008 through Epic Records.[1] The album reached No. 89 on the U.S. Billboard 200[2] and remained on that chart for two weeks,[3] as well as reaching the top 100 in four other countries.[4]

Release and tour[edit]

Recording for Professor Satchafunkilus began in October 2007[5] and the title was announced on March 13, 2008.[6] Touring began in Europe in April–June with guitarist Paul Gilbert as the opening act,[7] followed by Australia and New Zealand in July,[8] Mexico and South America in late July–August,[9] and concluding in North America in October–November.[10]


The album's title has two meanings: the first part is a homage to Satriani's nickname of "Satch", while "Musterion" is a GrecoBiblical word meaning "hidden thing", "secret", or "mystery".[11] From the date of the album's release until April 11, 2008, Satriani began a special "Guitar Center Sessions" tour,[12] followed by a worldwide tour on April 30.

All tracks were composed in 2007 with the exception of "Come on Baby", which, as Satriani explains, was written in 1993 amid a snowstorm during a vacation in Lake Tahoe. His son ZZ later encouraged him to finish the piece, upon which it became the third song dedicated to his wife Rubina (after "Rubina" from Not of This Earth, and "Rubina's Blue Sky Happiness" from The Extremist). It was later used by Canadian figure skater Vaughn Chipeur for his short program at the 2010 Canadian Figure Skating Championships.

"Revelation" was written about the death of fellow guitarist Steve Morse's father, as well as being a tribute of sorts to Morse's playing.[13]

As with "One Robot's Dream" from Super Colossal (2006), Satriani continues with the theme of exploring the humanistic side of robots on "I Just Wanna Rock". On a podcast detailing the making of the album, he explained the track to be about a robot's experiences at a rock concert.[14]

The final two tracks, "Asik Vaysel" and "Andalusia", were both inspired by the late Aşık Veysel, a critically acclaimed figure of Turkish folk literature.[13][15] "Andalusia" features a melody (from 1:40 to 1:53) which was previously played by Satriani on his 1993 video The Satch Tapes, during an acoustic guitar segment. On a podcast prior to the album's release, Satriani explained that a publishing error was the reason why Aşık Veysel's name was misspelled "Asik Vaysel" on the back cover, and that it would be corrected on subsequent pressings.[16]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]

Jason Lymangrover at AllMusic gave Professor Satchafunkilus three stars out of five, saying that Satriani "shines in his ability to hold back and write tasteful verse/chorus songs with memorable hooks." The songs on the album were described as "technically impressive numbers that never go overboard with the showboating and rely on a sense of feeling rather than virtuoso technique." One song which was criticized as a low point was "I Just Wanna Rock", but highlights included "Overdriver", "Musterion", "Andalusia", "Asik Vaysel", and the title track.[1]

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Joe Satriani.

3."I Just Wanna Rock"3:27
4."Professor Satchafunkilus"4:47
6."Come on Baby"5:49
7."Out of the Sunrise"5:43
9."Asik Vaysel"7:42
Total length:54:15


Chart performance[edit]

Year Chart Position
2008 Billboard Independent Albums 9[2]
Dutch albums chart 57[4]
French albums chart 57[4]
Swiss albums chart 67[4]
Billboard 200 89[2]
Billboard Top Internet Albums 89[2]
German albums chart 92[4]


  1. ^ a b c Lymangrover, Jason. "Professor Satchafunkilus and the Musterion of Rock - Joe Satriani". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2014-03-13.
  2. ^ a b c d "Professor Satchafunkilus and the Musterion of Rock - Joe Satriani | Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2014-03-13.
  3. ^ "Joe Satriani - Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2014-03-18.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Joe Satriani - Professor Satchafunkilus and the Musterion of Rock (album)". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2014-03-13.
  5. ^ Satriani, Joe (2007-10-29). "New Sessions in Progress". Retrieved 2014-04-05.
  6. ^ Webmaster (2008-03-13). "New Album and Podcast!". Retrieved 2014-04-05.
  7. ^ "2008 European Tour". Retrieved 2014-04-05.
  8. ^ "2008 Australia/NZ Tour". Retrieved 2014-04-05.
  9. ^ "2008 South America and Mexico Tour". Retrieved 2014-04-05.
  10. ^ "2008 US / Canada Tour". Retrieved 2014-04-05.
  11. ^ ""Musterion - Greek Lexicon"". Archived from the original on September 20, 2007. Retrieved 2012-06-27. . StudyLight. Retrieved 2014-03-13.
  12. ^ ""GC Sessions" Tour". Retrieved 2012-10-16.
  13. ^ a b c Bosso, Joe (2008-09-25). "Joe Satriani: The Human Touch". Guitar World. NewBay Media. Retrieved 2014-03-13.
  14. ^ "Joe Satriani: Professor Satchafunkilus and the Musterion of Rock Podcast". Retrieved 2014-03-13.
  15. ^ "Joe Satriani Bio". Myplay. Sony Music Entertainment. Retrieved 2014-03-13.
  16. ^ "Joe Satriani - Asik veysel Podcast" on YouTube. Retrieved 2016-01-12.
  17. ^ "Professor Satchafunkilus and the Musterion of Rock". Retrieved 2014-03-18.

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