Strange Beautiful Music

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Strange Beautiful Music
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Studio album by Joe Satriani
Released June 25, 2002 (2002-06-25)
Recorded Early 2002
Studio The Plant in Sausalito, California; Studio 21 in San Francisco
Genre Instrumental rock
Length 60:22
Label Epic
Producer Joe Satriani, Eric Caudieux, John Cuniberti
Joe Satriani chronology
Live in San Francisco
Strange Beautiful Music
The Electric Joe Satriani: An Anthology
Singles from Strange Beautiful Music
  1. "Starry Night"
    Released: June 10, 2002
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]

Strange Beautiful Music is the ninth studio album by guitarist Joe Satriani, released on June 25, 2002 through Epic Records;[2] a Super Audio CD edition was released on September 10.[3] The album reached No. 140 on the United States Billboard 200[4] and remained on that chart for a week,[5] as well as reaching the top 100 in four other countries.[6] "Starry Night" was released as a single on June 10[7] and received a nomination for Best Rock Instrumental Performance at the 2003 Grammy Awards;[8] this being Satriani's twelfth such nomination. The title of Strange Beautiful Music is also the name of Satriani's publishing company.[9]

Release and tour[edit]

Recording for Strange Beautiful Music began in January 2002 and the title was announced on March 25.[7] Worldwide touring began in Europe in July, followed by North America in August–September, East Asia in October, additional dates in North America from November through to February 2003, Central America in March, and concluding in South America in April.[10]

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Joe Satriani, except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Oriental Melody" 3:56
2. "Belly Dancer" 5:02
3. "Starry Night" 3:55
4. "Chords of Life" 4:13
5. "Mind Storm" 4:12
6. "Sleep Walk" (Santo Farina, Johnny Farina) 2:46
7. "New Last Jam" 4:19
8. "Mountain Song" 3:31
9. "What Breaks a Heart" 5:20
10. "Seven String" 4:02
11. "Hill Groove" 4:10
12. "The Journey" 4:09
13. "The Traveler" 5:39
14. "You Saved My Life" 5:02
Total length: 60:22


Chart performance[edit]

Year Chart Position
2002 French albums chart 38[6]
Swiss albums chart 78[6]
Dutch albums chart 84[6]
German albums chart 92[6]
Billboard 200 140[5]


Event Title Award Result
2003 Grammys "Starry Night" Best Rock Instrumental Performance Nominated[8]


  1. ^ Gowan, Mike. "Strange Beautiful Music - Joe Satriani". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2014-03-18.
  2. ^ "Strange Beautiful Music". Retrieved 2014-03-18.
  3. ^ "Strange Beautiful Music (Multichannel/Stereo)". Amazon. Retrieved 2014-03-23.
  4. ^ "Strange Beautiful Music - Joe Satriani | Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2014-03-18.
  5. ^ a b "Joe Satriani - Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2014-03-18.
  6. ^ a b c d e "Joe Satriani - Strange Beautiful Music (album)". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2014-02-18.
  7. ^ a b Webmaster (2002-06-09). "New Album and New Site". Retrieved 2014-03-22.
  8. ^ a b "45th Grammy Awards - 2003". Rock On The Net. Retrieved 2014-03-20.
  9. ^ Liner notes of most Satriani albums from Not of this Earth onwards.
  10. ^ "strange beautiful tour 2002-2003". Retrieved 2014-03-24.

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