Super Colossal

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Super Colossal
Joe Satriani - Super Colossal.jpeg
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 14, 2006 (2006-03-14)
RecordedLate 2005 – early 2006 at Studio 21 in San Francisco; Armoury Recording Studios in Vancouver
GenreInstrumental rock
ProducerJoe Satriani, Mike Fraser
Joe Satriani chronology
One Big Rush: The Genius of Joe Satriani
Super Colossal
Satriani Live!

Super Colossal is the eleventh studio album by guitarist Joe Satriani, released on March 14, 2006 through Epic Records.[1] The album reached No. 86 on the U.S. Billboard 200[2] and remained on that chart for two weeks,[3] as well as reaching the top 100 in three other countries.[4] Super Colossal was nominated for Best Rock Instrumental Performance at the 2007 Grammy Awards;[5] this being Satriani's thirteenth such nomination.

Release and touring[edit]

Recording for Super Colossal began around September 2005[6] and the title was announced on February 2, 2006.[7] Touring began in North America in March–May 2006, followed by Europe in June–July.[8]


Satriani provides detailed explanations of the story behind each track in the album's liner notes. "Crowd Chant" was originally going to be named "Party on the Enterprise" with sampled sounds of the Enterprise spacecraft from the Star Trek series. However, prior to the album's release, Satriani explained on a podcast that he was unable to acquire the legal rights to use the samples, choosing instead to replace them with his own sounds and rename the track.[9] "Crowd Chant"'s ending theme was inspired by composer Gabriel Fauré's "Pavane in F-sharp minor, Op. 50".[10]

"Crowd Chant" is used by various American football teams after touchdowns. It is also a popular goal song for ice hockey teams, most notably the Minnesota Wild and the New York Islanders of the NHL. It was later featured on the soundtrack to the 2009 video game NHL 2K10,[11] while a cover version appears in Madden NFL 11.[12] The MLB Network TV series Quick Pitch used the song as its opening theme but was replaced by Fitz and The Tantrums's song HandClap in 2017.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]

Rob Theakston at AllMusic gave Super Colossal 3.5 stars out of 5, saying that Satriani "doesn't pull any new tricks out of his bag, but lets his fingers do the talking throughout most of the record." The title track was described as "big and booming", with an instantly recognizable tone and delivery. "It's So Good" was likened to Flying in a Blue Dream (1989) and Steve Vai's 1990 album Passion and Warfare, while the final track, "Crowd Chant", was criticized as being "painfully out of place" despite its catchiness.[1]

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Joe Satriani.

1."Super Colossal"4:14
2."Just Like Lightnin'"4:01
3."It's So Good"4:14
4."Redshift Riders"4:50
5."Ten Words"3:28
6."A Cool New Way"6:13
7."One Robot's Dream"6:16
8."The Meaning of Love"4:34
9."Made of Tears"5:32
10."Theme for a Strange World"4:39
11."Movin' On"4:05
12."A Love Eternal"3:33
13."Crowd Chant"3:14
Total length:58:53


Chart performance[edit]

Year Chart Position
2006 Swiss albums chart 83[4]
Billboard 200 86[2]
Billboard Top Internet Albums 86[2]
French albums chart 86[4]
Dutch albums chart 89[4]


Event Title Award Result
2007 Grammys Super Colossal Best Rock Instrumental Performance Nominated[5]


  1. ^ a b c Theakston, Rob. "Super Colossal - Joe Satriani". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2014-03-14.
  2. ^ a b c "Super Colossal - Joe Satriani | Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2014-03-14.
  3. ^ "Joe Satriani - Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2014-03-18.
  4. ^ a b c d "Joe Satriani - Super Colossal (album)". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2014-03-14.
  5. ^ a b "49th Grammy Awards - 2007". Rock On The Net. Retrieved 2014-03-20.
  6. ^ Webmaster (2005-09-23). "joe music in NASCAR 06". Retrieved 2014-04-04.
  7. ^ Webmaster (2006-02-02). "Super Colossal & studio photos". Retrieved 2014-04-04.
  8. ^ "2006 super colossal shows". Retrieved 2014-04-04.
  9. ^ "Joe Satriani Super Colossal Podcast". 2006-03-14. Retrieved 2014-03-14.
  10. ^ "Joe Satriani - Pushing the Limits of the Human Experience". Musoscribe. Retrieved 2014-03-14.
  11. ^ "The NHL 2K10 Soundtrack". 2K Sports. Archived from the original on 2013-02-17. Retrieved 2014-03-14.
  12. ^ "EA Delivers Ultimate Gameday Experience With Madden NFL 11 Soundtrack". EA Sports. Retrieved 2014-03-14.

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