Time Machine (Joe Satriani album)

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Time Machine
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Studio album by Joe Satriani
Released October 13, 1993 (1993-10-13)[1]
Recorded 1984–93 at various locations
Genre Instrumental rock, hard rock
Length 139:42[2]
Label Relativity
Producer Joe Satriani, John Cuniberti, Andy Johns
Joe Satriani chronology
The Beautiful Guitar
(1993)The Beautiful Guitar1993
Time Machine
Joe Satriani
(1995)Joe Satriani1995
Singles from Time Machine
  1. "All Alone"
    Released: 1993[3]
  2. "Time Machine"
    Released: 1993[4]

Time Machine is the fifth studio album by guitarist Joe Satriani, released on October 13, 1993 through Relativity Records and reissued in 1998 through Epic Records. It is a double-disc compilation: the first disc contains a selection of new tracks, outtakes and unreleased studio recordings, while the second disc is composed of live recordings from 1988 and 1992.[5]

The album reached No. 95 on the U.S. Billboard 200[6] and remained on that chart for eight weeks,[7] as well as reaching No. 72 in the Netherlands and No. 87 in Germany.[8] "All Alone" was released as a single, reaching No. 21 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart[6] and receiving a nomination for Best Rock Instrumental Performance at the 1995 Grammy Awards,[9] along with "Speed of Light" at the 1994 Grammys;[10] these being Satriani's fifth and sixth such nominations. Time Machine was certified Gold on October 27, 1994.[1]


The album's 1998 reissue contains detailed liner notes explaining the story behind the content of both discs.[11] Five tracks were originally recorded during the sessions for The Extremist (1992): "Crazy", "Banana Mango II", "Thinking of You", "Speed of Light" (featured on the soundtrack to the 1993 film Super Mario Bros.) and "Baroque". Four other tracks were previously released on Satriani's 1984 self-titled EP: "Banana Mango", "Dreaming #11", "I Am Become Death" and "Saying Goodbye". A fifth track from the EP, "Talk to Me", was not included due to its master tape being damaged.

Recording locations[edit]

Disc one[edit]

The first disc was recorded in the following locations between 1984 and 1993:

  • The Barn - Bearsville, NY in 1990.
  • Hyde Street - San Francisco, CA between 1986-87.
  • The Plant - Sausalito, CA between 1991-93. This is where the live tracks on the second disc were mixed.
  • Record One - Sherman Oaks, CA between 1991-93.
  • Ocean Way - Los Angeles, CA between 1991-93.
  • Alpha and Omega Recordings - San Francisco, CA between 1986-87 and 1990-1991.
  • Fantasy Studios - Berkeley, CA between 1990-1993.
  • Coast Recorders - San Francisco, CA between 1990-91.
  • The Site - Marin County, CA in May 1993.

Most of the above locations were also used to record and mix his 1992 album, The Extremist.

Disc two[edit]

The second disc uses live recordings from three shows on the Extremist Tour and one show on the Surfing with the Alien tour. The recordings taken from the Extremist Tour are from the following shows:

  • Tower Theatre, Philadelphia, USA - December 3, 1992
  • Orpheum Theatre, Boston, USA - December 23, 1992
  • Hammersmith Apollo, London, UK - February 5, 1993

The recording taken from the Surfing with the Alien tour is from the following show:

  • California Theatre, San Diego, USA - June 11, 1988

This show originally aired on the King Biscuit Flower Hour radio show on July 31st, 1988. Three songs (Ice 9, Memories and Hordes of Locusts) were also used on the Dreaming No. 11 EP.

According to a 2014 interview with Joe for MusicRadar.com, the Roseland Ballroom show in New York (December 5, 1992) was also recorded for this album but wasn't used.

The Hammersmith Apollo show was recorded for and broadcast by BBC Radio 1 on May 1, 1993 and repeated on October 23, 1993 (both times at 19:30). It was produced by Jeff Griffin and recorded by Mike Robinson.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[5]

Phil Carter at AllMusic gave Time Machine 4.5 stars out of five, calling it "an excellent double-CD set providing something for just about everyone who's interested in Joe Satriani's music" and that "this set of recordings makes an excellent starting point for new fans and will give longtime fans something new as well."[5]

Track listing[edit]

Disc one[edit]

All tracks written by Joe Satriani, except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Time Machine" 5:07
2. "The Mighty Turtle Head" 5:12
3. "All Alone" (Billie Holiday, Mal Waldron; arrangement: Satriani) 4:22
4. "Banana Mango II" 6:05
5. "Thinking of You" 3:57
6. "Crazy" 4:06
7. "Speed of Light" 5:14
8. "Baroque" 2:15
9. "Dweller on the Threshold" 4:15
10. "Banana Mango" 2:44
11. "Dreaming #11" 3:37
12. "I Am Become Death" 3:56
13. "Saying Goodbye" 2:54
14. "Woodstock Jam" 16:07
Total length: 69:51

Disc two[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Satch Boogie" (Tower Theater, Philadelphia; December 3, 1992) 3:58
2. "Summer Song" (Orpheum Theatre, Boston; December 23, 1992) 6:01
3. "Flying in a Blue Dream" (Hammersmith Apollo, London; February 5, 1993) 5:24
4. "Cryin'" (Orpheum Theatre, Boston; December 23, 1992) 6:25
5. "The Crush of Love" (Tower Theater, Philadelphia; December 3, 1992) 5:40
6. "Tears in the Rain" (Tower Theater, Philadelphia; December 3, 1992) 1:58
7. "Always with Me, Always with You" (Tower Theater, Philadelphia; December 3, 1992) 3:39
8. "Big Bad Moon" (Tower Theater, Philadelphia; December 3, 1992) 5:23
9. "Surfing with the Alien" (Orpheum Theatre, Boston; December 23, 1992) 4:39
10. "Rubina" (Tower Theater, Philadelphia; December 3, 1992) 6:44
11. "Circles" (California Theatre, San Diego; June 11 1988) 4:14
12. "Drum Solo" (California Theatre, San Diego; June 11 1988) 2:14
13. "Lords of Karma" (California Theatre, San Diego; June 11 1988) 5:43
14. "Echo" (California Theatre, San Diego; June 11 1988) 7:49
Total length: 69:51


Chart performance[edit]


Year Chart Position
1993 Dutch albums chart 72[8]
German albums chart 87[8]
Billboard 200 95[6]


Year Title Chart Position
1993 "All Alone" Billboard Mainstream Rock 21[6]


Event Title Award Result
1994 Grammys "Speed of Light" Best Rock Instrumental Performance Nominated[10]
1995 Grammys "All Alone" Nominated[9]


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[12] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ a b "Gold & Platinum Searchable Database". RIAA. Retrieved 2015-03-27.
  2. ^ Time Machine (CD edition "E2K 68027").
  3. ^ "Joe Satriani – All Alone". Discogs. Retrieved 2014-03-20.
  4. ^ "Joe Satriani – Time Machine". Discogs. Retrieved 2014-03-20.
  5. ^ a b c Carter, Phil. "Time Machine - Joe Satriani". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2014-03-20.
  6. ^ a b c d "Time Machine - Joe Satriani | Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2014-03-20.
  7. ^ "Time Machine - Joe Satriani". Billboard. Retrieved 2014-03-20.
  8. ^ a b c "Joe Satriani - Time Machine (album)". finnishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2014-03-20.
  9. ^ a b "37th Grammy Awards - 1995". Rock On The Net. Retrieved 2014-03-20.
  10. ^ a b "36th Grammy Awards - 1994". Rock On The Net. Retrieved 2014-03-20.
  11. ^ Time Machine (booklet). Joe Satriani. U.S.: Epic Records. 1998. 68027. 
  12. ^ "American album certifications – Joe Satriani – Time Machine". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

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