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Super Colossal

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  • Audio CD (March 14 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000EF5MRW
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
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1. Super Colossal
2. Just Like Lightnin'
3. It's So Good
4. Bedshift Riders
5. Ten Words
6. A Cool New Way
7. One Robot's Dream
8. The Meaning Of Love
9. Made Of Tears
10. Theme For A Strange World
11. Movin' On
12. A Love Eternal
13. Crowd Chant

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Joe Satriani is the guitar. Plain and simple. No one else has ever been able to play with such pizzazz, such fluidity, such timelessness. That's not to say that there aren't others out there who are accomplished, they just can't even come close to achieving the magic that Joe Satriani performs as soon as his fingers mesh with the strings. Since the late eighties, the self-taught virtuoso has been winning over fans and musicians alike with his groundbreaking style and legendary sounds. He has been around the world several times on tours of his pwn, as well as tours with Mick Jagger, Deep Purple, and hugely successful G3 summer tours and albums wih fellow guitar legends Steve Vai, Eric Johnson, and Kenny Wayne Shepherd. He has been both artist and teacher such famour pupils as Steve Vai, Metallica's Kirk Hammett, Counting Crows's David Bryson, and jazz fusionist Charlie Hunter. Epic. 2006.


One of the most innovative voices in contemporary American music, guitarist Joe Satriani celebrates two decades as a recording artist by releasing yet another consistently strong and refreshing platter of soulful goodness. Like his former student and sometime sparring partner Steve Vai, Satriani shows his virtuosity rests not only in his command over his instrument but also in his command of composition. "It's So Good," "One Robot's Dream," and the title cut are constructed with a master's sense of harmony, melody, and rhythm. Satch still shreds without compromise, as he demonstrates on "Bedshift Riders," but he also reminds us that he can compose gentle works of soul-stirring elegance as evidenced by "Ten Words," "A Love Eternal," and "A Cool New Way." With Super Colossal Satriani holds his place as one of the most imaginative and inspired minds of his--or any--musical generation. --Jedd Beaudoin

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Format: Audio CD
Even though I keep finding a lot of disappointment in Satch's recent records this one is one of the better ones.

There is only one song on this record that is disappointing and that's "Just like Lightning" which is simply uninspired and boring. 4/5 rating songs are "Redshift Riders", and the last three. The rest gets 3/5 for not being bad, but for just not convincing. Nobody asks an artist to reinvent themselves all the time. Joe doesn't need that anymore. He is one of the top guitarists out there and every fan knows what he's capable of. What's an artist to do but go on and create music? Some of it is great, and some is so-so. Too bad that it seems there is more quantity than quality recently. Of those 13 songs we could have done with maybe 8 and Joe could have sat down more on those to make them better. Often it feels like he came up with one good riff and then decided to record that and noodle over it. When he really didn't know what to play he just abused his whammy pedal. What's disappointing to see is that when looking at my collection of Satriani songs there's so many there that I rated only as mediocre. Those songs that are not memorable anymore. Maybe because a lot of them sound alike. It's hard to please everyone but as a long-time fan I keep finding insignificant songs on his records. But enough ranting. There is one real jewel on this record and that's "Ten Words". This is a wonderful, beautiful ballad that reaches you where it should. Great job on this one, Joe.
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Another fantastic album from 'the master'... Satch always has something new to offer and he does it again with Super Colossal. What makes Satch unique, is his capability to play exactly what is needed for a particular tune that he plays. He only uses his technical wizardry when needed and does it with great finesse.....Listen to it, you won't be disappointed.
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This is an excellent album from start to finish.I love his playing and lets be honest, who even comes close as far as instrumental rock is concerned? Very melodic. Recommended.
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32 of 38 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa156c384) out of 5 stars Another Great Satch CD March 19 2006
By Mike S - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If you're a long time Satriani fan,you won't be dissaponted with this one. The cd has excellent guitar riffs and guitar solos in the classic Satriani instrumental style that I love. The music is fresh and creative while still maintaining his trademark sound from the past. Joe plays all the instruments,except the drums(played by Simon Philips and Jeff Campitelli),and plays them very well. There isn't a bad song on this cd. It's right up there in the same league with his past 2 studio albums. All killer,no filler!!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa156c3d8) out of 5 stars That Is How Rock Album in 21 Century Must Sound!!! April 8 2006
By Sergey Lenkov - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Joe Satriani never let us down. But I couldnt`t believe that he could record new album much interesting than his older classic CDs as "Surfing With An Alien", "Flying...", "Extremist". But he did it. As always fresh energetic driving beautiful really colossall sound!!!

Soundclips on this page couldn`t give you right impression of this record. As you know each peace by Joe is a kind of a story spoken by his guitar, a kind of a puzzle, labyrinth which listener would follow Joe till the end. First 3 songs are great but the album really starts with hard rock hit "Redshift Riders" and with this music you would follow the stream through ambiental "A Cool New Way" to rocking "Croud Chant".

So don`t wait - buy this album. Really rock album of the year!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa156c810) out of 5 stars The Maestro Strikes Again... March 20 2006
By Mariusar - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
As the world's biggest Satch fan, let me start by saying that I'd actually pay good money to hear him play "Mary Had A Little Lamb". Hard to believe I've been in love with his music for 2 decades now. Almost 20 years after "Surfing...", Super Colossal is Joe's most mature album to date - his guitar arrangements are simply sublime, every song is filled with those trademark "Satch-isms" [you Satch fans know what I mean] and believe it or nor, Joe's solos seem even more melodic and tasty than ever.

No real weak spots on this effort, though I personally feel tracks 4 through 10 are truly exceptional. Standouts for me include "One Robot's Dream" [my favorite, a very cinematic and funky piece with some brilliant solo runs], "The Meaning Of Love" [reminiscent of "Flying In A Blue Dream" with its hypnotic groove and relentless pulse], "A Cool New Way" [an almost *gasp!* Jazz-like swing], and "Redshift Riders" [a straight up-tempo, warp-speed ride].

From the first time I saw him play, I just got the sense that Joe was one of those guys who was born to play his instrument. IMHO, Joe's playing has got the most interesting combination of technical prowess, musicality and emotional investment than any of the other so-called "Guitar Gods". What makes Joe unique is the way he lets his melodies and solos "breathe", stretching things out as if he really isn't in any kind of hurry to get his musical message across.

The CD sounds amazing with some real sonic depth and musical drama. Check it out on some good headphones.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa156cbdc) out of 5 stars Joe's Back..with a Soulful Vengeance March 25 2006
By Bob Kremer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Joe Satriani has been my favorite guitarist for many years, ever since my college roommate turned me onto Surfing With The Alien back in the late 80's. I love every album Joe has put out though I was a little disappointed with Strange Beautiful Music. I listen to his CD's almost constantly and the new one Super Colossal spent several days in my CD player! I was a little underwhelmed by the title track at first but after a couple listens, it has that funky Hendrix kind of sound as do a few other songs. What are my favorite songs? Well, rather than cop out and say I love them all (which I do) I'll just list the few that really stand out in my mind (and ears!). Just Like Lightning is way funky, real bluesy and smooth. It's So Good is fun and uplifting, really makes you feel good! Redshift Riders is one of the coolest songs ever, from the Arabianesque rhythm to the spacey sound. Ten Words almost made me cry the first time I heard it - it's a very mellow and sad song but I love it nonetheless. Theme For A Strange World is a perfect song for the present day - weird yet very listenable. A Love Eternal is another very emotional piece that makes you feel it down deep, really tugs at your heartstrings. Finally, Crowd Chant is so much fun to listen to and "sing" along with! I found myself smiling and chanting along from the first listen! I hope I can get to see him on tour this time - it'll be a real treat to hear these songs done live! If you don't have this CD yet, do yourself a huge favor and buy it. I guarantee you won't be disappointed!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa156ccc0) out of 5 stars I want to be as direct as I can be...............Joe's new album is.... March 15 2006
By Hannibal Lector - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Super Colossal and I really have no clue why William Smith would bother reviewing a CD that he really hasn''t listened to. To make matters worse to slam EOC as it to wasn't worthy of 5 stars is simply rediculous. First and foremost I am glad as usual that SC doesn't sound like any of Joe's previous work, how boring that would be. I am relieved it isn't Surfin II as well. I am sure it can be quite a challenge for an artist like Joe to not repeat himself and just for that feat alone (this is instrumental work were talking about by the way) I would give him a star or two. But let's cut to the chase. This CD has all the ingredients to why I have always loved Satch's style and musicianship. He evokes emotions when I listen to his music and there is never a need for lyrics to be a part of that equation. When you close your eyes you envision his titles and understand a bit of what he is trying to convey with each note. His technique is undeniable and brilliant. It was Christmas morning for this fan as I tore open the Cd and cracked the jewel case..........hate them I really do.

There are many special moments on this CD and many more to find I'm sure as I will listen with a pair of good headphones and just tap my fingers to "It's So Good". "A Cool New Way" punctuates my favorite Satch style. I love the heavy stuff, I really do but Satch is at his best when he opens up and there are way to many examples in past albums where he has done this......Clouds Race Across The Sky comes to mind. Joe's new CD won't completely appeal possibly to the fans who are living under a rock waiting for him to release that same sound as say Surfin'.......but for those of us who enjoy new music from the guitarist who sets the bar very high you will feel as I do that this new works is eaxactly that SUPER COLOSSAL! A complaint about the new CD would be non musical in that the liner notes were minimal and no images of Joe to be found. On the other hand the artwork is very cool so no big deal. To sum my review up it is genuingly appreciated that you are so consistent in releasing such high quality material in a day an age where way to many artists never offer anything new or exciting. And to top it all off to witness you perform your music live and be so incredibly professional, sonically accurate and true to the studio version well anyone who has ever seen Joe live can attest to that. Now it's time to listen to "Ten Words" and remember some fallen heroes.

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