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This review is from: Joe Satriani Satch Tapes, the (VHS Tape)I gotta confess: I pretty much skipped the Ibanez era of rock music. Eighties metal seemed utterly hollow to me. Few things were more boring than all that, bluesless, soulless, speed-for-speed's-sake shredding by all those over-coiffed fret-wankers in the Eighties. Like Elvis said, That don't _move_ me!
So when I came into possession of this tape, I played it with middling hopes. I had heard Satriani's name, and maybe heard a song or two on the local radio over the years. What a nice surprise! For instance, I was surprised to learn that he is almost as old as the Seventies stadium rockers I grew up with, though he didn't hit the big time til the late Eighties. For another, I was very pleased to hear quite a lot of musicality underneath all that flash. "Summer Song" is the most appealing track to someone with classic rock tastes, a turbo-charged road tune. The others at least convinced me that this guy does more than just noodle over triplets of 32nd notes.
So I don't know what my review is good for! Probably you are already a Satch fan, or have at least been aware of him for ages. But if, like me, you are a Fender/Gibson/Rickenbacker type, wondering if there is any gold in all the Ibanez dross, it says here that yes, there is.