JOE SATRIANI

(UNITED STATES)

FLYING IN A BLUE DREAM

(1989)
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AUTRE LABEL

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GUITAR HERO

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Guitar-Hero, Instrumental, Technical
"With "Flying In A Blue Dream", Joe Satriani does not rest on his laurels and remains the adventurous guitarist and composer he always wanted to be."
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Surprisingly, it took only a few months for "Surfing With The Alien" to reach the top of the sales. The events are going to rush for the Italian-American: re-release of "Not Of This Earth", recording of the EP "Dreaming #11" between two tours with Mick Jagger, media requests and tours to promote "Surfing With The Alien". As soon as the EP is released, in November 1988, Joe Satriani starts to compose his next album. "Flying In A Blue Dream", which took sixteen weeks to record, was released in October 1989, two years almost to the day after "Surfing With The Alien". As often with Satch, the inspiration comes from his own experiences and it is a recurring dream he had as a child in which he sees himself flying in a blue world that will give its name to the album and to the first title of this one.

"Flying In A Blue Dream" is the album of innovations and risk-taking in which Joe Satriani gives himself away like never before. It is the first time that the guitarist sings (six times) with more or less talent and that the banjo ('The Feeling') and the harmonica ('Gig Bad Moon') are used. In this record Joe Satriani approaches many styles and sets himself few barriers with notably the hard rock in 'Big Bad Moon' and lighter with 'Ride' or 'Can't Slow Down', the jovial 'The Phone Call', the funky 'Strange' and the ballad 'I Believe'. The four interludes, experimental ('Headless') or introductory ('The Forgotten' and 'Bells Of Lal'), give the necessary breath to digest this long album.

The instrumental compositions are better chiselled than those of "Surfing" and the harmonic balance reinforced by the care taken by the musicians and the production increases the effect of power ('One Big Rush', 'Back To Shalla-Bal') and of onirism (the superb 'The Forgotten Part 2'). Technically Joe Satriani is at the top with the constant concern to serve the song and the melody. For example the virtuoso execution of the two-handed tapping will offer the gimmick to the very famous 'The Mystical Potato Head Groove Thing' and the mastered sustain will give to 'Flying In A Blue Dream' its lyricism. As for "Surfing With The Alien" Joe Satriani wanted to conclude his album with a moving tribute to his father, who died during the recording of "Flying", with the poignant 'Into The Light'.

The production work combined with the presence of acoustic sounds allows to appreciate the huge difference in rendering between "Surfing With The Alien" and the latter. Joe Satriani's audacious bet to propose a versatile album and interspersed with songs will be validated by the success of the sales. For his next album in the making, "The Extremist", Satch will keep the best of "Flying In A Blue Dream" and abandon everything else.
- Official website

TRACK LISTING:
01. Flying In A Blue Dream
02. The Mystical Potato Head Groove Thing
03. Can't Slow Down
04. Headless
05. Strange
06. I Believe
07. One Big Rush
08. Big Bad Moon
09. The Feeling
10. The Phone Call
11. Day At The Beach (new Rays From An Ancient Sun)
12. Back To Shalla-bal
13. Ride
14. The Forgotten (part One)
15. The Forgotten (part Two)
16. The Bells Of Lal (part One)
17. The Bells Of Lal (part Two)
18. Into The Light

LINEUP:
Jeff Campitelli: Batterie
Joe Satriani: Chant / Guitares / Basse / Claviers / Batterie / Harmonica Banjo
John Cuniberti: Batterie / Sitar
Simon Phillips: Batterie
Stuart Hamm: Basse
   
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