On a whim I dug out Satriani's Live in San francisco CD to play on my commuting. Wow, I'd forgotten what an amazing kick-ass record that is. High octane playing, fluid melodic soloing and just very entertaining.
I was a massive Satch fan early on. I bought his first album when it came out after reading a tiny review in SOUNDS paper, and was hooked big time. I'd say that he was my favourite guitar player for some years. I saw him live many times, and was really into that style for a long time. The high point for me was Engines of Creation, and also Crystal Planet, but after that my interest waned. I bought the next three albums but didn't engage with them at all then lost interest.
Anyway, after the live album was so exciting I went back and have been playing the CDs that I didn't get into before, and I really like them now. I need to catch up with all his later releases! I just bought CDs of the first 5 albums (my copies were vinyl). It's funny to see him with hair again. I think that the new identity was a career masterstroke, he suddenly looked iconic rather than just an old hippy. It must bee strange playing with sunglasses on though?? I would think that it would make things more difficult?
Pretty amazing to think that his SIXTEENTH album is coming out in the new year, that is a hell of a long time to sustain a basically instrumental career. I think that it must be an absolute blast playing that material live as well.
Any other fans?