Professor Satchafunkilus and the Musterion of Rock

Professor Satchafunkilus and the Musterion of Rock

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by Joe Satriani
     
 

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While a lot of guitar heroes sling their axes for the sole purpose of proving that they are the fastest shredder in the showroom, picking their Mixolydian scales to the nth degree, on the ridiculously named Professor Satchafunkilus and the Musterion of Rock Satriani shines in his ability

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While a lot of guitar heroes sling their axes for the sole purpose of proving that they are the fastest shredder in the showroom, picking their Mixolydian scales to the nth degree, on the ridiculously named Professor Satchafunkilus and the Musterion of Rock Satriani shines in his ability to hold back and write tasteful verse/chorus songs with memorable hooks. Like the majority of his songs in his ever growing catalog, most of these are technically impressive numbers that never go overboard with the showboating and rely on a sense of feeling rather than virtuoso technique. When you're considered a guitar god, restraint is a virtue. Of course he can zip along on the fretboard with the best of the best, but the trait that has always separated Satriani from the other guitarists gracing the cover of Guitar World for more than 20 years is his ability to blend technique with guitar lines that are melodic enough for a vocalist to sing. Thankfully, he never takes the microphone on this recording, but on the first half of the gentle and bluesy "Come on Baby," it's easy to imagine substituting his custom Ibanez with a human voice that coos the words "Come on baby, come on babe" on the choruses. Similarly, the "Diddle-Y-A-Doo-Dat" sounds like the title might suggest, starting out with some Yes-style prog licks and flipping into a John Scofield-flavored jazz-funk jam with bends and pull-offs that are best described as "diddleys" and "doo-dats." Neither cut quite astounds, but both demonstrate his versatility on the instrument and his ability to adapt to the climates of various genres. Likewise, the flamenco-flavored "Andalusia" starts off as a warm "Spanish Fly" acoustic number, exploding into a furious distorted solo backed by longtime drummer Jeff Campitelli and former David Lee Roth bassist Matt Bissonette. Along with his backing band, Satch's son ZZ Satriani gets a taste of his pop's spotlight, just like Wolfgang and Dweezil, and provides a few sax flutters on the semi-funky "Professor Satchafunklius." With the exception of these tracks, the remainder of the album is purely rockin', and doesn't vary much from his prior 12 releases. The anthemic "Overdriver" could be an outtake from Flying in a Blue Dream and will surely find a place in his G3 set list, "Musterion" sounds like a Not of this Earth moment, and the two-handed handiwork and blistering riffage on "Asik Vaysel" will definitely have air guitarists salivating. With the good comes the bad, and at the album's most embarrassing moment, "I Just Wanna Rock" advertises cornball clichés with a proudly clanked cowbell, a talkbox Frampton-izing, and a boisterous crowd chant-along. This is a new low for Joe -- practically an open letter admitting that he's OK with the idea of becoming passé. At a time when his former pupil Steve Vai is experimenting with radical orchestral arrangements, it would be nice to see the professor branch even further away from his trademark style, ditch the '80s production, and try something more unconventional, but for the most part he's doing what he does best here, and fans will be content with that.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/01/2008
Label:
Red Int / Red Ink
UPC:
0886972126227
catalogNumber:
21262
Rank:
17265

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joe Satriani   Primary Artist,Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Piano,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Hand Clapping
David Arnold   Vocals
Keith Baker   Vocals
Matt Bissonette   Bass
Jeff Campitelli   Percussion,Bongos,Drums,Tambourine,Vocals,Hand Clapping,Shaker,cowbell
John Cuniberti   Percussion,Tambourine,Vocals,Hand Clapping
Chris Solberg   Vocals
Michael Manning   Vocals
Doug Doppler   Vocals
Amir Zitro   Vocals
Jimi Powers   Vocals
Mike Boden   Hand Clapping
Jeff "Duval" Brown   Vocals
Robert "RX Lord" Lewis   Vocals
Elizabeth Vaughn   Vocals
John Crockett   Vocals
Jeffrey Arnold   Vocals
Doris A. Bergman   Vocals
John D. Bilbee   Vocals
Gary Brawer   Vocals
Gabriella Campitelli   Vocals
Chris Conn   Vocals
Chloe Cotsifas   Vocals
Jeffrey Cotsifas   Vocals
Melissa Doppler   Vocals
Alex Doty   Vocals
Cheryl Doty   Vocals
Edward R. Doty   Vocals
Sean Gelbaugh   Vocals
Jonathan Gilleland   Vocals
Jon Luini   Vocals
Maaike Luini   Vocals
Kevin Mayeda   Vocals
Nolan Meghrouni Brown   Vocals
Zak Meghrouni Brown   Vocals
Constantine "Don" Nickolas   Vocals
Rubina Satriani   Vocals
ZZ Satriani   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals
John Sovik   Vocals

Technical Credits

Joe Satriani   Composer,Producer,Engineer
John Cuniberti   Producer,Engineer
Rex Ray   Art Direction
Mick Brigden   Direction
Eric Caudieux   Sound Design

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Professor Satchafunkilus and the Musterion of Rock 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Lilo02 More than 1 year ago
This is my first Joe Satriani Album so far. Honestly I kinda expected a bit more out of it but Im not going to complain either way because this guy is just an AMAZING instramental rock guitarist. He is an inspiration to a lot of us here to play guitar and enjoy playing it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago