Professor Satchafunkilus and the Musterion of Rock

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All Music Guide - Jason Lymangrover
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Lymangrover
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/1/2008
  • Label: Red Int / Red Ink
  • UPC: 886972126227
  • Catalog Number: 21262
  • Sales rank: 113,337

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Musterion (4:37)
  2. 2 Overdriver (5:06)
  3. 3 I Just Wanna Rock (3:27)
  4. 4 Professor Satchafunkilus (4:47)
  5. 5 Revelation (5:57)
  6. 6 Come on Baby (5:49)
  7. 7 Out of the Sunrise (5:43)
  8. 8 Diddle-Y-A-Doo-Dat (4:16)
  9. 9 Asik Vaysel (7:42)
  10. 10 Andalusia (6:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joe Satriani Primary Artist, Organ, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, 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
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Rex Ray Art Direction
Mick Brigden Direction
Eric Caudieux Digital Editing, Sound Design
Mike Boden Digital Editing
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    My First Satriani album.

    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.

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