My love for instrumental guitar rock begins and ends with the guy who brought it to the masses 30 years ago.
Instrumental guitar rock is not a new idea by any means with Frank Zappa, Jeff Beck and Yngwie Malmsteen doing the honors years before Joe Satriani. But Satch’s second album “Surfing with the Alien”, definitely put a glistening, guitar-shredding sheen on the face of instrumental guitar rock this month back in 1987 and in the process attracted a mainstream audience.
**This on the heels of news that Joe Satriani’s new album, “What Happens Next” is coming out in January. Answer to that question? Chad Smith and Glenn F#(*I(N Hughes playing on the album!
As for my favorite “Surfing” tracks, I always had a soft spot for this tune (my favorite off of the album). Plus, it’s a staple of his live show to this day and he kills it every time.
The title track is a close second for me:
How about you? What’s your favorite track off of “Surfing with the Alien”?