Stereophile (2/93, p.125) - "...some of the greatest power-rock ever recorded on planet earth..."
Personnel: Joe Satriani (guitar, keyboards, bass, percussion, drum programming); Jeff Campbell (drums, percussion); Bongo Bob Smith (percussion, drum programming); John Cuniberti (percussion).
Recorded at Alpha And Omega Recording and Hyde Street Studios, San Francisco, California. Includes liner notes by Matt Resnicoff.
Personnel: Joe Satriani (vocals, guitar, keyboards, percussion, programming, drum programming); Joe Satriani (bass guitar); Stuart Hamm (bass guitar); Bob Smith (drums, bongos, percussion, programming, drum programming); Jonathan Mover (drums); Jeff Kreeger (programming); Jeff Campitelli (drums, percussion); Bongo Bob Smith (percussion, drum programming); John Cuniberti (percussion).
Liner Note Author: Matt Resnicoff.
Recording information: Alpha And Omega Recording; Alpha And Omega Studios, And Hyde Street Studios, San F; Hyde Street Studios, San Francisco, CA.
Photographers: Joe Satriani; John Cuniberti; Flip Holahan; Neil Zlozower.
Arranger: Joe Satriani.
The LED ZEPPELIN IV of instrumental rock albums, 1987's SURFING WITH THE ALIEN cemented Joe Satriani's status as a top-tier virtuoso axe man. Although Satriani (a teacher to such famous students as Steve Vai and Metallica's Kirk Hammett) began getting recognition following his solo debut, NOT OF THIS EARTH, it was this subsequent record that truly sent the guitarist's career into the stratosphere. With the majority of the album performed by Satch himself (including bass, keyboard, and most drum parts), this is an outing that prominently displays his overall musical talent, while keeping the focus on his amazingly deft, blistering leads. The New York-born guitarist also impresses with his eclectic array of styles, ranging from the fierce hard rock of the title track to the delicate pop of "Always with Me, Always with You" to the bold blues of "Satch Boogie." For those curious about the revered shredder, this is a great introduction, and, for aspiring heavy-metal/hard-rock guitarists, SURFING WITH THE ALIEN is absolutely essential.