Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards is the thirteenth studio album by guitarist Joe Satriani, released on October 5, 2010 through Epic Records. Recording for Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards took place in June–August 2010 and the title was announced on August 20. A podcast of each track was put up on Satriani's official Facebook profile and YouTube channel leading up to the album's release, with "Light Years Away" being released as a free MP3 single download on September 7, 2010 in exchange for the customer advertising it in a Facebook post or Twitter tweet. Two bonus tracks, "Heartbeats" and "Longing", were made available through Best Buy and Napster.
Essential: A masterpiece of hard rock music.
Surfing with the Alien belongs to its era like Are You Experienced? belongs to its own – perhaps it doesn't transcend its time the way the Jimi Hendrix Experience's 1967 debut does, but Joe Satriani's 1987 breakthrough can be seen as the gold standard for guitar playing of the mid- to late '80s, an album that captures everything that was good about the glory days of shred. Certainly, Satriani was unique among his peers in that his playing was so fluid that his technical skills never seemed like showboating – something that was somewhat true of his 1986 debut, Not of This Earth, but on Surfing with the Alien he married this dexterity to a true sense of melodic songcraft, a gift that helped him be that rare thing: a guitar virtuoso who ordinary listeners enjoyed.
I chose the hit "Memories" from this LP, because is where one can find all the versatility and virtuosity of Satriani.
Dreaming #11 is something of an oddity: a mini-disc released in 1988 with three live tracks and one new studio track.
An hour-long disc filled with musical explorations and compositions that defy belief, Flying in a Blue Dream is unquestionably Joe Satriani at his absolute best…