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Engines of Creation [CD]

Joe Satriani Audio CD
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If there is one thing that can be said about veteran guitarist Joe Satriani, it is that he loves to play in front of a crowd. His legions of fans world-wide are ecstatic to learn that recent live show was been recorded; more great musical moments captured forever. Satriani’s 14th album, Live in Paris: I Just Wanna Rock, is that great moment and so much more. This very special ... Read more in Amazon's Joe Satriani Store

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  • Audio CD (9 Dec 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony Music CMG
  • ASIN: B00004RCF2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 93,225 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Devil's Slide (Album Version) 5:080.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Flavor Crystal 7 (Album Version) 4:260.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Borg Sex (Album Version) 5:270.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Until We Say Goodbye (Album Version) 4:310.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Attack (Album Version) 4:200.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Champagne? (Album Version) 6:040.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Clouds Race Across The Sky (Album Version) 6:140.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. The Power Cosmic 2000-Part I (Album Version) 2:090.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The Power Cosmic 2000-Part II (Album Version) 4:230.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Slow and Easy (Album Version) 4:440.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Engines of Creation (Album Version) 5:570.99  Buy MP3 

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Joe Satriani has long been one of rock's most respected guitarists, but outside of his fellow axe-men, he's never really achieved much success--or respect. Engines Of Creation is another attempt by the guitar god to change all of that. Utilising a full palette of electronic effects and beats, Satriani lays a foundation over which he can showcase remarkable skill. Unfortunately, the result can't help but sound more than a little tacked-on. Rather than a seamless blend of electronic music and guitar virtuosity, Engines Of Creation jumps back and forth between the two. A promising beat is interrupted by a challenging riff, or a display of guitar wizardry is let down by weak backing, and the result falls far short of anything resembling a tune. Man, that Joe Satriani can really play guitar. It's just too bad that he can't--or won't--play any songs. --Ted Kord

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Engines of Creation 24 Mar 2004
Format:Audio CD
Another innovative Satriani album!However,for real guitar prowess, I was a little dissappointed.It somewhat lacks the original JOe vibe!But you have to hand it to this man, he has the guts to try something new, and this album shows that!Sure, it is a bit 'techno' but who else in the world would try such a thing??Ultimately, if you want something new and innovative, buy this album, but if you enjoy original Satriani, then there are better albums, especially the early ones!!
Best tracks: Engines of Creation, Devil's Slide(imense solo)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Skillful, beautifully textured and well recorded 19 Sep 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Criticising this album for a lack of melody or tunefulness is missing the point - it's not melodic or tuneful, and clearly not supposed to be. Instead, the album concentrates on delicious, dense textures of sound - guitars, synth and percussion - all executed with breathtaking skill (especially the guitars, of course!). Equally impressive is the recording quality. Unlike many albums with no natural accoustic, the sound is spacious, as well as being detailed. The bass, though deep, is given a natural and balanced presentation. Play this on a good hi-fi, and play it loud.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Joe, I`m sorry I doubted you 8 Sep 2010
By Little Cat Voom TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I listened to Joe Satriani back in the late 80s when it all started, and then somehow - and inexcusably - I started to drift into other genres of music (guitar stuff still, but less technical) and more or less forgot about Joe. Oh, how glad I am that I returned to Joe a few years ago! The reason for this boring tale of my listening habits? This was the last Joe album from the "missing years" that I purchased, partly due to suspicions I had about the style and song titles, but also because some reviewers expressed, shall we say, concern, about the level of effects/synths involved.

After many listens, and seeing many of the songs played live (albeit only on DVD), my honest opinion now is that this is an exceedingly good release. I cannot pretend that there aren`t a couple of misfires ("Champagne", and "Flavor Crystal 7" are not so strong as the songs that surround them), but then that has been the story of Joe`s albums of the last ten years. More fun to focus on the highlights, as Joe really does stretch his imagination and ability. Opener "Devil's Slide" is a formidable way to start, very dark/powerful, but with one of those classic Joe guitar-duels-against-himself moments, a bit like the solo of "Ice Nine" but this seems even crazier. "Borg Sex" is an excellent song; an example of a title that put me off but has proved me very wrong. There are two similar, slower, songs, "Until We Say Goodbye" and "Clouds Race Across The Sky", both of which are extremely soulful, and another drop in pace is "The Power Cosmic 2000 Pt1", which is the kind of thing that frightens guitarists like me as Joe plays this by swapping his hands over - barring with his right hand, whilst still fretting higher up the fretboard with his left!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars different but still amazing 13 Dec 2007
Format:Audio CD
Having read and heard loads of opinions on this album I decided to stay away from it for a long time. I immersed myself with surfing, the extremist and crystal planet which I think everyone will agree are his best albums. Curiousity got the better of me and on purchasing it i was initially dissapointed. On the first listen theres nothing to show its satriani and if you only listen to it once you probably will throw it away. However I think this is one of satchs albums that really grows on you. It might take a few days maybe a few weeks to really appreciate the sounds and melodies that he produces. Favourite tracks include clouds race across the sky, power cosmic 2000 pt2, and engines of creation. You should definitely include this in your collection if you already have his earlier stuff.

However this has to be in my opinion one of
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5.0 out of 5 stars What finger work 28 Jun 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Having seen the man himself in concert recentyl I can only say, sheer excellance. Although listeners may think it computerised, I can assure you that anything longer than a bar long is sheer brilliance by Satriani.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
When i first put this disc into my player i thought to myself "what the hell is this?" i wondered where all the burning guitars and mental speedy mayhem were. However that is becuase i was only listening to the first few seconds of each track, after listening to it properly Engines of Creation quickly become my favorite of all Joes albums. I was actually amazed at the track champange as i didnt realise joe could actually play slide. All the tracks on this are top notch and it seems to me that this album is the logical evolution of the mans music to date. If your disapointed with this album then i suggest you use your ears, though after hearing "Borg Sex" you may find they bleed a little :0). I know a lot of people will shun this album because it has shock horror ...."keyboards" in it, but big deal move with the times i mean come on it is the year 2000 after all! :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars new or old fans will not be dissapointed 8 May 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
As a fan of satriani for many years I could hardly believe that he had released a new album. I have now listened to it in its entirety and find it to be a truely sorted selection of new matereal from the guitar master himself. Some of the tracks at the begining have an almost 'drum and bass' feel to them but as they progress through the album the satriani touch becomes more apparent! A definate must for any guitar enthusiast, Highly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars It's the predictable sound of every Re[al music]tard's interpretation...
It sounds like someone playing with an MC303 or Reason for an hour or so, then giving it to Joe Satrini to play guitars over. Read more
Published 5 months ago by John Higham
2.0 out of 5 stars not Joe's best
Joe has done some brilliant things but this is not one of them. far too experimental and electronic sounding for me.
Published 9 months ago by J. P. Marshall
5.0 out of 5 stars Ace
First heard Joe Satriani last year at Wembley Arena at the Marshals 50 years celebrations. Got hooked and have since purchased every studio album he has produced.
Published 13 months ago by GaryH
5.0 out of 5 stars Satch creates and perfects a genre in one album
The title says it all. He somehow managed to carve out his own genre of guitar-techno-synth-awesomeness and perfect it in one album. Read more
Published on 13 Mar 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Not your average Satch album
I must admit that I didn't like this album at all on the first spin. In fact I didn't play it again for a couple of months. Read more
Published on 25 Dec 2010 by zmower
2.0 out of 5 stars You can feel the Engine but no real creation
Once again Joe fails to cut the real meat here,
as this album title etc sounded promising
but sadly lacks real creation
there is a glimmer of real hope on Until we... Read more
Published on 2 May 2010 by Dreams beyond the Rainbow
1.0 out of 5 stars Not What Was Expected
Got quite a few Satriani CD's and also enjoyed him live. However, what the H_ _ L is this rubbish. Only one of the tracks is anything like decent, and this is one of a very bad... Read more
Published on 3 April 2008 by D. J. Lewis
2.0 out of 5 stars a big dissapointment
I bought this album shortly after listening to Joe Satriani's 1989 album flying in a blue dream, which overall I enjoyed very much (being a fan of screaming guitar solos Satriani's... Read more
Published on 10 Dec 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars A guitarist ahead of his time
The fact that so many satriani fans dislike this album is perhaps more indicative of the man's complete independence when it comes to his music, rather than the quality of music on... Read more
Published on 27 Aug 2003 by M. Carter
1.0 out of 5 stars nothing short of terrible
Joe Satriani, possibly the greatest guitarist ever (sorry Jimi!) bought out his new album to the excitement of guitar fans across the globe, however, this album was not to appeal... Read more
Published on 28 Dec 2002 by T. Douglas
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