I was toying with the fact of giving this album 5 stars, as in my opinion four of the tracks deserve the 5 stars in themselves. The title track, The Extremist is outstanding, and, being a guitar player I can appreciate the skill involved in playing it (I wish I could..). The first track on the album, Friends, is another of my favirote Satch tracks of all time, as are 'Tears in the Rain' and the infamous 'Summer Song'. These tracks are great but unfortunatley, for me at least, none of the other tracks quite catch the 'Satch magic'. They are good pieces to listen to but, when compared to some of Joe's classic tunes like Surfing with the Alien, or indeed the Extremist, they don't seem to be in quite the same league.
Much like the latest album, "Strange Beautiful Music", I do recommend you buy this album, but I would recommend you purchase either 'Surfing with the Alien' or 'Crystal Planet'first to show you what he is really capable of. Then buy this :)