Flying In A Blue Dream has the biggest impact on me. Since, I have become a dying/hardcore/extremist/completist/biggest fan of Joe. I saw him live 4 times, met him last time and every time he is in town I will be there. It's exciting when Joe is releasing new albums or DVDs or books. I never missed any of his new release to date. I never get enough of his strange beautiful music. So much obsession that even after having collected all his albums from Not Of This Earth to Unstoppable Momentum, I thought I must have this boxset and I'm proud to have one.
Yes, all the 15 discs are packed on cardboard sleeves (approx. 2-3mm thick) unlike Original Album Classics 2008
and Original Album Classics 2013
as I thought prior to purchase. On the side of each sleeve are printed names of albums and Joe Satriani's. The front and and back of the sleeves have exact same album covers and track lists (but not with good resolution. no big deal for me). And the 15 of these sleeves go in the hard (not easily breakable and approx. 5.5cm) cardboard box with 32 paged booklet containing words, photographs and infos, credits, musicians album by album. Nice going through it listening to Joe's music again. Back of the box has all albums small pictures. Front of the box, you all know. :-)
Everything is remastered again by John Cuniberti who has worked in Joe's almost every album. The man was always there for him. In original CDs or the previously remastered ones, I found the volume was not levelled compared to each other. On this one, the level is all equalised. All on the same level. That's what I enjoyed most.
For those who maybe wondering what's new here. The new thing (or maybe not new at all) is 'Additional Creations And Bonus Tracks' which has the following listing. Actually 'Additional Creations' was bonus EP (with 4 extra tracks mentioned below 5-8) came with Engines Of Creation, limited edition in 2000.
01 THE CRUSH OF LOVE - [Previously released on EP Dreaming #11]
02 TIME MACHINE (REMIX) - [Newly released. Original version on Time Machine]
03 COOL #9 (ALT VERSION) - [Newly released. Original version on Joe Satriani]
04 LUMINOUS FLESH GIANTS (ALT VERSION) - [Newly released. Original version on Joe Satriani]
05 BORG SEX (ROCK MIX) - [Previously released on EP Additional Creation]
06 TURKEY MAN - [Previously released on EP Additional Creation]
07 FLAVOUR CRYSTAL 7 (ROCK MIX) - [Previously released on EP Additional Creation]
08 UNTIL WE SAY GOOD BYE (TECHNO MIX) - [Previously released on EP Additional Creation]
09 SLICK - [Previously released on The Electric Joe Satriani : An Anthology]
10 THE EIGHT STEPS - [Previously released on Strange Beautiful Music, US edition]
11 DOG WITH CROWN AND EARRING - [Previously released on Is There Love In Space?, Japan edition]
12 TUMBLE - [Previously released on Is There Love In Space?, iTunes edition]
13 GHOSTS - [Previously released on The Essential Joe Satriani]
14 HEARTBEATS - [Previously released on Black Swans And Wormhole Wizards, limited edition]
15 LONGING - [Previously released on Black Swans And Wormhole Wizards, limited edition]
16 ZZ'S SONG (ALT VERSION) - [Newly released. Original version on Crystal Planet]
Basically, Joe has not written anything new particularly for this release as I was hoping for. No big fuss.
That's all to say. Little problem was the sealed box came with the booklet missing pages. Very upset. But now returned and replaced with new one by Amazon. I am lucky to have pre-ordered in time at less price than what it is now. This is small, cute, beautiful, stylish box that looks nice and sits next to Steve Vai's Secret Jewel Box on top of my CD rack. It came out the same time as Joe's musical memoir Strange Beautiful Music
. The book is more of in-depth of making of these albums than autobiography. A companion to this boxset. I recommend to read it.
Rock 'N' Roll \,,/,