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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 23 February 2004
Being a very big fan of Joe satriani I would say that these are some of the bast albums ever but I appreciate that some people do not share the same tastes as me. However, For under £15 you are getting 3 amazing albums. I first heard surfing with the alien and then after liking it so much bought the extremist and then more and more until I had them all. I wish I had spotted this perticular product as I probably spent about this amount on each one!! If you like a bit of Satch and are trying to expand in his music, you must buy this!!
I also reccomend a similar deal with Steve Vai albums: Passion and Warfare" - "Sex and religion" - and "Alien Love secrets"
I did happen to find that before I bought them all seporately and never regretted it...
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on 25 January 2004
If you don't like music without lyrics and don't intend to change don't bother reading this review, just go and look at somthing else.

Surfing with the Alien is the album that spread Joe Satriani's name across the guitar community, with many tracks that are instantly memorable it is a perfect introduction to instrumental rock and to Satriani for anyone who has yet to include either of these in their musical experiences.

The Extremist is probably the greatest achievement of Satriani's career. While not as instantly memorable as the tracks from Surfing, I believe that they are more rewarding in the long term. There is a strong argument for the Extremist being proclaimed Satriani's best album, as I don't believe Satriani has ever released another albums with such a varied set of songs. Every track on the Extremist has an individual identity, through a mix of slow songs, fast songs, heavily distorted songs and not so heavily distorted songs it becomes hard to mix up the identities of the individual tracks.

Not of this Earth on the other hand was Satch's first album, and (it is generally agreed) of little comparison to almost any of Satriani's other albums.

If you are a fan of guitarists like Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen, Paul Gilbert, John Petrucci etc. you will most likely love Surfing and the Extremist, and this boxset is a very good value way of getting hold of those albums.

If you are a casual electric guitar fan who wants to get a good all round view of different players of the electric guitar, buy Hendrix' albums, maybe one or two of Eric Clapton or Stevie Ray Vaughan then head back here to pick up this boxset or Steve Vai's "Passion and Warfare" which are near perfect examples of "Shred" while still retaining melodies and good songwriting prowess.

If you do not fit into either of the above categories it doesn't necessarily mean that this is not a good purchase for you, and I would strongly recommend this boxset to anyone who claims to be musically open minded.
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on 28 March 2013
3 albums, 3 CDs, roughly 3 hours of the mesmeric possibilities of an electric guitar. Fans of the artistic work of Joe Satriani will melt at the beauty that emanates from these albums! If you like Joe Satriani, if you like guitar music, you shouldn't have think about buying this product, just straight out-right buy it!!
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on 15 February 2015
I try all different music. I buy stuff to listen when I have time. Not my usual, almost rock classical?
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 11 December 2000
Well if I had to pick a song that stands out I would pick Extremist but this by no means suggests that many other tracks, if not all of them aren't excellent. I have been told that to appreciate this music you need to be a guitarist yourself but I disagree but I do think you must know something about musicm which most people do. I think this is said because sometimes he sounds like he is playing the most difficult material, rather than the best sounding. I think anybody would realise that. I would recomend this to anybody but I would say that to truly appreciate this you must really listen to it with no distractions, so you can truly comprehend this fantastic music.
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