"The Extremist" is a particularly appropriate title for this release, as Satch continues his tradition of exploring new musical ground and the 'extreme' guitar sound. Teaming with producer Andy Johns and aided by the brothers Bissonette (Gregg, drums and Matt, bass), Satriani's guitar talent shines through as he delves into the blues ("New Blues"), neo-folk-with-banjo ("Rubina's Blue Sky Happiness"), funk-rock ("Why") and some concert crowd pleasers ("Summer Song", "Friends"). Guaranteed not to disappoint guitar fans seeking slamming riffs and well-executed solos.
|06:10||Rubina's Blue Sky Happiness||Instrumental|
|01:16||Tears In The Rain||Instrumental|
|Joe Satriani||Guitars, Banjo, Mandolin, Synth, Bass, Keyboards, Dobro, Harmonica, Production, Arrangements, Photography|
|Paulinho Da Costa||Percussion|
|Doug Wimbish||Bass, Buddy Rich Intro|
|Phil Ashley||Synthesized Strings, Squeeze-Box, Keyboards, Synthesized Trumpet|
|Simon Phillips||Highland Drums, Tambourine|
|Bongo Bob||Drums, Percussion|
|Andy Johns||Production, Engineering|
|John Cuniberti||Production, Engineering, Photography|
|Dan Bosworth||Engineering Assistance|
|Michael Semanick||Engineering Assistance|
|David Plank||Engineering Assistance|
|Michael Reiter||Engineering Assistance|
|Julie Last||Engineering Assistance|
|Matt Mahurin||Cover Art|
|Pierre de Beauport||Photography|
|David Bett||Art Direction|
|Mick Brigden||Art Direction|
|Kathy Milone||Additional Design|
|All songs written and arranged by Joe Satriani, except "Friends" arranged by Joe Satriani and Andy Johns.
Recorded at Ocean Way, Bearsville, Coast Recorders, Alpha & Omega, Fantasy Studios and Record One Studios.