Surfing with the Alien

Surfing with the Alien
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Studio album by Joe Satriani
ReleasedOctober 15, 1987 (1987-10-15)
StudioAlpha & Omega Recording and Hyde Street Studios in San Francisco
GenreInstrumental rock, jazz fusion
Length37:37
LabelRelativity
ProducerJoe Satriani, John Cuniberti
Joe Satriani chronology
Not of This Earth
(1986)Not of This Earth1986
Surfing with the Alien
(1987)
Dreaming #11
(1988)Dreaming #111988
Singles from Surfing with the Alien
  1. "Surfing with the Alien" / "Ice 9"
    Released: 1987[1]
  2. "Always with Me, Always with You" / "Hill of the Skull"
    Released: 1987[2]
  3. "Satch Boogie"
    Released: 1987[3]

Surfing with the Alien is the second studio album by American rock guitarist Joe Satriani. It was released on October 15, 1987, by Relativity Records. The album is one of Satriani's most successful to date and helped establish his reputation as a respected rock guitarist.[4]

Background and composition

The album was recorded on a budget of $13,000.[5] It contains fast and complex songs such as the title track and "Satch Boogie", which helped to further popularize shred guitar during that time,[6] in addition to the strange-sounding "Crushing Day" and "Lords of Karma". By contrast slower, melodic songs such as "Always with Me, Always with You" and "Echo" provide a change of pace. "Midnight" utilizes the technique of two-handed tapping at high tempo,[6] evoking a Spanish fingerstyle effect. There are also Nashville-tuned guitars ("Echo") and key changes ("Always with Me, Always with You" and "Echo") for variation. "Ice 9" references the fictional apocalyptic substance from Kurt Vonnegut's 1963 novel Cat's Cradle.[7]