Joe Satriani is a guitar virtuoso who loves to play live. He has released a couple of live albums and DVDs over the years, but he has outdone himself this time with Live In Paris: I Just Wanna Rock!. Released as a double album and a single DVD the listener has the best seat in the house for more than two hours of flawless six string wizardry, backed by his trio of long-standing sidemen - bass player Stuart Hamm has his own place in the spotlights with an extended solo .
The album was recorded at The Grand Rex Theatre in Paris, May 27th, 2008. His latest solo album Professor Satchafunkilus and the Musterion of Rock had just been released, so it doesn't come as a surprise that the set is built around the songs from that record. His hits get another outing (Satch Boogie and Surfing With The Alien), before reaching the twin peaks of the evening: a blistering rendition of Mystical Potato Head Groove Thing, and a jaw dropping extended version of Always With Me, Always With You - this will haunt Rock Band players in their dreams.
The full concert was filmed for DVD, but someone not too particularly bright thought that it would be cool to pimp the footage by adding dabs of colour and blurry glows. It's highly irritating and the next time it would be better to spend the money on a close-up camera option focusing on Satriani's hands. On the upside: the 5.1 mix sounds really good and the bonus interview is illuminating.
Joe Satriani: lead guitar
Galen Henson: rhythm guitar
Stuart Hamm: bass
Jeff Campitelli: drums
Live In Paris: I Just Wanna Rock! is released on Epic Records.
HCTF review of Professor Satchafunkilus and the Musterion of Rock.