Vai has always produced his best work my himself. Joe, on the other hand, is a musician through and through, and seems more comfortable handing the production and engineering reigns to somebody else. NOTE, SWTA & FIABD was produced by John Cunibertti, The Extrimist was produced by Andy Johns, Joe Satriani was produced by Glynn Johns, and so on. I think Joe works best this way, and I think one of the reasons for SBM's failure was due to the fact that Joe attempted to arrange all his own material in his home Pro Tools setup, rather than skecthing rough ideas and letting a producer Iron out the creases.prman wrote:I`m pretty excited `bout this album! The clips I`ve heard sound very promising. Seems like Joe`s really put some serious effort on the compositions on this album and there are no pseudo-blues-tunes àla "Psycho Monkey" & "Up In Flames" which I found pretty boring (if somebody else likes them it`s OK by me). Also the arrangements and production sounds pretty ambitious at times. It`s cool that Joe has the courage to use an outside producer. It is something that Steve might benefit from also in the future (I know Steve is a controlfreak and we all heard his stories of the Alcatrazz "Disturbing the peace" -sessions...).
Anyway, I`m looking forward to this album!
I'm not really sure Psycho Monkey could be classed as a psuedo-blues piece, as the main melody is written in the phrygian dominant/gypsy scale. Same goes for Up In Flames. I would class it more as a rock piece since it doesn't really emphasise the minor pentatonic, but rather the major/minor scale. Those two tracks were the weakest on Crystal Planet though in my opinion, and there were far more innovative ideas elsewhere (e.g. Trundrumbalin, A Piece of Liquid, With Jupiter In Mind, Raspberry Jam/Delta V, ect).
I'm going to wait for this latest album to be released before I pass judgement on it though. I'm still keeping an open mind about it.