Live In Paris: I Just Wanna Rock [DVD] Review

artist: Joe Satriani date: 06/20/2011 category: compact discs
Joe Satriani: Live In Paris: I Just Wanna Rock [DVD]
Release Date: February 2, 2010
Joe Satriani's musical perfect sadly takes a backseat to the wacky editing job on his latest DVD Live In Paris: I Just Wanna Rock.
 Sound: 9
 Content: 8.5
 Production Quality: 4
 Overall Impression: 7
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overall: 6.5
Live In Paris: I Just Wanna Rock [DVD] Reviewed by: UG Team, on february 12, 2010
1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Sound: Regardless of whether you think his music delivers the proper emotional content, Joe Satriani has proven time after time that his technical chops are among the best in the business. Even his Chickenfoot bandmates (specifically the ex-Van Halen gang) have indicated that while Eddie Van Halen may be a master musician, Satriani can pretty much play anything you put in front of him. The man is also no stranger to live albums and/or DVDs, so it's always interesting to see how Satch will top himself. As expected, his latest release Live In Paris: I Just Wanna Rock features no shortage of his trademark virtuosity, but unfortunately it gets mired in an editing nightmare. For those fans who relish any release studio or live from Satriani, it would be recommended to purchase the CD version of I Just Wanna Rock. In many ways it acts as a best-of glimpse at Satriani's career, and the audio mix is top-notch. Included in the over two-hours worth of material are the grooving Diddle-Y-A-Doo-Dat, the tap-happy Satch Boogie, the sleek Flying In A Blue Dream, and Ghosts, which is driven by a haunting Middle-Eastern flavor. There's enough stylistic variety within the 22 songs that boredom is never an issue. A few of the standout tracks aren't necessarily studio-album material. Bandmate Stuart Hamm, a master musician in his own right, delivers a stunning bass solo toward the end of the set that rivals Satriani's own work. Just as entertaining is Crowd Chant, one of the final numbers that is essentially a musical trade-off between Satriani and the Paris audience. For as many memorable moments like the ones in Crowd Chant or the bass solo, there are an equal amount of visual distractions and therein lies the problem. // 8

Overall Impression: While it's hard to deny that Satriani is still at the top of his game, I Just Wanna Rock did him a disservice. The DVD seems more like a crazy editing experiment that went terribly awry. Musically, the songs Surfing With The Alien, Time Machine, and Super Colossal are still insanely good, but even broaching musical perfection can't save I Just Wanna Rock from becoming a monstrous visual headache. // 6

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overall: 7.8
Live In Paris: I Just Wanna Rock [DVD] Reviewed by: cris9310, on june 20, 2011
1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Sound: Well, I really can't say anything bad about the overall sound in this, it is Joe Satriani for God's sake. Killer tone, Killer band, Good stuff. All the songs sound amazing and Satch is able to get pretty much everything he wants from his guitar: Dive Bombs, Harmonics, Effects, and his characteristical Satch Scream. // 10

Overall Impression: As I've already said the whole concert is cool its just the shitty graphics that make this DVD unbearable at times. Satch is flawless, and the rest of the band is as tight as can be. The crowd is amazing and why wouldn't they? I wouldn't buy it again, but I would definitely buy another Satriani live DVD. // 8

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