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A couple of retrospective projects are letting Joe Satriani take a look back at the nearly three decades he's spent making "Strange Beautiful Music."
On April 22, the guitar hero issues "Joe Satriani: The Complete Studio Recordings," a 15-disc box set on Legacy that includes his 14 released albums plus an extra disc of "Added Creations and Bonus Tracks" from those sessions. He follows that on May 6 with "Strange Beautiful Music: A Musical Memoir," co-written with Jake Brown and sporting a forward by Queen's Brian May.
"It's been more catharsis than I ever bargained for," Satriani tells Billboard with a laugh. "I think more than anything else I gained quite a lot of newfound respect for the contributions by all my fellow musicians, and I almost felt like writing letters of apology to everybody from my wife to my manager and all the other people I've put through the ringer. When you look at all the different artistic directions I've pursued from the outside looking in, it looks like the actions of a mad person, you know? I'm sure there have been countless conversations I've had on the phone with all these people who I argued with in the heat of the moment, making records, where they've hung up and thought, 'What the hell is wrong with that Joe guy?' But you learn that with artistic decisions there's not really right ones or wrong ones, just the ones you did and the ones you didn't."