Two years ago, when the idea of compiling a career retrospective box set of his studio albums moved beyond the talking stage, Joe Satriani was prepared to have a few nitpicks. He was surprised, however, that what first raised his eyebrows had nothing to do with music. "I looked at the jackets I wore on the album covers and went, 'What was I thinking?'" he recalls with a laugh. "Everybody's got certain photos from their past, but when you make records, and if you're lucky enough to have a long career, those old fashions can stay with you."
Soon enough, as he began the process of reviewing his earlier albums, Satriani's predilection for perfectionism threatened to overwhelm him. "I just wanted to do everything all over again," he says. "Rewrite, replay, re-record, remix – you name it, I wanted to change it."Read more about