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A five-time Grammy Winner and member of the Musicians Hall of Fame, Lukather has also worked with an A-list of fellow guitar giants: Eddie Van Halen, Robben Ford, Lee Ritenour, Larry Carlton, Slash, Zakk Wylde, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, and Joe Bonamassa among them. He’s also co-led Toto with fellow founder David Paich through every twist of the band’s platinum lined ... Read more in Amazon's Steve Lukather Store

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  • Audio CD (5 April 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Euro Parrot
  • ASIN: B000026LYK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Mini-Disc
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 138,672 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Alister King on 22 Mar 2002
Format: Audio CD
Luke's solo efforts often get overlooked in the rush to credit the great and the good in the guitar world. His work ranks as good as anything Toto did, and rivals that of his peers, and Candyman is the epitomy of his best playing to date. A classic case of "Live in the studio" and the atmostsphere has been uniquely captured.
Wearing his hero's and influences proudly on his sleeve, namley Jeff Beck & Jimi Hendrix, we're treated to a variety of different styles, awesome playing (remarkable control of sustain and feedback in particular) and superb production quality. Joining Luke is phenomenal drummer Simon Phillips who is featured on "Party in Simon's Pants". One of the worlds most respected guitarists and an essential addition to your collection.
Stand out tracks: FREEDOM, Born Yesterday, Rose Garden, Song for Jeff
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Will Minting on 16 Nov 2003
Format: Audio CD
Following the tragic passing of his dear friend Jeff Porcaro in 1992, and having taken on Toto's lead vocal duties on the hard rocking Kingdom of Desire album and extensive world tour, Luke turned his considerable energies to his second solo album. His legendary mega session-guitarist status aside, most would recognise Lukather for his Toto ballads "I won't hold you back" and "I'll be over you" (both of which were subsequently sampled for summer anthem dance remixes). Candyman, the title a tribute to his iconic hero Sammy Davis Jnr, allows Lukather to stretch out beyond the more pop/rock orientated Toto material and display his outstanding talents in a completely different context. Demonstrating a new drive and energy in both his vocals and guitar playing, Candyman also features his Los Angeles club jam band Los Lobotomys, with Simon Phillips (who replaced Jeff Porcaro in both Toto and Los Lobotomys), David Garfield and John Pena. Lukather pays homage to Hendrix on a hard rocking cover of "Freedom" with backing vocal assistance from Paul Rodgers (Free/Bad Company). "Red House" is also available on an import release of Candyman, billed as Los Lobotomys. The album features the truly awesome 17/8 frenzy of "Party in Simon's Pants" and according to Lukather, a tribute to Steely Dan in "Born Yesterday". Naturally, Lukather's melancholic and reflective mood is captured in "Borrowed Time", "Never Let Them See You Cry", "Never Walk Alone", "Extinction Blues" and the Jeff Beck inspired emotional outpouring of "Song for Jeff". A ballsy cover of Stephen Stills "The Bomber". "Froth" is reminiscent of the original live all instrumental Los Lobotomys album of 1989. From the first riff of the heavy fusion track "Hero With a 1000 eyes" Candyman sets its stall: a brilliant collection of highly emotional material and the finest musicianship.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Mar 2001
Format: Mini-Disc
First, I am amazed that this CD has not had a Customer Review, amazed because, knowing Steve Lukather's popularity, this album is without doubt, one of, if not THE finest guitar album ever to be released.
For me, Toto still remain the classiest act around, but Lukather's solo efforts must rank as good and Candyman is the epitomy of his best playing to date. The sleeve notes tell you that most of the album was recorded Live in the studio and the atmostsphere has been uniquely captured. Joining Luke, is Simon Phillips and this is also his best effort to date. Phenominal drumming.
Although Luke demonstrates his own style, you can also detect his hero's and influences, namley Jeff Beck & Jimi Hendrix. In fact, the redentition of Hendrix's FREEDOM is note for note as per the original but perhaps Luke's version is how the great man would have played it today if he was still around. Incredible version. Highlights of the album, Born Yesterday, real Steely Dan feel, Rose Garden with bite, and Song for Jeff,unbelievable tear-rendering sensitivity, you can feel Luke's grief and loss that he still holds for his soul brother. This slow ballard shows remarkable control of sustain and feedback. Party in Simon's Pants is something that you'll wonder at....you'll wonder how does Simon play a solo and keep a rock solid rhythm going at the same time, with the rest of the guys going banana's. Great keys on this track from the only appearance of David Paich.
Forget Satriani, Vai, Moore, etc etc. This album has all the different styles and more plus all the tricks and superb production quality, all in one package, delivered by one of the worlds most respected guitarist, Steve Lukather - you are the Candyman!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. E. Campbell on 30 July 2009
Format: Audio CD
The previous reviews say it all, this is Steve at his best.. the albums to date arent a patch on this, he is on form with all styles of playing.. i just wish he would drop his guard and play like this, instead of releasing radio friendly wimp material on previous solo outings.. you buy Lukather albums to hear guitar so this one excels and buy with confidence.. so get out your blow up guitar and mirror and pull those distorted faces guitarists pull and play your wildest solo..its just what the doctor ordered...
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
The guitarman ! 9 July 2005
By Torquemada - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Since you have come to this page and are reading this review, you probably are familiar with "Luke"'s work. For those who aren't, this is the guitarist of Toto, and one of the three leaders of the band, together with David Paich and Jeff Porcaro (gosh, it's already been thirteen years... We miss you Jeff). Besides playing with his band, he has also played on an infinite number of albums, as a guest artist. The list would be too long to draft here, but he played with Earth Wind and Fire, Boz Scaggs, Kenny Loggins, David Roberts, Los Lobotomys, etc, plus apparently odd collaborations such as a recent one with Larry Carlton.

Over the years, Steve Lukather has released four solo albums (including Santamental, which is a strange fruit), this one being the second. They all respond to a need to express his "harder" line solo (Toto oscillating between a "poppy-jazzy" edge and a rockier line when he took command, at least until Jeff's departure), and that is what he also does here. The album is rock and blues. It has lots of riffs, obviously, and he lets us see why Jeff Beck is his hero. But it also has a couple of surprises : a toto-like ballad ("Borrowed time"), an almost new age-jazz-rock track ("Froth") and a beautiful tribute to his buddy Jeff (the closer, simply called "Song for Jeff"), probably the deepest and more powerful track (over 7 minutes) on this cd, with long and sensitive riffs; it is one of those tracks that make me sit down, close my eyes, feel and go with the flow....Don't overlook the bluesy "you'll never walk alone" (don't know if it's a tribute to British soccer fans though).

The cast is also impressive : Simon Phillips, David Garfield, John Pena, Carlos Trujillo, Lenny Castro, with Fee Waybill (remember the Tubes?), Richard Page (remember Mr. Mister ?) and David Paich collaborating.

The album was recorded live, for the most part of it, but it doesn't really sound like a live album. The quality of the sound is in fact closer to a good studio recording than anything else. If you like Lukather's style and/or are a collector of Toto's works, in a broad sense, you MUST have this one. After all, Luke IS one of the three greats in this genre, with Jeff Beck and Michael Landau.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
CANDYMAN - STEVE LUKATHER 16 Nov 2003
By Will Minting - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Following the tragic passing of his dear friend Jeff Porcaro in 1992, and having taken on Toto's lead vocal duties on the hard rocking Kingdom of Desire album and extensive world tour, Luke turned his considerable energies to his second solo album. His legendary mega session-guitarist status aside, most would recognise Lukather for his Toto ballads "I won't hold you back" and "I'll be over you" (both of which were subsequently sampled for summer anthem dance remixes). Candyman, the title a tribute to his iconic hero Sammy Davis Jnr, allows Lukather to stretch out beyond the more pop/rock orientated Toto material and display his outstanding talents in a completely different context. Demonstrating a new drive and energy in both his vocals and guitar playing, Candyman also features his Los Angeles club jam band Los Lobotomys, with Simon Phillips (who replaced Jeff Porcaro in both Toto and Los Lobotomys), David Garfield and John Pena. Lukather pays homage to Hendrix on a hard rocking cover of "Freedom" with backing vocal assistance from Paul Rodgers (Free/Bad Company). "Red House" is also available on an import release of Candyman, billed as Los Lobotomys. The album features the truly awesome 17/8 frenzy of "Party in Simon's Pants" and according to Lukather, a tribute to Steely Dan in "Born Yesterday". Naturally, Lukather's melancholic and reflective mood is captured in "Borrowed Time", "Never Let Them See You Cry", "Never Walk Alone", "Extinction Blues" and the Jeff Beck inspired emotional outpouring of "Song for Jeff". A ballsy cover of Stephen Stills "The Bomber". "Froth" is reminiscent of the original live all instrumental Los Lobotomys album of 1989. From the first riff of the heavy fusion track "Hero With a 1000 eyes" Candyman sets its stall: a brilliant collection of highly emotional material and the finest musicianship.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Solid 2nd Solo CD from Toto Guitarist 11 Mar 2004
By Mike S - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a great rockin' cd from Steve Lukather. This is a solid follow up to his first solo cd 'Lukather' from 1989. This sounds similar to the music style on Toto's Kingdom of Desire cd from 1992 and Toto's 'Tambu' cd from 1995. Steve has a great backing band on this one including;Simon Phillips of Toto on drums,David Garfield on keyboards,John Pena on bass,Lenny Castro on percussion. Luke lays down some solid guitar rythyms and solos as only he can. There are 11 tracks on this cd,3 being instrumental tunes,and 8 tunes with Steve on lead vocals. A must have for Toto and Luke fans.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Keep on pushing, straight ahead !!!!!!! 23 Mar 2004
By Jazzcat - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This album is a greatest hits in itself. It is not the first solo album from Luke like the amazon guy says in his brief presentation. It is the second actually. First came LUKATHER (I own three copies of that album), then came this one CANDYMAN and then followed LUKE, sure the worst among the three (but still nice, different I might judge it). I really really loved the first Luke solo album. It was perfect american hard rock from the eighties. When this one came out, a few years ago actually, I immediatly bought it. I liked it from the very beginning but I can say that each year that pass I love this album more. It is a greatest hits really, each track is phenomenal. The music is a sort of bluesed rock fusion with the Luke trademark guitar playing all around (do you know "Jake to the bone" from Toto's Kingdome of desire album? Well we're very close that kind of music here). It is not an instrumental album. Luke sings every song except the last touching and unforgettable Song for Jeff and Party's in Simon Pants which is a pure fusion-rama. Luke was in splendid shape here and the band is stellar, Phillips, Pena, Garfield, all the Los Lobotomys guys were involved in this album. Infact Candyman came out also under the name of the band, Los Lobotomys with the same track list, the very same artwork. If you want to enjoy this set visually buy the DVD from Steve (the only one under his name). It is a Los Lobotomys concert Luke played with this band playing this material. It is incredible!!! Keep on pushing, STRAIGHT AHEAD LUKE !!! Buy this cd. I mean it. I really mean it. BUY IT. It is fantastic music. Better than a lot of Toto stuff.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Just can't stop listening 2 Dec 2001
By Michelle McGivern - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I just can't stop listening to that 'Extinction Blues' and 'Never walk Alone'. This Rock , fusion, blues album has been one of my favourites since I got it. I love guitars and boy can Steve Lukather play :-) and Simon Phillips on the drums definately gives this album the rhythm... The instrumentals really showcase these artists genius. If you like Toto you should like this album, especially if you like their more recent work with Steve on vocals. It's a nice addition to my collection, with a little extra emotion and edge because that's Steve's style I guess :-)
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