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  • Audio CD (19 Mar. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Favored Nations
  • ASIN: B00005A3N0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,921 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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In No Substitutions, recorded live in Osaka, two guitar session-masters hand down a punishing lesson in controlled thuggery. Carlton has played some of the greatest electric solos ever, gunslinging for everyone from Joni Mitchell and the Crusaders to Steely Dan and LA Express. Ex-Toto axe-king Lukather made his name stoking the mega-rock flames, but has also plied his pick to recordings by Patti Austin, Herb Alpert, Chet Atkins, and America. The fact that fusion has fallen on hard times doesn't deter these two from giving their all in five numbers that display equal measures of bombast, artistry and brilliance. With drummer Greg Bissonette, bassist Chris Kent and keyboardist Rick Jackson, the band kicks off with the testosterone-addled thump of "The Pump", which initially recalls some escapees from Def Leppard until they settle into a mellow, grand groove and a web of coiled solos. Lukather is more at home in this kind of shredding setting, but that gives Carlton plenty of space to do the lyrical, sensitive-guy thing. Both spin walls of heavy sound on the bruising shuffle, "Don't Give it Up". A reggae-fied "All Blues" sounds a bit street-worn, but Carlton's understated Jim Hall tone transforms the song until a schizophrenic speed demon takes over and momentarily kills the intimate vibe. No Substitutions will be gobbled up by guitarists and fusion heads, but its punch and grind also give it a more general appeal among rockers. --Ken Micallef

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mark L on 31 Aug. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Settng aside the music, the story of the CD is fun itself - Carlton invited Lukather to do the dates with him and they simply turn up in Japan without rehearsal and play the gigs! Staggering. They ended up recording at their own cost, simply because they were having such fun, but then Steve Vai got to hear the tapes.
Anyway, an album full of great guitar playing and musicianship. The contrast in styles is interesting, Larry C remaining deliberately understated most of the time. Highlight for me is the ballad It was only yesterday with some absolutely stunning melodic improvisation from Larry Carlton - the way he comes in so quietly for the final section to contrast with Steve L's classic rock ballad-style solo (which has more than a passing nod to Jeff Beck's 'Cause We Ended As Lovers In) is the epitome of class guitar playing and superb musicianship. When they did the follow-up tour in europe, Steve Lukather kept telling the story that every night Larry Carlton would play the extended intro to this song completely differently. One of the main joys of this album is that fact that you can tell these guys really respect each other, and they were so clearly having a ball.
Now, if only Claude Nobs would release a DVD of the show they played at the Montreux Jazz Festival......
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Mar. 2001
Format: Audio CD
I've followed Steve Lukather's legacy backwards from his solo career (Luke, Candyman) through Toto and session work with the likes of Michael Jackson and Tina Turner. This album finally provides the missing link in that Larry Carlton took a young Lukather under his wing and shared the crown of session guitarist to the stars. The fact that this is their first recording together doesn't show as with no preparation they launch into an hourlong, goose-bump inducing imrovisation masterclass that is never less than beautifully crafted. Combining axe blows for the duration of the album the pair escape unscathed and successfully avoid the trap of overplaying and attempted outplaying that often typifies a guitar hero combination. This is proof that mentoring works as Carlton and Lukather combine successfully to show us that while they are both astounding guitar players, the most important outcome is great music.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Taylor VINE VOICE on 20 Aug. 2001
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I didn't think they made albums like this anymore, an hour of pure indulgence for lovers of passionate and intelligent guitar music. This is the Hagen Daas of guitar music. Turn the lights low, turn the volume up and luxuriate in the presence of genius.
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