on 22 March 2002
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
on 16 November 2003
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.
on 16 March 2001
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!
on 30 July 2009
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...