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Toto - Live in Amsterdam
Toto - Live in Amsterdam
DVD ~ Toto
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5.0 von 5 Sternen TOTO - LIVE IN AMSTERDAM DVD, 16. November 2003
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Toto - Live in Amsterdam (DVD)
I have seen at least one show of every Toto tour since 1986, and for me this captures one of their best. Whilst the hits were necessarily included to appeal to a wider fan base, there is ample album material and new arrangements for musicians and discerning music fans. Toto fanatics and cynics alike can get a flavour of the humour of this band on their own backstage video footage. Even if Toto don't achieve the recognition they deserve in their lifetime's, this DVD will be an excellent testimony to what Eddie Van Halen described as "collectively the best musicians on the planet". Fantastic post-production on both visual and especially the surround sound audio mixes.


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5.0 von 5 Sternen CANDYMAN - STEVE LUKATHER, 16. November 2003
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Candyman (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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5.0 von 5 Sternen SANTAMENTAL - STEVE LUKATHER & FRIENDS, 16. November 2003
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Santamental (Audio CD)
If, like me, you're tired of the same old Christmas songs year in, year out, treat your family to a musical feast courtesy of Luke and his mega-talented buddies. Luke's 4th solo studio album was recorded and mixed in one week during June 2002 in California - not the ideal climatic ambience to record Christmas songs but the seasonal vibe is all there in large helpings! The core band this time around, Luke, Jeff Babko, Greg Bissonette and John Pierce were augmented by an array of famous friends who dropped by to add a track or two of festive cheer. Luke scored at least two major scoops making this record; permission from Sammy Davis Jnr's estate to sample his vocals from a Las Vegas performance to facilitate a virtual duet and the contribution of Eddie Van Halen, who has not released any new studio recordings since 1998. As if Luke and EVH playing together on one album is not enough for guitar fans, Steve Vai, Slash and Mike Landau also let rip on tracks 4,5 and 8 respectively. The liner notes reveal Luke's pride as his 16 year old son Trevor accompanies him on record for the first time. Each musician's performances are quite simply brilliant - the clarity of each recorded part shines through but to me, Pierce's bass lines were especially inspired! (Edgar) Winter Wonderland is a seriously smokin' bluesy groove and the hilarious big band Jingle Bells deserve to be Christmas party classics and the more fusion-orientated songs ought to attract critical acclaim in recognition of the abundant virtuosity displayed here. Santamental features two new rocking catchy songs, Broken Heart for Christmas and Look out for Angels. Chill-out tracks are also included; the melancholic Silent Night and The Christmas Song are tributes to Luke's mentors, Jeff Beck and Larry Carlton, demonstrating a touch of which his contemporaries will be in awe. Unbelievably, Luke's vocal and guitar performances and inspiration continue to mature and impress after 30 prolific years. Order your copy and join the party - Christmas will never sound quite the same again, thanks to everyone's bro Luke & friends!

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