1989 Steve Lukather – Lukather

Lukather is the first solo album from Toto guitarist Steve Lukather released in 1989.
Lukather came about after Toto had been recording and playing for eleven years and the band consensus was to take a break. Since Lukather had a number of songs written that did not appear on Toto albums, he decided to pursue a solo album. His intention was to present a dimension of his musical work that fans would not be familiar with, and he collaborated with many notable musicians. Among the people involved in Lukather were Eddie Van Halen, Steve Stevens, Richard Marx, Jan Hammer, and fellow Toto members Jeff Porcaro and David Paich. Lukather has stated that the album is produced in a very simple manner and that one can hear a lot of ambient studio noise such as counting off on various tracks. He also credits bands Pink Floyd, Cream, Led Zeppelin, and guitarists Jimi Hendrix, David Gilmour, Jeff Beck, and Eric Clapton as influences on the album. Much of the material was debuted live in late 1988 when Lukather did a number of solo live dates in the Los Angeles area while the album was being recorded.

The song Twist The Knife was orginal a Van Halen song called I Want Some Action, but never made an album.

Tracks

1  Twist The Knife (Eddie van Halen, Steve Lukather) 5:24
2  Swear Your Love (Steve Lukather, Richard Marx) 4:00
3  Fall Into Velvet (Steve Lukather, Steve Stevens, Cy Curnin) 9:04
4  Drive A Crooked Road (Steve Lukather, Danny Kortchmar) 5:21
5  Got My Way (Steve Lukather, Michael Landau, Randy Goodrum) 4:57
6  Darkest Night Of The Year (Steve Lukather, Steve Stevens) 5:20
7  Lonely Beat Of My Heart (Steve Lukather, Diane Warren) 4:17
8  With A Second Chance (Steve Lukather, Randy Goodrum) 4:37
9  Turns To Stone (Steve Lukather, Randy Goodrum) 5:36
10  It Looks Like Rain (Steve Lukather, Tom Kelly, Billy Steinberg) 4:22
11  Steppin’ On Top Of Your World (Steve Lukather, Danny Kortchmar) 5:40

Media

Musicians

1 Twist The Knife

Bass Eddie van Halen
Drums Carlos Vega
Guitar Steve Lukather
Percussion Lenny Castro
Background Vocals Warren Ham


2 Swear Your Love

Bass Neil Stubenhaus
Drums Prairie Prince
Guitar Steve Lukather
Keyboards CJ Vanston
Background Vocals Richard Marx


3 Fall Into Velvet

Bass Will Lee
Drums Tommy Price
Guitar Steve Lukather
Guitar Steve Stevens
Organ Jan Hammer
Synthesizer Eric Rehl
Synthesizer Jan Hammer
Percussion Lenny Castro


4 Drive A Crooked Road

Bass John Pierce
Drums Jeffrey Porcaro
Guitar Steve Lukather
Guitar Kortchmar
Background Vocals Kortchmar
Background Vocals Stan Lynch


5 Got My Way

Bass Randy Jackson
Drums John Keane
Guitar Steve Lukather
Guitar Mike Landau
Synthesizer Aaron Zigman
Synthesizer Randy Goodrum
Percussion Lenny Castro
Background Vocals Tom Kelly
Background Vocals John Keane


6 Darkest Night Of The Year

Bass Will Lee
Drums Tommy Price
Guitar Steve Lukather
Synthesizer Eric Rehl


7 Lonely Beat Of My Heart

Bass Neil Stubenhaus
Drums John Keane
Guitar Steve Lukather
Keyboards Kim Bullard
Organ David Paich
Synthesizer Steve Lukather
Background Vocals Richard Marx
Background Vocals Tommy Funderburk


8 With A Second Chance

Drums (programming) Randy Goodrum
Guitar Steve Lukather
Synthesizer Steve Lukather
Synthesizer Randy Goodrum


9 Turns To Stone

Drums (programming) Randy Goodrum
Bass Leland Sklar
Guitar Steve Lukather
Synthesizer Steve Lukather
Synthesizer Randy Goodrum
Background Vocals John Keane
Background Vocals Randy Goodrum


10 It Looks Like Rain

Bass Randy Jackson
Drums John Keane
Guitar Steve Lukather
Guitar Mike Landau
Acoustic Guitar Steve Lukather
Keyboards Jai Winding
Percussion Lenny Castro
Background Vocals Tom Kelly


11 Steppin’ On Top Of Your World

Bass John Pierce
Drums Jeffrey Porcaro
Guitar Steve Lukather
Guitar Danny Kortchmar
Keyboards Kortchmar
Background Vocals Ivan Neville
Background Vocals Stan Lynch
Percussion Danny Kortchmar

Liner Notes

Production Manager, Contractor – Shari Sutcliffe
Engineer (Assistant) – Bob Loftus, Brett Swain, Charlie Brocco, Clark Germain, Danny Mormando, Duane Seykora, Jay Lean, Ken Felton, Mike Bosley, Mike Kloster, Mike Tacci, Paul Dieter, Rail Rogut, Rick Clifford

Creative Direction/Design – Doug Brown (ImageWorks)
Art Direction – An Rafferty
Photography – Jeff Katz