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Carlton Lukather Band - The Paris Concert

4.3 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

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If you're not one of the lucky fans who applauded the long-awaited pairing of Larry Carlton and Steve Lukather - Larry, who was named guitarist of the year so often that the title of player emeritus was created for him alone, and Steve (formerly of Toto), a flamboyant guitar hero in his own right - this DVD will blow away your reticence. The 2001 get-together of these two masters at their creative peak was an unforgettable experience fuelled by mutual love and respect, freedom of inspiration and the sheer pleasure of playing. Recording Date: July, 2001

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  • Actors: Lukather Band, Carlton
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: inakustik
  • DVD Release Date: October 4, 2005
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AS1HKY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,958 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By A. D. Chew on January 4, 2006
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I watched this DVD straight after I had finished watching the Lee Ritenour Overtime DVD. How much better can it get when you can watch such great performances on a big screen with a great sound system without leaving your lounge room?

I have been a huge fan of Larry Carlton's since he played on Steely Dan's early albums and have collected most of his solo work on vinyl and CD from that time. I had only heard a few of Steve Lukather's solo performances but knew from the rave reviews that he was a virtuoso. But for me I bought the DVD just for Larry's performance - and I wasn't disappointed. Mainly because Larry chose to play tunes and improvised like he used to in the early days. It became abundantly clear how much Larry has influenced his younger co-performer, yet Luke played in his own way complementing Larry beautifully.

The opening track was a brilliant rendition of "The Pump", a Tony Hymas/Simon Phillips tune that is on Jeff Beck's "There and Back" album. As such it brought back nostalgic memories of another great guitarist which were then reinforced when they played a few bars of Steely Dan's "Josie" towards the end.

Larry Carlton plays the blues the way a jazz musician thinks, with a tone that is so pure. I am so glad he used his ES 335 for most of the show because that defines his sound. I have another DVD from the New Morning in Paris featuring Robben Ford who must definitely have been inspired by Larry as their tones and blues phrasing are very similar. However Larry is able to take it to another level without being flashy. His chord melody work on "It was only Yesterday" is reminiscent of the late Joe Pass and Lenny Breau - rich in harmonics and chordal harmony.

Steve Lukather's performance was much harder to define.
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Agree totally with the reviews which claim excellent playing. But, when, oh when will producers try and at least act like music lovers as opposed to trying tio impress with every damn angle they can find? On this particular dvd one is actually treated to viewing the back of some members of the audience's head; then of cousre we must not forget that all of us absolutely love seeing guitar players from the rear, behind their arms, the drummer from ground zero postion, from behind his drum kit, etc, etc. The day a producer locates a decent wide-angle camera and tries to position himself in the centre of the audience in a slightly raised vantage point and helps us view the show as if we were sitting in the centre, taking in as much of the four, five or six members at once the happier I will be. I am not really interested to watch the audience either when Steve or Larry are in the middle of a solo. Get real guys!!
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I've had all his other videos and a couple of bootlegs. I wanted to like Larry. He is a great guitarist, but his written material always seemed a bit schmaltz-e. Like 1 degree towards Barry Manilow which is 1 degree too much. Also the lackys he had with him on past videos didn't help matters either. Finally!!! This DVD is phenominal. Lukather brings the cutting edge with out altering Carlton whom he obviously admires. The rest of the band makes it cook just right. I've never seen Carlton compositions sound so good. Good keyboards, drums and bass too. Not just a bunch of subserviant studio guys with no charachter. They rock and do whatever needs to be done. This video cooks and ""ALL"" the musicians shine. The music is formost and not just a man. This is music. A bunch of equals with good material. That is how it's done.
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First of all, let me say that I am a big fan of both, Larry and Steve. I have a number of concerts from both guitarists on DVD/Video. That's why I went for this one , because I thought that it would be an AWESOME experience, hearing these two guys together. Unfortunately for me, it turned out to be a bit of a let-down. One could almost say, too much of a good thing overdone.

After the first tune, "Pump", Steve's incessant shredding and and noodling became annoying. For most of the time, it was like 'Every Man For himself', however Larry being the gentleman that he is, appeared to be almost restrained, letting Steve do his over-indulgent trip. But when it was Larry's turn, he always played brilliantly throughout, his solos well structured, great use of dynamics and technique always in the right places, never over-done. Larry showed (maybe not intentionally) that he's got class, while still being able to 'Rock Your Socks Off' with tons of chops to boot.

Jimi's song, "Red House" is probably the most abused Jam tune and I've not yet heard one guitar player do it justice. It's like, 'yeah put in a Hendrix tune and shred it to bits'. C'mon guys, if you must do this song, have a listen to at least ONE of the many versions done by Jimi before you even contemplate playing it. Then ask yourself, 'can I get that feeling, that intensity across as convincingly?'

In all fairness, the rest of the band are holding things together in spite of it all. There's some nice keyboard playing, plus solid back-up from the Bass player and Drummer. I mean, it's not a bad sounding DVD, in fact the sound is excellent, it's just a matter of mis-match in guitar players in this instance anyway. Steve should know better, he's been around long enough and he's done some fantastic work.
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