Born: October 21, 1957 (age 50) , San Fernando Valley, California, U.S.
Genre(s): Rock ,Neo-progressive rock , Pop rock , Jazz fusion
Associated acts: Toto , Los Lobotomys , El Grupo
Original Release Date: October 7, 2003
Label: Image Entertainment
Santamental was a collaborative project featuring several prominent musicians such as guitarists Edward Van Halen, Slash, and Steve Vai and drummer Gregg Bissonette. When Lukather's record company, Bop City Records, approached him about recording a Christmas album, he quipped, "Why me? Do I look like Father Christmas to you mofos?" The company wanted him to do the record knowing he would approach the project with a unique angle and produce something different from the typical Christmas album. Lukather recruited keyboardist Jeff Babko and guitarist Larry Carlton, who Lukather had worked with previously, to help arrange the songs. The result was a challenge to Lukather, who had to be creative to turn the traditionally simple songs into something interesting for listeners.
The musicians Lukather chose for Santamental, most of whom are hard rock veterans, lent a heavy feel to the album. Van Halen recorded guitar tracks for "Joy to the World" after not having been in the studio for some time but immediately made an impression on Lukather with his level of playing. Vai provided guitar work for "Carol of the Bells" along with Lukather's son Trevor, then 14 years old. Slash, who recorded his part in one take, played on the Lukather/Stan Lynch composition "Broken Heart for Christmas." Lukather spoke highly of Slash after the project, calling him the "Keith Richards of our generation." Famous session guitarist Michael Landau played on the song "Look Out You Angels," and there is a previously unreleased version of "Jingle Bells" sung by Sammy Davis, Jr.
Steve Lukather pseud. Luke w?a?ciwie, Steven Lee Lukather (ur. 21 pa?dziernika 1957 w San Fernando Valley, Kalifornia), muzyk sesyjny, kompozytor, aran?er, producent muzyczny i gitarzysta, znany przede wszystkim z wyst?pów w grupie muzycznej Toto.
W roku 2004 bra? go?cinny udzia? w nagrywaniu p?yty Budki Suflera Jest.
1 Joy to the world (Arranged by Lukather & Babko)
2 Greensleeves (Arranged by Lukather & Babko)
3 Jingle bells (JB remix by Sammy Davis Jr. (sample))
4 Carol of the bells (Arranged by Lukather & Babko)
5 Broken heart for Christmas (Steve Lukather & Stan Lynch)
6 Angels we have heard on high (Arranged by Lukather & Babko)
7 Winter wonderland (Arranged by Lukather & Babko)
8 Look out for angels (Steve Lukather & Jeff Babko)
9 Silent night (Dedicated to Jeff Beck)
10 Goodbye (Virtual track, not on the record)
11 The Christmas song (Arranged by Larry Carlton & Steve Lukather)
All songs arranged by Jeff Babko & Steve Lukather, except (11) arranged by Larry Carlton & Steve Lukather
Steve Lukather: guitars, voacals
Trevor Lukather: guitar power chords (4)
Eddie Van Halen: guitar (1, 2nd & 4th solo)
Slash: guitar (5)
Steve Vai: guitar (4, 3rd solo)
Mike Landau: guitar (8, 1st solo)
Edgar Winter: vocals, sax(7)
Jeff Babko: keyboards, trombone, organ, rhodes, horns
John Pierce: bass
Scott Hamilton: sax
Walt Fowler: trumpet
George Shelby: sax
Greg Bissonette: drums, trumpet
Lenny Castro: percussion
Simon Phillips: tambourine (1)
Produced by Elliot Scheiner and Steve Lukather
The album is released in Europe by ulfTone Music on October 13th 2003. Distributors are Edel Distribution (Germany, Austria, Switzerland), Bertus Distributie (Netherlands, Belgium), Night & Day Distribution (France), Border Music (Scandinavia), Cargo Distribution (UK), Mastertrax (Spain). In the USA and Canada the album is released by Bop City Records and in Japan by JVC.
Steve Lukather – Official site: http://www.stevelukather.net/Homepage.aspx
Santamental info: http://www.santamental.com/fans/