In 1986 Steve Lukather played as a guest guitarist at the Lotus Gem concert with the Santana Band and the Jeff Beck Band (with Simon Phillips on drums). Another boost for Lukather, to play together with one of his 'masters' (next to for example Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Larry Carlton, Jay Graydon, Eric Clapton and David Gilmour). You can hear clearly that Santana was easily played away by Lukather. The competition between Lukather and Jeff Beck was more complicated. In a speed boogie like Freeway jam or Super boogie there's the pointed, sharp sound of Jeff Beck and the more sliding sound of Lukather. It's obvious that Beck doesn't matter to give in his stability in search for creative and unexpected peaks. Lukather on the other hand plays like the talented, skilled professional, the craftsman with his own style and a big sound. The choice is yours.
CD 1 01 - Into/Primaera Invasion (Santana) 02 - Black Magic Woman (Santana) 03 - Open Invitation (Santana, Lukather) 04 - Starcycle (Beck) 05 - Cause It Ended For Lovers (Beck) 06 - Wild Thing (Beck) 07 - Freeway jam (Beck, Lukather) 08 - Going Down (Beck, Lukather) 09 - Escape (Beck, Lukather)
01 - Super Boogie (Santana, Beck, Lukather) 02 - Lotus Blues (Santana, Beck, Lukather) 03 - People Get Ready (Santana, Beck, Lukather) 04 - Johnny B. Goode (Santana, Beck, Lukather) 05 - Goodbye porkpie Hat (Beck) 06 - Love will (Beck) 07 - Ambitious (Santana, Beck) 08 - Stop look and listen (Santana, Beck) 09 - Blue wind (Santana, Beck)
Musicians: Steve Lukather - Guitars Carlos Santana - Guitars Jeff Beck - Guitars Beck's band: Jan Hammer - Keyboards Simon Phillips - Drums Jimmy Hall Vocals & Sax Doug Wimbish - Bass Santana's band: George Miles - Vocals Chester Thompson - Keyboards Armando Peraza - Congas Orestes Vilato - Timbales Tom Coster - Keyboards Graham Lear - Drums Paul Rekow – Percussion June 1 Sun,1986: Suntory Beer Sound Market '86. Karuizawa Prince Hotel, Karuizawa, Japan