he's on so many legendary records that it's hard to decide which is the legendariest.
Yeah that's a hard one... One of my favorite Luke solos is probably the one in extended version of Lionel Richie's Running With The Night. If I'd guess he probably improvised it in 1 take.
It was actually 1 take and he didn't even know he was being recorded. According to Wiki: "The electric guitar solo on "Running with the Night" was played by Steve Lukather, best known as a member of the rock band Toto. Lukather sat down in the studio and the engineer played the basic tracks of the song, for him to hear for the first time, so he could plan his part. As the music played, he jammed along on his instrument. At the conclusion of the tune, he said to the engineer, "Okay, I'm ready for a take." The producer replied, "That was a take.""
Mainstream and well-known for sure, but there is something I really love about his first solo in Rosanna. It's so blissfully melodic and fits right in with the song as if there were no other possible combination of notes would have worked better.
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Steve Lukather and the guys from Toto were all highly regarded and in-demand session musicians long before they formed Toto. Even when they were selling millions as Toto, they were session band for many.
Toto at the 2.00 mark in Randy Newman's "I Love LA" video.