Larry Carlton Classic Albums Timeline

1968

With a Little Help From My Friends

Not an auspicious debut album, it would be another 10 years before Larry's solo career would take off

Tracks
  1. With A Little Help From My Friends 3:48
  2. MacArthur Park 7:07
  3. Don't You Care? 3:48
  4. When Sunny Gets Blue 5:08
  5. Honey 3:34
  6. Monday Monday 2:22
  7. Eleanor Rigby 3:03
  8. The Odd Couple 2:00
  9. By The Time I Get To Phoenix 3:50
  10. People Get Ready 3:05
1973

Singing Playing

Larry playing - good. Larry singing...

Tracks
  1. Easy Evil 4:57
  2. I Cry Mercy 3:15
  3. One More Chance 3:13
  4. With Respect To Coltrane 5:53
  5. American Family 4:03
  6. Wavin' And Smilin' 3:01
  7. Captain
  8. Captain 3:28
  9. Free Way 6:15
1978

Larry Carlton

The first 'real' Larry album. He'd still got the tone from his Crusaders days. He'd got the tracks; Room 335 and Rio Samba - a great denut album indeed!

Tracks
  1. Room 335
  2. Where Did You Come From
  3. Nite Crawler
  4. Point It Up
  5. Rio Samba
  6. I Apologize
  7. Don't Give It Up
  8. (It Was) Only Yesterday
play my version of Room 335
1980

Strikes Twice

More of the same as the previous album. Great!

Tracks
  1. Strikes Twice
  2. Strikes Twice
  3. Ain't Nothin' for a Heartache
  4. Midnight Parade
  5. The Magician
  6. Springville
  7. Mulberry Street
  8. In My Blood
  9. For Love Alone
  10. Sleepwalk
  11. Last Nite
1983

Sleepwalk

The title track is Larry's cover of the iconic '50's hit by Santo and Johnny Farina

Tracks
  1. Last Nite
  2. Blues Bird
  3. Song for Katie
  4. Frenchman's Flat
  5. Sleepwalk
  6. Upper Kern
  7. 10:00 P.M.
  8. You Gotta Get It While You Can
1983

Friends

Larry was evolving. His tone was more mellow. The tracks are easy listening. Well it was the start of smooth jazz...

Tracks
  1. Breaking Ground
  2. South Town
  3. Tequila
  4. Blues for T.J.
  5. Song in the 5th Grade
  6. Cruisin'
  7. L.A.
  8. N.Y.
  9. Friends
1986

Alone But Never Alone

Larry goes acoustic! and pulls it off with aplomb!

Tracks
  1. Smiles And Smiles To Go
  2. Perfect Peace
  3. Carrying You
  4. The Lord's Prayer
  5. High Steppin'
  6. Whatever Happens
  7. Pure Delight
  8. Alone / But Never Alone
1987

Discovery

still playing acoustic and the tracks are even more laid back

Tracks
  1. Hello Tomorrow 5:20
  2. Those Eyes 4:17
  3. Knock On Wood 6:21
  4. Discovery 5:22
  5. My Home Away From Home 4:54
  6. March Of The Jazz Angels 5:15
  7. Minute By Minute 4:54
  8. A Place For Skipper 4:44
  9. Her Favorite Song 1:54
Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance, "Minute by Minute", 1987
1987

Last Nite

The ultimate early Live Larry. Recorded At – The Baked Potato, Los Angeles

Tracks
  1. So What 7:58
  2. Don´t Give It Up 5:30
  3. The B.P. Blues 7:50
  4. All Blues
  5. Last Nite 7:58
  6. Emotions Wound Us So 6:17
hear my version of Rio Samba
1989

Christmas at My House

Larry's Christmas album

Tracks
  1. The Christmas Song
  2. Winter Wonderland
  3. Silent Night
  4. White Christmas
  5. The Holly And The Ivy
  6. Ringing The Bells Of Christmas
  7. What Child Is This
  8. The Little Drummer Boy
  9. Joy To The World
1989

On Solid Ground

In 1988, Larry was shot in the neck in a random drive by shooting. He come's back with avengance, and the old Larry tone for this one. He revisits Steely Dan track Josie and does a scorcher of the Eric Clapton track Layla

Tracks
  1. Josie 5:08
  2. All In Good Time 8:39
  3. The Philosopher 4:06
  4. Layla 4:06
  5. On Solid Ground 4:19
  6. The Waffer 6:36
  7. Bubble Shuffle 4:32
  8. Chapter II 4:48
  9. Honey Samba 5:06
  10. Sea Space 6:27
1992

Kid Gloves

A mix of acoustic and new, softer, electric tones here on an album that sounds a bit smooth 80's

Tracks
  1. Kid Gloves 4:09
  2. The Preacher 5:51
  3. Michele's Whistle 4:49
  4. Oui Oui Si 6:18
  5. Heart To Heart 4:24
  6. Just My Imagination 5:34
  7. Where Be Mosada 6:02
  8. Farm Jazz 4:43
  9. Terry T 5:11
  10. If I Could I Would 2:17
1993

Renegade Gentlemen

A blues album on the face of it but there's only so much harmonica you can take and Larry gives Terry McMillan too much exposure. The only Larry album I dislike!

Tracks
  1. Crazy Mama
  2. R.C.M.
  3. Sleep Medicine
  4. Cold Day in Hell
  5. Anthem
  6. Amen A.C.
  7. Never Say Naw
  8. Farm Jazz
  9. Nothin' Comes
  10. Bogner
  11. Red Hot Poke
1995

Larry and Lee

Tracks
  1. Crosstown Kids
  2. Low Steppin'
  3. L.A. Underground
  4. Closed Door Jam
  5. After the Rain
  6. Remembering J.P.
  7. Fun in the Dark
  8. Lots About Nothin'
  9. Take That
  10. Up and Adam
  11. Reflection of a Guitar Player
1996

The Gift

More chill, more understated magnificent Larry.

Tracks
  1. Ridin' The Treasure
  2. Things We Said Today
  3. Goin' Nowhere
  4. The Gift
  5. Shop 'Till You Drop
  6. Pammie Dear
  7. Osaka Cool
  8. My Old Town
  9. Mourning Dove
  10. Buddy
2000

Fingerprints

Larry is firmly in that non overdriven dumble sound. As a guitarist I can tell you this is the hardest thing you can do, all imperfections are obvious - Larry doesn't need to worry about that!

Tracks
  1. Fingerprints 4:58
  2. Silky Smooth 4:48
  3. The Storyteller 6:47
  4. 'Til I Hurt You 4:17
  5. Slave Song 4:52
  6. All Thru The Night 4:58
  7. Lazy Susan 5:43
  8. Chicks With Kickstands 5:29
  9. Gracias 6:10
  10. Crying Hands 7:05
1994

Live at the Greek

Wow! A great version of Her Favorite song. The band is Stanley Clarke, Billy Cobham, Najee, Deron Johnson say no more!

Tracks
  1. Minute By Minute 3:25
  2. Stratus 9:42
  3. Buenos Aires 5:19
  4. All Blues 14:02
  5. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat 10:07
  6. Her Favorite Song 7:42
  7. School Days
2007

Live in Tokyo

Japan has been kind to Larry, they value guitar playing there. This is the touring band of the mid 2000's; with Robben Ford and son Travis on Bass. This CD is welded into my car's CD player! This is the band, and set, I wish I had played on.

Tracks
  1. That Road
  2. Burnable
  3. Cold Gold
  4. Rio Samba
  5. Derrick's Blues
  6. Two Bad
  7. Talk To Your Daughter
  8. Too Much
2001

No Substitutions

Live in Osaka with Steve Lukather

Tracks
  1. The Pump 14:28
  2. Don't Give It Up 6:38
  3. (It Was) Only Yesterday 12:09
  4. All Blues 14:06
  5. Room 335
Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Album, No Substitutions: Live in Osaka, 2001
2001

Deep Into It

with a welcome new version of his Crusaders anthem 'Put It Where You Want It'

Tracks
  1. Put It Where You Want It
  2. Deep Into It
  3. Don't Break My Heart
  4. I Still Believe
  5. Morning Magic
  6. It's A Groove Thang
  7. Closer To Home
  8. I Can't Tell You Why
  9. Like Butta'
  10. Roll With It
  11. Put It Where You Want It (Extended Version)
2003

Sapphire Blue

Sapphire Blue gin is Larry's favourite tipple

Tracks
  1. Friday Night Shuffle
  2. A Pair of Kings
  3. Night Sweats
  4. Sapphire Blue
  5. 7 for You
  6. Slightly Dirty
  7. Just an Excuse
  8. Take Me Down
2005

Fire Wire

Tracks
  1. Inkblot 11 3:18
  2. Double Cross 4:36
  3. Naked Truth 3:49
  4. Surrender 5:01
  5. Big Trouble 3:42
  6. Goodbye 4:40
  7. Dirty Donna's House Party 5:37
  8. The Prince 4:35
  9. Sunrise 5:11
  10. Mean Street 6:48
2007

Greatest Hits Rerecorded

Does what it says on the tin!

Tracks
  1. All In Good Time 7:03
  2. Room 335 7:20
  3. Smiles And Smiles To Go 4:11
  4. Hello Tomorrow 5:56
  5. High Steppin 5:53
  6. Kid Gloves 4:23
  7. RCM 5:29
  8. Red Hot Poker 4:13
  9. Terry T.
2007

Larry Carlton and Steve Lukather Live at the Blue Note

Tracks
  1. Intro
  2. The Pump
  3. Don't Give It Up
  4. (It Was) Only Yesterday
  5. All Blues
  6. Cause We've Ended as Lovers
  7. Red House
  8. Room 335
2010

Take Your Pick

Live with Tak Matsumoto

Tracks
  1. Jazzy Bullets
  2. Nite Crawler 2010
  3. The Way We Were
  4. Islands of Japan
  5. Neon Blue
  6. Tokyo Night
  7. Hotalu
  8. East West Stroll
  9. Easy Mystery
  10. Ao
  11. Take Your Pick
Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album, Take Your Pick, 2010
2010

Plays The Sound Of Philadelphia

Larry's take on some Phillie classics

Tracks
  1. Could It Be I'm Falling in Love
  2. Back Stabbers
  3. If You Don't Know Me by Now
  4. Drownin' in the Sea of Love
  5. I'll Be Around
  6. You Make Me Feel Brand New
  7. Bad Luck
  8. Never Give You Up
  9. Mama Can't Buy You Love
  10. Only the Strong Survive
  11. Mighty Love
2012

Four Hands and A Heart

Tracks
  1. Room 335
  2. Nite Crawler
  3. Point It Up
  4. Rio Samba
  5. Don't Give It Up
  6. (It Was) Only Yesterday
  7. Last Night
  8. Song for Katie
  9. Sleepwalk
  10. 10 PM
  11. For Love Alone
2015

Session Masters

Tracks
  1. The Simmer 5:45
  2. Four Of A Kind 7:11
  3. Chillin' After Dark 4:58
  4. Free Way 7:07
  5. Remember Me 5:07
  6. The Shade Tree 5:59
  7. West Coast 3:47
  8. Bits And Pieces 4:29
  9. The Little Sneak 4:48
  10. Sad But True 5:48

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