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Michael Landau (born June 1, 1958) is an American musician, audio engineer, and record producer. He is a
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, Pink Floyd, Phil Collins on Two Hearts (Phil Collins song), Two Hearts and Loco in Acapulco, Roger Daltrey, Stevie Nicks, Glenn Frey, Eros Ramazzotti, Whitney Houston, and Miles Davis. Landau, along with fellow session guitarists Dean Parks, Steve Lukather, Michael Thompson (guitarist), Michael Thompson and Dann Huff, played on many of the major label releases recorded in Los Angeles from the 1980s–1990s. He has released music with several record labels, including Ulftone Music and Tone Center Records, a member of Shrapnel Records, Shrapnel Label Group. In addition to his session work, Landau has led several bands, including Raging Honkies and Burning Water. In the early 1980s, he was also in the band Maxus with Robbie Buchanan, Mark Leonard, Jay Gruska, and Doane Perry.


Early life

Landau was born and raised in Los Angeles, California.


Career

At age 19, he was touring the globe with
Boz Scaggs William Royce "Boz" Scaggs (born June 8, 1944) is an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He became prominent for his series of albums in the late 1970s, and songs " Lido Shuffle" and "Lowdown (Boz Scaggs song), Lowdown" from ''Silk Degre ...
, and the following year, he began performing in studios on the recommendation of his friend Steve Lukather.


Influences

Landau cites influences including The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Cream (band), Cream, The Band, Weather Report, Pat Martino, and Jaco Pastorius.


Equipment

Landau has a signature Single coil guitar pickup with Suhr Guitars called the 'ML.' In 2013, Fender announced that they would be collaborating with Landau on a signature Stratocaster. In 2015, Fender released the Michael Landau Signature amplifier, a modified version of Hot Rod DeVille III. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Landau used a rack switching system made by Bob Bradshaw of Custom Audio Electronics. Other notable users of such systems were Steve Lukather and Eddie Van Halen.


Discography

Solo releases * ''Tales from the Bulge'' (1990) * ''The Star Spangled Banner'' (2001) * ''Michael Landau Live 2000'' (2001) * ''The Michael Landau Group-Live'' (2006) * ''Organic Instrumentals'' (2015) * ''Rock Bottom'' (2018) With Blue Horn * ''Noise for Neighbors'' (2000) With Renegade Creation * ''Renegade Creation'' (2010) * ''Bullet'' (2012) With Hazey Jane * ''Holy Ghost'' (2009) With Stolen Fish * ''Give Me A Ride'' (1999) * ''Like I Said'' (2001) With The Raging Honkies * ''We Are The Best Band'' (1994) * ''Boner'' (1996) With Burning Water * ''Burning Water'' (1991) * ''Mood Elevator'' (1992) * ''Live And Lit'' (1993) * ''Abbandonato'' (1994) With Rita Lee * ''Bom Bom'' (1983) With
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With Michael Bolton * ''Soul Provider'' (1989) * ''Time, Love & Tenderness'' (1991) * ''Timeless: The Classics'' (1992) * ''The One Thing (album), The One Thing'' (1993) * ''All That Matters (Michael Bolton album), All That Matters'' (1997) * ''Only a Woman Like You'' (2002) With
Richard Marx Richard Noel Marx (born September 16, 1963) is an American adult contemporary and pop rock singer and songwriter. His self-titled debut album went triple-platinum in 1987, and his first single, " Don't Mean Nothing", reached number three in t ...
With Barry Manilow * ''Barry (album), Barry'' (1980) * ''Manilow (album), Manilow'' (1985) With Kenny Rogers * ''Once Upon a Christmas (Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton album), Once Upon a Christmas'', Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton (1984) * ''What About Me? (Kenny Rogers album), What About Me?'' (1984) * ''The Heart of the Matter (Kenny Rogers album), The Heart of the Matter'' (1985) * ''They Don't Make Them Like They Used To'' (1986) With Tim McGraw With Laura Branigan * ''Branigan'' (1982) * ''Branigan 2'' (1983) * ''Self Control (album), Self Control'' (1984) * ''Hold Me (Laura Branigan album), Hold Me'' (1985) * ''Touch (Laura Branigan album), Touch'' (1987) With
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* ''Wild Things Run Fast'' (1982) * ''Dog Eat Dog (Joni Mitchell album), Dog Eat Dog'' (1985) * ''Chalk Mark in a Rain Storm'' (1988) * ''Night Ride Home'' (1991) * ''Turbulent Indigo'' (1994) * ''Taming the Tiger'' (1998) With Sheena Easton * ''Best Kept Secret (Sheena Easton album), Best Kept Secret'' (1983) * ''A Private Heaven'' (1984) * ''My Cherie (Sheena Easton album), My Cherie'' (1995) With Faith Hill * ''Breathe (Faith Hill album), Breathe'' (1999) * ''Cry (Faith Hill album), Cry'' (2002) * ''The Rest of Our Life'', Faith Hill and Tim McGraw (2017) With
Luis Miguel Luis Miguel Gallego Basteri (born 19 April 1970) is a Puerto Rican-born Mexican singer, often referred to as ''El Sol de México'' (The Sun of Mexico), which is the nickname his mother gave him as a child—"mi sol". He is widely regarded as t ...

Luis Miguel
* ''Aries (album), Aries'' (1993) * ''Nada Es Igual... (Luis Miguel album), Nada Es Igual'' (1996) * ''Amarte Es un Placer (album), Amarte Es Un Placer (1999) * ''Mis Romances (2001) * ''33 (Luis Miguel album), 33'' (2003) With Mari Hamada With Miho Nakayama * ''Wagamama na Actress'' (1993) * ''Mid Blue'' (1995) With others


References


External links


Official website

Myspace page

Official Tone Center website
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