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Turn Back Collector's Edition, Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (24 Mar. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Collector's Edition, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rock Candy
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 146,338 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Gift With A Golden Gun
2. English Eyes
3. Live For Today
4. A Million Miles Away
5. Goodbye Elenore
6. I Think I Could Stand You Forever
7. Turn Back
8. If It's The Last Night

Product Description

Special Deluxe Collector's Edition / Fully remastered sound shaped from 24 bit digital technology / Produced by Geoff Workman (Journey, Sammy Hagar) / Contains English Eyes , Goodbye Elenore and Gift With The Golden Gun / 16 page full colour booklet 2,500 word essay about the making of the album, enhanced artwork and rare photos. You could say that Turn Back is the lost Toto album. Whilst their debut record achieved double platinum sales figures, producing two global hit singles, and it s follow up Hydra, was eventually acknowledged as a neo progressive rock triumph, Turn Back flew beneath the radar and barely caused a blip on the charts before disappearing from sight. The fact that their follow up album Toto IV has won an unprecedented seven Grammys and contained three top 10 hit singles only seems to emphasise the point. But although it is the least well known early era Toto album, to die-hard fans of the band it is regarded as one of their creative highpoints. Originally issued in 1981, it found the band taking a far more aggressive approach, dialling down the keyboards and upping the guitar quota by a considerable margin. This was, for all intents and purposes, an arena rock album designed to stave off their detractors and emphasise that they could hold their own against meatier acts such as Foreigner and Boston. Once again, much of the material was written or co-written by David Paich but the songs are tougher and far more dynamic than their previous work. Much of this was due to the enlistment of renowned British co-producer Geoff Workman who provided a raw, heavy sound. Highlights include Goodbye Elenore, A Million Miles Away and the brilliantly arranged English Eyes, a candidate for their greatest ever track.

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By R. Slee on 20 May 2015
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Million Miles Away is the only reason I keep this album.
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By eamon timothy on 26 Feb. 2015
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hughami on 1 May 2014
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Pretty much all Toto albums are great, but for me this and Farenheit and Isolation are the cream of the cream. Great band, great songs, great heavens... haven't you bought yours yet?

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Toto - "Turn Back". 28 Jan. 2005
By Louie Bourland - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Toto's third album "Turn Back" from 1981 is sort of a guenea pig in the band's extensive catalog. Sandwiched between the highly successful self-titled debut, its follow-up "Hydra" and the monster smash of "Toto IV", "Turn Back" was Toto's least successful album yielding no hit singles and barely scraping the album charts. The album also took a beating from many critics claiming that the music and its performances were weak and disasterous.

However, in hindsight, "Turn Back" is not a bad album at all. Since its release nearly 24 years ago, the album has become somewhat a fan favorite. Its lack of success and big hits make the album arguably more enjoyable to listen to than any other Toto album. This is also the band's heaviest album musically. The three opening tracks, "Gift With A Golden Gun", "English Eyes" and "Live For Today" usher in the album with solid dose of hook-filled hard rock with Steve Lukather's biting guitar work and the late Jeff Porcaro's solid forceful drumming. The hard rock element is also apparent in fast-paced shuffle of "Goodbye Elenore" which features a strong resemblance to bands like Queen. There is also a small progressive-rock touch heard in the album's title track with its heavy doses of keyboards and guitar textures.

Balancing out the album are three ballads. "A Million Miles Away" is a typical Toto power ballad with Bobby Kimball's emotional soaring vocals. "I Think I Could Stand You Forever" has a harder edge to it and once again comes across with musical references to Queen and Journey. "If It's the Last Night" is a Steve Lukather sung acoustic ballad with a slight REO Speedwagon vibe to it. This is also the album's powerful closing track.

"Turn Back" is an album that has aged gracefully over the years. Despite its lack of any commercial success, it is still one of Toto's strongest albums displaying the band's usual strong musicianship and great songwriting. With musical of this high of callibel, maybe it is time to Turn Back and realize just what a good album this really is.

An Underrated Gem!!!
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Underrated gem 3 Nov. 2001
By Andrew Fortuine - Published on
Format: Audio CD
For some reason, Turn Back seems to the "lost" Toto album--the poorest in sales, the one with no Top 40 hit, the one where the band supposedly lost all their distinctiveness and magic before recapturing it for IV. Hogwash. The songs on here are creative, energetic, and while not always as memorable as some of their other best work, excellent throughout. My only real complaint is there are only eight songs. That's probably better than the alternative, though: packing the cd with filler material. Turn Back doesn't have a single throwaway in it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This is the best of their first three. 31 May 2001
By Jim Toms - Published on
Format: Audio CD
"Turn Back" is pretty much solid from start to finish. Bobby Kimball's vocals are strong on all of the album's superior cuts, including "Gift with a Golden Gun", "English Eyes", "A Million Miles Away", and "Turn Back". After their second album, "Hydra" (which to me, was a disappointing experiment) this was a welcome change which attempted to get back to the sound the group displayed on their first album. Give it a shot.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
More than a forerunner 12 Jun. 2001
By huochezhan - Published on
Format: Audio CD
In my opinion "Turn Back" is one of Toto's best albums, together with "IV" and "The Seventh One". This might sound strange because "Turn Back" is totally different from the two successful albums mentioned above. The opener is the rock song "Gift With A Golden Gun", which is one of the best songs on the album. Kimball's vocals sound a bit like Peter Cetera and the whole song's a bit like "Chicago". "English Eyes" is a solid rock song with much emphasis on the guitar, as well as Luke's "Live for today". These songs are followed by the two best songs on "Turn Back" and two of my all time Toto-favourites: "A Million Miles Away" is a ballad with a hard hitting chorus and "Goodbye Elenore" is one of the best rock songs Toto ever did. "I think I could stand you forever" and "Turn Back" are as well great songs and worth a listen. The last track on the album is the wonderful ballad "If It's The Last Night". "Turn Back" features great vocal performances by both Kimball and Lukather and some great arrangements by Paich, who did most of the songwriting. "Turn Back" is more than just listenable and more than just a forerunner to the commercially successful "Toto IV"
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Haunting 25 Dec. 2002
By "awake1974" - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I started out listening to hits like 'Hold the line', 'Africa', 'Rosanna' and 'Stop loving you' a lot. Somewhere down the line I found out this material all came from one great band. While exploring my musical horizons, I kept on exploring other Toto albums. Turn Back must have been one of the last albums to complete my 80's Toto collection. And this one really, really surprised me.
The raw and heavy production of Turn Back is something I would have never expected from this band. Strong tunes, edgy and metal-like guitars. A very different sound compared to most other, smoother Toto albums. When I play this one to my friends, they don't believe it's Toto. But the keys are David, there's no mistake about that. Jeff does a good job drumming, as he always did. And Steve marks this albums in a big way using his guitars - I really dig the way they sound. Bobby sings great, and Steve gets me hooked on his vocals on 'I think I could stand you forever' and 'If it's the last night'.
Not only these songs, but áll are killers no fillers if you ask me - they're under my skin. With no exception for the dark and haunting 'Turn Back' - let those lyrics draw you a mysterious picture... Epic! This album sounds like a monument. Maybe dated, but forever going strong. Along with Isolation, Hydra and Kingdom of Desire (great title track!), Turn Back is my proof that Toto isn't just a mainstream poprock band. There's far more to that.
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