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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful melodic rock at its best, 8 Nov. 2000
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This review is from: Past to Present 1977-1990 (Audio CD)
An excellent overview of the hits of Toto, the ace American session band who became a major attraction in their own right. Although often vilified by critics as being bombastic and dated in style, their music has stood the test of time whilst many of the 'trendy' acts of the late 70s and the 80s are now forgotten. This collection includes very familiar classics like Rosanna and Africa from the immensely successful album Toto IV, together with many other superb tracks which, though hits in the States, are not well known in Britain - for example 99, I Won't Hold You Back, and I'll Be Over You. I have slight reservations about some of the four new tracks recorded specially for this collection, but the rest of the album is so good that it makes up for this.
Throughout the album, the musicianship is superb, with searing and melodic guitar licks by Steve Lukather, and the powerful drumming of Jeff Porcaro, who was one of the greatest rock drummers and whose death in 1992 was a very sad loss to the music world. Lead vocals are handled by a variety of band members, and there are interesting cameo appearances by other singers such as Cheryl Lynn, Jon Anderson and Michael McDonald. With this album now reissued at budget price, it's even more attractive, and my only regret is that the collection isn't a double CD, since the band have done so much quality work that a double could easily have been filled. Maybe a more comprehensive collection will be issued eventually.
PS If you love Toto's music even without the band members singing, two of their many session performances I would particularly recommend are the recent remastered editions of Middle Man and Silk Degrees by Boz Scaggs.
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