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  • Audio CD (17 April 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B000026BXT
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Mini-Disc
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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Toto - Past To Present 1977-1990 - Cd

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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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Over the years, Toto have made plenty of good songs, and a few great songs, and a greatest hits album with more tracks on it could easily have been made. The previously unreleased songs on this album (Love has the power, Out of love, Can you hear what I’m saying and Animal) are not bad, but they are by no means Toto’s best work – better songs than this were ommitted from the album. So if you’re thinking of buying this album just for these songs – don’t.
It’s not a bad album, but the songs don’t really play well together – maybe the songs could have been arranged in a different order. My advice is to buy the outstanding Toto IV album, which includes Rosanna, I won’t hold you back and Africa, along with seven other really good songs. The only other Toto song without which your record collection is incomplete is the brilliant Hold the line, which is on plenty of rock compilations, at least one of which you’ve probably got!
As a first-time buyer of Toto, I was disappointed with this greatest hits album, and I have since bought Toto IV, which in my opinion is much better, especially if you’re only looking to buy one Toto album.
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This 1990 collection of Toto's `greatest' tracks by-and-large can be recommended. The old tracks appear to be unremastered but sound good nevertheless. And it's great to hear these golden oldies from the 70s and 80s again.

Many of these older songs - such as `Georgy Porgy', `I'll Be Over You', and `Stop Loving You' - have their own inner momentum that carry the listener along. The last has an excellent opening, whilst `99' has an excellent ending, whilst the minimalist production of `Hold the Line' works perfectly. `Rosanna' has been in my head for days since I last listened to this CD, and I have no complaints about that at all. Its clear, uncrowded but still involved production produces the cleanest and sleekest of song-lines.

But this set also includes four new (for 1990) tracks, and these are a disappointment. They're nothing special and tend to be overproduced. Byron's voice is neither as distinctive nor as powerful as previous regulars in the role, or perhaps it's just that his voice is placed not so high in the mix in the overcrowded production.

So, based on this set, the present is best forgotten, and the past is to be cheered and cherished
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I love this album, as it seems focussed on toto's ballads. 'I won't hold you back', '99', 'Africa' and 'I'll be over you'. These are all exceptional songs. But it is unrepresentative of Toto's general sound. They were quite rock orientated in places, and that is not in evidence on this album. (Bit like Richard Marx - recording ballads that are all released as singles, but his main output on albums being mainstream rock.)
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If you're thinking of buying this I expect you already know the better-known songs: Africa, Hold The Line, and Rosanna. Of the remaining songs there are only two - Stop Loving You and Pamela - that live up to the three I've already mentioned. I enjoy this CD but would like it more if it had a few rockier songs on it. By the end of thirteen soft-rock songs I'm ready to listen to something that will excite me! Another reviewer has said that Toto have recorded rockier stuff - like him, I wish some had been included in this collection.

My only other complaint is the inclusion of four songs that were specifically recorded for this collection. I think this is a shabby trick (not necessarily on Toto's part - it may have been a record company decision). As a casual listener who only wanted a best of, this collection is fine for me, but the inclusion of newly-recorded (at the time) material means that devoted Toto fans were put in the position of having to buy this CD, most of which they would already have, to keep their collection complete.

Nearly a four-star CD - if Amazon's ratings went up to 10 instead of 5 it would have been a 7.
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