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Toto's remaining four return with a classic
on 24 July 2006
The tragic death of influential drummer Jeff Porcaro leaves Toto as a four-piece of Mike Porcaro, Steve Lukather, David Paich and Englishman Simon Phillips. However, they return with an awesome album and even a UK top 75 hit (their first since 1983) with a classic building Lukather ballad 'I will remember'. This is easily the most accessible of Toto's 90s albums and I would recommend it as a good introduction to anyone who hasn't had the privilege of hearing their lesser-known but consistently excellent later work. As in previous album 'Kingdom of Desire', Lukather takes up most of the lead singing and his versatility is shown much more here as he effortlessly combines cracking slices of rock like the awesome blues-rock track 'The Turning Point' (a true Toto masterpiece) with slower numbers like 'The Other End of Time' and 'Just can't get to you'. There is even room for an excellent duet with Jenny Douglas-McRae called 'Baby he's your man', the midtempo contemplative album closer 'The road goes on' and another instrumental 'Dave's Gone Skiing'. Toto reinvented themselves for their previous album around Lukather's lead vocals and they manage to take it to another level here by adding a bit of variety to their style that was missing on the last album. Recommended for fans of rock of all styles and those who have only heard early Toto music.