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Session guys prodcuce the goods,
This review is from: Toto Iv (Audio CD)
Toto were famous for playing on megastars albums e.g. Lionel Richies 'Can't slow down' but up until the release of this 1983 classic were largely unknown in their own right bar the hit 'Hold the line'. This release brought them well and truly out of the shadows and was barely off my turntable when it came out.
The album kicks off with the grammy winning single 'Rosanna' sung by Steve Lukather and Bobby Kimball. A mega pot pourri of sounds; brassy with razor sharp guitar. Here, it's longer than the single release with an extended instrumental fade out. 'Make believe' was a single but is actually a rather standard track so bombed. Next up is Steve Lukathers 'I won't hold you back'; beautiful, a lovely ballad which took the band to the top 10 in the states but was not as successful in the UK. Bobby Kimballs 'Good for you' is next up, as standard pace effort contrasting well with Steve Porcaros 'It's a feeling' which closed the original side one. Back to back rockers 'Afraid of love' and 'Lovers in the night' follow and merge into each other. Stomping AOR at its best. 'We made it' is probably the albums weak point but then comes a slushy soulful Kimball sung effort called 'Waiting for your love', panned by the critics when released as a single but without justification. Finally, the album closes with the magnificent 'Africa' which everyone must have heard; again extended from its single release.
One of the best AOR albums in my collection.