Hydra

Hydra

by Toto
     
 

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If Toto's musical advantage was that, since its members continued to play on many of the successful records made in L.A., its own music was popular almost by definition, its disadvantage was that it made little attempt to seek an individual musical signature -- a particular style, say, or a distinctive singer (Bobby

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If Toto's musical advantage was that, since its members continued to play on many of the successful records made in L.A., its own music was popular almost by definition, its disadvantage was that it made little attempt to seek an individual musical signature -- a particular style, say, or a distinctive singer (Bobby Kimball was not it) who could make its records immediately identifiable. "Hold the Line" had been a big hit, but who did it? Boston? Foreigner? As a result, Toto was less well positioned than most to come off a big debut album with the follow-up, and Hydra was unusually dependent on its leadoff single, "99." Maybe it was a tribute to the female lead on the old Get Smart TV show, but many listeners didn't get a song with a chorus that went, "Oh, 99, I love you," and the single stalled in the bottom half of the Top 40. The album went gold on momentum, but the songs, however well-played, simply were not distinctive enough to consolidate the success Toto had achieved with its debut album.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/01/2008
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886972416229
catalogNumber:
724162
Rank:
27957

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Toto   Primary Artist
Michael Boddicker   Keyboards
Lenny Castro   Percussion
David Hungate   Bass,Guitar,Group Member
Bobby Kimball   Vocals,Group Member
Roger Linn   Synthesizer
Steve Lukather   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Marty Paich   Strings
David Paich   Keyboards,Vocals,Group Member
Jeff Porcaro   Percussion,Drums
Steve Porcaro   Synthesizer,Keyboards,Vocals,electronics,Group Member

Technical Credits

Toto   Producer
Reggie Fisher   Contributor
David Hungate   Composer
Bobby Kimball   Composer
Tom Knox   Producer,Engineer
Dan Latham   Engineer
Steve Lukather   Composer
David Paich   Composer
Jeff Porcaro   Composer
Steve Porcaro   Composer
Grover Washington   Composer
Tony Lane   Art Direction
Michael Manoogian   Calligraphy
Jim Hagopian   Art Direction
Woody Pornpitaksuk   Author

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