The Essential Toto

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
While there have been a bunch of Toto budget-line compilations over the years, 2003's The Essential Toto is the first high-profile hits collection since 1990's Past to Present 1977-1990. At 14 songs, The Essential is one track longer than that compilation, but it shares eight cuts with Past to Present, which, of course, are all the big hits: "Africa," "Hold the Line," "Georgy Porgy," "Rosanna," "I Won't Hold You Back," "99," and "Pamela." What differentiates the two compilations, then, is that The Essential boasts a much better remastering and a better selection of songs, including the single "Make Believe" and a good selection of album tracks from their peak ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
While there have been a bunch of Toto budget-line compilations over the years, 2003's The Essential Toto is the first high-profile hits collection since 1990's Past to Present 1977-1990. At 14 songs, The Essential is one track longer than that compilation, but it shares eight cuts with Past to Present, which, of course, are all the big hits: "Africa," "Hold the Line," "Georgy Porgy," "Rosanna," "I Won't Hold You Back," "99," and "Pamela." What differentiates the two compilations, then, is that The Essential boasts a much better remastering and a better selection of songs, including the single "Make Believe" and a good selection of album tracks from their peak period, like "I'll Supply the Love." While this is missing some hits, they're minor ones that won't be missed by most listeners -- "Live for Today," "Afraid of Love," "Loves in the Night," "Waiting for Your Love," "Stranger in Town," and "Holyanna" -- and what's here is very good, an accurate representation of Toto at their best, making this their best compilation to date.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/30/2003
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 827969062326
  • Catalog Number: 90623
  • Sales rank: 313

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hold the Line (3:56)
  2. 2 Rosanna (5:30)
  3. 3 Africa (4:58)
  4. 4 99 (5:15)
  5. 5 Make Believe (3:43)
  6. 6 I'll Supply the Love (3:46)
  7. 7 Georgy Porgy (4:10)
  8. 8 I Won't Hold You Back (4:56)
  9. 9 I'll Be Over You (3:50)
  10. 10 Without Your Love (4:35)
  11. 11 Pamela (5:10)
  12. 12 The Turning Point (5:27)
  13. 13 Mindfields (6:13)
  14. 14 On the Run (6:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Toto Primary Artist
James Newton Howard Conductor
Tom Scott Saxophone
John James Background Vocals
Paulette Brown Background Vocals
Lenny Castro Percussion, Conga, Group Member
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Chuck Findley Background Vocals
Gary Grant Trumpet
Gary Herbig Background Vocals
Jerry Hey Trumpet
Jim Horn Recorder, Saxophone
David Hungate Bass, Group Member
Phillip Ingram Background Vocals
Tom Kelly Background Vocals
Bobby Kimball Vocals, Background Vocals, Group Member
Steve Lukather Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Group Member
Jenny Douglas McRea Background Vocals
David Paich Synthesizer, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Vocals, Background Vocals, fender rhodes, Group Member
James Pankow Trombone, Background Vocals
Jeff Porcaro Percussion, Drums, Group Member
Steve Porcaro Synthesizer, Keyboards, Vocals, electronics, Group Member
Joe Porcaro Percussion, Marimbas, Background Vocals, Vibes
Chris Trujillo Percussion
Tony Walthers Background Vocals
Fred White Background Vocals
Rick Nelson Background Vocals
Sidney Percussion
Mike McDonald Vocals
Jo Smith Saxophone
Fred White Background Vocals
Toto Horns Background Vocals
Jacki Magee Background Vocals
Martyn Ford Orchestra Strings
Jimmy Pankow Trombone
Technical Credits
Toto Producer, Engineer
James Newton Howard Orchestral Arrangements
Tom Scott Horn Arrangements
Simon Phillips Composer
Fee Waybill Composer
David Coleman Art Direction
Randy Goodrum Composer
Jerry Hey Horn Arrangements
Bobby Kimball Composer
Tom Knox Producer
Steve Lukather Composer
Stan Lynch Composer
Marty Paich Orchestral Arrangements
George Massenburg Producer, Engineer
David Paich Composer, Horn Arrangements, Orchestral Arrangements
Joseph M. Palmaccio Mastering
Jeff Porcaro Composer
Bill Payne Producer, Engineer
Steve Porcaro Programming
Mike Porcaro Composer
Elliot Scheiner Producer, Engineer
Joseph Williams Composer
Jaan Uhelszki Liner Notes
Dirk Schubert Engineer
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