Toto IV

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
It was do or die for Toto on the group's fourth album, and they rose to the challenge. Largely dispensing with the anonymous studio rock that had characterized their first three releases, the band worked harder on its melodies, made sure its simple lyrics treated romantic subjects, augmented Bobby Kimball's vocals by having other group members sing, brought in ringers like Timothy B. Schmit, and slowed down the tempo to what came to be known as "power ballad" pace. Most of all, they wrote some hit songs: "Rosanna," the old story of a lovelorn lyric matched to a bouncy beat, was the gold, Top Ten comeback single accompanying the album release; "Make Believe" made the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
It was do or die for Toto on the group's fourth album, and they rose to the challenge. Largely dispensing with the anonymous studio rock that had characterized their first three releases, the band worked harder on its melodies, made sure its simple lyrics treated romantic subjects, augmented Bobby Kimball's vocals by having other group members sing, brought in ringers like Timothy B. Schmit, and slowed down the tempo to what came to be known as "power ballad" pace. Most of all, they wrote some hit songs: "Rosanna," the old story of a lovelorn lyric matched to a bouncy beat, was the gold, Top Ten comeback single accompanying the album release; "Make Believe" made the Top 30; and then, surprisingly, "Africa" hit number one ten months after the album's release. The members of Toto may have more relatives who are NARAS voters than any other group, but that still doesn't explain the sweep they achieved at the Grammys, winning six, including Album of the Year and Record of the Year for "Rosanna". Predictably, rock critics howled, but the Grammys helped set up the fourth single, "I Won't Hold You Back," another soft rock smash and Top Ten hit. As a result, Toto IV was both the group's comeback and its peak; it remains a definitive album of slick L.A. pop for the early '80s and Toto's best and most consistent record. Having made it, the members happily went back to sessions, where they helped write and record Michael Jackson's Thriller.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972372228
  • Catalog Number: 723722
  • Sales rank: 6,875

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rosanna (5:33)
  2. 2 Make Believe (3:47)
  3. 3 I Won't Hold You Back (4:56)
  4. 4 Good for You (3:18)
  5. 5 It's a Feeling (3:10)
  6. 6 Afraid of Love (3:51)
  7. 7 Lovers in the Night (4:26)
  8. 8 We Made It (3:58)
  9. 9 Waiting for Your Love (4:13)
  10. 10 Africa (5:01)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Toto Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist
James Newton Howard Strings, Conductor, Performing Ensemble
Tom Scott Saxophone
Lenny Castro Percussion, Conga
Ralph Dyck Synthesizer
Martyn Ford Strings
Gary Grant Trumpet
Jerry Hey Trumpet
Jim Horn Saxophone, Wind
David Hungate Bass, Guitar, Bass Guitar
Tom Kelly Vocals, Background Vocals
Bobby Kimball Vocals, Background Vocals, Group Member
Roger Linn Synthesizer
Steve Lukather Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals, Group Member
Marty Paich Strings
David Paich Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals, Group Member
James Pankow Trombone
Jeff Porcaro Percussion, Drums, Xylophone, Timpani, Group Member
Steve Porcaro Keyboards, Vocals, Group Member
Mike Porcaro Cello
Joe Porcaro Percussion, Marimbas, Xylophone, Timpani
Timothy B. Schmit Vocals, Background Vocals
Scott Scott Saxophone
Joachim Joggi Smith Saxophone
Jon Smith Saxophone
Jo Smith Saxophone
Jimmy Pankow Trombone
Technical Credits
Toto Producer
James Newton Howard Arranger, Orchestral Arrangements
Niko Bolas Engineer
Terry Christian Engineer
Amy Herot Reissue Producer
Jerry Hey Horn Arrangements
Jim Horn Engineer
Tom Knox Engineer
John Kurlander Engineer
Greg Ladanyi Engineer
David Leonard Engineer
Steve Lukather Composer
Marty Paich Orchestral Arrangements
Peggy McCreary Engineer
David Paich Arranger, Engineer, Horn Arrangements, Orchestral Arrangements
Jeff Porcaro Package Concept
Steve Porcaro Arranger, Engineer
Doug Sax Mastering
Al Schmitt Engineer
Mark Wilder Mastering
Darcy Proper Mastering
James Ledner Engineer
Joe Spencer Artwork, Illustrations
Gavin Lurssen Mastering
Bruce Heigh Engineer
Stephen Saper Engineer
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