Although they sold over forty million albums over a forty year period, when I think of Toto I think, like most people I suspect, of just three songs – Hold The Line, Rosanna and of course the ubiquitous Africa. However, you obviously don’t shift that many units on the basis of just a handful of songs, as this in depth look at their career confirms. As always, I listened to the respective albums while reading this guide, and actually I think I must have owned at some point their 1978 debut effort as it certainly rang some distant bells. Throughout their long career, the music has always been impeccably played and the songs immaculately constructed, while the production shines like a new pin. The author is obviously a huge fan, and enjoys explaining every nuance of each song, album by album, even if sometimes the amount of detail is a little overwhelming for the casual listener. Certainly the first four albums still make pretty good AOR listening, in the vein of US giants of the genre such as Journey, Boston and Styx, but like all those bands they had a much more limited impact in the UK, and, for me at least, subsequent albums became much of a muchness. Nevertheless, this is an enjoyable read, albeit one that is aimed at the serious fan of the band rather than someone who just liked Africa on the radio!
Length of Read:Short
Might appeal to people who enjoyed…
Other books in this series, AOR US style.
One thing you’ve learned
Their most recent release, 2015’s Toto XIV, saw something of a belated return to form, and if, as seems likely now, it turns out to be their swansong then at least they went out on a high.