Toto, “Waiting For Your Love” from Toto IV (1982): Toto Tuesdays

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“Waiting for Your Love” is another Toto IV deep cut which could easily have been a successful single from the album. The Bobby Kimball/David Paich composition features an infectious — dare I say — danceable, back beat provided by a jumping Jeff Porcaro drum pattern and a funky Moog bass line provided by David Paich. Paich felt that the demo version of the song without the bass guitar felt so great that he wanted to retain it for the album version. Thus it is the only song on Toto IV that does not feature bassist David Hungate.

The sound of the song hearkens back to the “Miss Sun” demo for the Toto album with a hint of “Love is a Man’s World” that was released on Toto XX. “Waiting For Your Love” is also boasted by another fantastic lead vocal from Kimball who shows his versatility and range again and again on Toto IV while Steve Lukather and David Paich provide subtle but much appreciated backing vocals.

What more do you need from a great Toto song? How about a punchy synthesizer solo from maestro Steve Porcaro? This is song craftsmanship at its finest.


Preston Frazier

Preston Frazier

Preston Frazier is a bass-playing lawyer living in Atlanta. His first Steely Dan exposure was with an eight-track cassette of 'Pretzel Logic.' He can be reached at slangofages@icloud.com; follow him on Twitter: @slangofages. Contact Something Else! at reviews@somethingelsereviews.com.
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  • elson

    It’s also somewhat of a musical precursor to the band’s work on Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” album which would come soon after. I could totally picture The King of Pop do a slightly-reworked version of this, sculpted by Quincy Jones’ magic.

    • Preston Frazier

      Yes, very similar groove.

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