Toto, “Without Your Love” from Fahrenheit (1986): Toto Tuesdays

After appropriately opening the 1986 album Fahrenheit with a strong introduction for then-new Toto singer Joseph Williams with two uptempo tracks, Toto shifted gears and featured a vocal by Steve Lukather on “Without Your Love.”

The song also offers an excellent snapshot of Lukather’s growth as a vocalist. On each successive Toto album, Steve Lukathers vocals gained a certain level of confidence. While his vocals have always been enjoyable to listen to, he really hit his stride on “Without Your Love.” Not only is there more confidence in his vocal delivery, there’s that trademark Lukather soulfulness that would become a trademark of Toto’s material as he took an increasingly larger role as a vocalist.

“Without Your Love” also features a soulful and, at times, haunting guitar solo over one of the few Toto rhythms laid down on a drum machine. While this is not Lukather’s strongest song, “Without Your Love” does mark a turning point.

It’s a passing of the torch from David Paich, who had handled much more of the lead vocal duties earlier on in Toto’s history, to Lukather – who would be the band’s primary vocalist throughout much of the ’90s.

Toto Tuesdays is a song-by-song feature that explores the rich musical history of Toto. The group returned with ‘Toto XIV’ in 2015, their first album in nearly a decade.

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Perplexio

Perplexio also maintains a stand-alone blog called The Review Revue, where he explores music, movies and books. He spearheaded 'Saturdays in the Park,' our weekly multi-writer, song-by-song series focused on the music of Chicago. Contact Something Else! at reviews@somethingelse reviews.com.
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  • James Auburn

    Um… huh? Paich and Lukather had a nearly equal number of lead vocals up until “Fahrenheit”. Trust me, I went back and counted like the geek I am.

    And… I don’t hear a drum machine.

    • mats

      Agree, there is not a drum machine on this tune. However, there is one on the fahrenheit tune.