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.
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