Toto, “Only the Children” from The Seventh One (1988): Toto Tuesdays

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Toto always surprises with its set lists and the first leg of 2017 tour was no exception. “Only the Children” from 1988’s The Seventh One was an unexpected treat to open their show.
The song wasn’t a hit, or even released as a single yet it provides an energy and hook-laden catchiness that is memorable.

The rockers found on The Seventh One are powerful, and “Only the Children” – which combines the power chords of Steve Lukather with the straight-forward back beat of Jeff Porcaro – is no exception. Like the preceding song, “Straight for the Heart,” the band makes no effort to break new musical ground. David Paich’s synthesizer sound, while prominent, tends to verge too much on familiar. But Joseph Williams lead vocals soar with the rhythm section, as Williams effectively moves through a range that demonstrates his remarkable versatility as a singer.

Former Toto sideman and Madonna composer Tom Kelly contributes to the backing vocals on the chorus, adding more spice to this well seasoned stew. “Only the Children” also confirms Williams’ skill as a wordsmith. The music, written with David Paich, is another testament to their composing partnership, which was prematurely cut short.

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.

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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