Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Anna” from The Seventh One (1988): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Anna” from The Seventh One (1988): Toto Tuesdays

There are some songs that simply take me away, and Toto’s “Anna” is one of them. It’s a master class.

Toto Tuesday, “You Got Me” from The Seventh One (1988): Toto Tuesdays

Toto Tuesday, “You Got Me” from The Seventh One (1988): Toto Tuesdays

Toto’s ‘The Seventh One’ boasted a layered sonic sheen eclipsing anything else in 1988 – and no where is that more evident than “You Got Me.”

Toto, “Pamela” from The Seventh One (1988): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Pamela” from The Seventh One (1988): Toto Tuesdays

A rejuvenated Toto opens one of their very best albums with a song that should have been a bigger hit.

Toto, “Don’t Stop Me Now” from Fahrenheit (1986): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Don’t Stop Me Now” from Fahrenheit (1986): Toto Tuesdays

The gold-certified Toto album ‘Fahrenheit’ ends in a rather unusual yet spectacular way.

Toto, “Lea” from Fahrenheit (1986): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Lea” from Fahrenheit (1986): Toto Tuesdays

Through the song is is undeniably Toto and undeniably brilliant, “Lea” is bittersweet for me.

Toto, “Could This Be Love” from Fahrenheit (1986): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Could This Be Love” from Fahrenheit (1986): Toto Tuesdays

“Could This Be Love” introduced Joseph Williams as Toto’s new lead vocalist, even as it laid the foundation for a return to greatness on ‘The Seventh One.’

Toto, “Somewhere Tonight” from Fahrenheit (1986): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Somewhere Tonight” from Fahrenheit (1986): Toto Tuesdays

“Somewhere Tonight” features a familiar, though well-told story of lost love. Toto’s musical approach is what makes this an enduring deep cut.

Toto, “Fahrenheit” from Fahrenheit (1986): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Fahrenheit” from Fahrenheit (1986): Toto Tuesdays

Steve Porcaro was already creating synth orchestrations and introductory motifs for Toto’s live show, but “Fahrenheit” took things to another level.

Toto, “I’ll Be Over You” from Fahrenheit (1986): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “I’ll Be Over You” from Fahrenheit (1986): Toto Tuesdays

Toto’s “I’ll Be Over You” isn’t the first Steve Lukather/Randy Goodrum collaboration, and certainly not the last, but it’s easily the most successful.

Toto, “Can’t Stand It Any Longer” from Fahrenheit (1986): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Can’t Stand It Any Longer” from Fahrenheit (1986): Toto Tuesdays

This was the perfect vehicle to showcase then-new Toto frontman Joseph Williams’ broader vocal capabilities.