Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Wings of Time,” from Kingdom of Desire (1992): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Wings of Time,” from Kingdom of Desire (1992): Toto Tuesdays

“Wings of Time” now serves a bittersweet staple of the Toto live set, but Steve Lukather tells us that it didn’t start out that way.

Toto, “2 Hearts” from Kingdom of Desire (1992): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “2 Hearts” from Kingdom of Desire (1992): Toto Tuesdays

Steve Lukather’s patented emotional honesty is even more palpable on “2 Hearts” because of the raw edge found on Toto’s ‘Kingdom of Desire.’

Toto, “How Many Times” from Kingdom of Desire (1992): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “How Many Times” from Kingdom of Desire (1992): Toto Tuesdays

The band-written “How Many Times” might have been only O.K. in lesser hands. Instead, this standout ‘Kingdom of Desire’ track confirms the magic that was and still is Toto.

Toto, “Never Enough” from Kingdom of Desire (1992): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Never Enough” from Kingdom of Desire (1992): Toto Tuesdays

Reduced to the core quartet, there was nowhere else to go really: Toto had their backs against the wall, and they came out swinging.

Toto, “Don’t Chain My Heart” from Kingdom of Desire (1992): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Don’t Chain My Heart” from Kingdom of Desire (1992): Toto Tuesdays

The one thing that shines through on “Don’t Chain My Heart” is a joy in performing together. Toto is having fun.

Toto, “Gypsy Train” from Kingdom of Desire (1992): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Gypsy Train” from Kingdom of Desire (1992): Toto Tuesdays

By opening 1992’s ‘Kingdom of Desire’ like this, Toto served notice to listeners that they were in for something completely different.

Toto, “Animal” from Past to Present (1990): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Animal” from Past to Present (1990): Toto Tuesdays

“Animal,” the final new song on Toto’s 1990 retrospective ‘Past to Present,’ may be the weakest – but that doesn’t mean it’s not good.

Toto, “Can You Hear What I’m Saying” from Past to Present (1990): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Can You Hear What I’m Saying” from Past to Present (1990): Toto Tuesdays

It’s a pity “Can You Hear What I’m Saying” is a product of an era that Toto would prefer to forget. This song remains a joy to listen to.

Toto, “Out of Love” from Past to Present (1990): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Out of Love” from Past to Present (1990): Toto Tuesdays

The combined performance of Toto and one-time frontman Jean-Michel Byron really sets this track apart from the other new ‘Past to Present’ tracks.

Toto, “Love Has the Power” from Past to Present (1990): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Love Has the Power” from Past to Present (1990): Toto Tuesdays

Toto’s greatest-hits album included bonus tracks with yet another new singer. Jean-Michel Byron wasn’t around long, but he left a lasting impression.

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