Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “If You Belong to Me” from Tambu (1995): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “If You Belong to Me” from Tambu (1995): Toto Tuesdays

On another AOR band’s album, “If You Belong to Me” would have been a highlight, possibly even a hit. On Toto’s ‘Tambu,’ it’s a song I usually skip.

Toto, “Slipped Away” from Tambu (1995): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Slipped Away” from Tambu (1995): Toto Tuesdays

“Slipped Away” somehow ended up with no chart presence, but Toto’s B-side to “The Other End of Time” actually has it all.

Toto, “I Will Remember” from Tambu (1995): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “I Will Remember” from Tambu (1995): Toto Tuesdays

This series has often reflected on Steve Lukather’s depth as a balladeer. On Toto’s “I Will Remember,” he once again shines brightly.

Toto, “Gift of Faith” from Tambu (1995): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Gift of Faith” from Tambu (1995): Toto Tuesdays

If there were any doubts about Toto’s future, they were resoundingly dispelled with the opening song on 1995’s ‘Tambu.’

Toto, “Jake to the Bone” from Kingdom of Desire (1992): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Jake to the Bone” from Kingdom of Desire (1992): Toto Tuesdays

The closer for 1992’s ‘Kingdom of Desire’ is a rare treat for long-time Toto fans: a full-blown instrumental workout.

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

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

Toto’s second-to-last track and title cut from ‘Kingdom of Desire’ powerfully closes the chapter on this era’s hard-rock theme.

Toto, “Kick Down the Walls” from Kingdom of Desire (1991): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Kick Down the Walls” from Kingdom of Desire (1991): Toto Tuesdays

Toto’s “Kick Down the Walls” isn’t a bad song. (There are no bad Toto songs.) Still, it’s almost forgettable. Here’s what went wrong.

Toto, “Only You” from Kingdom of Desire (1991): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Only You” from Kingdom of Desire (1991): Toto Tuesdays

Toto’s “Only You” is powered by a heart-wrenching vocal by Steve Lukather. He doesn’t merely sing the lyrics; he emotes them.

Toto, “The Other Side” from Kingdom of Desire (1992): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “The Other Side” from Kingdom of Desire (1992): Toto Tuesdays

On an album dominated by flinty rockers, “The Other Side” stands out as a classic Toto ballad. It may be Steve Lukather’s best vocal performance on ‘Kingdom of Desire.’

Toto, “She Knows the Devil” from Kingdom of Desire (1992): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “She Knows the Devil” from Kingdom of Desire (1992): Toto Tuesdays

“She Knows the Devil” seems to be meant as nothing more than good rock-funk fun. If that’s the case, this Toto song accomplished its mission.

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