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Toto, “Change of Heart” from Isolation (1984): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Change of Heart” from Isolation (1984): Toto Tuesdays

The only problem with Fergie Frederiksen’s tenure as frontman with Toto, in my humble opinion, is that it didn’t last long enough.

Chicago, “Lowdown” from Chicago III (1971): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Lowdown” from Chicago III (1971): Saturdays in the Park

Given the results of the recent election, the opening lyrics to Chicago’s “Lowdown” feel especially true for many right now.

Toto, “Holyanna” from Isolation (1984): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Holyanna” from Isolation (1984): Toto Tuesdays

“Holyanna” is perhaps Toto’s second best “name” song – after “Rosanna,” of course.

Chicago, “Happy ‘Cause I’m Goin’ Home” from Chicago III (1971): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Happy ‘Cause I’m Goin’ Home” from Chicago III (1971): Saturdays in the Park

I’ve long thought Peter Cetera was underrated as a bass player, and Chicago’s “Happy ‘Cause I’m Goin’ Home” illustrates the point.

Toto, “Mr. Friendly” from Isolation (1984): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Mr. Friendly” from Isolation (1984): Toto Tuesdays

While it’s not their best, ‘Mr. Friendly’ is still proof that Toto, even at their weaker moments, was and still is light years beyond other bands.

Toto, “Endless” from Isolation (1984): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Endless” from Isolation (1984): Toto Tuesdays

Toto’s “Endless” shares the pop sensibility that made ‘Toto IV’ so popular – but, unfortunately for some fans, not the same lead singer.

Toto, “How Does It Feel” from Isolation (1984): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “How Does It Feel” from Isolation (1984): Toto Tuesdays

I can almost picture one of Toto’s label execs saying, “The album is a bit too fast; we need a ballad in the middle.”

Chicago, “It Better End Soon” from Chicago II (1970): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “It Better End Soon” from Chicago II (1970): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago’s more political material, “It Better End Soon” included, happens to be some of my favorite from their extensive catalog.

Chicago, “Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon” from Chicago II (1970): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon” from Chicago II (1970): Saturdays in the Park

As good as some of Chicago’s other ambitious musical endeavors may have been, it could be argued that none matched “Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon.”

Chicago, “In the Country” from Chicago II (1970): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “In the Country” from Chicago II (1970): Saturdays in the Park

Every time I listen to “In the Country” from 1970’s ‘Chicago II,’ I feel the freedom of the solitude and being alone in my thoughts, the gentle breeze tousling my hair.