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

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

“Isolation,” a catchy track with some clever musicianship, was an apt description of where Toto was in 1984.

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.”

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

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

Lyrically direct yet with a playful turn on the word “lion,” this Fergie Frederiksen-sung Toto song is sharp, funky and precise.

Toto, “Lovers In The Night” from Toto IV (1982): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Lovers In The Night” from Toto IV (1982): Toto Tuesdays

‘Toto IV’ follows the Steve Lukather rocker “Afraid Of Love” with an even more potent song from David Paich.

Toto, “Afraid of Love” from Toto IV (1982): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Afraid of Love” from Toto IV (1982): Toto Tuesdays

“Afraid of Love” isn’t just one of the best deep cuts found on Toto IV; it’s one of Toto’s catchiest, most accessible album tracks ever.

Toto, “I Won’t Hold You Back” from Toto IV (1982): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “I Won’t Hold You Back” from Toto IV (1982): Toto Tuesdays

Up until ‘Toto IV,’ the vast majority of Toto ballads had been written by David Paich. Steve Lukather’s “I Won’t Hold You Back” changed the paradigm.

Toto, “If It’s the Last Night” from Turn Back (1981): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “If It’s the Last Night” from Turn Back (1981): Toto Tuesdays

Toto’s “If It’s the last Night” doesn’t hit the heights of “A Million Miles Away,” but it’s an effective ballad. Unfortunately, it’s not an effective album closer.

Toto, “I Think I Could Stand You Forever” from Turn Back (1981): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “I Think I Could Stand You Forever” from Turn Back (1981): Toto Tuesdays

Of David Paich’s four songs on Toto’s ‘Turn Back,’ the Steve Lukather-sung “I Think I Could Stand You Forever” is the most varied. But does it work?

Toto, “Live For Today” from Turn Back (1981): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Live For Today” from Turn Back (1981): Toto Tuesdays

As a Toto song, “Live For Today” is an interesting footnote for the band and a hint of the greatest of future Toto contributions by Steve Lukather.

Steve Lukather kept Toto’s legacy alive with All’s Well That Ends Well

Steve Lukather kept Toto’s legacy alive with All’s Well That Ends Well

When ‘All’s Well That Ends Well’ arrived on Oct. 11, 2010, it looked as if Toto was over. Steve Lukather stepped forward to accept the mantle.