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

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

Toto’s “Stay Away” would have been just another standard rocker on an album by any other AOR band.

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, “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, “Without Your Love” from Fahrenheit (1986): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Without Your Love” from Fahrenheit (1986): Toto Tuesdays

The soulful “Without Your Love” is a passing of the torch from David Paich, who handled most of the lead vocal duties on earlier Toto albums, to Steve Lukather.

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.

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