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Toto’s Fahrenheit was more than the sum of its ballads: ‘We’ll morph from style to style’

Toto’s Fahrenheit was more than the sum of its ballads: ‘We’ll morph from style to style’

‘Fahrenheit,’ released in August 1986, fell into an emerging trend – as the big-hearted singles didn’t reflect all of Toto’s varied musical goals.

Toto, “Lorraine” from Hydra (1979): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Lorraine” from Hydra (1979): Toto Tuesdays

I’d argue ‘Hydra’ did more to establish Toto’s style and sound than their debut. The complex and entertaining “Lorraine” is exemplary of that.

Toto, “99” from Hydra (1979) Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “99” from Hydra (1979) Toto Tuesdays

A Steve Lukather-sung ballad, “99” did respectively enough, reaching the Top 40. But why wasn’t it Toto’s biggest hit to that point?

Toto, “St. George and the Dragon” from Hydra (1979): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “St. George and the Dragon” from Hydra (1979): Toto Tuesdays

Toto’s proggy “St. George and the Dragon” failed to chart as the lead single from 1979’s ‘Hydra,’ but it’s only grown in estimation since.

Toto, “Hydra” from Hydra (1979): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Hydra” from Hydra (1979): Toto Tuesdays

‘Hydra,’ Toto’s second album, confounded critics and fans alike upon its release in October 1979, but it has aged well.

Preston Frazier’s Mid-Year Best of 2015 (Pop, Jazz + Rock): Yes, Richard Page, Toto + others

Preston Frazier’s Mid-Year Best of 2015 (Pop, Jazz + Rock): Yes, Richard Page, Toto + others

This Mid-Year Best of 2015 list also includes J.D. Souther, Jose James, Luke Reynolds, Kevin Gilbert, Leslie Johnson, Joni Mitchell, Marc Cary and others.

Nick DeRiso’s Mid-Year Best of 2015 (Pop, Rock + Roots): Toto, Bob Dylan, Neal Schon + others

Nick DeRiso’s Mid-Year Best of 2015 (Pop, Rock + Roots): Toto, Bob Dylan, Neal Schon + others

This Mid-Year Best of 2015 list also includes Death Cab for Cutie, James McMurtry, Steve Hackett, Randy Bachman, Richard Thompson and Ringo Starr.

Toto, “Angela” from Toto (1978): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Angela” from Toto (1978): Toto Tuesdays

“Angela,” a song of shifting moods and layered musical complexity, puts the exclamation point on Toto’s bold debut album.

Toto, “Hold the Line” from Toto (1978): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Hold the Line” from Toto (1978): Toto Tuesdays

David Paich has said Toto’s “Hold the Line” came together quickly, yet one wouldn’t know it because the song has so many layers.

Toto, “Rockmaker” from Toto (1978): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Rockmaker” from Toto (1978): Toto Tuesdays

Nestled between “Takin’ It Back” and the smash hit “Hold the Line” on Toto’s 1978 debut, the steady and fun “Rockmaker” is too often overlooked.