Post Tagged with: "Toto"

Steve Porcaro, of Toto: Something Else! Interview

Steve Porcaro, of Toto: Something Else! Interview

Steve Porcaro has always been considered an ace songwriter, a trusted sideman, the ultimate team player. Now, he’s ready to step out.

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, “It’s a Feeling” from Toto IV (1982): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “It’s a Feeling” from Toto IV (1982): Toto Tuesdays

Toto’s “It’s a Feeling” could just as easily be talking about a changing relationship or Steve Porcaro’s place in the band he cofounded.

Toto, “Good For You” from Toto IV (1982): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Good For You” from Toto IV (1982): Toto Tuesdays

Co-written by Tot’s Steve Lukather and Bobby Kimball, ‘Good For You’ was one of the strongest songs not to be issued as a single from ‘Toto IV.’

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, “Make Believe” from Toto IV (1982): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Make Believe” from Toto IV (1982): Toto Tuesdays

“Make Believe” is one of the reasons I’m still longing for the day that Toto and Chicago tour together.

Toto, “Rosanna” from Toto IV (1982): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Rosanna” from Toto IV (1982): Toto Tuesdays

Toto’s fourth album represented a major investment for Columbia Records after ‘Hydra’ and ‘Turn Back’ failed to reach the heights of the band’s debut.

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

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

“Turn Back” stands the test of time well on its own, and elevates Toto’s third album – even though it was miscast.