Toto – Toto

Track Listing 

  1. Childs Anthem
  2. I’ll Supply The Love
  3. Georgy Porgy
  4. Manuela Run
  5. You Are The Flower
  6. Girl Goodbye
  7. Takin’ It Back
  8. Rockmaker
  9. Hold The Line
  10. Angela

Released: 10.15.1978

Genre: progressve rock

Around the late 70’s, people were starting to accept differed kinds of music but they weren’t completely there yet. The artists that dominated included iconic artists such as Queen, Pink Floyd, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, The Eagles, and Led Zeppelin, all of which are phenomenal in their own right. However, the thing about all of these groups or performers is that they excelled in their own genre, whether is be rock, progressive rock, funk, jazz and soul. Not to say they didn’t branch out to other genres but they all had a very definitive, singular sound that was unique to them and they were all a different kind of pop, but they all specialized in a certain tone. Now let us think ahead: the 80’s classic pop songs are heavy synth infused tunes with a strong dance beat and a lighter feel than the previous decades sounds. And here comes Toto, right in between all of that. This collection of songs is based off of primarily a pop feel with literally this entire range of genres that were popularized by other artists in the 70’s. The first few tracks, “I’ll Supply The Love” and “Georgy Porgy” are the perfect prequels to 80’s pop, as they’re rock based with nice guitars but also have influences of jazz and funk, and even small influences of disco. Certain songs like “Rockmaker” even remind me of 90’s pop in a way, taking us even further out in time. It’s remarkable as it is to sound a few years ahead but many times it’s not easy to find music that has the ability to sounds decades ahead. But let’s take it back to 1978: “You Are The Flower” and “Girl Goodbye” are lovely songs from the time, with some of the most outstanding instrumental on the entire record that blends in so smoothly, it’s nearly impossible to dissect each part on its own. The piano and guitars sound so effortless, and even little pieces like horns on “Manuela Run” and the Spanish inspired guitar of “Takin’ It Back” never sound out of place, even for one second. To to it all off, the pop melodies and choruses are beyond infectious and are guaranteed to stick around for a very long time.

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