Toby (album)

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Toby
Studio album by The Chi-Lites
Released June 1974
Genre R&B, soul
Length 44:32
Label Brunswick
Producer Eugene Record
The Chi-Lites chronology
Chi-Lites
(1973)
Toby
(1974)
Half a Love
(1975)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]

Toby is the seventh studio album by American soul group The Chi-Lites, produced by lead singer Eugene Record. The album was released in 1974 on the Brunswick label.

History[edit]

By 1974, Brunswick had started to struggle financially so Toby was less heavily-promoted than the group's previous albums and fared less well commercially. It was the first Chi-Lites album since 1970 to stall outside the R&B top 10 (peaking at #12) and to miss the top 100 on the Pop listings. Three singles from the album were top 20 R&B hits. In the UK however, where the Chi-Lites had previously established themselves as a successful singles group, none of the issued singles made any impact on the national chart.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Toby"   Eugene Record, Barbara Acklin 3:44
2. "You Got to Be the One"   Eugene Record, Marshall Arrington 3:54
3. "The Sound of Lonely"   Eugene Record, Stan McKenney 5:01
4. "The First Time (Ever I Saw Your Face)"   Chesley McCaull 5:26
5. "There Will Never Be Any Peace (Until God Is Seated at the Conference Table)"   Eugene Record 5:12
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
6. "That's How Long"   Archie Powell, Tony Boyd 5:03
7. "Happiness Is Your Middle Name"   Eugene Record 3:33
8. "I Lied"   Eugene Record 5:40
9. "I Like to Live the Love (That I Sing About)"   Dave Crawford, Charles Mann 4:00
10. "Gettin' on Outta Town"   Eugene Record, Sandra Drayton 2:50

Charts[edit]

Chart (1974) Peak
[2]
U.S. Billboard Top LPs 181
U.S. Billboard Top Soul LPs 12
Singles
Year Single Peak chart positions
US
[2]
US
R&B

[2]
1974 "There Will Never Be Any Peace (Until God Is Seated at the Conference Table)" 63 8
"You Got to Be the One" 83 15
"Toby" 78 7
"That's How Long"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hamilton, Andrew. Toby review at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-10-25.
  2. ^ a b c "US Charts > The Chi-Lites". Allmusic. Retrieved 2013-03-31. 

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