Toto (album)

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Toto
Studio album by Toto
Released 15 October 1978
Recorded May–September 1978
Genre Progressive rock, pop rock, rhythm and blues
Length 40:46
Label Columbia
Producer Toto
Toto chronology
Toto
(1978)
Hydra
(1979)
Singles from Toto
  1. "Hold the Line"
    Released: 2 October 1978
  2. "I'll Supply the Love"
    Released: 1979
  3. "Georgy Porgy"
    Released: 1979
  4. "Rockmaker"
    Released: 1979

Toto is the first studio album by the American band Toto. It was released in 1978 and includes the hit singles "Hold the Line", "I'll Supply the Love" and "Georgy Porgy", all three of which made it into the top 50 in the USA.[1] "Hold the Line" spent six weeks in the Top 10, and reached number 14 in the UK as well.[2] Although not initially very well received by critics, the band quickly gained a following,[3] and the album gained a reputation for its characteristic sound, mixing soft pop with both synth and hard rock elements. The band would venture deeper into hard rock territory on their next album.

Reception[edit]

[3]In a retrospective review, Allmusic argued that the album received a strongly negative critical reaction only because critics felt threatened by Toto's demonstrated ability to create outstanding songs in any genre, which was a contradiction to popular critical assumptions about genre delineations and inspiration's supremacy over craft. They commented on the irony of the critics' reaction, in that it was this ability that made the album so well-liked by listeners of the time.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by David Paich (Copyright Hudmar Publishing), except where noted. 

Side one
No. Title Lead vocals Length
1. "Child's Anthem"   none 2:46
2. "I'll Supply the Love"   Kimball 3:46
3. "Georgy Porgy"   Lukather 4:09
4. "Manuela Run"   Paich 3:54
5. "You Are the Flower" (Bobby Kimball; Copyright Sheetfire Music) Kimball 4:11
Side two
No. Title Lead vocals Length
1. "Girl Goodbye"   Kimball 6:13
2. "Takin' It Back" (Steve Porcaro; Copyright Porcaro Music) Porcaro 3:47
3. "Rockmaker"   Paich 3:19
4. "Hold the Line"   Kimball 3:56
5. "Angela"   Lukather 4:45

Singles[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Toto[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Arranged & Produced by Toto
  • Tom Knox: engineer, mixing
  • Dan Latham: engineer
  • Gabe Veltri: engineer
  • Ron Hitchcock: mastering

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Toto USA chart history, Billboard.com. Retrieved September 10, 2011.
  2. ^ Toto UK chart history, The Official Charts. Retrieved September 10, 2011.
  3. ^ a b c Toto (album) at AllMusic
  4. ^ a b Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  5. ^ Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved August 1, 2012
  6. ^ "dutchcharts.nl Toto – Toto" (ASP). Hung Medien (in Dutch). MegaCharts. Retrieved August 1, 2012. 
  7. ^ Oricon Album Chart Book: Complete Edition 1970-2005. Roppongi, Tokyo: Oricon Entertainment. 2006. ISBN 4-87131-077-9. 
  8. ^ "charts.org.nz Toto – Toto" (ASP). Hung Medien. Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved August 1, 2012. 
  9. ^ "norwegiancharts.com Toto – Toto" (ASP). Hung Medien. VG-lista. Retrieved August 1, 2012. 
  10. ^ "swedishcharts.com Toto – Toto" (ASP) (in Swedish). Retrieved August 1, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Chart Stats - Toto – Toto" (PHP). UK Albums Chart. Retrieved August 1, 2012. 
  12. ^ "allmusic ((( Toto > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))". allmusic.com. Retrieved August 1, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Album Search: Toto – Toto" (in German). Media Control. Retrieved August 1, 2012. 
  14. ^ "RPM Top 100 Albums of 1979". RPM. Retrieved August 1, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Top Pop Albums of 1979". billboard.biz. December 31, 1979. Retrieved August 1, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Toto – Toto". Music Canada. Retrieved August 1, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Toto; 'Toto')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved August 1, 2012. 
  18. ^ "American album certifications – Toto – Toto". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved August 1, 2012.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

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