Turn Back (Toto album)

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Turn Back
Studio album by Toto
Released January 1981
Recorded March–November 1980, Cherokee Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Genre Arena rock, hard rock, soft rock
Length 37:43
Label Columbia
Producer Toto & Geoff Workman
Toto chronology
Turn Back
Toto IV
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Turn Back is the third studio album by the American rock group Toto. Although it achieved the band's first top-ten hit and steady sales in Japan, the album was a commercial disappointment elsewhere, failing to produce any charting singles and selling approximately 900,000 copies worldwide.[2]

The group nearly lost their recording contract with Columbia Records but rebounded with 1982's Toto IV. "Turn Back" the third album , make an disappointing sales , because of a arena rock approach and more experimental songs written by the band . "Goodbye Elenore" was the only single from the album ,not received sucesss. However "Gift With A Golden Gun" , "English Eyes" and "A Million Miles Away" received performances from the band , from the last years. "If It´s The Last Night" was the first appearance of Joe Porcaro , percussionist and father of Steve , Jeff and future Toto member Mike Porcaro.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length
1. "Gift with a Golden Gun"   David Paich, Bobby Kimball Kimball 4:00
2. "English Eyes"   Paich, Kimball, Jeff Porcaro, Steve Porcaro Kimball 6:11
3. "Live for Today"   Steve Lukather Lukather 4:00
4. "A Million Miles Away"   Paich Kimball 4:26
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length
1. "Goodbye Elenore"   Paich Kimball, Lukather 4:52
2. "I Think I Could Stand You Forever"   Paich Lukather 5:25
3. "Turn Back"   Kimball, Lukather Kimball 3:58
4. "If It's the Last Night"   Paich Lukather 4:28


Additional personnel[edit]

  • Joe Porcaro: additional percussion on "If It's the Last Night"


  • Producers: Toto and Geoff Workman
  • Engineer: Geoff Workman
  • Recordist: John Weaver


  • "Goodbye Elenore" / "Turn Back"
  • "If It's the Last Night" / "Turn Back" (released in the Netherlands)
  • "Turn Back" / If It's the Last Night" (released in USA)
  • "Live for today" / "A Million miles away" (released in Japan)



  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ *Sarasota Herald-Tribune - 11 Jul 1982
  3. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  4. ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 34, No. 17" (PHP). RPM. April 4, 1981. Retrieved 3 May 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Oricon Album Chart Book: Complete Edition 1970-2005. Roppongi, Tokyo: Oricon Entertainment. 2006. ISBN 4-87131-077-9. 
  6. ^ "norwegiancharts.com Toto – Turn Back" (ASP). Hung Medien. VG-lista. Retrieved August 1, 2012. 
  7. ^ "swedishcharts.com Toto – Turn Back" (ASP) (in Swedish). Retrieved August 1, 2012. 
  8. ^ "allmusic ((( Turn Back > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))". allmusic.com. Retrieved August 1, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Album Search: Toto – Turn Back" (in German). Media Control. Retrieved August 1, 2012.