Mindfields

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Mindfields
Toto Mindfields.jpg
Studio album by Toto
Released March 16, 1999 (1999-03-16) (Europe)
November 16, 1999 (1999-11-16) (US)
Studio
  • Royaltone Studios
  • ATS Studios
  • Hollywood Sound Recorders
Genre Arena rock, pop rock
Length 78:50
Label Legacy
Producer Toto, Elliot Scheiner
Toto chronology
Toto XX
(1998)
Mindfields
(1999)
Livefields
(1999)

Mindfields is the 10th studio album (though counted as the 11th album overall - see Toto XIV) by the American rock band Toto. It was released on November 16, 1999. Mindfields saw the return of vocalist Bobby Kimball, who had departed the band following the 1982 album Toto IV.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 1.5/5 stars[1]
Q 3/5 stars[2]

The Allmusic review currently summarises the album: "Accessible arrangements, a tight horn section, and polished harmonies are all part of the Toto sound, which MINDFIELDS improves and expands to great measure."[1]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length
1. "After You've Gone" Steve Lukather, Phil Soussan Steve Lukather 6:37
2. "Mysterious Ways" Mark Hudson, Lukather, David Paich, Dean Grakal Bobby Kimball and Lukather 3:42
3. "Mindfields" Bobby Kimball, Lukather, Paich, Simon Phillips, Mike Porcaro Kimball 6:04
4. "High Price of Hate1" Lukather, Stan Lynch, Paich, Phillips, Porcaro Kimball 9:22
5. "Selfish" Lukather, Lynch, Paich Kimball 5:30
6. "No Love" Paich, Lukather, Randy Goodrum Lukather 4:34
7. "Caught in the Balance" Lukather, Paich, Phillips, Porcaro, Lynch, Kimball Kimball 6:21
8. "Last Love" Lukather, Paich Lukather 4:58
9. "Mad About You" Paich, Joseph Williams Kimball 4:24
10. "One Road" Lukather, Paich, Goodrum Kimball 3:45
11. "Melanie" Lukather, Paich, Goodrum Lukather 5:19
12. "Cruel" Jed Leiber, Phillips, Kimball, Lukather Kimball 5:57
13. "Better World (Parts I, II & III)" Lukather, Paich, Phillips Lukather 7:50
14. "Spanish Steps Of Rome2" Lukather, Paich David Paich 4:27

1 On some copies of the album, a longer version of "High Price of Hate" was used clocking in at 9:49.
2 Bonus track on North American and Japanese versions of the album.

Personnel[edit]

Toto[edit]

  • Bobby Kimball - lead and backing vocals
  • Steve Lukather - guitars, lead and backing vocals
  • David Paich - keyboards, lead and backing vocals, slide guitar solo on "Selfish", horn arrangements on "Mysterious Ways" and "Selfish"
  • Mike Porcaro - bass, cello on "After You've Gone"
  • Simon Phillips - drums; percussion on "Selfish", "No Love", "Last Love", "Mad About You", "One Road" and "Better World"; tabla on "After You've Gone", loops on "Melanie", backing vocals on "Better World"

Guest musicians[edit]

  • Lenny Castro - percussion on "After You've Gone", "Mysterious Ways", "Mindfields", "Mad About You", "Melanie" and "Better World"
  • Clint Black - harmonica and backing vocals on "No Love"
  • Timothy B. Schmit - backing vocals "After You've Gone", "Mysterious Ways", "Selfish" and "Melanie"
  • Phil Soussan - backing vocals on "After You've Gone"
  • Mark Hudson - backing vocals on "After You've Gone", "Mysterious Ways" and "Selfish"
  • Richard Page - backing vocals on "Cruel", "Caught In The Balance", "Mindfields" and "Mad About You"
  • Chris Thompson - backing vocals on "No Love", "Last Love", "One Road", "Melanie" and "Better World"
  • Maria Vidal - backing vocals on "Spanish Steps of Rome"
  • Steve Porcaro - keyboards on "Caught In The Balance"
  • Tom Scott - horn arrangements on "Cruel"
  • Chuck Findley, Gary Grant, Jim Horn, Tom Scott and Bill Reichenbach, Jr. - horns on "Mysterious Ways", "Selfish" and "Cruel"

Production[edit]

  • Producers – Toto and Elliot Scheiner
  • Recorded by Eric Cowden, Stephen Genewick, Steve MacMillan, Charles Paakari, Elliot Scheiner, Al Schmitt, Jess Sutcliffe and Jeff Thomas.
  • Mixed by Elliot Scheiner at Capitol Studios (Hollywood, CA).
  • Mastered and Sequenced by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound (New York, NY).
  • Editing by Steve MacMillan
  • Production Coordination – Shari Sutcliffe
  • Copyist – Dan Ferguson
  • Creative Director – Doug Brown

Singles[edit]

  • Melanie / Spanish steps of Rome
  • Melanie / Spanish steps of Rome / White Sister / Girl Goodbye

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Allmusic review
  2. ^ Johnson, Howard. "Review: Toto - Mind Fields (sic)". Q. EMAP Metro Ltd (July 1999): 125.