The Seventh One

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The Seventh One
Toto - The Seventh One.jpg
Studio album by Toto
Released March 1, 1988 (1988-03-01)
Recorded 1987–88
Studio Complex Studios, Manor Studio & A&M Studios, Los Angeles, California
Genre Pop rock, soft rock
Length 53:40
Label Columbia
Producer George Massenburg, Bill Payne, Toto
Toto chronology
Fahrenheit
(1986)Fahrenheit1986
The Seventh One
(1988)
Kingdom of Desire
(1992)Kingdom of Desire1992

The Seventh One is Toto's seventh studio album. It was released in 1988, and became the best-received Toto album since Toto IV. The Seventh One is the second and last album until Toto XIV (2015) to feature Joseph Williams on lead vocals. He was fired after the Seventh One world tour due to loss of voice attributed to drug abuse.[1] The single "Pamela" reached number 22 in the Billboard charts.[2] The title track, "The Seventh One," is only featured on the Japanese version of the album and on the B-side of the "Pamela" single. It was also released on some compilations on a later date.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars [3]
Los Angeles Times 1.5/4 stars[4]
People (Not favorable)[5]

Though critically well-received, The Seventh One was the first Toto album since Turn Back to have fewer than two charting hits in the US which led to The Seventh One becoming the lowest charting Toto album on the Billboard Charts up to that point.[6] However, the album sold much better over seas and entered the Top 10 in numerous European countries, earning Gold and Platinum certifications which make the album one of the bands last big ones.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Pamela" David Paich, Joseph Williams 5:11
2. "You Got Me" Paich, J. Williams 3:11
3. "Anna" Steve Lukather, Randy Goodrum 4:58
4. "Stop Loving You" Lukather, Paich 4:29
5. "Mushanga" Paich, Jeff Porcaro 5:35
6. "Stay Away" Paich, Lukather 5:31
7. "Straight for the Heart" Paich, J. Williams 4:09
8. "Only the Children" Paich, Lukather, J. Williams 4:11
9. "A Thousand Years" J. Williams, Mark Towner Williams, Paich 4:53
10. "These Chains" Lukather, Goodrum 4:59
11. "Home of the Brave" Paich, Lukather, Jimmy Webb, J. Williams 6:51
12. "The Seventh One" (Only available on Japanese copies of the album) Paich, J. Williams 6:20

Production[edit]

  • Produced and Recorded by Toto, George Massenburg and Bill Payne.
  • Additional Engineering by Sharon Rice, John Jessel and Steve Porcaro.
  • Assistant Engineers: Paul Dieter, Ken Fowler, Duane Seykora, Mark McKenna, Greg Dennen and Scott Symington.
  • "Stay Away" mixed by Niko Bolas
  • Mastered by Doug Sax and Mike Reese at The Mastering Lab (Los Angeles, CA).
  • Technicians for Toto: Bob Bradshaw, Ross Garfield, Paul Jamieson and John Jessel.
  • Technicians at Complex Studios: Paul Dwyer, Nathaniel Kunkel and Robert Spano.
  • Production Management: Ivy Skoff
  • Art Direction: Tony Lane and Nancy Donald
  • Design: Jeff Porcaro (front cover), Margo Nahas (illustration) and Philip Garris (original art).
  • Photography: Dennis Keeley (back cover/inside) and Glen LaFerman (inside).

Personnel[edit]

Toto[edit]

and as guest musician:

Additional musicians[edit]

"Pamela"

"You Got Me"

  • Additional backing vocals: Patti Austin
  • Additional percussion: Lenny Castro, Jim Keltner
  • Horns arranged by Jerry Hey & David Paich
  • Horns: Chuck Findley, Gary Grant, Gary Herbig, Jerry Hey, James Pankow & Tom Scott

"Anna"

"Stop Loving You"

  • Additional backing vocals: Jon Anderson
  • Additional percussion: Michael Fisher
  • Additional keyboards: Bill Payne
  • Horns arranged by Tom Scott
  • Horns: Chuck Findley, Gary Grant, Gary Herbig, Jerry Hey, James Pankow & Tom Scott

"Mushanga"

  • Additional backing vocals: Patti Austin
  • Additional percussion: Joe Porcaro
  • Steel drums: Andy Narell
  • Recorders & flute: Jim Horn

"Stay Away"

"Straight For The Heart"

  • Additional backing vocals: Patti Austin
  • Saxophone: Jim Horn

"Only The Children"

"A Thousand Years"

  • Arranged by Mark T. Williams & Toto
  • Strings arranged & conducted by David Paich

"These Chains"

  • Vibes: Joe Porcaro
  • Horns arranged by Tom Scott
  • Horns: Chuck Findley, Gary Grant, Gary Herbig, Jerry Hey, James Pankow & Tom Scott
  • Strings arranged & conducted by David Paich

"Home Of The Brave"

  • Strings arranged by David Paich, Conducted by Marty Paich

Singles[edit]

  • Stop Loving You / The Seventh One
  • Stop Loving You / The Seventh One / I'll Be over You (12" / CD)
  • Pamela / The Seventh One (released in US)
  • Pamela / You Got Me (international release)
  • Pamela / You Got Me / Stay Away (European 12" / CD)
  • Pamela / Stay Away (released in UK)
  • Pamela / Stay Away / Africa / Rosanna (12" / CD UK release)
  • Anna / The Seventh One (released in US)
  • Straight For The Heart / The Seventh One (released in US)
  • Mushanga / Straight for the Heart (released in the Netherlands)

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Toto Chart History, Billboard.com. Retrieved July 24, 2011.
  3. ^ The Seventh One at AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-11-31.
  4. ^ Mike, Boehm (1988-05-08). "RECORD RACK > But Who's Counting?". LA Times. Retrieved 3 November 2015. 
  5. ^ "Picks and Pans Review: The Seventh One". People. 1988-03-28. Retrieved 3 November 2015. 
  6. ^ Toto in the Billboard Charts, Allmusic. Retrieved July 24, 2011.
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  12. ^ a b Oricon Album Chart Book: Complete Edition 1970-2005. Roppongi, Tokyo: Oricon Entertainment. 2006. ISBN 4-87131-077-9. 
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  23. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 1987−1998" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
Preceded by
Dirty Dancing (soundtrack)
by Various artists
Dutch Mega Chart number-one album
April 16 – May 14, 1988
Succeeded by
Stronger Than Pride by Sade