Through the Looking Glass (Toto album)

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Through the Looking Glass
Toto Through the looking glass.jpg
Studio album by Toto
Released October 21, 2002 (UK)
November 5, 2002 (US)
Recorded 2001–2002
Studio Coy Sound Studios (Hollywood Hills, CA)
Genre Rock, blues rock
Label CMC International
Producer Toto
Toto chronology
Livefields
(1999)
Through the Looking Glass
(2002)
25th Anniversary: Live in Amsterdam
(2003)

Through the Looking Glass is the 11th studio album (though counted as the 12th album overall - see Toto XIV) by the American band Toto. It was released in 2002, three years after their last studio release, Mindfields. The album consists of covers versions of songs that have inspired the band.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars [1]

Allmusic noted that Toto made no attempt to rework the songs they covered for the album, and concluded that "while it's nice to know that the band has good taste in other people's music, that doesn't explain why anyone needs to hear them copy that music when the originals are so readily available."[1]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length
1. "Could You Be Loved" Bob Marley Kimball 3:47
2. "Bodhisattva" Walter Becker, Donald Fagen Kimball, Lukather 4:51
3. "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" George Harrison Lukather 5:15
4. "I Can't Get Next to You" Norman Whitfield, Barrett Strong Kimball 4:04
5. "Living for the City" Stevie Wonder Kimball 5:49
6. "Maiden Voyage/Butterfly" Herbie Hancock instrumental 7:33
7. "Burn Down the Mission" Elton John, Bernie Taupin Kimball 6:28
8. "Sunshine of Your Love" Jack Bruce, Pete Brown, Eric Clapton Lukather 5:13
9. "House of the Rising Sun" traditional Kimball 4:40
10. "Watching the Detectives" Elvis Costello Lukather 4:04
11. "It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry (Live)" Bob Dylan Paich 3:52

Personnel[edit]

Toto
  • Bobby Kimball: lead vocals, backing vocals (1, 3, 4, 7), loops (11)
  • Steve Lukather: guitar, lead vocals, backing vocals (1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8), keyboards (8), dobro (11), loops (11)
  • David Paich: keyboards (1-10), lead vocals, backing vocals (3, 4), piano (5, 6, 11), Moog bass (5), Wurlitzer (11), loops (11)
  • Mike Porcaro: bass guitar, backing vocals (4), loops (11)
  • Simon Phillips: drums, loops (1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11), tambourine (4), backing vocals (4), keyboards (6)
Additional Musicians
  • Lenny Castro: timbales (1, 10), percussion (3, 6, 10), congas (6, 7), tambourine (7)
  • Brandon Fields: tenor sax (4); alto, soprano and tenor saxophones (6)
  • Walt Fowler: trumpet (4, 6), flugelhorn (6)
  • Ellis Hall: vocals (5)
  • James Ingram: backing vocals and ad-libs (1, 2)
  • Tippa Irie: DJ (1)
  • Davey Johnstone: backing vocals (7)
  • Monet: backing vocals (8, 9, 11), ad-libs (11)
  • Nigel Olsson: backing vocals (7)
  • Steve Porcaro: synthesizer programming (2, 7), synthesizer and sound effects (5)

Production[edit]

  • Arranged and Produced by Toto
  • Engineered by Simon Phillips
  • Assistant Engineer: John Jessel
  • Tracks #1-5, 7-11 mixed by Steve MacMillan
  • Track #6 mixed by Simon Phillips
  • Digital Editing by Louie Teran
  • Mastered by Stephen Marcussen
  • Edited and Mastered at Marcussen Mastering (Hollywood, CA).
  • Project Coordination: Anita Heilig
  • Art Direction and Design: Brian Peterson
  • Creative Director: Doug Brown
  • Photography: Resig & Taylor
  • Management: The Fitzgerald Hartley Co.

Singles[edit]

  • Could you be loved / House of the rising sun

References[edit]