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Toto IV

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Toto IV
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 8, 1982
RecordedJune 1981 – January 1982[1]
Toto chronology
Turn Back
Toto IV
Singles from Toto IV
  1. "Rosanna"
    Released: March 31, 1982 (US)[2]
  2. "Africa"
    Released: June 25, 1982 (UK)[3]
  3. "Make Believe"
    Released: July 1982 (US)
  4. "Afraid of Love"
    Released: 1982 (Japan)[4]
  5. "I Won't Hold You Back"
    Released: March 1983 (US)
  6. "Waiting for Your Love"
    Released: June 1983 (US)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Robert ChristgauB−[6]
Rolling Stone[7]

Toto IV is the fourth studio album by American rock band Toto, released on April 8, 1982 by Columbia Records.[8]

The lead single, "Rosanna", peaked at number 2 for five weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, while the album's third single, "Africa", topping the Hot 100 chart, became the group's first and only number 1 hit.[9] Both songs were hits in the UK as well, reaching number 12 and 3, respectively.[10] The fourth single, "I Won't Hold You Back", also peaked within the top ten on the Hot 100, at number 10, but atop the Billboard Adult Contemporary charts for three weeks.[9] It also went into the top 40 in the UK.[10] With the success of "Africa", the album climbed back into the top 10 in early 1983 on both sides of the Atlantic.

Toto IV received three Grammy Awards in 1983 including Album of the Year, Producer of the Year for the band, and Record of the Year for "Rosanna". It reached number four on the Billboard 200 album charts in the United States, shortly after its release. It also reached the top ten in other countries, including Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Italy, Norway, the United Kingdom, and Japan. It was also the last Toto album to feature their original bassist David Hungate until his return in 2014 (with the release of their 2015 album Toto XIV) when he was replaced by Mike Porcaro after the band’s recording of the album, and also the final album to feature original lead vocalist Bobby Kimball until his comeback in 1998 (with the release of the 1999 album Mindfields).



After the success of their self-titled debut, Toto struggled to sustain success on their next two albums, Hydra and Turn Back. The band was under heavy pressure from Columbia Records to deliver a hit album with their next release or be at risk of being dropped from the label.

The band went back to the formula that helped them succeed on their first album, having an album that touched on many different genres of music. They also utilized many outside musicians to help give the sound a more polished, fuller feel than they had on past albums.

This was the final album with the original Toto lineup. David Hungate, who moved to Nashville during the recording of the album, left the band to spend more time with his family. Two years later, shortly after beginning recording of their follow-up album, Bobby Kimball was fired by the band due to drug issues that were damaging his voice.

The band delayed touring after the release of the album to instead help in the production of Michael Jackson's Thriller album, as well as collaborating on Chicago's comeback album Chicago 16 that same year.



Recording took place across several months in 1981 and 1982, and the band was allowed a much larger than average recording budget. At a time when most bands were using a single 24-track recorder, Toto used as many as three separate 24-track recorders simultaneously.[11]

The multiple 24-track recorders were linked via a computerized SMPTE timecode system. One track of each machine contained the timecode synchronization signal, while 22 of the remaining 23 tracks of each reel were available for audio track recordings. (Typically, on analog 24-track recorders SMPTE was recorded on track 24, and the track next to it left blank to avoid any cross-talk or bleed over from the time code.) A significant number of tracks were copied and mixed down from those already recorded on another synchronized tape reel. This process lowered the amount of wear on the first generation tapes and helped maintain high quality sound during the extensive overdubbing and mixing process.[11]

Cover art


Philip Garris's original emblem from the Toto album was updated to show four rings since this was their fourth album. The newer looking, well-polished ring around the hilt of the sword represented their latest work. Each successive ring showed a little more wear and a few more chips which represented the band's previous records.[12]

Track listing

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
1."Rosanna"David PaichSteve Lukather (verse A section), Bobby Kimball (verse B section)5:31
2."Make Believe"PaichKimball3:43
3."I Won't Hold You Back"LukatherLukather4:53
4."Good for You"
  • Kimball
  • Lukather
5."It's a Feeling"Steve PorcaroS. Porcaro3:05
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
6."Afraid of Love"
7."Lovers in the Night"PaichPaich4:25
8."We Made It"
  • Paich
  • J. Porcaro
9."Waiting for Your Love"
  • Kimball
  • Paich
  • Paich
  • J. Porcaro
Paich (verse), Kimball (chorus)4:55
Total length:42:17



Adapted from album's liner notes.[13]


  • Bobby Kimball – lead vocals (tracks 1, 2, 4, 8-10), backing vocals (tracks 1, 2, 4, 6-10)
  • Steve Lukather – guitars, lead vocals (tracks 1, 3, 6), backing vocals (tracks 1-4, 6-10), acoustic piano (track 4)
  • David Paich – keyboards, backing vocals (tracks 1, 2, 5-10), horn arrangements (track 1), orchestral arrangements (tracks 3, 5-7), lead vocals (tracks 7, 10)
  • Steve Porcaro – keyboards, lead vocals (track 5)
  • David Hungate – bass guitar
  • Jeff Porcaro – drums, percussion

Additional personnel


  • Produced by Toto
  • Engineers – Dick Gall, Bruce Heigh, Tom Knox, Greg Ladanyi, David Paich, Steve Porcaro and Al Schmitt.
  • Tracks recorded by Al Schmitt (tracks 1, 3–5, 7, 10), Tom Knox (tracks 2, 9) and Greg Ladanyi (tracks 6, 8).
  • Strings recorded by John Kurlander (tracks 3, 5–7)
  • Additional recording by Niko Bolas, Terry Christian, Jamie Ledner, Lon LeMaster, David Leonard and Peggy McCreary.
  • Mixed by Greg Ladanyi and Elliot Scheiner
  • Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound (New York City, New York).
  • Photography – Glen Christiensen, Sam Emerson and Jim Hagopian.
  • Illustration – Joe Spencer
  • Album package concept – Steve Porcaro



Certifications and sales

Certifications for Toto IV
Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[35] 2× Platinum 140,000
Canada (Music Canada)[36] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Denmark (IFPI Danmark)[37] Gold 10,000
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[38] Gold 34,179[38]
France (SNEP)[39] Platinum 300,000*
Germany (BVMI)[40] Platinum 500,000^
Hong Kong (IFPI Hong Kong)[41] Gold 10,000*
Japan (RIAJ)[19] Platinum 346,520[19]
Netherlands (NVPI)[42] Platinum 100,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[43] Gold 7,500^
United Kingdom (BPI)[44] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[45] 4× Platinum 4,000,000

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.


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