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It was do or die for Toto on the group's fourth album, and they rose to the challenge. Largely dispensing with the anonymous studio rock that had characterized their first three releases, the band worked harder on its melodies, made sure its simple lyrics treated romantic subjects, augmented Bobby Kimball's vocals by having other group members sing, brought in ringers like Timothy B. Schmit, and slowed down the tempo to what came to be known as "power ballad" pace. Most of all, they wrote some hit songs: "Rosanna," the old story of a lovelorn lyric matched to a bouncy beat, was the gold, Top Ten comeback single accompanying the album release; "Make Believe" made the Top 30; and then, surprisingly, "Africa" hit number one ten months after the album's release. The members of Toto may have more relatives who are NARAS voters than any other group, but that still doesn't explain the sweep they achieved at the Grammys, winning six, including Album of the Year and Record of the Year (for "Rosanna"). Predictably, rock critics howled, but the Grammys helped set up the fourth single, "I Won't Hold You Back," another soft rock smash and Top Ten hit. As a result, Toto IV was both the group's comeback and its peak; it remains a definitive album of slick L.A. pop for the early '80s and Toto's best and most consistent record. Having made it, the members happily went back to sessions, where they helped write and record Michael Jackson's Thriller.

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Product Details

Release Date: 02/01/2008
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0886972372228
catalogNumber: 723722
Rank: 3783


  1. Rosanna
  2. Make Believe
  3. I Won't Hold You Back
  4. Good for You
  5. It's a Feeling
  6. Afraid of Love
  7. Lovers in the Night
  8. We Made It
  9. Waiting for Your Love
  10. Africa

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Toto   Primary Artist
James Newton Howard   Strings,Conductor,Performing Ensemble
Tom Scott   Saxophone
Lenny Castro   Percussion,Conga
Ralph Dyck   Synthesizer
Martyn Ford   Strings
Gary Grant   Trumpet
Jerry Hey   Trumpet
Jim Horn   Saxophone,Wind
David Hungate   Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar
Tom Kelly   Vocals,Background Vocals
Bobby Kimball   Vocals,Background Vocals,Group Member
Roger Linn   Synthesizer
Steve Lukather   Guitar,Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals,Group Member
Marty Paich   Strings
David Paich   Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Group Member
James Pankow   Trombone
Jeff Porcaro   Percussion,Drums,Xylophone,Timpani,Group Member
Steve Porcaro   Keyboards,Vocals,Group Member
Mike Porcaro   Cello
Joe Porcaro   Percussion,Marimbas,Xylophone,Timpani
Timothy B. Schmit   Vocals,Background Vocals
Scott Scott   Saxophone
Joachim Joggi Smith   Saxophone
Jon Smith   Saxophone
Jo Smith   Saxophone
Jimmy Pankow   Trombone

Technical Credits

Toto   Producer
James Newton Howard   Arranger,Orchestral Arrangements
Niko Bolas   Engineer
Terry Christian   Engineer
Amy Herot   Reissue Producer
Jerry Hey   Horn Arrangements
Jim Horn   Engineer
Tom Knox   Engineer
John Kurlander   Engineer
Greg Ladanyi   Engineer
David Leonard   Engineer
Steve Lukather   Composer
Marty Paich   Orchestral Arrangements
Peggy McCreary   Engineer
David Paich   Arranger,Engineer,Horn Arrangements,Orchestral Arrangements
Jeff Porcaro   Package Concept
Steve Porcaro   Arranger,Engineer
Schmitt   Engineer
James Ledner   Engineer
Joe Spencer   Artwork,Illustrations
Bruce Heigh   Engineer
Stephen Saper   Engineer

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