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Essential Toto Original recording remastered

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14 of the best by Paich, the Porcaros and the rest of these LA pop-rockers: their Top 10 smashes Africa; Rosanna, and I Won't Hold You Back plus Hold the Line; 99; Make Believe; Georgy Porgy; I'll Be over You; Without Your Love; Pamela; the Turning Point; Mindfields, and a great live version of on the Run.
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  • Audio CD (September 30, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000CF30I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,258 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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99 of 102 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Banker on April 29, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I became a hardcore fan of Toto in 1988 when Pamela came out. I was in Jr. High and to me at the time that was the coolest song released that year. I soon discovered that I enjoyed a lot of their older songs too and began collecting all the standard Toto albums. I then joined the fan club and bought two Toto shirts I wore so much people started to call me "Toto". Why am I telling you all this... well I wanted you to know my background to put my review into perspective. I am no longer that hardcore fan I was back in the day but I still enjoy certain albums (my favorite being their 2006 release "Falling In Between" check it out). I now consider only 4 CDs essential because honestly I don't think most of their albums have held up well over time. I am going to spilt this review into two section. One for the casual fan (which this CD is intended for) and one for the diehard fan (which I used to be one):


If you are looking up this album you are probably a fan of one or two of Toto's hits. This CD may be for you. It has all the major hits and the best thing is they are all beautifully remastered and they have never sounded any better then they do here. There are also a number of album tracks to give you a feel for some of the other songs that Toto has done over the years and you get a sampler of almost all the albums that Sony has the rights to release in the US. If you aren't as big of a fan of Toto's rock hits like "Hold the Line" buy the CD "TOTO: Love Songs". That too is remastered and contains one of the bands best songs that never was released in the US as a single "I Will Remember".
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Michael Kerner HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on August 5, 2005
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The 1970's and 1980's ereally was the era of guilty pleasures. I say that because they are still enjoyable today simply as a much as they were back then. Yet, with acts like R.E.O. Speedwagon, Journey, and Foreigner, there are very few that haven't been shown with a decent recognition in greatest hits. Arguably, Toto is just one of those acts that have not had a definitive collection. For a group of studio musicians that have made great pop gems awhile ago, they are still just as enjoyable now as the much as the 1980's. Hopefully this generation who happens tpo be interested in acts like Britney Spears, and Jennifer Lopez can consider enjoying this collection of songs.

The Essential Toto is a single disc collection of the groups biggest tracks from the 70's and 80's. While there have been budget collection of Toto and their music, this is their first major definitive collection in almost fifteen years. Each songs sounds much better than it was back then. There are just so many guilty pleasures that are highlighted here on this collection like Africa, I Won't Hold You Back, the soulful I'll Be Over You, 99, Rosanna, and Hold The Line to just name a few. This is a delightful retrospective for new listeners, but die hard Toto fans might arguably feel a bit dissapointed that classics like Hollyanna, Stranger In Town, and Til The End could've also been highlighted here on this collection as well.

While The Essential Toto doesn't seem as definitive for hard core Toto fans, they just might want to consider this package as well as their 2003 love songs album as well. But for anybody who enjoys Toto but doesn't have a album or recording of the guilty pleasures, this would be a fairly well put collection for anybody that won't hold you back.

Album Cover: A

Songs: B+

Price: A-

Mastering: B+

Overall: B-
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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Mickey Frith on March 3, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I give up. I have come to the conclusion that there is simply no Toto collection out there that does the job right. On the advice of another reviewer, I bit the bullet and purchased the two-disc ESSENTIAL TOTO collection available from the UK, but imagine my dismay when I received the set and checked out the track listing only to discover that "Rosanna," "Hold the Line," "Pamela," and several other key tracks were EDITS! I ran into this same problem with another Toto collection I purchased a while back (GREATEST HITS & MORE, also referred to as GREATEST HITS + 8 here on Amazon). What really gets me is the fact that the songs I listed above appear in their full-length version on the domestic ESSENTIAL TOTO (which is the one listed here). Why in the world they were edited on the UK release is beyond me.

At this point I simply refuse to spend any more $$$ on another Toto collection. I will keep my two-disc UK ESSENTIAL TOTO and my two-disc Swedish HOLD THE LINE: THE VERY BEST OF TOTO (both of which have excellent sound quality), and from those collections I'll simply compile my own darn BEST OF. I figure if the record companies can't do it right, then I'll just do it myself, thank you very much.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chris Alexion on November 20, 2010
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You don't hear many songs from Toto on the oldies stations these days, just the over-played Africa, Rosanna, and Hold the Line. But what about their other great Top 10 and Top 40 hits? This collection has them all (99, Make Believe, I'll Supply the Love, I Won't Hold You Back, I'll Be Over You, Pamela), plus a few surprisingly good songs from their later years after lead singer Bobby Kimball left the band, namely The Turning Point and On The Run (live). If you want only the best material and the convenience of a single disk, this is the collection for you.
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