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Isolation

TotoAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 1, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • ASIN: B0012GN0SA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,577 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Carmen
2. Lion
3. Stranger in Town
4. Angel Don't Cry
5. How Does It Feel
6. Endless
7. Isolation
8. Mr. Friendly
9. Change of Heart
10. Holyanna

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely Worth Another Listen! March 23, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This album was poorly received when released, probably owing to the difference in style from its mega-hit predecessor TOTO IV, and the presence of Fergie Fredrickson, a new vocalist that had replaced Bobby Kimball. In hindsight, though, the drubbing ISOLATION received was undeserved...this is a satisfying colleciton for what it is: 80s power-pop tunes.
Whereas TOTO IV and the band's earlier work had a bluesy, R&B edge to go along with the slick LA pop sound, ISOLATION plunged headlong into the 80s wave, powered by Fredrickson's vocals...a major departure from Kimball's, but very impressive in their own right.
The best cut on the album is "Stranger In Town", erroneously described in another review as being about Jack the Ripper (it's actually based on the plot of the old movie "Whistle Down the Wind", which has also been adopted into an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical). That cut alone is worth owning the CD, but "Carmen", "Endless" and the title track are also solid efforts.
Like many 80s albums of the period, ISOLATION is hard-driving, pulsating pop music. Recognize and enjoy it for what it is, and you won't be sorry.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Different from Toto IV, but in a way better October 8, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Over Toto's first four albums the band seemed to be struggling to fuse Luke's guitar chops and rock roots with that Paich/Porcaro weird keyboard magic. They got it just right with "Rosanna" on Toto IV, and they got it just right on "Carmen", "Lion" and "Isolation" on this disc. Fergie really shines in all three songs and I can't imagine Kimball singing any of them as well. Kimball has a voice made for the R&B songs that were wholly absent from this album. If this album is missing anything, it is the R&B elements found in songs like "Waiting For Your Love", "Mama" and "You Are the Flower" from earlier albums. On this album Toto almost (but not quite) sounds like just one band.
I agree with the other reviewers about the energy present throughout this release. There is only one ballad ("How Does It Feel"). The rest of the disc kicks, even the odd tunes like "Mr. Friendly", thanks to Jeff Porcaro's strong drumming.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Emanates a lot of energy. August 9, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I like this album from Toto. It sounds quite different from Toto IV. Toto's first four albums all share a similar sound. The guys changed their sound to a degree with this release. Isolation contains a lively, tight, and listenable collection of songs. The album is in a pop rock direction. Fergie Frederiksen's vocals are quite forceful and effective--he really does capture my attention. His vocals are my favorite aspect of this album. The album's musicianship, songwriting, and production are solid and spirited. I like the keyboard playing, and Steve Lukather's guitar playing is cool, too. Isolation contains a total of ten tracks. The album kicks off with "Carmen." "Carmen" is an energetic tune that's a good album opener. Fergie Frederiksen and David Paich (keyboards/vocals) both handle the leading vocals on "Carmen." My favorite tune is "Isolation." Fergie Frederiksen does a cool job with the vocals. He also does a good job with "Endless." Steve Lukather's vocals are nice on the ballad "How Does It Feel." Isolation is a cohesive album that gives off exciting energy. It sounds pretty fresh. Worth a listen.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Isolation - Toto at it's best June 8, 2002
By Andy
Format:Audio CD
I knew Toto from their hits Africa and Rosanna. I already owned IV which i though was quite good. So when Isolation came out I immediately went to the record store to listen to it. I was absolutely thrilled by this album. This, to me, is the best Toto album ever. Great music, enormous energy and a great new singer.
The voice of Fergie Fredricksen is one of the strenghts of this album. His voice is powerful, just a little raw and perfectly suited for rock music. That brings me to the second strength of this album: this is a real rock album from the first track to the last (except for how does it feel).
My favourite track is probably "Angel don't cry" although "Stranger in town" is just as good and "Endless" fills up the third spot of may favourite three tracks of the album.
Actually there is no bad song on this album although I personally think that "How does it feel" is slighty less than the other tracks.
All in all: if you like rock music, this album is a must. It's not the best sold Toto album, it's not the most famous Toto album, but there is one thing this album is:
It's the BEST Toto album. And it probably always will be.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars TOTO's Reinvention May 20, 2006
Format:Audio CD
At their peak, TOTO took a left turn.

This album is often put up from TOTO fans as a personal favourite; for others, it's the beginning of the end.

The reason for all of this polarisation is that it's essentially a turn toward a new 'sound' for the band which carries them into the next 3 albums and away from MOR pop confections like 'Rosanna' and 'Africa' which showered them with Grammies in 1982.

'ISOLATION' takes Toto fans both back to the hard rocking roots of "Hold the Line" while embracing their newfound status as studio musician Gods. Put simply, the tunes are reasonably straight ahead, hard rocking compositions with bland themes concerning love, girls, relationship angst which are then dressed up with all manner of studio wizardry, experimentation and finger bending arrangements. When it comes to playing, these guys have to hold back from just plain showing off. Each member of TOTO's has the studio fingers of three other players and when they let it fly, they have no peer.

The most interesting tunes venture into more obscure themes. 'Stranger in Town' is based on a true story from an English newspaper and it has the nice underplayed verse/exploding chorus structure that worked so well for 'Africa'. Paich's voice is limited but always so strangely welcome - he sounds like an old friend. 'Lion' cuts a great groove and has amazing keyboard playing. 'Mr Friendly' is quite inventive in it's structure and I find it very infectious - a great one to crank your amp up to it's limitations. All of these tracks would've been very at home on TOTO IV as would have been 'Holyanna', a neat and melodic '4 to the bar' closing tune for the album. 'How does it feel?' is a fine contributor to the library of tuneful Lukather power ballads.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars grow TOTO grow.......
Carmen sez it all -in your face rocker with the precision & thunder that only seasoned pros like TOTO can deliver. Different as any band who changes up their lead singers ... Read more
Published 10 months ago by L. Tucker
5.0 out of 5 stars TOTO are the Tightest Musicians around.
Isolation is a Great Album, Great Song's. Great Vocals, I Love It!
Steve's Guitar's, Davids Key's, Jeff's Riff's. Incredible. a Keeper.
Published 12 months ago by Gregory Y Garrett
5.0 out of 5 stars Overlooked treasure
I initially purchased this album (yes, album) for the track "Stranger In Town" which I imagine was prompted by the unique video. Read more
Published 15 months ago by 80's fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet more great music
Got this for a friend. This friend is a Toto fan. The friend has played and played this disk. A must have for the collection
Published 16 months ago by Trisha Morriston
5.0 out of 5 stars Toto the band forgotten
I dont think todays youth admire good musicians and talented vocals, call my generation old, but at least we have taste
Published 17 months ago by dustin woods
2.0 out of 5 stars Toto loses their way....Temporarily
After the massive success of Toto IV, Toto was pressured for a great follow up. Also they had lost two members since 1982, Bassist David Hungate, and vocalist Bobby Kimball. Read more
Published on September 7, 2010 by The Mick
5.0 out of 5 stars welcome freddy frederickson to the band
This was Toto's first album without Bobby Kimball on the vocals. In my opinion, this is a great album and Freddy really is great as the vocalist. Read more
Published on May 13, 2010 by Keith J. Williams
2.0 out of 5 stars 180 degrees...
Released: Nov 1984 Produced by: Toto
(Were 1/2 stars available, would rate a 2-1/2.) Jarring style reversal following departure of Bobby Kimball, featuring sterile... Read more
Published on April 18, 2010 by Steven R. Fleck
4.0 out of 5 stars How Does It Feel To Be Toto?
Following up the huge Toto IV must not have been an easy task. And I suppose that this album really shouldn't be my cup to tea. But honestly I don't hate this. Read more
Published on March 21, 2010 by Andre S. Grindle
4.0 out of 5 stars Isolation
A lot of fans thought Toto was losing it when this came out, especially the cut Stranger in Town. Isolation is still up to their musical standards; it's only failing if any is... Read more
Published on May 3, 2009 by Todd Sullivan
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