Isolation

March 12, 1985 | Format: MP3

$8.99
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  • Original Release Date: March 12, 1985
  • Release Date: March 12, 1985
  • Label: Columbia
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  • Total Length: 41:54
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  • ASIN: B00138KIQE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,218 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

If you like Toto, you should have this album in your record collection.
Keith J. Williams
His voice is powerful, just a little raw and perfectly suited for rock music.
Andy
David Paich & Steve Lukather also do lead vocals on the ballads as well.
Lone Wolf

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Doc Sarvis on 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 By Kyle Jones on 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 By sauerkraut on 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 By Andy on June 8, 2002
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 By Christopher J. Benz on 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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