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  • Audio CD (February 1, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: SBME SPECIAL MKTS.
  • ASIN: B0012GMUMC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,050 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Love Has the Power [#][*]
2. Africa
3. Hold the Line
4. Out of Love [#][*]
5. Georgy Porgy
6. I'll Be Over You
7. Can You Hear What I'm Saying [#][*]
8. Rosanna
9. I Won't Hold You Back
10. Stop Loving You
11. 99
12. Pamela
13. Animal [#][*]

Editorial Reviews

All the biggies from these L.A. AOR stalwarts- Rosanna; Hold the Line; I Won't Hold Back; Africa , etc.-plus four previously unreleased tracks.

Customer Reviews

I think it is a great start and a great cd I highly recommend to anybody.
Peter Ainn
Some of the tunes that I like are "Africa," "I'll Be over You," and "I Won't Hold You Back." The four unreleased tracks are not bad.
sauerkraut
I'll Be Over You- Great love song but #9's "I Won't Hold You Back" is much better 7) Can You Hear What I'm Saying- Great bass by Michael Porcano..
"chubbesy"

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Westley VINE VOICE on December 28, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Toto has often taken a beating from critics, but they were Grammy darlings in the early 1980s. I started listening to pop music in 1982, and "Roseanna" was one of the first songs I truly loved. So, I'll always have a soft spot for Toto, even if their overly glossy pop sound sometimes comes across somewhat hollow today. The group was formed by established studio musicians, and they certainly knew how to make hits. They scored four Top Ten hits during their peak (1979-1983): Hold the Line, Roseanna, Africa, and I Won't Hold You Back. All of those songs are here, along with Top 40 hits such as 99, Georgy Porgy, I'll Be Over You, and Pamela.

Overall, "Past to Present 1977-1990" does a good job at highlighting the group's biggest and arguably most memorable songs. Unfortunately, Toto also decided to release four new songs on this CD, all by their new lead singer, Jean-Michel Byron. These new songs aren't bad and would sound at home on any earlier Toto record. However, none of them stand up to the hits and Byron sounds quite a bit like a Richard Marx clone. For fans wanting to focus only on the hits from Toto's prime line-up, you can do better with "Essential." Byron didn't even stick with the group for long, making him pretty non-essential in the band's history.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Hamlow HALL OF FAME on June 14, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Another rock group whose big splash was in the 80's was Toto, who peaked at having their album Toto IV and single "Rosanna" winning Grammies for 1982. That worthy tune, which spent 5 weeks at #2, being kept from the top spot by first the Human League and then Survivor, sported the characteristic sizzle of Steve Lukather's rock guitar, smooth and soaring vocals by Bobby Kimball, and a horn section for additional flourish as well as some great keyboard work by David Paitch and Steve Porcaro. Oh, and Rosanna referred to Lukather's then-girlfriend, actress Rosanna Arquette. Two other hits from that album included the Top 5 "Africa" with its prominent synth keyboards and the #10 ballad "I Won't Hold You Back" with its orchestral backing.

They began with "Hold The Line" from their eponymous 1979 debut, a #5 hit and an introduction to their signature rock sound, specifically Lukather's guitar. "Georgy Porgy" veers more towards adult contemporary with its laid back but brisk morning pop aura, intercut with lines from the old nursery rhyme.

The video for the heartbreak song "I'll Be Over You" was my first exposure to Toto, though I had heard their music on David Lynch's adaptation of Dune. A line that rang true with me October 2004 was "as soon as my heart stops breaking/and disappears/as soon as forever is through/I'll be over you." This song along with "Rosanna" are my two favourite Toto songs here. Michael McDonald can be heard giving backing vocal assistance in the chorus. This single from their album Fahrenheit, features the debut of new lead singer Joseph Williams, son of John Williams of the Boston Pops.

For The Seventh One, Joseph Williams, son of John Williams of the Boston Pops, took the helm as lead singer.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 23, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I don't know what those rude and facetious reviewers are thinking...Past to Present has some great stuff on it! Singer Jean-Michel Byron's voice definitely takes getting used to (and I'm glad Toto got Bobby Kimball back for the new album!), but even Byron's songs aren't bad. Great hits like "Rosanna," "Africa," "Hold The Line," "I'll Be Over You," "99," "Stop Loving You," and more make this an excellent Toto sampler. Bonus track "Can You Hear What I'm Saying" features brothers Mike & Jeff Porcaro playing one of the most amazing bass & drum grooves I've ever heard. I listen to this CD all the time!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Coish on August 26, 2001
Format: Audio CD
As the title says, I don't care what anyone says, this is awesome stuff... It's pop music, definately, but it's good pop music... and there is nothing wrong with a good pop song, or well, an album full of good pop songs... I find this album to be perfect when you're in a sappy mood, because it's full of sappy love songs, or when you're head over heels in love... I know it has helped me get through tough times, and has also enhanced the good feelings in a relationship... it's good stuff and sometimes you just don't want to have to think or analyze music too much... sometimes you just want to sit back and enjoy... my favorite songs are Africa, Rosanna, I'll Be Over You, Georgy Porgy, etc... but there really aren't any bad tracks on here...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By sauerkraut on August 30, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This hits package isn't a bad starting place for someone that's new to Toto. There's a total of thirteen tracks--four of them are previously unreleased. Surprisingly, there are no songs included from the albums Turn Back and Isolation. In order to have been comprehensive, at least one song from each of those albums should have been included. Some of the tunes that I like are "Africa," "I'll Be over You," and "I Won't Hold You Back." The four unreleased tracks are not bad. I do admit that Jean-Michel Byron's vocals aren't my taste. I consider this hits package to be pretty good. It contains some nice songs. It's worth a listen.
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