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Toto IV [CD]

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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 28, 1983)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • ASIN: B0012GMVG2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,282 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

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79 of 88 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Toto IV January 10, 2004
Format:Audio CD
One expects a backlash to anything that is overtly successful.
One also expects a backlash when something is extremely polished and professional sounding.
To all the reviewers who have lambasted or said this album is worth only two songs (which makes it better than the first TOTO album) -- think of songwriting like somebody building you a house. Now if you find a person who builds you a house, you move in, and you find it has charm but is built like c**p, you of course will be pleased with how it makes you feel, but disappointed that what you paid for, you didn't get. Now say you find another person who builds you an expertly crafted house, but it lacks a certain homely charm. Does that mean you race back to the cr***y house?
Songwriting is a craft, like any other trade, any other thing you can do with your mind, hands or both. Like blacksmiths, carpenters, and farmers, the artist / musician is constantly developing and improving their technique and proficiency to present you (a person who may not be skilled in such a craft) a thing which is well presented and should suit your tastes in somehow,someway. Whether this is overall, or momentary is up to you as 'the buyer'. But if you're satisified at least once, then they have succeeded.
And TOTO succeeded with TOTO IV in a major way. To fault them for finally honing a songwriting craft after 4 years of steady work, and 10 years of professional session work, and that people of all types responded to it enthusiastically, is more to do with you than them. I'm not trying to look at TOTO IV with rose coloured glasses, but one thing that cannot be found on here is bad musicianship.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 1982 - The Year of TOTO March 13, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Once in a while, in the careers of certain bands, an album is produced that rides on a certain, unstoppable creative momentum. TOTO were one of the few bands to experience a wave of this sort in '81-2 when they recorded what is, without a doubt, their most accomplished and accessable album - "TOTO IV".

The industry and record buying public acknowledged them further with a surge of 5 Grammy awards, including Best Album, Record of the Year (Rosanna) and Best Producer (Toto).

It is no surprise to any reader or reviewer here that there are two songs on this LP that far outweigh the others in quality. "Rosanna" and "Africa" are absolute career-peak compositions by David Paich (the latter co-composed with Jeff Porcaro), indeed they are a peak for the eighties pop music canon and would both certainly feature in any serious pop/rock all time top 100 list.

It's also no mystery to pop culture fanatics that "Rosanna" was named, after the song was finished for the beautiful actress Rosanna Arquette who, at the time, was dating Toto's keyboardist/vocalist Steve Porcaro. The song however, was not written specifically for her. Either way, Arquette must have gone very weak at the knees when she first heard this song - it is an astonishing tour-de-force by the band whose musicianship effectively shatters most of the opposition. You have to remember that all of the players in TOTO have 'to die for' studio credits on literally hundreds of recordings including albums like "Thriller" and works from artists like George Benson, Steely Dan, Rickie Lee Jones, Lionel Richie, Boz Scaggs, Melissa Manchester, Randy Crawford, Carly Simon, James Taylor - the list is literally endless.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well Done Collection Of Songs May 28, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
This is my favorite album from Toto. They did a great job on this album. This is one of those rare albums that doesn't have any filler, and every song stands on its own. The musicanship is great and very tight. My favorites are "Africa," "I Won't Hold You Back," and "Make Believe." "I Won't Hold You Back," is a classic ballad with great vocals from Steve Lukather. Toto's best album. Recommended.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "hidden concept" album? November 4, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is one of my all-time favorite albums. The songs are all so different, yet each is musically intricate and complex. The lyrics are great, the music is great. But what really made me respect this album is something I caught after many, many run-throughs. Intended or otherwise, it's a concept album. Think about it. The songs trace a man from love, to breakup, to strife, to hope, to new love and hope for the future. Let me demonstrate. Here are key lyrics from each track, and my impression:
1: All I wanna do when I wake up in the morning is see you rise.
(Madly in love)
2: Why don't we make believe we're in love again
(Love ends, as it sometimes does through no-one's fault. He foolishly thinks things can be rebuilt once they've been torn down, which almost never happens.)
3: I won't hold you back.
(Letting her go to find happiness because he loves her and wants this for her.)
4: I could be good for you! You could be good for me too!
(One more try to woo her back? Or wooing a new girl too soon, trying only to fill the void?)
5: It's a feeling, you never belonged to me. You're fighting me.
(Contemplating what went wrong. Realizes it wasn't so perfect, now that the rose-colored glasses of love are gone.)
6: I like the way you move and just the way you are. I can't take anymore, 'cause girl, you're pushing too hard. 'Cause I've never been afraid of love 'till I met you.
(Being over-cautious after heartbreak leaves one to turn down or otherwise not earnestly pursue relationships, relationships they will regret not pursuing later on.)
7: You know she's gonna make you cry, you know she's gonna make you cry. She'll have you walk beneath the ladder you were meant to climb.
(Callous to love. Anger/resentment stage of grief.
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Published 3 days ago by jose cruz
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Worth The Wait !!!
This and Poco's "Ghost Town" are the first 2 I've purchased from Culture factory and I am Pleased beyond words. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Mr.Rock
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Re-Master
Excellent sound quality. A must-have for Toto fans!!
Published 11 days ago by Kevin W. Riesenbeck
1.0 out of 5 stars Great music run through a meat grinder
Great music, abysmal mastering. There is virtually zero dynamic range on this CD.

I was actually listening to Sirius on a Squeezebox Touch and heard the opening track... Read more
Published 1 month ago by C. Scheck
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great album!
Toto IV is one of the best albums of all time, and it has some great hits. The harmonies are great, and the tunes are groovy.
Published 5 months ago by Justin Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music / great deal
Getting the Vinyl Version with the MP3 as a bonus is great.
Clean copy.
Great deal for anyone trying to fix a hole in a collection. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Melvin Wallace
5.0 out of 5 stars ...remember when?
I bought this to replace an old lp. I have a Best Of but I realized I preferred to have the complete albums. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Sparkle
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of 2005 Japanese Import
The 2005 Japanese remaster for this late 1970's title is very good. It does sound "juiced up", but not to the point of being a compressed mess. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Tekrad
4.0 out of 5 stars 30 Years Ago?
Review based on standard LP from 1982.

I hardly listen to the radio but somehow I have always knew of Toto & specially this recording "IV". Read more
Published 9 months ago by PhiloX
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome band - on vinyl!
I've been eyeing this on vinyl for a while and when it became available on Amazon recently, I jumped at the opportunity to own it. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Prem "The Premster" Raj
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ASIN: B00005GA1O
Hi Jonathan,
I think the ASIN number you refer to is for the Japanese Paper sleeve reissue.They are always expensive.
Here's the ASIN for the multi channel SACD of TOTO IV as listed on B000066SJZ ,better still for your info I'll give you the catalogue number for my copy which is multi... Read More
May 12, 2010 by DJ Control |  See all 12 posts
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