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Turn Back

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Gift with a Golden Gun
  2. English Eyes
  3. Live for Today
  4. Million Miles Away
  5. Goodbye Elenore
  6. I Think I Could Stand You Forever
  7. Turn Back
  8. If It's the Last Night


Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 9, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: February 9, 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: SBME SPECIAL MKTS.
  • Run Time: 37 minutes
  • ASIN: B0012GN32I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,565 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
Toto's 3rd album "Turn Back"(1981) #41, was Toto's most rockin' disc they ever put out. They released "Gift With A Golden Gun" as their first single, it went nowhere and stalled the album from going any further up the charts. "Gun" should of hit it big on the rock charts. The beautiful "If It's The Last Night" was released next, but it didn't chart either.(Really the only ballad on the album). Other great tunes on this set were:
"English Eyes"- Steve Lukather shines heere on guitar. The vocals and piano are sharp on this track.
"Live For Today"- #40 mainstream rock. Love this song, vocals by Steve, good rocker.
"A Million Miles Away"- A David Paich classic! Great piano by David and Steve's guitar is tremendous!
"Goodbye Elenore"- More great rockin'.
"Turn Back"- Classy title track, great opening.
"I Think I Could Stand You Forever"- Mid-tempo rocker, with a great guitar by Steve Lukather. Love the fake British sounding vocals.

This would be Toto's last great record, as a whole. They put out Toto IV the next year and it went hog wild, but it still doesn't hold up like "Turn Back". Rock radio missed a great opportunity here to showcase this album back in the day.
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It's really hard for me to review this album without making it clear that because this band is based on the talents of folks such as Steve Lukather,Jeff Porcaro and singer Bobby Kimball. And that they have all made equally as many contributions to funk and jazz musicians music as they have pop-rock. True they are session aces and that's par for the course. But it effected their music as well. I'm sure the fact that Toto's first two albums were as devoted to soulful and poppy jazz type songs as the arena rock anthems Toto are most often associated with. Considering the environment surrounding the post disco freeze out during 1981,Toto decided they would just go for the flat out arena rock approach for their third album. Considering the times in which this came out,it's kind of surprising this album didn't do very well for Toto.

When I first heard this album on vinyl as a teenager (at a radio station giveaway) I had a similar reaction to most of the reviews here. But hearing it more fully on CD helps me realize it plays out better on CD and as an album than as a collection of separate songs. Now true to be told-this is very much Steve Lukathers album for all intents and purposes so therefore is very lead rock guitar oriented. But as another reviewer pointed out,they're of the more flamboyant than driving variety such as the opener "Gift With A Golden Gun","English Eyes" and even the more textured and mildly keyboard oriented title song. My only possible issue with this album is a lot of the rockers sound a bit alike. A little trifle. But the ballads are excellent. From the swelling acoustic/progressive sounding "A Million Miles Away" and "If It's The Last Night" to the more anthemic "I Think I Could Stand Forever".
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Toto's Third album Turn Back was released in 1981. It's definitely the forgotten Toto Album. Also It's more upbeat. It received negative reviews. I for one don't get that view. It's one of my top Toto Albums It was much needed after the slightly disappointingHydra

The album opens with Gift with a Golden Gun. A fast paced fun track very Elton John-like in my view. I must say I love Luke's guitar work and his tone on this song. Add a great Bobby Kimball vocal and harmonies, and you've got a classic toto tune. English Eyes continues the tradition of anthem-like Toto songs with an irresistible Chorus. It has a cool instrumental bridge too.

Live For Today is a cool Luke penned tune. With a live for now message. A Million Miles Away is a soulful David Paich song. It's sung to perfection by The golden R n B voiced Bobby Kimball. His voice can stir anybody..I'm Convinced. A highlight for sure. After that song we are shattered from peace by Goodbye Elenore. A fast bitter shuffle about kicking a woman to the curb. It flies by so fast you're not sure what happened. I think I could Stand you Forever is a Queen influenced track. David Hungate who's plays Bass doubles on acoustic guitar for this.

My fav track on here though is If it's the Last night. A wonderful closing song with a wonderful melody and Catchy Chorus. Another great track.

So.......Turn is a great great album......that is sadly mostly forgotten. For me it is a huge step up from Hydra. Highly recommended

Mick
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This album reminds me of my college days and every song resonates with that musical time. "Goodbye Eleanor" Toto played on tour recently. Toto's music is timeless - with its own magic. I love love love Toto and especially this very early album TURN BACK. I wore out my album and bought the CD!
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One of their favorite albums (besides Toto IV) for me. Brings me back to the summer of 1985 when I listened to this on my college boyfriend's $500 (!) CD player. If you like sad and energetic pop love songs, this is the one to get. And how do you beat a whole album for $5?
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