Two CD edition of the Classic Rock/Soft Rock band's Essential collection containing 18 more tracks than the U.S. single disc pressing. Even in the '70s, a group made up of L.A. studio musicians was frowned upon by the music industry, but someone forgot to tell the public, who fell in love with the band's slick, AOR Pop and Toto sold millions of records over the next few decades. This double disc set features 32 tracks including 'Hold The Line', 'Africa', 'Rosanna', 'I'll Supply The Love' and many more.
Rosanna: The Very Best of Toto is a strange, hastily assembled, budget-priced box set that boasts three discs and 41 tracks, yet somehow manages to omit "Africa," which alongside "Rosanna" and "Hold the Line," ranks as one of the band's most recognizable hits. Kudos for including the excellent and underrated "Take My Hand" from the Dune soundtrack, though. Listeners would be much better off with 2009's ample Africa: The Best of Toto or its streamlined cousin Playlist: The Very Best of Toto.
The members of Toto celebrate their freedom from "corporate shackles and invisible slave owners" in their liner notes to this collection, copyrighted by Toto Recordings, Inc., even if it was released by CMC Records, which is owned by Capitol Records, which in turn is part of the major label EMI. The group's idea for expressing its newfound liberty is to record an album consisting of cover songs by their favorite artists, an unimpeachable list including the Beatles, Elvis Costello, Cream, Bob Dylan, Herbie Hancock, Elton John, Bob Marley, Steely Dan, the Temptations, and Stevie Wonder.
Toto have welcomed many different band members across their long career but in the early nineties they had a short period as a four-piece featuring Steve Lukather (guitar & lead vocals), David Paich (keyboards & vocals), Jeff Porcaro (drums & percussion) and Mike Porcaro (bass)…
2016 issue of previously unreleased live concert featuring the 4-piece lineup of Steve Lukather, Jeff Porcaro, Mike Porcaro & David Paich. Includes 'Rosanna', 'Africa',' On The Run' & more.
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection.
Although admittedly a posthumous release, I was very surprised at the rather dismissive tenor of many of the reviews of this album to date. Hopefully this record will be reappraised soon as being a release worthy of anyone's consideration as I feel it does enhance an already rich legacy left behind by this very fine and innovative band. (So what if Charisma wanted to ride the slipstream of the lucrative ELP juggernaut?)
Essential: A masterpiece of psych-rock music collection.
Vanilla Fudge are a pioneering psychedelic band with a superb lineup and are famous for psyching up well known cover versions. Their debut albums features some of their best and most popular material such as the stunning' You Keep Me Hanging On', 'Eleanor Rigby' and 'She's Not There'.