The Los Angeles based band Toto does not need any longer introduction. With over 35 million album sold albums, they are one of the biggest bands in the AOR / Westcoast genre all time. The band took shape in the late 70 's when David Paich and Jeff Porcaro, who played together on various albums, chose to create their own band. With them they got David Hungate, Steve Lukather, Steve Porcaro and Bobby Kimball, which together created, the classic line-up that would remain into the mid 80s.
The band first and self-titled album was released October 15, 1978. However it got no glowing reviews, but still managed to produce the top ten single "Hold The Line”. However, what is surprising is that it has not sold more than 2 million albums in the United States. Sure it's an ok number today, but considering of its quality and how classic it has become, it is clearly less than expected.
Personally I think it is one of the most important and most unique albums in AOR / Westcoast genre. Sure succeeded when it comes to success compared to their fourth album IV, but this debut is more playful and unpolished. Tracks like "Hold The Line", "Georgy Porgy” and "Manuela Run" belongs all to the band's classic catalogue. However, I think a track like "Goodbye Girl" is almost as good and is a "forgotten” classic.
This release from Rock Candy Records is very welcome since my original CD has a clearly weaker sound. We also get a 16-page mega neat booklet, which makes this release really exclusive and a must have in any AOR/Wetscoast home.