Thank you for the memories
A. Dent | Minas Anor, GD | 09/16/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I ordered TOTO IV a few days ago on an impulse triggered by a memory. Or rather the memories of the early 80's. TOTO's Africa was playing on the radio and it instantly felt like all resistance was futile - MTV's Moon landing promo clip - the one with the chainsaw - forced itself into my head, ZZ Top girls parading their legs possibly unaware that the Commissar was in town investigating the case of Video allegedly having killed the Radio Star. Science!!! - a voice was shouting - Dr. Dolby's team could surely prove that Billy Jean was never my girl. After all, we were all living in the Twilight Zone. Those were the last days of happy-go-lucky music and irresponsible fun.
I had no choice but spend a few hard-earned dollars and get me the Africa CD - TOTO IV, that is. All I knew of TOTO until yesterday were Africa and Rosanna and that's what I wanted to listen to again and that's what TOTO IV delivers, with 8 more tunes in-between. Great 80's video tunes the two are. The rest... more Steely Danish-like pieces, what I would call coffee-table songs. Nicely and skillfully performed but forgettable. To be enjoyed but not to be missed.
But I'm glad I had my Africa and my Rosanne, playing in my car. Kind of makes me feel like in those days and, having just traded in my gas-guzzling, thrill-making Mustang GT for a responsible and cautious hybrid, I need to feel like "the 80's" from time to time."
Guillermo Sanchez | 08/16/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is Toto's greatest album by far; in addition to the classics "Rosanna" and
"Africa" it contains other excellent songs like "I won't hold you back" and "Afraid of love".
It's too bad this album has not been remastered the way other albums from the CBS/Sony catalog have been (all the Billy Joel albums and the majority of
the 'classic' David Bowie albums from the 70's for instance). The sound of
the CD version that I currently have and even the SACD version of this album
were very dissapointing.
Please Sony, re master an re release this album!"