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It was do or die for Toto on the group's fourth album, and they rose to the challenge. Largely dispensing with the anonymous studio rock that had characterized their first three releases, the band worked harder on its melodies, made sure its simple lyrics treated romantic subjects, augmented Bobby Kimball's vocals by having other group members sing, brought in ringers like Timothy B. Schmit, and slowed down the tempo to what came to be known as "power ballad" pace. Most of all, they wrote some hit songs: "Rosanna," the old story of a lovelorn lyric matched to a bouncy beat, was the gold, Top Ten comeback single accompanying the album release; "Make Believe" made the Top 30; and then, surprisingly, "Africa" hit number one ten months after the album's release. The members of Toto may have more relatives who are NARAS voters than any other group, but that still doesn't explain the sweep they achieved at the Grammys, winning six, including Album of the Year and Record of the Year (for "Rosanna"). Predictably, rock critics howled, but the Grammys helped set up the fourth single, "I Won't Hold You Back," another soft rock smash and Top Ten hit. As a result, Toto IV was both the group's comeback and its peak; it remains a definitive album of slick L.A. pop for the early '80s and Toto's best and most consistent record. Having made it, the members happily went back to sessions, where they helped write and record Michael Jackson's Thriller.
© William Ruhlmann /TiVo

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1
Rosanna Album Version
00:05:30

Toto, Performer - Toto, Producer - Jerry Hey, Arranger - Jerry Hey, Trumpet - Jim Horn, Saxophone - Bobby Kimball, Background Vocal - Bobby Kimball, Vocal - Jimmy Pankow, Trombone - Steve Lukather, Background Vocal - Steve Lukather, Vocal - Steve Lukather, Guitar - David Hungate, Bass - Steve Porcaro, Keyboards - Steve Porcaro, Vocal - Jeff Porcaro, Drums - Jeff Porcaro, Percussion - David Paich, Composer - David Paich, Lyricist - David Paich, Arranger - David Paich, Keyboards - David Paich, Vocal - David Paich, Background Vocal - Gary Grant, Trumpet - Tom Scott, Saxophone - Al Schmitt, Recording Engineer - Tom Kelly, Background Vocal - Lenny Castro, Percussion - Lenny Castro, Congas

(P) 1982 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

2
Make Believe Album Version
00:03:43

Toto, Producer - Toto, Performer - Tom Knox, Recording Engineer - Bobby Kimball, Vocal - Bobby Kimball, Background Vocal - Steve Lukather, Vocal - Steve Lukather, Background Vocal - Steve Lukather, Guitar - David Hungate, Bass - Steve Porcaro, Vocal - Steve Porcaro, Keyboards - Jeff Porcaro, Percussion - Jeff Porcaro, Drums - Jon Smith, Saxophone - David Paich, Composer - David Paich, Lyricist - David Paich, Vocal - David Paich, Background Vocal - David Paich, Keyboards - Tom Kelly, Background Vocal

(P) 1982 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

3
I Won't Hold You Back Album Version
00:04:53

Toto, Producer - Toto, Performer - Marty Paich, Orchestrator - James Newton Howard, Orchestrator - S. Lukather, Composer - S. Lukather, Lyricist - Bobby Kimball, Vocal - Timothy B. Schmit, Background Vocal - Steve Lukather, Vocal - Steve Lukather, Guitar - Steve Porcaro, Vocal - Steve Porcaro, Keyboards - David Hungate, Bass - Jeff Porcaro, Percussion - Jeff Porcaro, Drums - David Paich, Vocal - David Paich, Orchestrator - David Paich, Keyboards - Al Schmitt, Recording Engineer

(P) 1982 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

4
Good for You Album Version
00:03:17

Toto, Producer - Toto, Performer - S. Lukather, Composer - S. Lukather, Lyricist - Bobby Kimball, Vocal - Timothy B. Schmit, Background Vocal - Steve Lukather, Vocal - Steve Lukather, Guitar - Steve Lukather, Piano - Steve Porcaro, Vocal - Steve Porcaro, Keyboards - Doug Sax, Mastering Engineer - David Hungate, Bass - Jeff Porcaro, Percussion - Jeff Porcaro, Drums - David Paich, Vocal - David Paich, Keyboards - Mike Porcaro, Acoustic Cello - B. Kimball, Composer - B. Kimball, Lyricist - Al Schmitt, Recording Engineer - Lenny Castro, Percussion - Lenny Castro, Congas

(P) 1982 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

5
It's a Feeling Album Version
00:03:05

Toto, Producer - Toto, Performer - James Newton Howard, Conductor - James Newton Howard, Orchestrator - Bobby Kimball, Vocal - Joe Porcaro, Percussion - Steve Lukather, Vocal - Steve Lukather, Guitar - S. Porcaro, Composer - S. Porcaro, Lyricist - Steve Porcaro, Vocal - Steve Porcaro, Keyboards - David Hungate, Bass - Doug Sax, Mastering Engineer - Jeff Porcaro, Percussion - Jeff Porcaro, Drums - David Paich, Vocal - David Paich, Orchestrator - David Paich, Keyboards - Al Schmitt, Recording Engineer - Lenny Castro, Percussion - Lenny Castro, Congas

(P) 1982 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

6
Afraid of Love Album Version
00:03:51

Toto, Producer - Toto, Performer - James Newton Howard, Conductor - James Newton Howard, Orchestrator - S. Lukather, Composer - S. Lukather, Lyricist - Bobby Kimball, Vocal - Joe Porcaro, Xylophone - Greg Ladanyi, Recording Engineer - Steve Lukather, Vocal - Steve Lukather, Guitar - Steve Porcaro, Vocal - Steve Porcaro, Keyboards - Doug Sax, Mastering Engineer - David Hungate, Bass - Jeff Porcaro, Percussion - Jeff Porcaro, Drums - David Paich, Vocal - David Paich, Orchestrator - David Paich, Keyboards - David Paich, Lyricist - David Paich, Composer - J. Porcaro, Composer - J. Porcaro, Lyricist

(P) 1982 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

7
Lovers in the Night Album Version
00:04:25

Toto, Producer - Toto, Performer - Jim Horn, Saxophone - James Newton Howard, Conductor - James Newton Howard, Orchestrator - Bobby Kimball, Vocal - Joe Porcaro, Timpani - Steve Lukather, Vocal - Steve Lukather, Guitar - Steve Porcaro, Vocal - Steve Porcaro, Keyboards - Doug Sax, Mastering Engineer - David Hungate, Bass - Jeff Porcaro, Percussion - Jeff Porcaro, Drums - David Paich, Vocal - David Paich, Orchestrator - David Paich, Keyboards - David Paich, Lyricist - David Paich, Composer - Tom Scott, Saxophone - Al Schmitt, Recording Engineer - Lenny Castro, Percussion - Lenny Castro, Congas

(P) 1982 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

8
We Made It Album Version
00:03:55

Toto, Producer - Toto, Performer - Bobby Kimball, Vocal - Greg Ladanyi, Recording Engineer - Steve Lukather, Vocal - Steve Lukather, Guitar - Steve Porcaro, Vocal - Steve Porcaro, Keyboards - David Hungate, Bass - Doug Sax, Mastering Engineer - Jeff Porcaro, Percussion - Jeff Porcaro, Drums - David Paich, Vocal - David Paich, Keyboards - David Paich, Lyricist - David Paich, Composer - J. Porcaro, Composer - J. Porcaro, Lyricist

(P) 1982 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

9
Waiting for Your Love Album Version
00:04:12

Toto, Producer - Toto, Performer - Tom Knox, Recording Engineer - Bobby Kimball, Vocal - Steve Lukather, Vocal - Steve Lukather, Guitar - Bob Kimball, Composer - Bob Kimball, Lyricist - David Hungate, Bass - Doug Sax, Mastering Engineer - Steve Porcaro, Vocal - Steve Porcaro, Keyboards - Jeff Porcaro, Percussion - Jeff Porcaro, Drums - David Paich, Vocal - David Paich, Composer - David Paich, Lyricist - David Paich, Keyboards

(P) 1982 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

10
Africa Album Version
00:04:55

Toto, Producer - Toto, Performer - Bobby Kimball, Vocal - Joe Porcaro, Recorder - Joe Porcaro, Percussion - Steve Lukather, Vocal - Steve Lukather, Guitar - Timothy B. Schmit, Background Vocal - David Hungate, Bass - Steve Porcaro, Vocal - Steve Porcaro, Keyboards - David Paich, Keyboards - David Paich, Vocal - David Paich, Lyricist - David Paich, Composer - Jeff Porcaro, Percussion - Jeff Porcaro, Drums - Al Schmitt, Recording Engineer - J. Porcaro, Lyricist - J. Porcaro, Composer - Lenny Castro, Percussion - Lenny Castro, Congas

(P) 1982 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

Album Description

It was do or die for Toto on the group's fourth album, and they rose to the challenge. Largely dispensing with the anonymous studio rock that had characterized their first three releases, the band worked harder on its melodies, made sure its simple lyrics treated romantic subjects, augmented Bobby Kimball's vocals by having other group members sing, brought in ringers like Timothy B. Schmit, and slowed down the tempo to what came to be known as "power ballad" pace. Most of all, they wrote some hit songs: "Rosanna," the old story of a lovelorn lyric matched to a bouncy beat, was the gold, Top Ten comeback single accompanying the album release; "Make Believe" made the Top 30; and then, surprisingly, "Africa" hit number one ten months after the album's release. The members of Toto may have more relatives who are NARAS voters than any other group, but that still doesn't explain the sweep they achieved at the Grammys, winning six, including Album of the Year and Record of the Year (for "Rosanna"). Predictably, rock critics howled, but the Grammys helped set up the fourth single, "I Won't Hold You Back," another soft rock smash and Top Ten hit. As a result, Toto IV was both the group's comeback and its peak; it remains a definitive album of slick L.A. pop for the early '80s and Toto's best and most consistent record. Having made it, the members happily went back to sessions, where they helped write and record Michael Jackson's Thriller.
© William Ruhlmann /TiVo

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