YEAR RELEASED: 1978
CHART ACTION: #9 US, #37 UK
SINGLES: Hold the Line (#5 US, #14 UK), I’ll Supply the Love (#45 US), Georgy Porgy (#48 US), Rockmaker
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: There’s a reason the above songs were singles.
LINEUP: Bobby Kimball, Steve Lukather, David Paich, Steve Porcaro, David Hungate, Jeff Porcaro. Cheryl Lynn sang the great vocals on “Georgy Porgy”
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Session dudes form a group. One of them writes a lot of songs. They show off. Profit.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: I feel of two minds here. I really like the singles, and I love Jeff Porcaro’s drums (they sound nicely engineered with a good snap on the cymbals, especially the high-hat.). I know they are talented musicians. They show off a lot, but they’re really, really good at what they do.
Paich, though, who wrote eight of the 10 songs, shall I say, writes a dull song for every half decent one. Lyrically, sometimes they’re a little overmatched – “Goodbye girl / goodbye girl / girl goodbye” is one chorus. No, really. Some of the music and songs sound like they could be on a second-rate jazz fusion album.
It’s well played, though.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Paich, Hungate and Jeff Porcaro were on Boz Scaggs’ Silk Degrees record. That’s probably the best Toto record ever (snark…)
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.
GRADE: C+: Songwriting is just as important as musical chops. Though I’ll sing “Hold the Line” to my dying day.