by Toto


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Toto waxed philosophical on its first album to be recorded since the death of founding member Jeff Porcaro and his replacement by drummer Simon Phillips. The song lyrics were full of abstractions -- apathy, dignity, faith, freedom, hope, hopelessness, hypocrisy, rage, trust (those are all from just the first song, "Gift of Faith") -- which seemed to indicate that the band members were reflecting seriously, if not too specifically, on weighty issues in an angry, questioning manner. Some of the lyrics couched these internal struggles in romantic terms, but more often they seemed to refer to more general anguish. The group came up with a more focused, harder, bluesier musical style to carry the weight, and Steve Lukather sang expressively, making you wonder why they bothered so long with those cookie-cutter vocalists. Like a patient new to psychoanalysis, Toto went on at length (the album runs over 70 minutes), and without much coherence, about "the pain of my lifetime" and "a world of blind ambition," among other things. You couldn't call the result accomplished, but Tambu suggested that Toto was embarked on a new personal and musical journey that might lead in an interesting direction. (Released in Europe in the late fall of 1995, Tambu was released in the U.S. as Legacy 64957 on June 4, 1996.)

Product Details

Release Date: 12/09/2003
Label: Sbme Import
UPC: 5099748120229
catalogNumber: 481202

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Toto   Primary Artist
Simon Phillips   Drums,Keyboards,Drum Loop,Roland TR-808,Group Member
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Michael Fisher   Percussion
Phillip Ingram   Background Vocals
Steve Lukather   Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Mandolin,Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals,Chant,Group Member
Stan Lynch   Chant,Minister
Jenny Douglas McRea   Vocals,Background Vocals
David Paich   Synthesizer,Piano,Conductor,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Vocals,Background Vocals,fender rhodes,Background Music,Group Member
Steve Porcaro   Drum Loop
Mike Porcaro   Bass,Keyboards,Chant,Group Member
Elliot Scheiner   Chant
Schmitt   Minister
Jenny Douglas   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jim Giddenes   Chant
Andy Brauer   Cartage
Rick Nelson   Background Vocals
John James   Vocals,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Toto   Producer
Simon Phillips   Composer,drum programming
Doug Brown   Director
Glen Ballard   Composer
Steve Lukather   Composer
Stan Lynch   Composer
David Paich   Composer,String Arrangements
Steve Porcaro   drum programming
Mike Porcaro   Composer
Elliot Scheiner   Producer,Engineer
Schmitt   Engineer
Eric Scott   Art Direction
Shari Sutcliffe   String Contractor
Paul Jamieson   Setup
Rick Nelson   Contributor
S. Garrett   Composer
Bill Airey Smith   Engineer
John Jessel   Programming,Engineer,Setup
Daniel Brereton   Illustrations,Cover Illustration
Gavin Menzies   Guitar Techician

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