TOTO – Greatest Hits: 40 Trips Around The Sun (2018)
“40 Trips Around The Sun” is the new Greatest Hits album by AOR gods TOTO, set to be released on February 9, 2018, in commemoration of the 40th Anniversary of the band’s self-titled debut album (1978). The release span 14 tracks from 1978 to 1993 – all freshly remastered – and three previously unreleased recordings; “Spanish Sea”, “Alone” and “Struck by Lightning”.
“40 Trips Around The Sun” is NOT another cash-in release by a record label.
The core Toto members, Steve Lukather, David Paich, Steve Porcaro, Joseph Williams re-entered the studio earlier this year to work on this release.
While going through the Sony vaults, the band uncovered several unfinished tracks that featured both Jeff and Mike Porcaro, one of which is now “Spanish Sea”.
“This track is originally from the Isolation sessions” Steve Lukather commented. “It’s one that didn’t make it and we had to re-write it including creating a new chorus. Thanks to modern tech we were able to play once again with not only our 20 something selves but with our dear brothers Jeff and Mike Porcaro reminding us just how deep their groove was. Bittersweet… Many stories, laughs and a few tears on this one.
It’s classic Toto with an excellent solo and I kept my old 1985 melody solo David wanted me to do… Old meets new but since legendary Al Schmitt cut the tracks and Bob Clearmountain mixed… it sounds like it was done 2 weeks ago not 30 + years ago!”
“Alone” is a brand-new song. The band wanted to start the CD with an ‘up’ song in terms of groove. It has all the Toto classic magic, great harmony vocals and atmosphere.
The third new track on “40 Trips Around The Sun”, titled “Struck By Lightning”, was mostly written by David Paich. However, it’s a pretty guitar-driven track with a ‘heavy’ arrangement, fat bass & sharp riffs, while Luke’s solo on it is an all time great. That guitar tone… awesome indeed.
And then you have the best racks Toto has created all over the years, greatly remastered. “Stranger In Town” and “99” never sounded better!
Yeah, Greatest band in the World, Greatest Hits remastered, and new material… the whole package.
01. Alone (New Track)
02. Spanish Sea (New Track)
03. I’ll Supply the Love
04. I’ll Be Over You
05. Stranger In Town
07. Struck By Lightning (New Track)
09. Afraid of Love
10. I Won’t Hold You Back
11. Jake to the Bone
12. Stop Loving You
14. Hold the Line
15. Georgy Porgy
Steve Lukather – guitars, vocals
David Paich – keyboards, vocals
Steve Porcaro – keyboards, vocals
Joseph Williams – lead and backing vocals
Keith Carlock – drums