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Toto (album)

Studio album by Toto
Released October 15, 1978
Recorded May–September 1978
Length 40:46
Label Columbia
Producer Toto
Toto chronology
Singles from Toto
  1. "Hold the Line"
    Released: October 2, 1978
  2. "I'll Supply the Love"
    Released: March 11, 1979
  3. "
    Released: 1979
  4. "Rockmaker"
    Released: 1979

Toto is the first [1] "Hold the Line" spent six weeks in the Top 10, and reached number 14 in the UK as well.[2] Although not initially very well received by critics, the band quickly gained a following,[3] and the album gained a reputation for its characteristic sound, mixing soft pop with both synth and hard rock elements. The band would venture deeper into hard rock territory on their next album.


  • Reception 1
  • Cover art 2
  • Track listing 3
  • Singles 4
  • Personnel 5
    • Toto 5.1
    • Additional musicians 5.2
    • Production 5.3
  • Charts 6
    • Chart positions 6.1
    • Year-end charts 6.2
    • Certifications 6.3
  • References 7
  • External links 8


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic [3]

Rolling Stone found Toto's attempt to transition from career session players to a band in their own right a failure, calling David Paich's songs "excuses for back-to-back instrumental solos" and saying that none of the four lead vocalists are better than passable.[4]

In a retrospective review, AllMusic argued that the album received a strongly negative critical reaction only because critics felt threatened by Toto's demonstrated ability to create outstanding songs in any genre, which was a contradiction to popular critical assumptions about genre delineations and inspiration's supremacy over craft. They commented on the irony of the critics' reaction, in that it was this ability that made the album so well-liked by listeners of the time.[3]

Cover art

Philip Garris, well known for painting many Grateful Dead album covers, created the album's emblem after listening to a lyric from the song "Manuela Run" ("You better watch that sword that's hanging over you") which referred to the Sword of Damocles. The sword also represented the band's powerful, hard-edge sound, and, due to their ability to play many types of music, Garris made the sword double-edged to show their versatility. The iron ring represented a piece of work being constructed (the record itself), and the ribbons represented the Year of the Child.[5]

Track listing

All songs written and composed by David Paich (Copyright Hudmar Publishing), except where noted. 

Side one
No. Title Lead vocals Length
1. "Child's Anthem"   none 2:46
2. "I'll Supply the Love"   Kimball 3:46
3. " Lukather 4:09
4. "Manuela Run"   Paich 3:54
5. "You Are the Flower" (Bobby Kimball; Copyright Sheetfire Music) Kimball 4:11
Side two
No. Title Lead vocals Length
1. "Girl Goodbye"   Kimball 6:13
2. "Takin' It Back" (Steve Porcaro; Copyright Porcaro Music) Porcaro 3:47
3. "Rockmaker"   Paich 3:19
4. "Hold the Line"   Kimball 3:56
5. "Angela"   Lukather and Paich 4:45




Additional musicians


  • Arranged & Produced by Toto
  • Tom Knox: engineer, mixing
  • Dan Latham: engineer
  • Gabe Veltri: engineer
  • Ron Hitchcock: mastering



  1. ^ Toto USA chart history, Retrieved September 10, 2011.
  2. ^ Toto UK chart history, The Official Charts. Retrieved September 10, 2011.
  3. ^ a b c Toto (album) at AllMusic
  4. ^ Shewey, Don (January 25, 1979). reviewToto, Rolling Stone.
  5. ^ "Jeff Porcaro Interview about Toto's Sword". 
  6. ^ a b  
  7. ^ Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved August 1, 2012
  8. ^ "Toto" Toto – (ASP). Hung Medien (in Dutch).  
  9. ^ Oricon Album Chart Book: Complete Edition 1970-2005.  
  10. ^ "Toto" Toto – (ASP). Hung Medien.  
  11. ^ "Toto" Toto – (ASP). Hung Medien. VG-lista. Retrieved August 1, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Toto" Toto – (ASP) (in Swedish). Retrieved August 1, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Toto"Chart Stats - Toto – (PHP).  
  14. ^ "allmusic ((( Toto > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))". Retrieved August 1, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Toto"Album Search: Toto – (in German). Media Control. Retrieved August 1, 2012. 
  16. ^ "RPM Top 100 Albums of 1979".  
  17. ^ "Top Pop Albums of 1979". December 31, 1979. Retrieved August 1, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Toto – Toto".  
  19. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Toto; 'Toto')" (in German).  
  20. ^ "American album certifications – Toto – Toto".   If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

External links

  • "Toto" at discogs
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