“cruel,” the last great song.
two stars for “cruel.” thanks to lukather for bringing back bobby kimball to sing on this album. but, if toto wanted to remain relevant they had to churn out album full of “cruel.” unfortunately the albums that followed seventh one were more like lukather solo albums, including this one, and the band consequently faded from popular memory. they are still fantastic live.
Some Excellent Cuts on this Release
The great thing about any Toto release is the fact you can almost always find some terrific tracks, and regardless of the song, the musicianship is always top shelf. Track 7, here, is a particular favorite, but there are several gems on this. Start exploring!
A definite MUST for Toto fans
There just isn't a bad song on this collection. Having been a huge Toto fan since the beginning, it's great to hear Bobby Kimball's killing vocals again. This album is exactly why I love this band. Great musicianship and every song stands on its own. It rocks!
Toto better than Prince
This album rocks, It's the return of the band that I love. If you ever find yourself with tickets to see these guys go. In 1985 I turned down free tickets to see Prince in Miami when he was doing his last show on his Purple Rain Tour to see these guys. I have since seen Prince 4 times in concert but I have only seen Toto once and it was one of my favorite memories of the 80's. I will say this to Toto, Stop playing in Europe and come back to the US, I miss you.
Great return for TOTO...
Although it's not like they left, TOTO really returns with a great album. Great to have Bobby Kimball back singing. While I enjoyed the albums with Joseph Williams, it's great to have the original sounds back. The album from start to finish is a great set of tunes. Don't really skip over any song on the album. It's also good to see a band write a song that's longer than 3 minutes. It's seems most bands nowadays can't write any song of any decent length.....TOTO smashes that. NO song less than 3:30. Buy it and enjoy it, you won't be sorry.
A Long Way From Africa
By Sir Articulate
In places this CD sounds reminiscent of Chicago (early Peter Cetera era) which says alot about its musical and stylistic relevance, considering that music was made a decade before this album. And when it's not old Chicago and it's not old Toto, it's a lot of other things...(Give "Spanish Steps" a listen and you'll see what I mean.)
But it's still Toto, and here's why:
1.) The lead singer is nearly unidentifiable. (If you heard it on the radio it would never occur to you that it might be Toto.) But then, it never has! Right?
2.) The songs are quite long, overall. Why is that, you ask? Well, these guys are still together making music, not because of their great vocal blend, but because they are stellar musicians with great chops. With all the instrumental breakaways, the clock keeps ticking...
3.) "Melanie" joins the ranks of their song titles dedicated to girls. (Wink.) "Melanie? Meet Pamela, Rosanna, Anna, Carmen, Holyanna..."
4.) The sound is irrelevant to 1999 or today (2007.) But as always, Toto does what Toto does. They've never seemed concerned with major commercial success (although here and there they've scored some.) You won't find this stuff on the radio or on your teenager's iPod. But Toto scores with adults! (Face it, that's a slice of the Pop market that's been ignored by the industry, and we want some not-too-progressive music to drive by too.) If you can relate, then maybe this CD is for you! (And 14 tracks is almost double what you used to get from them in one album.)
Don't worry, the Toto you know hasn't progressed too much, for all their rotating singers over the years and the sonic experimentation found here. I--for one--am a fan, and I really genuinely like having "No Love" and "Melanie" in my iPod rotation.
Mindfields My Favorite
This CD is a great to CRANK UP. Caught in the Balance , Better Worlds 1,2,3, Mindfields are a few to say are a highlights to listen to. But all of the songs are good. Once you listen to this CD a few times you will love it. ToTo has always been a under rated band in the USA. Steve Lukather Is one of the greatest guitar players out in the rock world today.!
Mindfields celebrates the return of Singer, Bobby Kimball to Toto!
I think die-hard Toto fans will find this album invigorating!!! I think Toto has a very polished sound, with a great keyboardist in David Paich, and great guitarist in Steve Lukather!!!
I think Toto has been portrayed as an underrated band by many, unfortunately, but if you listen to this album closely, I think you'll find a good mix of hard and soft rock played with passion....
My Favorite Album
This probably isn't the most well recieved Toto album, but it is by far my favorite. There's not a single song on the album I don't enjoy! This album not only captures the band's great songwriting and musicianship skills that made them popular back in the early 80's, but also they're progression into the new century and includes a little bit of everything. If you're a Toto fan or just enjoy solid soft rock...get this album. Nearly every song is a standout in it's own right!