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TOTO Live In Amsterdam (Eagle EAGCD266) (2003)

The CD version of the concert recorded earlier this year to celebrate the bands 25th anniversary. There is also a DVD release with all the CD tracks plus bonus tracks and on the road footage. The line-up features original members vocalist Bobby Kimball, keyboards/vocalist David Paich and guitarist/vocalist Steve Luthaker, along with bass player Mike Porcaro, whose been with the band since the mid-80s and drummer Simon Phillips, who replaced original drummer Jeff Porcaro after his sad death back in 1993.

The band have recorded some classic albums in the past twenty-five years including the bands self-titled debut, Toto IV, Isolation, The Seventh One and Tambu to name but five! The band play tighter than a the proverbial duck's rear and there are storming versions of Africa, Africa, Home Of The Brave and I Won't Hold You Back. There are also a couple of covers from the recent covers set Through The Looking Glass, the best of which is George Harrison's While My Guitar Gently Weeps, which finds Steve Luthaker on fine form. A fine memory if you were lucky enough to attend any of the shows earlier this year.

Toto are much more than your average AOR band and if you dont normally care for AOR then youre missing a real treat here. Strong songs, which sound much heavier in a live environment (check out the riffing on Hold The Line), quality musicianship and a very clear live sound. If you're fan you will already be off to get your copy but if not what's keeping you?


Review by Jason Ritchie

***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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