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Toto: From Past to Present 1977-1990 (DVD)

As good as Toto's 25th Anniversary Live in Amsterdam DVD is at convincing naysayers that Toto is a band that matters, From Past to Present 1977-1990 a compilation of the classic AOR band's first 14 videos will unfortunately provide more negative fodder for plotting against this group of amazingly talented session players who decided to form their own band. From cheesy concepts to massive mullets, this collection showcases everything you either loved or hated about the Eighties including appearances by then-unknown Paula Abdul in "Till the End" and Michael McDonald in "I'll Be Over You." Vintage live-in-the-studio footage ("Rosanna," a medley of "Hold the Line," "Georgy Porgy," "I'll Supply the Love" and "Goodbye Elenore"), clever storylines ("Stranger in Town," "Holyanna") and huge soundstages ("Angel Don't Cry," "Stop Loving You") populate From Past to Present.

Originally released on VHS in 1990 and now issued in DVD with no bonus material, this collection segues almost effortlessly between four different lead singers not including original members David Paich on keyboards and Steve Lukather on guitars -- who all manage to sound remarkably similar to original (and current) vocalist Bobby Kimball. Most of these videos don't necessarily show off Toto's jazz-rock and progressive-rock chops, but they weren't intended to do so. Rather, the clips present a band trying to be what it's not stylish, photogenic and hip. Lukather plays the hell out of his guitar, though, and the track listing makes for a decent but abbreviated best-of collection from this underrated, overly mocked band.

Track Listing:
1) Rosanna
2) Medley: Hold the Line/Georgy Porgy/I'll Supply the Love, Goodbye Elenore
3) Africa
4) Waiting for Your Love
5) Stranger in Town
6) Holyanna
7) Angel Don't Cry
8) Till the End
9) I'll Be Over You
10) Without Your Love
11) Pamela
12) Stop Loving You
13) Out of Love
14) Can You Hear What I'm Saying
Total Running Time: About 72 minutes

Added: July 21st 2004
Reviewer: Michael Popke
Related Link: Official Toto Web Site
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Language: english

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