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Toto Live In Amsterdam Eagle Records/Video Arts
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· Produced By: Toto

· Running Time:

· Release Date: Out Now

· Released: JP EU

· Musical Style: Melodic Rock

· Links: Toto 99
90%
Songs: 93%
Sound: 87%
My favourite Toto live album – there have been 3 since 1993 – is that first one – Absolutely Live. I just love the vibe of it. I was a little disappointed in Livefields and held no major expectations for Live In Amsterdam. There is an accompanying DVD, but that is yet to arrive, so let's talk about the CD release.
Sadly, to get the full release, you will have to import the Japanese version at great expense, as it's the only territory that is getting the full track listing on a 2CD release.
But, it's well worth it, as Toto really deliver the goods here. The sound is immaculate and the band is as tight as they ever have been.
I still don't think the track listing is ideal, but that's more a reflection of my personal taste and my love of other Toto tracks not featured. The band cram as many tracks in as possible my adding 1 and 2 minute versions of more than a few tracks in medley form, which works great in the context of the album, but might also leave fans of those songs wanting more.
But Toto have a huge track list to select from and the gig can't run 5 hours, so this is maybe the best way to deal with that issue. A definitive 3CD live release might be cool one day though.
The tracks that are included in full – 6 of the 17 tracks on CD1 and most of CD2 are just brilliant.
Girl Goodbye is a great intro, which builds the mood and the tempo (as well as highlighting the wonderful band harmonies), while Gift With The Golden Gun really fires up and some of Steve Lukather's guitar parts are fabulous. While My Guitar Gently Weeps was one of the better tracks on the recent covers album and again showcases what a master guitarist and king of mood Lukather is.
Bodhisattva is perfectly suited to the band's jazz rock roots, but I really don't like the song. Skip…
Africa is nice and raw and a little improvised. It certainly raises the roof on the venue. More great harmony vocals build the atmosphere again.
Next follows a David Paich solo and another medley which is again as tight as a goldfish's butt. Die-hards will love this. Hydra follows and is as good a display of tight musicianship as you will find.
The rest of CD is an improvised medley, which includes Lion and Till The End - two of my favourites, so I was definitely left wanting more here.
CD2 kicks off with the big Lukather sung ballad I Won't Hold You Back – awesome.
Rosanna is equally appealing and although a little rough around the edges, is equally enjoyable.
Afraid Of Love is big and bombastic, Hold The Line goes completely over the top. Great stuff.
Possibly my favourite Toto track ever is Home Of The Brave. The chorus, or high impact part of the tune is not totally suited to Bobby's vocal range, but the track gets a good work out here.
Closing the album is White Sister, the cool hard rocker that is perfectly placed and really sees the band rocking out. I can't imagine a better way to close the album.
The Bottom Line
The key to this live CD is playing it in it's entirely start to finish. Taking tracks out of context in such a tight set list just doesn't work. Take the time to sit back and appreciate what a find group of musicians these guys are and what a fabulous legacy of songs they have in their repertoire. Immaculately recorded and executed.
Definitely a return to form after a disappointing covers album and far superior to their last live album. Can't wait for the DVD now…
Recent Discography / Previously Reviewed
· XX
· Mindfields
· Livefields
· Through The Looking Glass
· Live In Amsterdam

Line Up
· Bobby Kimball: Vocals
· Steve Lukather: Guitar, Vocals
· Simon Phillips: Drums
· Mike Porcaro: Bass
· David Paich: Keyboards, Vocals

Essential for fans of:
· Toto
Track Listing
CD1:
· Girl Goodbye*
· Goodbye Elenore
· Child's Anthem
· I'll Supply The Love
· Gift With A Golden Gun
· While Guitar Gently Weeps
· Bodhisattva
· Africa*
· Dave's Solo
· Dune
· Don't Stop Me Now
· Waiting For Your Love
· Georgy Porgy
· Lion
· Hydra
· English Eyes
· Till The End
CD2:
· I Won't Hold You Back
· Rosanna*
· Afraid Of Love
· Hold The Line
· Band Introductions
· Can't Get Next To You
· Home Of The Brave*
· White Sister*
--*Best Tracks


07/03/06: Stefan Weegink - Americafan1@hotmail.com
Rating: 10
CRAP.... I hate this cd... it's more worse than the Absolutely Live album :(

13/11/03: Cheryl - cheryl@jimijamison.com
Rating: 98
and the only reason it isn't a 100 is coz I woulda like to see some interviews, extra's thrown in there but for the price,it's great. For someone that has never really been a Toto fan per say, yes of course I loved the hits as everyone did. I've seen Bobby perform without Toto and he told me once..you've got to come and see Toto just once...well..I feel like I've just seen them LIVE. The vibe on this dvd makes you feel like your right there, raising your hands with the other fans and man can this band get any tighter? I don't think so..now I understand just what he meant in saying that I needed to see this band LIVE...everyone does, what awesome musicians, they don't come any better, vocals were on the mark...great dvd, go get it even if your not a fan of Toto, you'll be a fan after listening to this dvd.

10/11/03: ddregs - ddregs@email.it
Rating: 95
Having seen all the tours preceding this release, I admit this wasn't Luke's best performance, and something could have been added (Stop Loving You w/Tony Spinner on vocals was an highlight, so was Simon's drum solo...), but the band plays here on stellar levels.
I'd like to hear more from Isolation as well... but I'd prefer to hear a new Toto record... here's hoping for that now.
Fantastic DVD.

09/11/03: RES - restorey@houston.rr.com
Rating: 95
This is outstanding. Granted, I loved the Toto "covers" album as my listening tastes go outside the traditional boundaries of AOR. However, this album is even better. It certainly has the best mix of all the Toto live albums, and the playing during the "jammed" sections following "Africa" and "Rosanna" is inspired. All the players sound fantastic, although Bobby Kimball oversings a bit. I like him better as an R&B guy than as a rock screamer. It would hav been nice to get a full version of "Til the End" or anything off of "Isolation." Next tour will be time to drag out full versions of "Hydra" and "Stranger In Town." This is a must for Toto fans, but the playing is so strong (and rocking!) that it would likely convert a lot of non-fans if they had a chance to hear it.

09/11/03: Mark - wio_nl@yahoo.com
Rating: 90
GREAT DVD shot with 16 camera's all around great backstage footage and funny too. Luke is a madman!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Great except for 1 small detail....In my oppinion they should have added "Stop loving you" sung by Tony Spinner to this DVD.

08/11/03: Shane - shaneberry@hotmail.com
Rating: 90
The DVD Kicks ASS!!! It was shot very professionally, and the sound is killer!! TOTO not only play well live but are entertaining to watch. This is a must-have for not only TOTO fans but music fans in general!

08/11/03: Steve - mireillesteve@aol.com
Rating: 99
Fantastic DVD! A must buy ! One percentage point away from perfection, because once again the band shy away from playing anything on "Isolation", save for a few seconds of "Lion". Why do the band refuse to acknowledge this great album ? Ultimately this is only a minor gripe though.

Steve


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