Toto has just announced a February 9, 2018 worldwide release date for their brand new greatest hits package titled 40 Trips Around the Sun, via Legacy Recordings. The 17-track album features three previously unreleased recordings: “Spanish Sea,” “Alone,” and “Struck by Lightning,” alongside newly remastered classic tracks worked on by Elliot Scheiner along with Gavin Lurssen and his team. The core Toto members Steve Lukather, David Paich, Steve Porcaro, and Joseph Williams all re-entered the studio earlier this year to work on this release.
Knowing both Scheiner and Toto’s collective interest in hi-res and surround sound, we here at HRAC expect a hi-res version of 40 Trips Around the Sun to follow suit.
While going through the Sony vaults, the band uncovered several unfinished tracks that featured both the late Jeff and Mike Porcaro, one of which is now “Spanish Sea.” “This track is originally from the Isolation sessions,” Steve Lukather confirms. “It’s one that didn’t make it, and we had to rewrite it including creating a new chorus. Thanks to modern tech, we were able to play once again with not only our 20-something selves but with our dear brothers Jeff and Mike Porcaro, reminding us just how deep their groove was. Bittersweet… Many stories, laughs, and a few tears on this one. It’s classic Toto with an excellent solo, and I kept my old 1985 melody solo Dave wanted me to do… Old meets new, but since legendary pal Al Schmitt cut the tracks and Bob Clearmountain mixed… it sounds like it was done 2 weeks ago, not 30-plus years ago!”
All fans who pre-order the album will receive “Alone” as an instant-grat track. “’Alone’ is a brand new song,” Lukather notes. “This one was written with just the four of us really writing together, and no one else in the room with us. We wanted to start with an ‘up’ song in terms of groove for the album. The lyric is darker, but we are older guys now, and have lived life. The good, bad and ugly… we have lived it all, and in the end, we are all alone anyway. Proud of this piece, and it just sort of organically happened.” You can pre-order the album here.
The third new track on 40 Trips Around the Sun, “Struck by Lightning,” began with David Paich. “I had the opening riff in my head for months,” Paich says. “Joe and the guys helped flesh this one out. I love the heavy arrangement, and Luke’s solo on it is an all-time great!”
Toto will begin the first leg of their worldwide 40 Trips Around The Sun tour in support of their 40th anniversary on February 11, 2018 in Helsinki. To date, 36 shows in Europe have been announced. The tour will be the band’s most extensive run in years, and it’s expected to hit the U.S. later in 2018. More shows will be announced shortly.
- Spanish Sea
- I’ll Supply The Love
- I’ll Be Over You
- Stranger In Town
- Struck By Lightning
- Afraid Of Love
- I Won’t Hold You Back
- Jake To The Bone
- Stop Loving You
- Hold The Line
- George Porgy