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  CS 86544
  Toto: Toto IV
  "Toto IV"

Track listing:
  1. Rosanna
2. Make Believe
3. I Won't Hold You Back
4. Good for You
5. It's a Feeling
6. Afraid of Love
7. Lovers in the Night
8. We Made It
9. Waiting for Your Love
10. Africa
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Review by analogue May 20, 2009 (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
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1982 was a great year for Toto and they released one of the best albums of the year for pop music. There is some filler on this sacd to be sure but the musicianship truly shines. There are three well known songs that most of us remember. There are other tracks that are good and some that I just skip.

That being said this is a decent sounding sacd. Its slightly but not overly bright, has good dynamic sound with crisp drumwork and well defined vocals. The bass is not overly deep however but the soundstage is decent. I dont know what source they used for make this sacd but I suspect it was not the original master tapes. At least not for the stereo version which this review is based upon. I say this because even though this transfer sounds good it lacks some warmth, a more defined midrange and more defined instrument layering.The treble is a little brittle as well.

Recommended but could have been better.

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Review by emilsjr June 1, 2003 (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
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Toto made it big with their best album IV. Sony has released this disc twice, with the second being this multi-channel/stereo release.

The original stereo only release was marked by lackluster sonics and annoying pop sounds that were sprinkled throughout the disc. This was one of my very first SACD purchases. It was so bad that I avoided SACD for almost 1 year after. This new version has an improved stereo mix w/o the pops. Compared to other digital versions I have heard, IV in stereo is the best you can get.

Now, the multi-channel mix. The word that pops into my head is "uneven". The sonics are acceptable for an 80's release. However, there are moments in the mix where the rear channels become too dominant. "Africa" is the best example of this. The rears so over power the mix that the lyrics are lost. "Lovers in the night" also shows this. However, on other tracks, like "Rosanna" and "I won't hold you back", the mix is effective. Although there is some interesting ideas in this mix, I stay stick with stereo.

As for the album, I do not think there is much more to stay. You will either have found memories, have never heard of it or have hated it. There rarely seems to be apathy when it comes to Toto. If you fit into either of the first 2 categories, pick this disc up.

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Review by Noonions April 1, 2004 (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
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The multichannel SACD of Toto's 1982 mega-seller is pretty good;though the surround aspect is overdone on "Africa"(sadly),the rest are very well done,most notably on "Rosanna","I Won't Hold You Back" and "Afraid Of Love".The 2-channel SACD,however,is probably the best way to hear this 80's pop gem,possibly the best 2-channel SACD I've heard yet!

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