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Turn Back Import

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  • Audio CD (March 1 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony BMG
  • ASIN: B0012GN32I
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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Although their next album, Toto IV, would be the blockbuster that propelled them to superstardom, Turn Back is, to my mind, the best of the early Toto albums. There are the great ballads but this album really rocks too, with tracks like English Eyes and Goodbye Elenore. A Million Miles Away and the title track are right up there with the best they've ever done - just wonderful arrangements. These guys can really write a song. The musicianship is amazing, as usual, and I love the bottom end Steve gets on his guitar on this album.
Toto continue to perform live and I try to see them every time I can. Don't miss these legendary musicians if you get the chance. They put on a fantastic show with the maestro Steve L and the irrepressible David P leading the way.
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Turn Back is a very underrated TOTO album that in many ways was a progressive experiment. Solid musicianship and even though none of the songs charted it has some gems on it like Gift With A Golden Gun, Goodbye Elenore, Turn Back and I Think I could stand You Forever are my favorites and of course the following year under tremendous pressure from Sony they came out with the Multi Grammy award winning 7 million albums sold IV album with Rosanna, Africa etc.
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I thought I would buy all the toto albums and see how many hits they have, well that's just a waste of time. All I needed was a greatest hits album to get all the songs worth listening to. This album is so weak.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa63a74bc) out of 5 stars 22 reviews
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6277a8c) out of 5 stars Guitar album by TOTO Aug. 23 2010
By ScottE - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Toto's 3rd album "Turn Back"(1981) #41, was Toto's most rockin' disc they ever put out. They released "Gift With A Golden Gun" as their first single, it went nowhere and stalled the album from going any further up the charts. "Gun" should of hit it big on the rock charts. The beautiful "If It's The Last Night" was released next, but it didn't chart either.(Really the only ballad on the album). Other great tunes on this set were:
"English Eyes"- Steve Lukather shines heere on guitar. The vocals and piano are sharp on this track.
"Live For Today"- #40 mainstream rock. Love this song, vocals by Steve, good rocker.
"A Million Miles Away"- A David Paich classic! Great piano by David and Steve's guitar is tremendous!
"Goodbye Elenore"- More great rockin'.
"Turn Back"- Classy title track, great opening.
"I Think I Could Stand You Forever"- Mid-tempo rocker, with a great guitar by Steve Lukather. Love the fake British sounding vocals.

This would be Toto's last great record, as a whole. They put out Toto IV the next year and it went hog wild, but it still doesn't hold up like "Turn Back". Rock radio missed a great opportunity here to showcase this album back in the day.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6277b58) out of 5 stars Not Too Bad When You Consider It's Place Dec 4 2011
By Andre S. Grindle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It's really hard for me to review this album without making it clear that because this band is based on the talents of folks such as Steve Lukather,Jeff Porcaro and singer Bobby Kimball. And that they have all made equally as many contributions to funk and jazz musicians music as they have pop-rock. True they are session aces and that's par for the course. But it effected their music as well. I'm sure the fact that Toto's first two albums were as devoted to soulful and poppy jazz type songs as the arena rock anthems Toto are most often associated with. Considering the environment surrounding the post disco freeze out during 1981,Toto decided they would just go for the flat out arena rock approach for their third album. Considering the times in which this came out,it's kind of surprising this album didn't do very well for Toto.

When I first heard this album on vinyl as a teenager (at a radio station giveaway) I had a similar reaction to most of the reviews here. But hearing it more fully on CD helps me realize it plays out better on CD and as an album than as a collection of separate songs. Now true to be told-this is very much Steve Lukathers album for all intents and purposes so therefore is very lead rock guitar oriented. But as another reviewer pointed out,they're of the more flamboyant than driving variety such as the opener "Gift With A Golden Gun","English Eyes" and even the more textured and mildly keyboard oriented title song. My only possible issue with this album is a lot of the rockers sound a bit alike. A little trifle. But the ballads are excellent. From the swelling acoustic/progressive sounding "A Million Miles Away" and "If It's The Last Night" to the more anthemic "I Think I Could Stand Forever".

I would never be so bold as to refer to this as Toto's strongest recorded moment. It's certainly one of their livelier releases as it's composed mostly of rousing,upbeat tunes. One thing that's still present though is Toto's sleek,studiocentric musicianship. Luckily,as with Steely Dan they are able to project themselves as a powerful live band as well. This contains the type of rock songs that would sound excellent played live in concert to an audience of people all holding up Bic lighters. Still Bobby Kimball has an incredible vocal skill even for arena rock. He's not in the character of a Freddie Mercury but who is? They're different people,different group. And of course the musicians? Well everyone knows. So in short only the uniform nature of some of the rock tunes keep this from being a five star album in my book. All the songs are constructed well and are very musically strong. And despite it's commercial disappointment it's not a creative wasteland for Toto by any means.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6277f90) out of 5 stars The album that time forgot Sept. 6 2010
By The Mick - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Toto's Third album Turn Back was released in 1981. It's definitely the forgotten Toto Album. Also It's more upbeat. It received negative reviews. I for one don't get that view. It's one of my top Toto Albums It was much needed after the slightly disappointingHydra

The album opens with Gift with a Golden Gun. A fast paced fun track very Elton John-like in my view. I must say I love Luke's guitar work and his tone on this song. Add a great Bobby Kimball vocal and harmonies, and you've got a classic toto tune. English Eyes continues the tradition of anthem-like Toto songs with an irresistible Chorus. It has a cool instrumental bridge too.

Live For Today is a cool Luke penned tune. With a live for now message. A Million Miles Away is a soulful David Paich song. It's sung to perfection by The golden R n B voiced Bobby Kimball. His voice can stir anybody..I'm Convinced. A highlight for sure. After that song we are shattered from peace by Goodbye Elenore. A fast bitter shuffle about kicking a woman to the curb. It flies by so fast you're not sure what happened. I think I could Stand you Forever is a Queen influenced track. David Hungate who's plays Bass doubles on acoustic guitar for this.

My fav track on here though is If it's the Last night. A wonderful closing song with a wonderful melody and Catchy Chorus. Another great track.

So.......Turn is a great great album......that is sadly mostly forgotten. For me it is a huge step up from Hydra. Highly recommended

HASH(0xa627936c) out of 5 stars For Toto fans, mostly May 17 2016
By Aryf - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
A good album, but clearly not their peak. Being their third album (I think), they were still feeling their way stylistically as to what kind of band they were going to be. This album is more straight-ahead pop/rock and less 'Rosanna' or 'Georgy Porgy'. For me, unfortunately the writing and melodies are not so strong here, whereas by contrast I thought songs like 'Rockmaker', 'St. George and the Dragon' and 'Pamela' had very strong, catchy hooks that you want to hear again and again. In other words, when the average person hums something by Toto, it almost certainly won't be from this album. If you like their early period stuff, get this for a clearer idea of where the band was at that time and that's also certainly to say that you'll enjoy it.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6279318) out of 5 stars Turn Back Might Have Been a Harbinger Sept. 19 2014
By By CJs Pirate - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Toto's third album, Turn Back was a commercial flop. Artistically, it wasn't bad at all. It had some good songs, decent lyrics and the production was clean. Sadly, it just wasn't GREAT. It looked like Toto was on their road to washing out. Fortunately, as we know now, they had one more good album left in them, Toto IV.