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'Toto: Falling in Between Live [Blu-ray]'
(Toto / Blu ray / NR / 2009 / Eagle Rock)

Overview: Toto: Falling in Between Live features the popular band performing a 2007 concert in which they serve up a number of their most popular tunes including "Rosanna," "Africa," "Hold the Line," "Stop Loving You," and "Taint Your World."

Blu ray Verdict: I waited for this Blu ray since I was privileged to see them live in 2007. It was a fantastic concert and I think that this Blu ray captures all of the brilliance of that summer night last year. The new members add great dimensions with fresh perspectives to the classic 80's hits.

Their expertise helps make the hits you've heard a thousand times seem brand new! Not that the classics ever needed improvement! The songs they chose from the Falling In Between really showcase their incredible collective talent. It was good to see Luke get to just play more with Tony Spinner handling more of the vocals.

Si Phi, Bobby, Greg and Leland were simply flawless live and on this DVD as were Steve and Tony. This Blu ray is well worth the price and should be a coveted addition to any concert Blu ray collection or Toto collection.

The sound is so crisp, detailed and well balanced that is like being front row. There is a sense that every musician's output was carefully captured and mixed so that you can get the studio sound in a live context.

Toto's repertory is so vast that within a regular 2 hour concert it is impossible to cover all their hits and fan favorites, however, they did a great job including both the great new material from FIB (I missed No End In Sight though), as well as classics (Pamela, Hold The Line, I'll be Over You, Rossana, Africa) and fan favorites (Caught In the Balance, Isolation), while including great songs from the Luke-fronted Toto albums (Kingdom of Desire, Tambu).

This time around, and unlike Live From Amsterdam, we are given the opportunity to enjoy great solos from Greg, Luke and Simon, which contribute greatly to the concert's flow and vibe.

It is well worth the wait, well worth the money and well worth the time to watch. Do not miss out on this one. I look forward to more Toto. As a sign in the Amsterdam concert audience said, "Never Enough Toto!" So true! This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.