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'TOTO - Live at Montreux 1991' [DVD+CD]
(TOTO / DVD+CD / NR / 2016 / Eagle Vision)

Overview: Toto have welcomed many different band members across their long career but in the early nineties they had a short period as a four-piece featuring Steve Lukather (guitar & lead vocals), David Paich (keyboards & vocals), Jeff Porcaro (drums & percussion) and Mike Porcaro (bass). The line-up, with some additional touring members, performed this concert at Montreux in July 1991 and would go on to make the Kingdom Of Desire album released in 1992, shortly after the tragic early death of drummer Jeff Porcaro.

DVD Verdict: You know, it's quite something when you get to appear at a prestigious music festival at the personal behest of Quincy Jones and legendary Montreux Jazz Festival founder Claude Nobs themselves! But that's what happened to TOTO and having been asked to perform at this famed Swiss festival, the result was 'Toto: Live At Montreux 1991'.

For those not quite in the know of who they are, TOTO is an American rock band formed in 1977 in Van Nuys in Los Angeles. The band's current lineup consists of Joseph Williams (lead vocals), David Paich (keyboards, vocals), Steve Porcaro (keyboards), Steve Lukather (guitars, vocals), plus touring members Leland Sklar (bass) and Shannon Forrest (drums). Toto is known for a musical style that combines elements of pop, rock, soul, funk, progressive rock, hard rock, R&B, blues, and jazz, of which resonate vibrantly through each of their 17 albums released to date.

'TOTO: Live At Montreux 1991' — the last tour with Jeff and Mike Porcaro, alongside original members Steve Lukather and David Paich — is available September 16th, 2016 on DVD+CD, Blu-ray+CD, and Digital Video in North America via Eagle Vision, and although the classic band only get to showcase eight (8) of their songs, man, the power and passion behind each and every track speaks volumes for TOTO as a live touring machine.

1) "On The Run"
2) "Kingdom Of Desire"
3) "I'll Be Over You"
4) "Africa"
5) "Jake To The Bone"
6) "Red House"
7) "Rosanna"
8) "I Want To Take You Higher"

“From the perspective of the members of Toto,” guitarist Steve Lukather has since said about this live show at Montreux, “the Montreux Jazz Festival is amongst the most revered events staged in the world. Our association, as a band, and individuals, is something we are deeply proud of. So much fun, and so much history has graced the ground in and around the lake.”

Filmed in 1991, TOTO was in the midst of playing lives shows whilst still putting the finishing touched on their new album Kingdom Of Desire. Indeed, as aforementioned, it was also a period where things had switched up within the band. Now a quartet, the Montreux stage could have shown them to be at odds with one another, or allowed them to shine. Luckily for all concerned, they shone here on this night in July. Just watching them come on to the stage, all hugging each other, all smiling, the guys were obviously so genuinely happy to be there to perform that night.

Combining some hits with some new tracks to come off that album, their fans knew they were in for something rather special that night as Lukather, Paich, and the late brothers Jeff and Mike Porcaro took the stage. Yup, sadly this was Jeff Porcaro’s final tour with the band, before his passing in 1992. His brother Mike died just recently in 2015.

Like Lukather himself says, sporting some pretty wild hair and a tie dye tshirt, when he introduces 'I'll Be Over You', "If you know the words, don't be afraid to sing along", which is what the crowd does. Especially when it comes to a near eight minute long 'Rosanna.' In fact, in truth, Lukather doesn't sing much of the song at all, leaving it all down to his male backing singer and the audience.

Lukather, who personally mixed 'Live At Montreux 1991' with legendary engineer Niko Bolas, has gone on record to express the real emotions that this concert channels, and how poignant it was to the band’s history: "The most important thing is you can see and hear the love we have for each other and watching this in 2016 with Niko, well ... bittersweet is a term that has been so overused but in this case there were tears and a lot of laughter as the memories of this night and this final tour with Jeff were captured. You guys get to see a version of the band that will never and COULD never be again!”

Last summer, TOTO released their first new studio album in ten years, TOTO XIV. It debuted in the Top 10 in nine countries around the world and became their most successful album since 1988 in the U.S. and UK. I urge you to not only buy this reflective look at a band in all their live glory, but also their newest audio material too - as combined they reflect a band at their peak, with no sense of slowing down.