Toto – Tambu (Remastered) (1995/2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 01:09:51 minutes | 2,58 GB | Genre: Rock
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Tambu is the ninth studio album by American rock band Toto. It was released in May 1995 through Sony Records. It is the first album by the group since the death of Jeff Porcaro in 1992. The album includes the single “I Will Remember”, which failed to chart in the US but was the band’s first chart hit in the UK since “I Won’t Hold You Back” twelve years before.
Tambu is the first Toto studio album with Simon Phillips on drums.
Tambu sonically shines as well, as engineers Elliot Scheiner, Bill Smith and Al Schmidt work audio wizardry. Lukather provides melodic touches on guitar, but his main tool is the piano where he provides flourishes which neatly tie into the cinematic landscape of the song. Lukather also provides touches of synthesizer, while David Paich furnishes the supportive string arrangement.
Toto waxed philosophical on its first album to be recorded since the death of founding member Jeff Porcaro and his replacement by drummer Simon Phillips. The song lyrics were full of abstractions — apathy, dignity, faith, freedom, hope, hopelessness, hypocrisy, rage, trust (those are all from just the first song, “Gift of Faith”) — which seemed to indicate that the band members were reflecting seriously, if not too specifically, on weighty issues in an angry, questioning manner. Some of the lyrics couched these internal struggles in romantic terms, but more often they seemed to refer to more general anguish. The group came up with a more focused, harder, bluesier musical style to carry the weight, and Steve Lukather sang expressively, making you wonder why they bothered so long with those cookie-cutter vocalists. Like a patient new to psychoanalysis, Toto went on at length (the album runs over 70 minutes), and without much coherence, about “the pain of my lifetime” and “a world of blind ambition,” among other things. You couldn’t call the result accomplished, but Tambu suggested that Toto was embarked on a new personal and musical journey that might lead in an interesting direction. (Released in Europe in the late fall of 1995, Tambu was released in the U.S. as Legacy 64957 on June 4, 1996.) – William Ruhlmann
1. Toto – Gift Of Faith
2. Toto – I Will Remember
3. Toto – Slipped Away
4. Toto – If You Belong to Me
5. Toto – Baby He’s Your Man
6. Toto – The Other End Of Time
7. Toto – The Turning Point
8. Toto – Time Is The Enemy
9. Toto – Drag Him To The Roof
10. Toto – Just Can’t Get To You
11. Toto – Dave’s Gone Skiing
12. Toto – The Road Goes On
13. Toto – Blackeye