Vinyl – -“IV” by Toto

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Whether you heard them first on the radio, or saw their videos for the singles “Rosanna,” and “Africa,” for those audiences who heard Toto in the early 1980s, it was clear that they had mastered the soft rock genre.

The album that introduced early 1980s audiences to Toto is titled “IV.” It is available from the LemonWire store on vinyl.

The best songs from “IV” are arguably “Rosanna,” “Africa,” and “I Won’t Hold You Back,”

“Rosanna” by Toto

Among Toto’s popular songs, this is a keyboard rich song of desire and disappointment. The urban setting of the video helps audiences to understand the world of the 1980s, and the idea of the song- – not that it’s complicated. The drumming and guitar blend in unusual ways to make a unique soundscape over which the lead singer’s tenor sings in notes both smooth and aggrieved about the title woman.

“I Won’t Hold You Back”

Perhaps arguably the most beautiful breakup song ever, the song is still moving listeners 36 years after its release. The early 1980s were a heady time for pop music of all kinds. While alternative music had its own developments, soft rock and pop had a trend of heavily stylized ballads that almost helped the songs transcend their inherent sentimentality.

“I Won’t Hold You Back” is a song in which the narrator reminisces about a love that has had to end, and now he wishes his former beloved well as she moves on with her life. The key changes and gentle up and down rhythms keep up an interesting dynamic in the song. At one point, there is a guitar and French horn solo that blows away listeners. It might take a couple of spins to catch it, but it is there, and it is enjoyable, whether soft rock is your thing or not.

With the three hits from “IV,” Toto changed the face of American music in the early 1980s. They put a stylized edge on music that many would write off as simple and sentimental. “IV” is a classic. Get it now at store.lemonwire.com.For more information and to purchase, go here: https://store.lemonwire.com/toto-iv-ogv-8718469530892.html

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Dodie Miller-Gould is a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana. She has BA and MA degrees in English from Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, and an MFA in Fiction from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Her research interests include popular music and culture, 1920s jazz, and blues, confessional poetry, and the rhetoric of fiction. She has presented at numerous conferences in rhetoric and composition, and creative writing. Her creative works have appeared in Tenth Muse, Apostrophe, The Flying Island, Scavenger's Newsletter and elsewhere. She has won university-based awards for creative work and literary criticism.

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