David Paich - Forgotten Toys

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edited September 30 in year-2022

Here's the well overdue solo effort from the Toto veteran, it's taken decades for Paich to get to this point, but for good reason.

David Paich - Forgotten Toys
ARTIST: David Paich
ALBUM: Forgotten Toys
LABEL: The Players Club
YEAR: 2022

LINEUP: David Paich - lead and backing vocals, piano, keyboards, synth, bass * Joseph Williams - lead and backing vocals, synth, keyboards, drum programming, production * Steve Lukather, Dean Parks, Davey Johnstone, Ray Parker Jnr - guitars * Don Felder - slide guitar * Michael Lang - acoustic piano solo * Fredrik Halland - guitars, bass, backing vocals * Nathan East, David Hungate - bass * Mike Valerio - upright bass * Lenny Castro - percussion * Warren Ham - sax, flute, harmonica * Jon Diversa - horns * Brian Eno - intro beacon (synth) * Gregg Bissonette, Steve Jordan - drums * Robin DiMaggio - drums, percussion * Elizabeth Paich - stepout vocals, backing vocals * Michael Sherwood - lead vocals * Billy Sherwood, Michael McDonald, Hannah Williams, Ray Williams, Monet Owens, James Tormé - backing vocals * Pat Knox - backing vocals, production

TRACK LISTING: 01 Forward * 02 willibelongtoyou * 03 Spirit Of The Moonrise * 04 First Time * 05 Queen Charade * 06 All The Tears That Shine * 07 Lucy

RATING: Score of 80%
WEBLINKS: Wikipedia Site Link


Here's the well overdue solo effort from the Toto veteran. It's taken decades for Paich to get to this point, lagging a long way behind Toto alumni such as Lukather, Kimball, Joseph Williams, Steve Porcaro and even Simon Phillips who have all released prior solo albums going back years.

He's been one of the mainstays of the band since the beginning and has kept a busy schedule all throughout his career. In more recent times, Paich has had to cut back his workload due to ill health, and with Toto's status now on hold (supposedly' retired'), his debut solo album was a project long in the making with a window of opportunity opening up.

The Songs

At only 7 tracks and no more than 30 minutes long, it's a brief musical escapade though not really EP length. We skip through the brief intro 'Forward' at just 29 seconds and segue directly into 'willibelongtoyou' with Joseph Williams handling lead vocals. A good crisp and clean start. 'Spirit Of The Moonrise' is a more upbeat number and was featured as the first single off this set. I do like the silky smooth sounds of 'First Time', about the caring relationship between father and daughter.

For something a bit more raucous, try out the bluesy 'Queen Charade'. It didn't quite float my boat but that's not to say it won't for you. 'All The Tears That Shine' is a classy and cruisy affair complimented by the voice of former Lodgic singer, the late Michael Sherwood (rip 2019). The album concludes with the instrumental 'Lucy', which fuses a big band era arrangement with some modern urban jazz for good measure.

In Summary

Interestingly, this album has so far only seen releases in Europe and Japan. Nothing in North America, which seems bizarre but probably par for the course given the overall music industry malaise over there.

Musically, there is a lot of heavyweight players onboard with Paich on this album. My guess is that some of the material goes back years, and with those now out of the way, maybe its time to get more current songwriting happening once again, now that the Toto day job is on the back burner.



All The Tears That Shine

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