''The Seventh One'' is the seventh studio album by the American rock band Toto. It was released in 1988, and became the best-received Toto album since ''Toto IV''. The title track, "The Seventh One", is featured only on the Japanese version of the album and on the B-side of the single "Pamela". It was also released on some compilations on a later date.

Background and recording

Steve Lukather described the writing of ''The Seventh One'' as a period of prolific "one-upmanship" with the band trying to impress one another with their compositions. One of the first compositions completed was the ballad "Anna", written by Lukather and Randy Goodrum. Lukather considers the song to be one of his best compositions. "Anna" was followed by "Pamela", written by David Paich, described as the "heir apparent" to "Rosanna". Paich and Lukather then composed "Stop Loving You", which both believed was sure to become a hit. Joseph Williams's influence on the album extended well beyond his vocals, with co-writing credit on six of the eleven tracks. The producer of ''The Seventh One'', George Massenburg felt the album was missing a "rocker", which led to the composition and recording of the seven-minute closing track, "Home of the Brave". To assist in writing the lyrics, Toto called on Jimmy Webb. During the recording of ''The Seventh One'', keyboardist Steve Porcaro announced he was leaving the band. His decision to leave was partly influenced by his belief his contributions were not well represented in the band's music and a general feeling of being unappreciated. Porcaro was also noted to be unhappy with the level of drug and alcohol use in the band at the time. Despite his refusal to participate in the band business or publicity, Porcaro continued to contribute to the recording of ''The Seventh One'' and was paid as a studio musician. He also toured with the band in Europe.


By its conclusion, Toto, as well as Columbia Records, believed ''The Seventh One'' was one of the band's strongest albums. The first single, "Pamela", was heavily promoted by Columbia. However, shortly after its release, the president of Columbia, Al Teller, left the label. In his absence, the promotion of "Pamela" waned and it stalled at number 22 on the Billboard Hot 100 and quickly dropped off the chart. "Pamela" was the band's last top 30 hit in the United States and Lukather described its quick drop out of the Hot 100 as "the moment that our star dwindled in America and it would take years for us to recover momentum". ''The Seventh One'' was the first Toto album since ''Turn Back'' to have fewer than two charting hits in the US, and was the lowest charting Toto album on the Billboard charts up to that point. In Europe, "Stop Loving You" was the album's first single where it reached the top ten in several countries. Following the album's release, Toto embarked on a tour of sold-out arena shows in Europe. While Joseph Williams's vocals were not a point of contention during the ''Fahrenheit tour,'' he struggled with his vocals during the European tour, likely as a result of substance use. In particular, Williams was unable to perform during Toto's first show in Amsterdam, a show which was simultaneously broadcast live on national radio. Though efforts were made to control Williams's drug use, ultimately Jeff Porcaro fired him from the band. Williams was the third vocalist fired from Toto due to inability to perform vocals, following the previous termination of Bobby Kimball and Fergie Frederiksen. He would later contribute vocals to the ''Falling in Between'' album and return as the lead vocalist for ''Toto XIV.''


In 2017, ''Ultimate Classic Rock'' ranked the album as Toto's second best, behind only ''Toto IV''.https://ultimateclassicrock.com/toto-albums-ranked

Track listing


*Produced and Recorded by Toto, George Massenburg and Bill Payne. *Additional Engineering by Sharon Rice, John Jessel and Steve Porcaro. *Assistant Engineers: Paul Dieter, Ken Fowler, Duane Seykora, Mark McKenna, Greg Dennen and Scott Symington. *"Stay Away" mixed by Niko Bolas *Mastered by Doug Sax and Mike Reese at The Mastering Lab (Los Angeles, CA). *Technicians for Toto: Bob Bradshaw, Ross Garfield, Paul Jamieson and John Jessel. *Technicians at Complex Studios: Paul Dwyer, Nathaniel Kunkel and Robert Spano. *Production Management: Ivy Skoff *Art Direction: Tony Lane and Nancy Donald *Design: Jeff Porcaro (front cover), Margo Nahas (illustration) and Philip Garris (original art). *Photography: Dennis Keeley (back cover/inside) and Glen LaFerman (inside).



*Joseph Williams: lead vocals (except on "Anna" and "These Chains") *Steve Lukather: guitars, backing vocals, lead vocals on "Anna" and "These Chains" *David Paich: keyboards, backing vocals, co-lead vocals on "Home of the Brave" *Mike Porcaro: bass guitar *Jeff Porcaro: drums, percussion and as guest musician: *Steve Porcaro: synthesizers, programming, electronics

Additional musicians

"Pamela" *Vibes: Joe Porcaro *Additional backing vocals: Tom Kelly *Horns arranged by Tom Scott *Horns: Chuck Findley, Gary Grant, Gary Herbig, Jerry Hey, James Pankow and Tom Scott "You Got Me" *Additional backing vocals: Patti Austin *Additional percussion: Lenny Castro and Jim Keltner *Horns arranged by Jerry Hey and David Paich *Horns: Chuck Findley, Gary Grant, Gary Herbig, Jerry Hey, James Pankow and Tom Scott "Anna" *Additional percussion: Michael Fisher and Joe Porcaro *Strings arranged by Marty Paich, David Paich and James Newton Howard; conducted by Marty Paich "Stop Loving You" *Additional backing vocals: Jon Anderson *Additional percussion: Michael Fisher *Additional keyboards: Bill Payne *Horns arranged by Tom Scott *Horns: Chuck Findley, Gary Grant, Gary Herbig, Jerry Hey, James Pankow and Tom Scott "Mushanga" *Additional backing vocals: Patti Austin *Additional percussion: Joe Porcaro *Steel drums: Andy Narell *Recorders and flute: Jim Horn "Stay Away" *Additional backing vocals: Linda Ronstadt *Lap steel guitar: David Lindley "Straight for the Heart" *Additional backing vocals: Patti Austin *Saxophone: Jim Horn "Only The Children" *Additional backing vocals: Tom Kelly "A Thousand Years" *Arranged by Mark T. Williams and Toto *Strings arranged and conducted by David Paich "These Chains" *Vibes: Joe Porcaro *Horns arranged by Tom Scott *Horns: Chuck Findley, Gary Grant, Gary Herbig, Jerry Hey, James Pankow and Tom Scott *Strings arranged and conducted by David Paich "Home Of The Brave" *Strings arranged by David Paich, Conducted by Marty Paich


* Stop Loving You / The Seventh One * Pamela / The Seventh One ''(released in US)'' * Pamela / You Got Me ''(international release)'' * Pamela / Stay Away ''(released in UK)'' * Anna / The Seventh One ''(released in US)'' * Straight For The Heart / The Seventh One ''(released in US)'' * Mushanga / Straight for the Heart ''(released in the Netherlands)''


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