Toto - Hydra [Columbia Records FC 36229] (30 October 1979)

Released: 30 October 1979
Country: US
Label: Columbia Records
Catalog: FC 36229
Genre: Rock

Item# SR-COFC36229
Ratings: C=VG+; LP=VG+

T R A C K L I S T:
01 Hydra
02 St. George And The Dragon
03 99
04 Lorraine
05 All Us Boys
06 Mama
07 White Sister
08 A Secret Love


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Album Review

William Ruhlmann []

If Toto's musical advantage was that, since its members continued to play on many of the successful records made in L.A., its own music was popular almost by definition, its disadvantage was that it made little attempt to seek an individual musical signature -- a particular style, say, or a distinctive singer (Bobby Kimball was not it) who could make its records immediately identifiable. ''Hold the Line'' had been a big hit, but who did it? Boston? Foreigner? As a result, Toto was less well positioned than most to come off a big debut album with the follow-up, and Hydra was unusually dependent on its leadoff single, ''99.'' Maybe it was a tribute to the female lead on the old Get Smart TV show, but many listeners didn't get a song with a chorus that went, ''Oh, 99, I love you,'' and the single stalled in the bottom half of the Top 40. The album went gold on momentum, but the songs, however well-played, simply were not distinctive enough to consolidate the success Toto had achieved with its debut album.