Toto: Falling in Between Live

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Studio: Uni Dist Corp (music) Release Date: 10/20/2009 Run time: 142 minutes… More >>

Toto: Falling in Between Live

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  1. Long have I waited for this DVD to come out and when it was released last February (2007) I bought it without a shadow of a doubt that it would be just as good as the Amsterdam Anniversary DVD. But I must say that I am a bit disappointed in this DVD. Why? I’ll tell you.

    As for the sound and camerawork: nothing but compliments about this DVD. Reallyreally good. Great work done here by all those involved.

    The band: Steve Lukather on guitars and vocals/ Simon Phillips on drums/ Bobby Kimball on vocals/ Greg Phillinganes on keyboards and vocals/ Leland Sklar on bass guitar/ Tony Spimmer on guitar and vocals. So: top musicians all over.

    The setlist is impressive: Falling In Between/King Of The World/Pamela/Bottom Of Your Soul/Caught In The Balance/Don’t Chain My Heart/Hold The Line/Stop Loving You/Cruel/Greg Solo/Rosanna/I’ll Supply The Love/Isolation/Gift Of Faith/Kingdom Of Desire/Luke Solo/Hydra/Simon Solo/Taint Your World/Gypsy Train/Africa/Drag Him To The Roof. That’s not bad is it?

    So why am I disappointed? Partially it’s because it’s a very limited Toto we see here. The cover says:”They rock like never before’. That may be true, but…. Toto used to be so much more than just rock. Furthermore there are (in my opinion of course!) too many ‘down points’ on this DVD. Overall the songs are performed well, as one can expect with topmusicians like these. The first couple of songs are very good indeed (with ‘Bottom Of your Soul’ as my favorite; this one is, like ‘Africa’ and ‘Rosanna’ going to be an all-time Toto classic). Then the band settles down for some semi-accoustic work. Nice idea. But although Tony Spinner is a good guitarist and a good 2nd vocalist, he’s not one to do lead vocals in a company like this. Then after that, the way in which ‘I’ll Be Over You’ flows into ‘Cruel’ is not really nice and thereby wastes quite some of the beauty of ‘I’ll Be Over You’. One of the absolute ‘down-moments’ of this DVD is the Greg solo. Starts off promising, but nothing comes out of it. Maybe technically brilliant but highly uninteresting to see and hear; you can’t wait for it to end, but it goes on and on. The David Paich solo of the Amsterdam DVD is ten times as good in variation and musicality and a hundred times nicer to listen to. ‘Rosanna’ starts off in a different way then usual which is a nice try to make it sound fresh, but in my opinion the song does not need that; it’s a classic in the way it is. So I’m glad to see them pick up the normal pace after a couple of minutes. Next couple of songs are okay until Luke’s solo comes along. Like Greg’s this is absolutely uninteresting to watch. Lukather is a great guitarist, and a brilliant musician, but this solo…. I’ve seen and heard so much better things from this man… ‘I’ll Supply The Love/Isolation/Gift Of Faith/Kingdom Of Desire’ are not the complete songs but a kind of medley. Next Simon’s solo. Let me say that I really, really love the way Simon plays in the songs. The man is absolutely a joy to listen to and his drumming is so musical and creative! But although I am a drummer myself I am not a lover of drumsolo’s on CD’s or DVD’s. They are so boring! Nice to see for one time but that’s it. ‘skip’ every next time (unless for practice purpose, but this DVD is not meant for that).

    In general what is my greatest disappointment of this DVD is that I miss Toto. David Paich and Mike Porcaro were never the frontpeople like Lukather is, but now that they are not there you can tell they are missing. Greg is a very good keyboardplayer and Leland Sklar is one of the best to be found (and I absolutely love his bassplaying). But the ‘Toto-chemistry’ is missing (one time I played the ‘Amsterdam’ DVD immediately after this one and THAT is a difference). This is more like a ‘Phil Collins thing’, starring Steve Lukather. And, as I wrote above, with this DVD the accent is mainly on rocking, and although Toto are very good in that, they can be so much more than just a rockband. If you like the rock-Toto then this DVD will not be a problem to you, but if you want to see the ‘complete’ Toto: you’ll miss it. I’m not saying this DVD is a waste of my money, because it certainly is not, it’s a good DVD. But it’s more a ‘watch and skip’ thing to me. If I want to see a complete Toto concert, I’ll be playing ‘Amsterdam’ or the old ‘Paris’ DVD’s again. And play them I shall again and again, because Toto remains one of the best bands in the world to me.

    Rating: 3 / 5

  2. This is a very enjoyable dvd which shows the rock group TOTO

    in one of their recent concerts. They perform new material as well as

    a lot of their old hits. The only drawbacks one of their members is out

    injured. Also having their keyboardist sing lead on a couple of their

    Rating: 5 / 5

  3. This item arrived very fast and before Christmas. My husband loves it. He watches it a lot.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  4. Plain and Simple…The most talented rock group in the past 40 years. They have played on more hit records than anyone and with everyone in the band at least 50(Bobby Kimbal is 60), they can blow any band on planet out of the water at any time. Even on a bad night, their worst is better than everyonelse’s best.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  5. Great video, captures the entire performance (as filmed) with clarity and superb sound. A bit long for sitting at home vice being part of the audience, but otherwise an enjoyable experience. Blu-ray definately the way to purchase a concert as the sound and picture is “there” for those who couldn’t /can’t travel to exotic locations say like…..Detroit. A worthy addition to Toto collection for band fans!
    Rating: 4 / 5

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