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Un­der­stand­ably ev­ery other Toto ‘great­est hits’ pack­age is dom­i­nated by cuts from their flaw­less de­but and an­them-led Toto IV. But it also goes to show the band’s con­sis­tency for writ­ing per­fect pop-rock, whether it’s the sublime bal­lad I’ll Sup­ply The Love or the synth bop of Stranger In Town. No­tably, 40 Trips Around The Sun also in­cludes two ex­cel­lent pre­vi­ously un­re­leased tracks, Span­ish Sea (very ‘Africa’ and cur­rently get­ting great air time) and Struck By Light­ning with Steve Lukather throw­ing out some punchy riffs on the lat­ter, while new song Alone shows they’ve lost none of their ex­u­ber­ant charm. And any CD that in­cludes all of Hold The Line, Pamela, and the world’s only song that men­tions Kil­i­man­jaro and the Serengeti, is al­ways worth an­other lis­ten.

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