Through the Looking Glass (Toto album)

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Through the Looking Glass
Toto Through the looking glass.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 21, 2002 (UK)
November 5, 2002 (US)
Recorded2001–2002
StudioCoy Sound Studios (Hollywood Hills, CA)
Genre Rock, blues rock
Label CMC International
Producer Toto
Toto chronology
Livefields
(1999)
Through the Looking Glass
(2002)
25th Anniversary: Live in Amsterdam
(2003)

Through the Looking Glass is the eleventh studio album (though counted as the 12th album overall — see Toto XIV ) by the American band Toto. It was released in 2002, three years after their last studio release, Mindfields . The album consists of cover versions of songs that have inspired the band. And these were also the final cover songs that the band has featured keyboardist/vocalist David Paich before his semi-retirement from the band three years later until his return in 2010.

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Reception

Professional ratings
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AllMusic noted that Toto made no attempt to rework the songs they covered for the album, and concluded that "while it's nice to know that the band has good taste in other people's music, that doesn't explain why anyone needs to hear them copy that music when the originals are so readily available." [1]

Track listing

No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
1."Could You Be Loved" Bob Marley Kimball3:47
2."Bodhisattva" Walter Becker, Donald Fagen Kimball, Lukather4:51
3."While My Guitar Gently Weeps" George Harrison Lukather5:15
4."I Can't Get Next to You" Norman Whitfield, Barrett Strong Kimball4:04
5."Living for the City" Stevie Wonder Kimball5:49
6."Maiden Voyage / Butterfly" Herbie Hancock / Hancock, Bennie Maupin instrumental7:33
7."Burn Down the Mission" Elton John, Bernie Taupin Kimball6:28
8."Sunshine of Your Love" Jack Bruce, Pete Brown, Eric Clapton Lukather5:13
9."House of the Rising Sun"traditionalKimball4:40
10."Watching the Detectives" Elvis Costello Lukather4:04
11."It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry (Live)" Bob Dylan Paich3:52

Personnel

Toto
Additional Musicians

Production

Singles

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