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The Seventh One is Toto's seventh studio album. It was released in 1988, and became the best-received Toto album since Toto IV. The title track, "The Seventh One," is only featured 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.

The Seventh One
Toto - The Seventh One.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 1, 1988 (1988-03-01)
StudioComplex Studios, Manor Studio & A&M Studios, Los Angeles, California
GenrePop rock, soft rock
ProducerGeorge Massenburg, Bill Payne, Toto
Toto chronology
The Seventh One
Kingdom of Desire
Singles from The Seventh One
  1. "Pamela"
    Released: February 1988[1]
  2. "Straight for the Heart"
    Released: July 1988[2]
  3. "Anna"
    Released: August 1988[3]
  4. "Stop Loving You"
    Released: 1988[4]
  5. "Mushanga"
    Released: 1988[5]
  6. "Stay Away"
    Released: 1988[6]


Background and RecordingEdit

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.[7] 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.[7] "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' influence on the album extended well beyond his strong 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."[7] To assist in writing the lyrics, Toto called on the legendary 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.[7] 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.[7] He also toured with the band in Europe.


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [8]
Los Angeles Times    [9]
People(Not favorable)[10]

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."[7] 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.[11]

In Europe, however, Toto continued to rule the charts. "Stop Loving You" was the first single released in Europe and went on to rise to number one or at least be top ten in several countries.[7] As a result of the album's success, Toto had a strong tour of sold-out arena shows in Europe. While Joseph Williams' vocals had been impeccable during the tour supporting Toto's prior album, Fahrenheit, 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.[7] As a result of his poor vocals, the band was forced to add songs to the tour that either David Paich or Steve Lukather could sing. Though efforts were made to control Williams' drug use, ultimately Jeff Porcaro fired him from the band.[7] 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.

Track listingEdit

1."Pamela"David Paich, Joseph Williams5:11
2."You Got Me"Paich, J. Williams3:11
3."Anna"Steve Lukather, Randy Goodrum4:58
4."Stop Loving You"Lukather, Paich4:29
5."Mushanga"Paich, Jeff Porcaro5:35
6."Stay Away"Paich, Lukather5:31
7."Straight for the Heart"Paich, J. Williams4:09
8."Only the Children"Paich, Lukather, J. Williams4:11
9."A Thousand Years"J. Williams, Mark Towner Williams, Paich4:53
10."These Chains"Lukather, Goodrum4:59
11."Home of the Brave"Paich, Lukather, Jimmy Webb, J. Williams6:51
12."The Seventh One" (Only available on Japanese copies of the album)Paich, J. Williams6:20


  • 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).



and as guest musician:

Additional musiciansEdit


"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


"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


  • Additional backing vocals: Patti Austin
  • Additional percussion: Joe Porcaro
  • Steel drums: Andy Narell
  • Recorders and flute: Jim Horn

"Stay Away"

"Straight for the Heart"

  • Additional backing vocals: Patti Austin
  • Saxophone: Jim Horn

"Only The Children"

"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
  • Stop Loving You / The Seventh One / I'll Be over You (12" / CD)
  • Pamela / The Seventh One (released in US)
  • Pamela / You Got Me (international release)
  • Pamela / You Got Me / Stay Away (European 12" / CD)
  • Pamela / Stay Away (released in UK)
  • Pamela / Stay Away / Africa / Rosanna (12" / CD UK release)
  • 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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