Toto's brand new Greatest Hits package, 40 Trips Around The Sun, features newly remastered classic tracks ("Africa," "Hold The Line," "Rosanna," "Stop Loving You," "I'll Be Over You") worked on by Elliot Scheiner and Gavin Lurssen plus three previously unreleased recordings - "Spanish Sea," "Alone" and "Struck By Lightning" - cut by core members Steve Lukather, David Paich, Steve Porcaro and Joseph Williams in 2017.
While going through the Sony vaults, the band uncovered several unfinished tracks that featured both Jeff and Mike Porcaro, one of which is now "Spanish Sea." "This track is originally from the Isolation sessions," Lukather notes. "It's one that didn't make it and we had to re-write it including creating a new chorus. Thanks to modern tech we were able to play once again with not only our 20 something selves but with our dear brothers Jeff and Mike Porcaro reminding us just how deep their groove was. Bittersweet...Many stories, laughs and a few tears on this one. It's classic Toto with an excellent solo and I kept my old 1985 melody solo Dave wanted me to do...Old meets new but since legendary pal Al Schmitt cut the tracks and Bob Clearmountain mixed...it sounds like it was done 2 weeks ago not 30 + years ago!"
"Alone is a brand new song," Lukather remarks. "This one was written with just the four of us really writing together and no one else in the room with us. We wanted to start with an 'up' song in terms of groove for the album. The lyric is darker but we are older guys now and have lived life. The good, bad and ugly...we have lived it all and in the end we are all alone anyway. Proud of this piece and it just sort of organically happened." The third new track on 40 Trips Around The Sun: "Struck By Lightning" began with David Paich. "I had the opening riff in my head for months," Paich said. "Joe and the guys helped flesh this one out. I love the heavy arrangement and Luke's solo on it is an all time great!"