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Joseph Williams – Joseph Williams [1982]

This is an excellent collection of songs featuring the amazing vocal talents of Joseph Williams who went on to become the lead vocalist for Toto. Produced by Jay Gruska, this self titled solo album released in 1982 features a very clear mix and great performances from many professional studio musicians such as Michael Landau and Steve Lukather. On top of the great music you get to hear the melodic and powerful vocals of Joseph Williams who has a beautiful tone and who handles each song with class.

The songs styles are obviously of a time and present a mixture of rock, pop, and ballads with that quality west coast sound which ruled the air waves for a decade. Highlights include the great arrangement and instrumentation of opening track “What Is She Hiding”, the powerful chorus of “Takin’ It” which surely influenced the Richard Marx sound, the rocking shuffle groove and horns of “I Didn’t Do It”, and the beautiful piano ballad “Nothing’s Lost”.

The Japanese reissue contains three great bonus tracks including “Anything You Say” featuring some brilliant Michael Landau guitar overdubs, the bouncy groove of “You Forever” which has a vocal take that could easily be mistaken for Michael Jackson, and an alternate take of album track “I Didn’t Do It”. In summary, this is a classy album that is essential listening for fans of Joseph Williams and shows why Toto chose to make him the lead singer of their awesome band..

Band Members
Joseph Williams – Vocals,keyboards,bass,drums
Michael Landau, Steve Lukather – Guitar
Dean Cortez – Bass
Jay Gruska – Moog bass
Robbie Buchanan, David Garfield, Michael Omartian – Keyboards,piano
Mark T. Williams – Drums
Lenny Castro – Percussion
Steve Tavaglione – Saxophone
Jerry Hey, Chuck Findley, Larry Williams, Jim Horn – Horns
Richard Page, Steve George, Tommy Funderburk – Bcking vocals

01. What Is She Hiding
02. That First Night
03. Takin’ It
04. One More Chance
05. I Didn’t Do It
06. This Girl
07. Something Special
08. Nothing’s Lost
09. Make Some Time

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