1984 Toto – Isolation

Isolation is the fifth studio album by Toto, released on October 18, 1984. This was first album the band made with Fergie Frederiksen as the primary vocalist. Isolation failed to achieve the popularity of its predecessor, Toto IV, although it achieved gold record status and gave the band their highest charting mainstream rock single “Stranger in Town” (No. 7).

Frederiksen, singing lead on seven of the ten tracks, replaced original Toto vocalist Bobby Kimball while the band was in the recording process for the album. Kimball had recorded vocals for some of the album’s tracks prior to his termination; sources differ on how many – Kimball says most of the album, whereas David Paich and Steve Lukather say around 3 or 4 songs. Some of Kimball’s background vocals can be heard on the record, such as in their single “Stranger in Town”, and at least one song, “Lion”, had a demo recording with Kimball on lead vocals before being recorded with Frederiksen.


1  Carmen (David Paich, Jeffrey Porcaro) 3:24
2  Lion (Bobby Kimball, David Paich) 4:46
Stranger in Town (David Paich, Jeffrey Porcaro) 4:49
4  Angel Don’t Cry (Fergie Frederiksen, Jeffrey Porcaro) 4:23
5  How Does It Feel (Steve Lukather) 3:50
6  Endless (David Paich) 3:43
7  Isolation (Fergie Frederiksen, Steve Lukather, David Paich) 4:05
8  Mr. Friendly (Fergie Frederiksen, Steve Lukather, David Paich, Jeffrey Porcaro, Mike Porcaro) 4:22
9  Change of Heart (Fergie Frederiksen, David Paich) 4:10
10  Holyanna (David Paich, Jeffrey Porcaro) 4:16


Bass Mike Porcaro
Drums Jeffrey Porcaro
Guitar Steve Lukather
Keyboards David Paich
Keyboards Steve Porcaro
Vocals David Paich
Vocals Steve Lukather
Vocals Fergie Frederiksen

Other Musicians

SynthesizerMichael Cotten
TrumpetChuck Findley
TrumpetJerry Hey
SaxTom Scott
PercussionJoe Porcaro
PercussionLenny Castro
Background VocalsTom Kelly
Background VocalsRichard Page
Background VocalsGene Morford
Background VocalsBobby Kimball

Orchestra – The London Symphony Orchestra (Tracks 5, 9)

Liner Notes

Producer – Toto
Arranged By (Horns) – Jerry Hey, Toto (Track 2)
Arranged By (Orchestra) – David Paich, James Newton Howard (Tracks 5, 9)
Conductor – Marty Paich, James Newton Howard (Tracks 5, 9)
Engineer – Greg Ladanyi, Niko Bolas, Shep Lonsdale, Tom Knox
Engineer (Assistant) – Ann Calnan, Bill Jackson, Brian Malouf, David Schober, Duane Seykora, Franz Pusch, Peggy McCreary, Richard Bosworth, Stuart Furusho, Terry Christian, Tom Fletcher
Engineer (Strings) – John Kurlander
Mixed By – Toto, Greg Ladanyi
Orchestra – The London Symphony Orchestra

Illustration – Robert Kopecky
Art Direction, Design – Bill Murphy

Engineered At Abbey Road Studios
Recorded At Record One, Los Angeles
Recorded At The Villa
Recorded At The Manor, Los Angeles
Recorded At Sunset Sound
Recorded At Bill Schnee Studios
Recorded At Can-Am Recorders
Mastered At The Mastering Lab
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