Toto’s David Paich Goes Solo — Stream/Pick Up His First Solo Album, ‘Forgotten Toys,’ Available Now

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It’s somewhat remarkable that over the years, David Paich of Toto had never released a proper solo album … until now.

That’s right. Today, Aug. 19, 2022, the renowned keyboardist/songwriter/singer unleashed Forgotten Toys, a collection of new material packing in the energy, spirit and singular style of Paich, known the world over for his hits with Toto, enduring classics like “Hold the Line,” “99,” “Rosanna,” and “Africa,” to name a few.

Throughout the record, Paich is joined by his bandmates, guitarist Steve Lukather and singer Joseph Williams, along with Brian Eno, Michael McDonald, Don Felder, Ray Parker Jr. and Rolling Stones touring drummer Steve Jordan.

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Paich introduced this exciting chapter in his career with “Spirit of the Moonrise,” an epic composition featuring Lukather and Michael McDonald:

So why the title Forgotten Toys? Paich, the focus of Rock Cellar’s August feature interview, told us all about it:

David Paich: “Originally the title was Broken Toys, but my wife said it sounded a little too negative. She said, “how about Forgotten Toys?” She said that’s more truly what they are, forgotten — they’re not broken.

“These songs that I had in my old trunk, I had to dust them off and bring them out again and rediscover them and maybe put them into a puzzle and frame them with some of Joseph Williams’ music, my co-writer on some of them.

“Also because of the COVID pandemic, it afforded us the time. Everybody was in town and there was more time to work on solo projects. Of course, we were able to do it via screens and everything like that. It did work.”

Another standout on the album is the rambunctious, blues/rock number “Queen Charade”:

As Paich explained in our interview, the song was inspired by his previous work with Rolling Stones icon Keith Richards:

David Paich: “I’ve been a Beatles and Stones fan since the very beginning, I don’t hide that at all. I love both bands, but Keith Richards influenced me at a very early age. I tried to play piano like he plays guitar, he uses these great suspensions.

“I know Steve Jordan had been producing Keith Richards’ solo records and I said, “God, I’d really love to work with Keith sometime.” And finally, I got a call and I went and saw Dave Natale, who was our front-of-house engineer when we opened for Tina Turner over in England. He greeted me at the door and I had no idea that I was going to be overdubbing, I just thought he was going to let me see Keith work in the studio for a little bit.”

The set wraps with the slick jazz instrumental “Lucy,” a composition Paich explained was a bit of an homage to his father:

David Paich: “My father was a great jazz musician. He was a piano player, but he was also an arranger. And he arranged music for a lot of singers like Mel Tormé. So that was a kind of memory of my childhood, my dad working with Mel Tormé, which is why I brought his son James Tormé in. He’s a great singer and scatter.

“I brought him in to sing a little bit of scatting on the record and to give it that flavor. Definitely, something that’s been marching around my head for a long time now.”

A news release characterizes Forgotten Toys like this:

Music is the soundtrack of our life. For David, music is much more than the soundtrack of his life. As one of its architects, it is his life.

With that in mind, dive into the record below:

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