LO'S PICK OF THE DAY - Hydra by Toto


Originally featured on Inside MusiCast

With the release of Toto 1 in 1978, I was looking forward to what was coming next. Fresh out of high school in Palm Springs, CA, getting the latest in music was difficult. We had only one FM radio station. Living there was truly like living in a bowl.

In order to hear new music, one had to leave the desert, out of the bowl in order to receive any kind of radio signal, whether AM or FM. MTV was still far from us. And even that would be difficult as most homes were not equipped with cable connections.

I believe "99" was the first track I had heard. Although "St. George and the Dragon" had been its first release. As a teen, I knew there was something different from the moment I heard this album. So much so, that when I bought the album, I had to also purchase an 8-track copy so I could listen as I left my record store.

It doesn't even need to be said that this album is timeless. To me tho, whenever I listen to this album, my mind reverts to my life back in Palm Springs; the heat, the palm trees, my friends, cruising down our main street "downtown" and blasting this album at full volume!! It still gives me chills writing this!!

Favorite songs that I'd blast with the sun shining down on me, would be
"St. George and the Dragon" especially at the end of the track. My friends and I singing along, loud enough to be heard as we're driving down the street. Also, "All Us Boys," "Lorraine" and "White Sister."

My favorites to sing along back at that time would be "99," "Mama," and of course "A Secret Love." And I should say. . .always in front of my mirror while holding a hairbrush. 

I still sing along to these songs, just not with that teen fantasy of wanting to be a rock star. HAHA!


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