Toto – IV 1982 Japan Mastersound audiophile LP

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Free U.S. shipping!  A limited edition Japanese pressing of Toto IV by Toto, issued as part of CBS/Sony’s Mastersound series, including the original obi.

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Offered for sale is a limited edition Japanese pressing of Toto IV by Toto, issued as part of CBS/Sony’s Mastersound series, including the original obi.

About this copy: This copy of Toto IV is a 1982 Japanese pressing on the CBS/Sony label.

This was part of a limited edition, heavy-vinyl series of digitally remastered audiophile pressings.  This particular title was digitally remastered and pressed on heavier vinyl than the standard release.

The cover is M- with trace corner wear.  The obi is M-.  The generic Mastersound inner sleeve is M-.

The insert is M-.  The generic Mastersound catalog is M-.

The disc is M- with one or two spindle marks on the labels, but no marks on the vinyl.  Clean disc!

A nice copy of a scarce Toto LP.

Background: In 1980, Columbia Records introduced their Mastersound series, which included titles that were either digitally remastered or half speed mastered and pressed on heavy, high-quality vinyl.

While most of the titles in the U.S. series were half speed mastered, most of the titles in the Japanese series were digitally remastered.  The Japanese series also included titles that were not released in the U.S.

These titles were sold at a premium price, did not sell particularly well, and did not stay in print for very long.

Released in 1982, Toto IV was the fourth album by Toto.

The album reached #4 on both the U.S. and UK album charts.

Allmusic.com gave Toto IV a 4 1/2 star review:

It was do or die for Toto on the group’s fourth album, and they rose to the challenge. Largely dispensing with the anonymous studio rock that had characterized their first three releases, the band worked harder on its melodies, made sure its simple lyrics treated romantic subjects, augmented Bobby Kimball’s vocals by having other group members sing, brought in ringers like Timothy B. Schmit, and slowed down the tempo to what came to be known as “power ballad” pace. … As a result, Toto IV was both the group’s comeback and its peak; it remains a definitive album of slick L.A. pop for the early ’80s and Toto’s best and most consistent record. Having made it, the members happily went back to sessions, where they helped write and record Michael Jackson’s Thriller.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: CBS/Sony
Catalog Number:
30 AP 2312
Year of Release: 1982
Format: Stereo
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Weight 15 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.3 in