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Artist: Toto

Title: Hydra

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Toto Hydra Album Cover


Category: AOR

Year: 1979

Label: Columbia Records

Catalog Number: CK-36229


Bobby Kimball vocals
Roger Linn synthesizer
Steve Lukather guitar, vocals
Marty Paich strings
David Paich keyboards, vocals
Jeff Porcaro percussion, drums
Steve Porcaro synthesizer, keyboards, vocals
Michael Boddicker keyboards
Lenny Castro percussion
Reggie Fisher bass
David Hungate bass


1.  Hydra  7:31
2.  St. George and the Dragon  4:44
3.  99  5:16
4.  Lorraine  4:46
5.  All Us Boys  5:02
6.  Mama  5:14
7.  White Sister  5:38
8.  Secret Love  3:07
Total Running Time:  41:18

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From: koogles Date: January 3, 2002 at 21:11
This was straight out of Toto's "progressive" period. I don't catch myself listening to this one much, even though "Hydra" is an interesting piece.

From: Desert Rat Date: August 31, 2002 at 20:25
Another misfire for this band. "99" is a great pop song. The rest finds them noodling around into progressive jazz.

From: Andre Tekken Date: November 11, 2002 at 8:27
Classic early Toto.Like any band their first albuns helped them to better define and mold their signature sound.Pretty mature,at same time experimental,you can clearly take notice pseudo-prog,modern jazzistic-fusion,toghether with commercial rock of late 70`s influences!Some classic hybrid songs like Hydra,plus some radio-friendly tunes as "99"!!With no shadow of a doubt this is some of the embryos of what 80`s contemporary rock would become!81 out of 10.A must have between Toto entusiasts!

From: robert Date: November 29, 2003 at 12:59
Corto, pero conciso!! con estos Genios d MAgos es imposible hacer algo mal, y mucho menos un disco!!

From: Zlatan Date: January 8, 2004 at 12:06
Darker than the debut, also rockier and more progressive. I don't think anyone would guess the Titlesong is theirs.

From: Blaine Date: February 8, 2004 at 3:27
I bought this on cassette back in 1980. I enjoyed it. NTV studios back in Newfoundland made it's own video for "99" in those days, dedicated to Wayne Gretzky.

From: Chevalier Date: August 10, 2004 at 17:31
I wouldn't call it progressive.Not even with the " ".I wouldn't say Hydra is an interisting piece cause that would be just fool to me.Amazing album.Great songs.Toto start here what they will do during their best years.Definitely something u can't miss have in your collection.

From: ROBERT Date: August 1, 2006 at 10:53
Con estos Magos/Genios, Es imposible no Hacer una Jodida Obra Maestra!! Eso si un disco muy experimental, por algo estamos en 1979!! A.O.R añejo y primogenio q denomino yo, mezclado con muxas influencias d la epoca... tipico d finales d los 70' Una epoca en la q estoy definitivamente suspenso ! Y lo demuestran con creces en Super Temazos como: El tema Titulo: HYDRA, Mitico dd los haya! No entiendo q no tocaran este y si 5 d su ultimo "invento"... St. George and the Dragon. Es otra pedazo d Joya.

From: ROBERT Date: August 1, 2006 at 10:54
Buenisimo! 99 - Es mi Favorita, una Gozada! Impresionante DAVID PAICH!! Lorraine - Con un royo mas progresivo q sube y baja d intensidad.. All Us Boys - Incluso con tokes New Wave, ademas d los progres... Vaya solo d Guitarra tan Brutal para terminar el tema. Mama - Y esta co Tokes Jazz!! estos tios le dan a todo!! White Sister - No esta mal... bastante cañera y Muy Buen Trabajo del Mitico Jeff Porcaro, el mas Grande Bateria d Sesion q ha existido nunca para mua... En Paz Descanse!! Secret Love

From: ROBERT Date: August 1, 2006 at 10:55
Secret Love - Pedazo d Baladon a Piano!! Y ya esta!! Solo 8 Temas!!

From: Carlos A. Date: August 1, 2006 at 11:40
Si, sin duda muy buena obra con ligero sabor 70`s, ahora lo recuerdo geniales: "Hydra", virtuosos paich & lukather, "St. George and the Dragon" ufff! 100% AOR creo que nunca la tocan en sus conciertos y cuyo inicio de teclados es referencia absoluta para otras bandas AOR nacidas despues, "99" invalorable ,"Lorraine", "All Us Boys"...etc, etc las ultimas canciones del disco demuestran lo que quizas es una constante de estos dioses: el jazzrock.... discazo tragicamente corto. 9/10

From: YIRO SEVENTH Date: August 17, 2007 at 20:42
Bueno, aqui pienso explayarme jeje. Uno de los mejores grupos del AOR, definitivamente. En esta ocasión, la banda opta por una dirección músical un tanto mas experimental, semiconceptual, con toques progresivos, sinfónicos mucho Jazz, como en "Hydra" que es un temazo en onda mas progresiva, sin llegar a serlo totalmente y con una maravillosa sección jazzistica; ahi tenemos a "St George And The Dragon" una pieza mas hermanada con el primer disco, siguiendo con la temática del tema anterior ...

From: YIRO SEVENTH Date: August 17, 2007 at 20:48
e interpretada impecablemente por Kimball; la jazzistica "99" aporta la cuota de comercialidad; "Lorraine", un tema parecidisimo a "Angela" del primer disco; la vigorizante y New wavesera "All Us Boys" a todo Rock; "Mama" con gran influencia de PINK FLOYD(similar al tema "Money") interpretada perfectamente por un pletórico Bobby Kimball a todo soul; la poderosa "White Sister", APLASTANTE y por ultimo la hermosa y elegante "A Secret Love". Quizá menos comercial, pero mucha CALIDAD

From: Flavio_Gasperini Date: July 8, 2008 at 11:22
This is great!.Luke's riff on the title-track is mindblowing.Maybe the album was a little complex for the ones who wanted to hear something like "I'll Suplly The Love",but Hydra delivers some progressive combinations. But "99" is a great poppy love song,"All Us Boys" show that they can just rock out and have fun and on "Mama", Kimball proves that he was THE voice of toto during that era. Other highlights : "St.George and The Dragon","White Sister".

From: hair metal again Date: April 2, 2012 at 5:28
excellent release by TOTO back in 79 with a very "alive" sound and great vibe!all the songs are fine and especially "99","hydra" and "a secret love"!the musicianship is exceptional and i consider this one a must have!

From: ShadowAngel Date: March 23, 2013 at 14:39
Somehow this album seems without direction. The first two songs make it seem like it will be a concept album with a story but that is immediately dropped. Hydra is a great song, so is St. George and the Dragon. 99 was always a weird song and if you don't know that THX movie (and who does?) the lyrics won't make much sense. Then they start to rock out. Lorraine follows the same formula as Angela from the debut. White Sister and All Us Boys work better live as proven by countless Bootlegs but they are fun songs. Secret Love was always one of my most disliked TOTO songs. It just sounds bad. They should've gone with Tale of a Man instead. It's a good album, but with 99 as a Single and a bit of a misleading direction it's no wonder it wasn't really successful.

From: rick kerch vzla Date: February 12, 2018 at 22:53
Lovely album with a great "Heavy Metal" front cover but don't judge it by it :-D ...the Record instead displays a collection of good melodic songs typical of the nature of the band.My fave ones are # 1,2,3(nice),4 & 7...enjoyable stuff...85/100

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