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Toto - Past to Present 1977-1990

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by DWBass, Dec 20, 2005.

  1. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    I just picked up this cd. My experience is mainly based in R&B/Funk & Jazz and I'm not too familiar with Mike Porcaro's work. Was he really that good a bassist? Also, I heard a couple of cuts with some slap bass. Was that Mike? Most of what I've heard about him did not include slap bass. If that is him, he's a pretty decent slapper. By the way, the cd is killin'!!


  2. The playing on the earlier Toto albums is a guy named David Hungate. Who later went on to a successful playing/producing career in Nashville. I'm not sure when he left, but he was the one who did the slap stuff on "Rosanna". Porcaro replaced him but I don't know what year or album.
  3. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    Thanks for the info.
  4. Both excellent bassists with great tone.
  5. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    IMO, Hungate was the man.
    "Lowdown" by Boz Scaggs is probably his best known figure. ;)

    I'm assuming "Georgy Porgy" is on the album you picked up...IMO, Hungate's lines on that tune are very Verdine White-esque.
    Also, make sure you check out Hungate's melodicism on the outro to "99".

    If you have Rit 2(the Lee Ritenour album with the Top-40 hit, "Is It You" w/ Abe Laboriel), re-visit the 1st track(IIRC), "Mr. Briefcase"...a very nice slap/pop groove by Hungate(at least my liner notes say it's Hungate!
    (Woodchuck always sez it's Louis Johnson).

    That's Hungate playing "Home Cookin'" in the SITSOM book/cd set.
  6. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    *I'm late!

    Yes Georgie Porgy is on this but there is another uptempo tune with more extensive slapping that I just didn't think it would be Porcaro. I'll come back with the title.
  7. ryandude713


    Aug 15, 2003
    Did someone say Toto?