Mike Porcaro – Brotherly Love (2011)
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Michael Joseph “Mike” Porcaro (May 29, 1955 – March 15, 2015) was an American bass player known for his work with Toto. He retired from touring in 2007 as a result of being diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
He is the second of the three Porcaro brothers. The three brothers were taught drums by their father at his drum shop every weekend. Jeff said that he himself wasn’t the best drummer adding that Mike was a better player than him before he switched to bass while Steve later took up piano before they moved to California.
Porcaro worked as a session bass player before replacing Toto original bass player David Hungate in 1982 shortly after the band completed recording the Toto IV album. Porcaro played cello on a track for the album and subsequently appeared in the band’s videos and performed as a full band member on the world tour in support of the album. He remained with the band until 2007.
Thanks to keyboardist David Garfield, however, Porcaro s undersung gift as a glue guy with a huge, intuitive groove is back in the spotlight on this stellar 2-CD set. Taken from a German 2002 tribute concert to Mike s brother, late drum great Jeff Porcaro, the cross section of songs and stickmen yields some fascinating and fertile results. For starters, there s Mike locking with Steve Gadd and Greg Bissonette on the supreme shuffle of Roseanna, as well as driving the 6/8 pulse of Hendrix s Manic Depression both with bassist Glenn Hughes on soaring vocals. Add in Robin DiMaggio for Lowdown and Africa, and Bernard Purdie on Babylon Sisters all with Santana singer Alex Ligertwood. Elsewhere, Mike reimagines Georgy Porgy (dig his subtleyswung steady 16ths on the out chorus), and provides harmonically-astute walking on Straight No Chaser (with dad Joe on drums). Great music that supports a great cause.
In despite of being Mike Porcaro’s record this record is a record with amazing drum and vocals recording. (and maybe it can indicate what an amazing musicican Mike Porcaro was). It is a powerfull senstaion on track #1 to hear Gregg Bissonette’s groove on “Rosanna” and Glen Hughes vocals on it is a surprisingly good point to look at. The jazzy groove on “Georgy Porgy” is somewhat fine (and if you will look for that famous chords sequence please hear up to the end of the track … it’s fantastic!). For sure “Africa” with 3 drummers is the “piece of cake” of this record, because it’s amazing how carefully the original Jeff Porcaro’s groove was rebuild (and somewhat refurbished) here. “Stuffy” and “Jeff’s strut” is another highlight of this record due to the fantastic drum solo by the great Steve Gadd. “Corbitt Van Brauer” is another track to let you remember on Jeff Porcaro (and how Mike Porcaro is devoted to him musically on this record). If you are a fan of AOR stuff and want to have a bold record buy this record. If you like Toto and do want to know if it is worth to hear another “cover” from their famous tracks buy this record because I would guess there’s no better record on Toto’s legacy than this. And finally if you like carefully produced music (and there’s always that will claim that this is another “overproduced” stuff) and do not like too much live recordings buy this one (you’ll get surprised with the quality of the recording … and producing). For sure Mike Porcaro wouldn’t agree on this (as Will Lee statement available on CD’s booklet) but Mke Porcaro did great here in this recording.
1 Rosanna – 7:08
2 Manic Depression – 4:43
3 Georgy Porgy – 9:38
4 Lowdown – 8:07
5 E Minor Shuffle – 8:05
6 English Eyes – 7:21
7 Human Nature – 5:23
8 Straight No Chaser – 8:52
9 Africa – 6:52
10 Let’s Stay Together (Bonus Track) – 8:37
1 Stuffy – 1:31
2 Jeff’s Strutt – 8:06
3 Babylon Sisters – 7:29
4 Big Bone – 7:44
5 Corbitt Van Brauer- 10:43
- Backing Vocals – Alex Ligterwood (tracks: 1.1, 1.6), Bobby Kimball (tracks: 1.3, 1.4), Glenn Hughes (tracks: 1.3, 1.4, 1.6), Joseph Williams (tracks: 1.6, 1.9, ), Phil Perry (2) (tracks: 1.1, )
- Bass – Mike Porcaro
- Drums – Bernard Purdie (tracks: 2.3), Chase Duddy (tracks: 1.6), Gregg Bissonette (tracks: 1.1, 1.2, 1.5, 1.9, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5), Joe Porcaro (tracks: 1.8), John Robinson (2) (tracks: 1.10), Robin Dimaggio (tracks: 1.4, 1.9), Steve Gadd (tracks: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.7, 1.9, 1.10, 2.1, 2.2, 2.5)
- Guitar – Doug Bossi (tracks: 1.1, 1.6), Michael O’Neill
- Keyboards – David Garfield, Steve Porcaro
- Lead Vocals – Alex Ligterwood (tracks: 1.3, 1.4, 1.9, 1,10), Bobby Kimball (tracks: 1.1, 1.6, 1.9, 1.10), Glenn Hughes (tracks: 1.1, 1.2, 1.10)
- Percussion – Joe Porcaro (tracks: 1.9), Lenny Castro
- Piano – David Paich (tracks: 1.9)
- Producer – David Garfield
- Saxophone – Larry Klimas
- Trumpet – Ralph Himmler, Walt Fowler (tracks: 1.7)
- Vocals – David Paich (tracks: 1.9)
Genre: Pop Rock
Label – Creatchy Records