Toto “TAMBU” Album & Tour

Art Direction / Print & CD Packaging Design

Toto Tambu Pkg

In 1995, Sony Music International, in association with Toto‘s representation  Fitzgerald-Hartley, issued a powerful comeback campaign directive for the band; the first result was “Tambu”… Inspired by the band’s fascination in invented word-hybrid… “Something which could mean something brand new unto itself,” a cross between “taboo” and the tamboe, an instrument played by percussionist Simon Phillips.

Tambu – the album – was a conceit born of a love for pulp-fiction covers and tawdry bedside reading. The album concept, devised by Eric Scott and Doug Brown (WorldWest Communications), involved a period juke joint setting, in which the band were to be filmed and photographed while performing, for both their album photography and music video “I Will Remember”… The design of the sleeve itself was a laborious affair, involving the creation of a custom typeface “5 4 0” (a distressed variation on Caslon) and many coffee-stained and soiled pages of a lyric booklet; representing the innards of the same pulp novel…

Toto "Tambu" - CD release collage views - Design & Art Direction by Eric Scott (Day For Night), Illustrations by Daniel Brereton, Creative Direction by Doug Brown

Toto “Tambu” CD release – Design, Art Direction & Typeface Design by Eric Scott (Day For Night),
Illustrations by Daniel Brereton, Creative Direction by Doug Brown

(© 1995 | Sony Music International | Columbia COL 481202)

Toto "Tambu" Tour 1995-96 Tourbook - Art Direction & Design by Eric Scott (Day For Night), Tour Logo by Magdy Rizk

Toto “Tambu” Tour 1995-96 Tourbook – Art Direction & Design by Eric Scott (Day For Night),
Tour Logo by Wayne Clark (Miller Clark Design)

Toto "Tambu" LP Back Cover view - Paintings by Daniel Brereton

Toto “Tambu” LP Back Cover view – Paintings by Daniel Brereton

Toto "Tambu" Paperback book - Design & Art Direction by Eric Scott (Day For Night), Painting by Daniel Brereton

Toto “Tambu” Paperback book – Design & Art Direction by Eric Scott (Day For Night), Painting by Daniel Brereton

Toto "Tambu" World Tour Logo by Wayne Clark

Toto “Tambu” World Tour Logo by Wayne Clark (Miller Clark Design)

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