Best of Michael Franks: A Backward Glance Import
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This crossover star mixed smooth jazz, soft rock and Latin flavors to the delight of fans from the '70s to the '90s and beyond. This anthology covers all those years, bringing you his 1976 pop hit Popsicle Toes plus Eggplant; Tiger in the Rain; Soul Mate; Island Life; Baseball; Hourglass , and more!
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Michael Franks was born on September 18, 1944 in La Jolla, South California. (Note: According to Yahoo, La Jolla is one of the best place to visit after a break-up!) A young Michael absorbed the literature of American standards by the greats: Gershwin, Irving Berlin and Johnny Mercer, plus the music of Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee and Nat King Cole. At age 14, he spent $29.95 for a Japanese Marco Polo guitar. He studied English at UCLA. During that time, he was mesmerized by the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim and Miles Davis. In the late ‘60s, he relocated to Canada, where he opened shows for Gordon Lightfoot and worked briefly with the band Carnival, later Lighthouse. He cut his first self-titled record in 1973 for Brut Records. Then, he was signed by Warner Brothers. His first record on Reprise was The Art Of Tea (its title lifted from the book by Okakura) in 1975. His only charted hit was Popsicle Toes (43/1976). From 1973 to 2012, he has a total of 23 record releases (including compilation and greatest hits). Except the Dream box set in 2012, I have every Michael Franks CD.
Today Michael Franks lives with his wife Claudia in Woodstock. He is indeed the mystical, mellow messenger: the weaver of dreams. He is the wise and gentle poet placing passion fruit at the feet of the sleeping gypsy, transforming her mirages of amore into Tropic of Virgo moonlight she will cup in both hands.
Michael Franks A Backward Glance (The Best of) was his 16th album release, his very last offering from Warner Brothers. When an artist has achieved success with a label, and this artist is leaving, the usual practice by the label to squeeze the very last dollar from us is to give us a Greatest Hits collection. Such is the case of this release.Read more ›
I heard "The Art of Tea" and "Sleeping Gypsy" at the one sitting in the late Seventies. I became an instant addict.
Eventually, my Michael Franks RECORD collection included every one of his albums. I'm now in the process of replacing the older ones with CDs.
I've only ever done that with a handful of discs (Pet Sounds, Sergeant Peppers, some Kenny Rankin stuff, and Miles' Quiet Nights ... oh yeah and Sinatra and Jobim)
Anyway, the Franks repertoire is cool, hip and sexy-smart. There's a hypnotic quality to the grooves - they seem familiar and you swear you've heard them somewhere else before. The lyrics are quirky, observational and intelligent - most of all intelligent.
Image Blossom Dearie a hundred years younger. If you love Blossom, you'll love Michael Franks.
If you've not traveled down the Franks road, then this greatest hits collection is a fair place to start.
But there's a danger here. Once sampled, you may find yourself on the right side of a Michael Franks' addiction.
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This cd marks Michael's departure from Warner Brothers. Before saying goodbye to the label that helped his career get firmly established, he produced this excellent highlight of... Read morePublished on Nov. 7 2002 by James Fenos
I am a real hater of smooth jazz; in the old days people who hated jazz hated it for it's shronk-fests (think John Coltrane's "Ascension"), but now the hardcore... Read morePublished on Oct. 16 2002 by Donovan Juan
As one who purchased the Art of Tea on vinyl and have
followed his music over the decades, this CD is a
good representative mixture of Michael in all his moods. Read more
Contrary to what Bill Cooper said in his review, Michael Franks is a UNIQUE stylist. His voice is so unique and soothing..... Read morePublished on Aug. 28 2000 by Tony Lewis
Wow! I've loved Michael Franks' music since the 70's and this compilation expresses through each selection all my reasons why. Read morePublished on Aug. 3 2000
An Italian tenor he's not, but Michael Franks has a style that's very comfortable. His lyrics are fun and filled with metaphores. Read morePublished on March 26 2000 by Donald E. Saint Pierre
How this guy ever got a recording contract is beyond me. Boasting elevator music-styled lite jazz arrangements that make Kenny G. Read morePublished on March 1 2000 by Bill Cooper