Michael Franks The Best of Michael Franks: A Backwards Glance
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- Released: May 12, 1998
- Originally Released: 2009
- Label: Rhino Flashback
- 1.Popsicle Toes
- 3.The Lady Wants To Know
- 4.Antonio's Song (The Rainbow)
- 5.When The Cookie Jar Is Empty
- 6.Tiger In The Rain
- 8.Love Duet
- 9.When Sly Calls (Don't Touch That Phone)
- 10.Your Secret's Safe With Me
- 11.When I Give My Love To You
- 12.Island Life
- 13.The Art Of Love
- 14.Soul Mate
Personnel includes: Michael Franks (vocals, acoustic guitar); Larry Carlton, John Tropea, Bucky Pizzarelli, David Spinozza, Hugh McCracken, Jeff Mironov (guitar); Seldon Powell (soprano saxophone); David Sanborn (alto saxophone); Michael Brecker (tenor saxophone); Randy Brecker (flugelhorn); Joe Sample (piano, Fender Rhodes piano); Kenny Barron (piano); Rob Mounsey (Fender Rhodes piano, keyboards, programming); Leon Pendarvis, Don Grolnick (keyboards); Larry Bunker, Mike Mainieri (vibraphone); Wilton Felder, Will Lee, Ron Carter, Neil Jason, Francisco Centeno (bass); John Guerin (drums, percussion); Steve Gadd, Ben Riley, Rick Marrotta(drums); Victor Feldman, Sue Evans, Luis Conte (percussion).
Producers include: Tommy LiPuma, John Simon, Rob Mounsey, Jeff Lorber, Michael Colina.
Engineers include: Bruce Botnick, Al Schmitt, Glenn Berger.
Personnel: Michael Franks (acoustic guitar); Renee Diggs, Brenda Russell (vocals, background vocals); Larry Carlton (guitar, electric guitar); David Spinozza, Hugh McCracken, Jeff Mironov, John Tropea, Paul Jackson, Jr. , Bucky Pizzarelli (guitar); Rob Mounsey (flute, piano, Fender Rhodes piano, keyboards, programming); Marc Russo (saxophone); Seldon Powell (soprano saxophone); David Sanborn (alto saxophone); Michael Brecker (tenor saxophone); Randy Brecker (flugelhorn); Joe Sample (piano, Fender Rhodes piano); Kenny Barron, Gil Goldstein (piano); Jeff Lorber (keyboards, programming); Don Grolnick, Leon Pendarvis (keyboards); Larry Bunker, Mike Mainieri (vibraphone); John Guerin, Wilton Felder (drums, percussion); Chris Parker , Harvey Mason, Sr. , John "4 Daddman" Robinson, Peter Erskine, Rick Marotta, Steve Gadd , Ben Riley (drums); Ralph MacDonald (congas, percussion); Sean Franks (cymbals); Ray Bardani (tambourine); Victor Feldman, Don Alias, Luis Conte, Paulinho Da Costa, Ray Armando, Rubens Bassini, Bashiri Johnson , Sue Evans (percussion); Petsye Powell, Yolanda Howard, Eric Ben‚t, Leslie Miller, Kacey Cisyk, Sylvia Shemwell (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Glenn Berger; James Farber; Kevin Halpin; Al Schmitt; Alan Meyerson; Ray Bardani; Arthur Friedman.
Photographer: Michael Franks.
Arrangers: Claus Ogerman; Deodato; John Simon ; Jeff Lorber; Rob Mounsey; Gil Goldstein.
Jazz-pop maestro Michael Franks carved out a distinctive niche for himself in the 1970s and '80s with his smooth, clever, easygoing singer-songwriter fare. This 15-track compilation provides the perfect introduction to his output, encompassing early pop hits like "Popsicle Toes" and "The Lady Wants to Know," along with gauzy ballads like "Tiger in the Rain" and jazzy '80s hits like "Island Life." Franks's cheeky way with a lyric and sleek, radio-ready sound may be off-putting to some, but repeated listens reveal how well-crafted his songs and arrangements really are. A BACKWARD GLANCE is the premiere Franks primer.
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