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Michael Franks: The Michael Franks Anthology: The Art of Love

Album Reviews:

Mojo (Publisher) (8/03, pp.112-3) - 4 out of 5 stars - "...An excellent gathering from the singular canon of a remarkably consistent and quietly individual musician."

Album Notes

Personnel includes: Michael Franks (vocals, acoustic guitar); Brenda Russell

(vocals); Joe Caro, David Spinozza (acoustic & electric guitars); Bucky Pizzarelli, Earl Klugh (acoustic guitar); Larry Carlton, John Tropea, Eric Gale, Steve Khan (guitar); Ernie Watts (saxophone, flute); David Sanborn (alto saxophone); Michael Brecker (tenor saxophone); Joe Sample (piano, Fender Rhodes piano, synthesizer); Tennyson Stephens (piano, Fender Rhodes piano); Rob Mounsey (Fender Rhodes piano, synthesizer); Kenny Barron (piano); Lee Pendarvis (keyboards); Larry Bunker, Mike Manieri (vibraphone); Ron Carter (acoustic bass); Wilton Felder, Will Lee (bass); John Guerin, Steve Gadd, Rick Marotta, Ben Riley (drums); Ralph MacDonald, Ray Armando, Andre Fischer (percussion); Crossfire; Yellowjackets.

Producers include: Tommy LiPuma, John Simon, Andre Fischer, Rob Mounsey, Jeff Lorber.

Compilation producers: Barry Benson, Lawrence Tanter.

Includes liner notes by A. Scott Galloway.

With his sly, subtle blend of jazz, Brazilian music, and folk-rock, Michael Franks may be a bit of an acquired taste, which is why Rhino's double-disc, 31-track The Michael Franks Anthology: The Art of Love may not be the best way to get acquainted with his music -- there's simply to much to absorb at once. But for those who already have become a convert to his sophisticated soft pop, this is the ultimate anthology, providing an exhaustive but not exhausting overview of his Warner recordings from the mid-'70s to the mid-'90s. All the hits are here, along with a sharp selection of album tracks, pretty much rounding up all the highlights from his rich, extensive career. Diehards will still want the albums, but serious fans who want just one Michael Franks album will need this. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine


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