Michael Franks

Michael Franks - Original Album Series (2012) [5CD Box Set]

Michael Franks - Original Album Series (2012)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
Rhino, 8122-79691-9 | ~ 1214 or 451 Mb | Scans(jpg) -> 55 Mb
Smooth Jazz, Jazz-Funk

Released in the U.K. in 2010, this volume of Original Album Series features the second through sixth studio albums from Michael Franks: The Art of Tea (1976), Sleeping Gypsy (1977), Burchfield Nines (1978), Tiger in the Rain (1979), and One Bad Habit…

Michael Franks - Dragonfly Summer (1993)  Music

Posted by Designol at Jan. 12, 2017
Michael Franks - Dragonfly Summer (1993)

Michael Franks - Dragonfly Summer (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 342 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 146 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans ~ 89 Mb
Jazz-Pop, Vocal Jazz-Pop, Smooth Jazz | Label: Reprise | # 9 45227-2 | Time: 00:57:42

Michael released "Dragonfly Summer after a three year hiatus. What a wonderful return. The opener "Coming To Life" is an upbeat tune where Michael seems like he's singing about the start of this album itself. All of the songs are winners, I sometimes wonder what the outtakes are like, given the overall quality of the songs here. "Soul Mate" not only turned me on to Jeff Lorber, but also introduced me to Eric Benet, he's singing the harmony vocal. Not only is Michael talented, but the people he surrounds himself with, wow! The title track is fun, "Monk's New Tune" is about as late night jazz as Michael gets. "I Love Lucy" is that "I Love Lucy," the only cover Michael has recorded, save for a couple Christmas songs. The song is transformed from a Cuban lounge style to a romantic Brazilian influenced love song, the orchestration is glorious. "Practice Makes Perfect" is fun, "String Of Pearls" is a beautiful song, moving at a nice tempo featuring accoustic guitar and a woodwind solo.

Michael Franks - Barefoot On The Beach (1999)  Music

Posted by JET 1 at Dec. 27, 2016
Michael Franks - Barefoot On The Beach (1999)

Michael Franks - Barefoot On The Beach (1999)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Tracks) +CUE, LOG | 478 MB | Covers Included
Genre: Smooth Jazz | Label: Windham Hill | Catalog Number: 01934 11443 2

It remains extraordinary that Michael Franks has not broken through from his small but devoted following to a wider audience, for he is without any doubt the most complete and perceptive songwriter currently active. His songs speak of love lost, found, abandoned, imagined, destroyed, recaptured, and all shades of nuance in between. Anyone who has experienced any emotional joy or upset (ie. anyone over the age of thirty) will find the memory of the experience captured in the deliciously subtle words and music of Michael Franks. "Heart Like an Open Book", has the male narrator singing, with a naive joy that is almost painful for the cynical listener to observe, of how he and his new lover reveal themselves, one to the other, with their hearts "like an open book". Cultural and literary references feature in many of the songs (eg. "I flashed my Rhett Butler look"), and are a joy to those with whom they strike a chord, but are not obstructive to the enjoyment of the music by those oblivious to such references. This album is perhaps not as good as the earlier, utterly marvellous "Abandoned Garden", but as that was one of the finest albums of all time, this is not in any way a criticism.

Michael Franks - Time Together (2011) Japanese Press  Music

Posted by Designol at Dec. 15, 2016
Michael Franks - Time Together (2011) Japanese Press

Michael Franks - Time Together (2011) Japanese Press
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 418 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 180 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Smooth Jazz, Latin Jazz, Bossa Nova, Vocal Jazz | Label: Shanachie/WHD | # IECP-10243 | 00:56:57

Jazz singer/songwriter Michael Franks is an artist most jazz fans feel strongly about one way or another. His unique, romantic poet-cum-laid-back hipster approach to jazz signing is breezy, light, and languid. It's also uniquely his own, though deeply influenced by Brazilian jazz, bossa, and samba. Time Together, his first recording of new material in five years – and his debut for Shanachie – is unlikely to change anyone's opinion of him, but that doesn't mean this is a rote recording. Time Together is an airy, groove-ridden summer travelog that ranges from St. Tropez and New York to Paris, France, and Egypt; it journeys through the nostalgic past and finds space in the present moment, with cleverly notated, languorous, ironic observations about life. Franks split the production and arranging duties between Charles Blenzig, Gil Goldstein, Chuck Loeb, Scott Petito, and Mark Egan. The rest of the international cast on this polished 11-song set includes old friends and new faces David Spinozza, Mike Mainieri, David Mann, Eric Marienthal, Till Brönner, Alex Spiagin, Jerry Marotta, Billy Kilson, Romero Lubambo, and backing vocalist Veronica Nunn.

Michael Franks - Rendezvous In Rio (2006)  Music

Posted by Designol at Nov. 30, 2016
Michael Franks - Rendezvous In Rio (2006)

Michael Franks - Rendezvous In Rio (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 405 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 174 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Smooth Jazz, Cool Jazz, Crossover Jazz | Label: Koch Records | # KOC-CD-9964 | Time: 00:52:39

No chance Franks is going to change the formula now after all these years, but what a great formula it is. Michael Franks delivers another superb collection of idiosyncratic pop songs as only he can - this time out with a bit of a Brazilian flavored twist. Features Chuck Loeb (guitar, keyboards, programming), David Sancious (piano, keyboards), Jeff Lorber (keyboards, programming), Michael White (drums) and Eric Marienthal.

Michael Franks with Crossfire - Live (1980) [2012]  Music

Posted by JET 1 at Nov. 23, 2016
Michael Franks with Crossfire - Live (1980) [2012]

Michael Franks - With Crossfire Live (1980) [2012]
EAC Rip | FLAC (Tracks) +CUE, LOG | 280 MB | Covers Included
Genre: Smooth Jazz, Jazz-Funk | Label: Warner Bros. | Catalog Number: WPCR-14433

Michael Franks with Crossfire Live is a live jazz vocal album by Michael Franks featuring the Australian band Crossfire. It was recorded over a series of three concerts in Australia and New Zealand in September 1980; at the Capitol Theater in Sydney on the 25th, St James Tavern in Sydney on the 27th and The Town Hall in Auckland on the 29th.

Michael Franks - One Bad Habit (1980) [2012]  Music

Posted by JET 1 at Nov. 23, 2016
Michael Franks - One Bad Habit (1980) [2012]

Michael Franks - One Bad Habit (1980) [2012]
EAC Rip | FLAC (Tracks) +CUE, LOG | 247 MB | Covers Included
Genre: Smooth Jazz, Jazz-Funk | Label: Warner Bros. | Catalog Number: WPCR-14432

One Bad Habit is a jazz vocal album by Michael Franks, released in 1980 by Warner Bros. Records. It was Franks' sixth studio album, and the first to receive significant radio play in the United States.
Michael Franks - The Best Of Michael Franks: A Backward Glance (1998) [Repost, New Rip]

Michael Franks - The Best Of Michael Franks: A Backward Glance (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 435 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 166 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans ~ 80 Mb
Smooth Jazz, Jazz-Pop, Vocal Pop | Label: Warner Bros. | # 9362-46855-2 | Time: 01:09:10

The Best of Michael Franks: A Backward Glance is a good 15-track collection that is equally divided between soft rock like "Popsicle Toes" and smooth jazz. Any curious listener looking for a one-stop introduction to Franks would be well served with this collection. Among the highlights are "The Lady Wants to Know," "Antonio's Song," "When the Cookie Jar Is Empty," "Tiger in the Rain," "Baseball," "Your Secret's Safe with Me," "When I Give My Love to You," "The Art of Love," "Soul Mate," and "Hourglass".

Michael Franks - Blue Pacific (1990) US Press  Music

Posted by Designol at Nov. 8, 2016
Michael Franks - Blue Pacific (1990) US Press

Michael Franks - Blue Pacific (1990) US Press
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 383 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 163 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Smooth Jazz, Jazz-Pop, Vocal Pop | Label: Reprise | # 9 26183-2 | Time: 00:52:39

Michael Franks' first album of the '90s and his first in three years was a complete return to form and his best album since 1979's Tiger in the Rain. Meditative, lush and clearly the work of an artist intent on making personal music regardless of trends or airplay, Blue Pacific is as open and beautiful as the ocean for which it is named. The return of the production team of Tommy LiPuma and Al Schmitt doesn't hurt either, and with such veteran pros as Dean Parks, John Guerin, John Patitucci and Peter Erskine on board, how could Franks miss? With additional production and engineering support by Walter Becker and Roger Nichols, the Steely Dan connection, previously hinted at, was finally made, with great results. It's pointless to single out individual songs, since this is very much a complete, unified work. The album marked a total rebirth for Franks.

Michael Franks - Tiger In The Rain (1979)  Music

Posted by JET 1 at Oct. 18, 2016
Michael Franks - Tiger In The Rain (1979)

Michael Franks - Tiger In The Rain (1979)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Tracks) +CUE, LOG | 234 MB | Covers Included
Genre: Smooth Jazz | Label: Warner Bros | Catalog Number: 256612

For the first time, Michael Franks made an album completely without the production team of Tommy LiPuma, Al Schmitt and Lee Hershberg, employing instead John Simon (the Band, Janis Joplin, Leonard Cohen). The recording boasts a large number of celebrated horn and string players, as well as jazz luminaries Ron Carter, Bucky Pizzarelli, Kenny Barron, Mike Mainieri and Flora Purim.