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01 – Your Secret’s Safe With Me (Skin Dive)
02 – Alone At Night (Passion Fruit)
03 – All Dressed Up With Nowhere To Go (One Bad Habit)
04 – Soul Mate with Eric Benet (Dragonfly Summer)
05 – Ladies’ Night with Bonnie Raitt (Objects Of Desire)
06 – The Art Of Love (Blue Pacific)
07 – When Sly Calls (Don’t Touch That Phone) (Passion Fruit)
08 – When it’s Over (Tiger in the Rain)
09 – Popsicle Toes (The Art Of Tea)
10 – Now I Know Why (They Call It Falling) (Skin Dive)
11 – Every Time She Whispers (Barefoot on the Beach)
12 – One Bad Habit (One Bad Habit)
13 – Tell Me All About It (Passion Fruit)
14 – When I Give My Love To You with Brenda Russll (Skin Dive)
15 – Wonderland (Objects Of Desire)
16 – The Lady Wants To Know (Sleeping Gypsy)
17 – Tiger in the Rain (Tiger in the Rain)
While I was in college, I was listening to a variety of music- anywhere from The Police to Pebbles to Peter Gabriel. During this time I started getting into more mellow music and New Age music was being payed, and I started vibing to artists like Spyro Gyra, Najee, Hiroshima, and others- so much so I wrote a term paper entitled “Cool Soul” and managed to get an A (I still wish I had that paper, and the tape that I put together for the professor.) I heard the track “Your Secret’s Safe With Me” on one of the radio stations, and from that point on, I became an instant Michael Franks fan and still continue to be one to this day. His style was unique – very mellow- so much so that when you’re listening to his music you think the topics are all mellow and soothing- that is, until you listen to the words. That is when you realize that the man’s lyrics and vocal arrangements are slick. Titles like “When Sly Calls,” “One Bad Habit,” and “Popsicle Toes” are perfect examples.
“When Sly Calls,” “Popsicle Toes,” “When I Give My Love To You,” and “The Art Of Love” are four of the most popular tracks from Michael particularly “When I Give My Love To You” with vocals by Brenda Russell. The track “Ladies Night” is a nice duet with Bonnie Raitt. Michael Franks has used various other vocalists (like Luther Vandross) and instrumentalists (like Marcus Miller, Nathan East)- and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
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