Tuesday, February 28, 2017

What Good Is Your Song

Michael Franks : Chain Reaction

Partly recorded in Brazil, smooth jazz vocalist Michael Franks followed up his popular 1975 album, The Art of Tea,  with Sleeping Gypsy in February of 1977. Franks wrote eight of the ten tracks, but not the one I like the most. "Chain Reaction" is a Joe Sample composition which gives David Sanborn a lot of room to blow the saxophone. I'm actually not a fan of Sanborn's showy style so the fact that I prefer this track disturbs me a little.

To be honest, nobody needs more than one Michael Franks album and The Art of Tea , with "Popsicle Toes" and "Monkey See-Monkey Do", is the one to get.  And ladies, if any guy walks into a room with a bottle of wine, lights a fire and puts Sleeping Gypsy on, look for the nearest exit.

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