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The Art Of Tea

Michael Franks

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After his debut on the tiny Brut Records (a short-lived record label of the famous cologne company), Michael Franks established both his unique sound and a recording process he has continued throughout his career. Primarily a jazz artist, Franks crossed over to pop and rock fans through heavy FM airplay beginning with The Art of Tea. Sensually suggestive and playful tracks, such as "Popsicle Toes" and "Eggplant" contain sly wordplay and almost Henry Mancini-like, breezy jazz-pop. Employing a similar approach as Steely Dan did with its music, Franks' singing and songwriting formed the basis of a sound rooted in the support of top-notch musicians, many of whom were the hottest studio jazz players on the scene. Here, the killer rhythm section of drummer John Guerin and bassist Wilton Felder is augmented by horn pros Michael Brecker and David Sanborn, with Franks and Larry Carlton handling all the guitar work. This winning combination of players, styles, singing, and songwriting would be reshuffled and refined over the years, but perhaps with no finer results than on this official major label debut.
© Steve Matteo /TiVo

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1
Nightmoves (LP Version)
00:04:03

Michael Small, Composer - Nick DeCaro, String Arranger - Bruce Botnick, Engineer - LEE HERSCHBERG, Engineer - Tommy Lipuma, Producer - JOHN GUERIN, Drums, Percussion - JOE SAMPLE, Keyboards - Michael Franks, Lyricist, MainArtist - LARRY CARLTON, Guitar - Larry Bunker, Vibes - Jerry Steinholtz, Congas - Willie Felder, Bass

© 1975 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1975 Warner Records Inc.

2
Eggplant (Album Version)
00:03:38

Bruce Botnick, Recorded by - LEE HERSCHBERG, Recorded by - WILTON FELDER, Bass - Tommy Lipuma, Producer - JOHN GUERIN, Drums, Percussion - Greg Calbi, Masterer - JOE SAMPLE, Piano - Al Schmitt, Mixer - Michael Franks, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Compilation Producer, MainArtist - Barry McKinley, Contributor - LARRY CARLTON, Electric Guitar - Larry Bunker, Vibes - Ilene Mark, Co-ordinator Production - Tom Mark, Engineer

© 1975 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1976 Reprise Records for the U.S. and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the U.S.

3
Monkey See-Monkey Do (LP Version)
00:03:35

Dave Sanborn, Alto Saxophone - WILTON FELDER, Bass - Tommy Lipuma, Producer - JOHN GUERIN, Drums, Percussion - JOE SAMPLE, Keyboards - Michael Franks, Writer, MainArtist - LARRY CARLTON, Guitar - Larry Bunker, Vibes - Jerry Steinholtz, Congas

© 1975 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1975 Warner Records Inc.

4
St. Elmo's Fire
00:03:59

WILTON FELDER, Bass - Tommy Lipuma, Producer - JOHN GUERIN, Drums, Percussion - JOE SAMPLE, Keyboards - Michael Franks, Writer, MainArtist - LARRY CARLTON, Guitar - Larry Bunker, Vibes - Jerry Steinholtz, Congas

© 1975 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1975 Warner Records Inc.

5
I Don't Know Why I'm so Happy I'm Sad
00:04:15

WILTON FELDER, Bass - Tommy Lipuma, Producer - JOHN GUERIN, Drums, Percussion - JOE SAMPLE, Keyboards - Michael Franks, Writer, MainArtist - LARRY CARLTON, Guitar - Larry Bunker, Vibes - Jerry Steinholtz, Congas

© 1975 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1975 Warner Records Inc.

6
Jive (LP Version)
00:03:19

WILTON FELDER, Bass - Tommy Lipuma, Producer - Michael Brecker, Tenor Saxophone - JOHN GUERIN, Drums, Percussion - JOE SAMPLE, Keyboards - Michael Franks, Writer, MainArtist - LARRY CARLTON, Guitar - Larry Bunker, Vibes - Jerry Steinholtz, Congas

© 1975 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1975 Warner Records Inc.

7
Popsicle Toes (Album Version)
00:04:36

Nick DeCaro, String Arranger - Bruce Botnick, Recorded by - LEE HERSCHBERG, Recorded by - WILTON FELDER, Bass - Tommy Lipuma, Producer - JOHN GUERIN, Drums, Percussion - Greg Calbi, Masterer - JOE SAMPLE, Piano - Al Schmitt, Mixer - Michael Franks, Vocals, Writer, Compilation Producer, MainArtist - Barry McKinley, Contributor - LARRY CARLTON, Guitar - Larry Bunker, Vibes - Ilene Mark, Co-ordinator Production - Jerry Steinholtz, Congas - Tom Mark, Engineer

© 1975 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1976 Reprise Records for the U.S. and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the U.S.

8
Sometimes I Just Forget to Smile (LP Version)
00:03:53

WILTON FELDER, Bass - Tommy Lipuma, Producer - JOHN GUERIN, Drums, Percussion - JOE SAMPLE, Keyboards - Michael Franks, Writer, MainArtist - LARRY CARLTON, Guitar - Larry Bunker, Vibes - Jerry Steinholtz, Congas

© 1975 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1975 Warner Records Inc.

9
Mr. Blue (LP Version)
00:04:02

Dave Sanborn, Alto Saxophone - WILTON FELDER, Bass - Tommy Lipuma, Producer - JOHN GUERIN, Drums, Percussion - JOE SAMPLE, Keyboards - Information not available, Arranger - Michael Franks, Composer, Lyricist, Writer, MainArtist - LARRY CARLTON, Guitar - Larry Bunker, Vibes - Jerry Steinholtz, Congas - M Franks, Composer - No lyricist info, Lyricist - N. Decaro, Arranger

© 1975 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1975 Warner Records Inc.

Album Description

After his debut on the tiny Brut Records (a short-lived record label of the famous cologne company), Michael Franks established both his unique sound and a recording process he has continued throughout his career. Primarily a jazz artist, Franks crossed over to pop and rock fans through heavy FM airplay beginning with The Art of Tea. Sensually suggestive and playful tracks, such as "Popsicle Toes" and "Eggplant" contain sly wordplay and almost Henry Mancini-like, breezy jazz-pop. Employing a similar approach as Steely Dan did with its music, Franks' singing and songwriting formed the basis of a sound rooted in the support of top-notch musicians, many of whom were the hottest studio jazz players on the scene. Here, the killer rhythm section of drummer John Guerin and bassist Wilton Felder is augmented by horn pros Michael Brecker and David Sanborn, with Franks and Larry Carlton handling all the guitar work. This winning combination of players, styles, singing, and songwriting would be reshuffled and refined over the years, but perhaps with no finer results than on this official major label debut.
© Steve Matteo /TiVo

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