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The Best Of Michael Franks: A Backward Glance

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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."
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1
Popsicle Toes Album Version
Wilton Felder
00:04:35

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

1998 Warner Records Inc. 1976 Reprise Records for the U.S. and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the U.S.

2
Eggplant Album Version
Wilton Felder
00:03:37

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

1998 Warner Records Inc. 1976 Reprise Records for the U.S. and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the U.S.

3
The Lady Wants to Know Album Version
Wilton Felder
00:04:44

WILTON FELDER, Bass - Tommy Lipuma, Producer - Michael Brecker, Tenor Saxophone - JOHN GUERIN, Drums - JOE SAMPLE, Piano - CLAUS OGERMAN, Conductor, Arranger - Al Schmitt, Mixer, Recorded by - Michael Franks, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Barry McKinley, Contributor - Noel Newbolt, Co-ordinator Production - Don Henderson, Assistant Engineer - LARRY CARLTON, Guitar - Israel Baker, Concert Master Conductor - Ray Armando, Percussion

1998 Warner Records Inc. 1977 Warner Records Inc.

4
Antonio's Song The Rainbow Album Version
Wilton Felder
00:05:03

WILTON FELDER, Bass - Tommy Lipuma, Producer - JOHN GUERIN, Drums - JOE SAMPLE, Piano - CLAUS OGERMAN, Conductor, Arranger - David Sanborn, Alto Saxophone - Al Schmitt, Mixer, Recorded by - Michael Franks, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Barry McKinley, Contributor - Noel Newbolt, Co-ordinator Production - Don Henderson, Assistant Engineer - LARRY CARLTON, Guitar - Israel Baker, Concert Master Conductor - Ray Armando, Percussion

1998 Warner Records Inc. 1977 Warner Records Inc.

5
When the Cookie Jar Is Empty Album Version
Bud Shank
00:05:10

Ralph MacDonald, Musicians - Eumir Deodato, Orchestra Arranged & Conducted by - Tommy Lipuma, Producer - Ernie Watts, Musicians - Steve Gadd, Musicians - Oscar Brashear, Musicians - Bud Shank, Musicians - John Tropea, Musicians - Will Lee, Musicians - Al Schmitt, Mixer, Recorded by - Michael Franks, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Noel Newbolt, Co-ordinator Production - Leon Pendarvis, Musicians - Jeffrey Kawalek, Recorded by

1998 Warner Records Inc. 1978 Warner Records Inc.

6
Tiger in the Rain Album Version
Seldon Powell
00:04:20

LEE HERSCHBERG, Digital Remasterer - Bucky Pizzarelli, Acoustic Guitar - Seldon Powell, Soprano Saxophone - Ron Carter, Acoustic Bass - Michael Franks, Writer, MainArtist - Barry McKinley, Contributor - JOHN SIMON, Producer, Arranger - Kenny Barron, Piano - Ben Riley, Drums - Bob Kuttruf, Co-ordinator Production - Glenn Berger, Mixer, Recorded by - Howie Silberberg, Second Engineer - Mike Mainieri, Vibes - Rubens Bassini, Percussion

1998 Warner Records Inc. 1979 Warner Records Inc.

7
Baseball Album Version
Michael Franks
00:03:49

Neil Jason, Bass - Jerry Hey, Arrangement Horn - Andre Fischer, Producer, Arranger - David Spinozza, Guitar - Don Grolnick, Fender Rhodes Keyboards - Rick Marotta, Drums - Tommy Lipuma, Producer - Sylvia Shemwell, Background Vocals - Mike Reese, Masterer - Al Schmitt, Mixer, Recorded by - Michael Franks, Arranger, Vocals, Writer, Vocal Arranger, MainArtist - Barry McKinley, Contributor - Noel Newbolt, Co-ordinator Production - Don Henderson, Assistant Engineer - Ray Armando, Percussion - Raymond Willhard, Assistant Engineer - Petsye Powell, Background Vocals - Yolande Howard, Background Vocals

1998 Warner Records Inc. 1980 Warner Records Inc.

8
Love Duet Album Version
Michael Franks
00:04:59

Harvey Mason, Drums - ROB MOUNSEY, Brass Arranger, Piano, Fender Rhodes Keyboards - Victor Feldman, Percussion, Congas - Hugh McCracken, Electric Guitar - RAY BARDANI, Producer, Mixer, Tambourine, Recorded by - George Marino, Masterer - David Sanborn, Alto Saxophone - Michael Franks, Arranger, Lead Vocals, Writer, Background Vocals, MainArtist - Barry McKinley, Contributor - Maryann Wlock, Contributor - Noel Newbolt, Co-ordinator Production - MICHAEL COLINA, Producer, Arranger, String Arranger, Keyboards - Joe Dera, Contributor - Tim Holland, Co-ordinator Production - Francisco Centeno, Bass - Katherin Jewell, Co-ordinator Production - S. Renee Diggs, Lead Vocals, Background Vocals - Jill Jaffee & City Strings, Strings

1998 Warner Records Inc. 1982 Warner Records Inc.

9
When Sly Calls (Don't Touch That Phone) LP Version
Randy Brecker
00:05:53

Gloria Agostini, Harp - Frank Floyd, Musicians - Barry Finclair, Violin - Richard Sortomme, Violin - Jeff Mironov, Guitar - ROB MOUNSEY, Producer, Arranger, Fender Rhodes Keyboards, Synthesizer - Charles McCracken, Cello - Christopher Parker, Drums - Randy Brecker, Flugelhorn - Ed Rak, Recorded by - George Marino, Masterer - Lesley Miller, Background Vocals - John Miller, Bass - Michael Franks, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Arthur Payson, Assistant Engineer - Artie Friedman, Mixer, Recorded by - Barry McKinley, Contributor - Charles Libove, Violin - DavidNadien, Concert Master Conductor - Elena Barere, Violin - Emanuel Vardi, Viola - Gerald Tarack, Violin - Homer Mensch, Bass - JONATHAN Abramowitz, Cello - Jan Mullen, Violin - John Pintavalle, Violin - Judy Geist, Viola - Kacey Cisyk, Background Vocals - Lamar Alsop, Viola - Lew Eley, Violin - Marti Robertson, Recorded by - Maryann Wlock, Contributor - Matthew Raimondi, Violin - Maureen Thompson, Assistant Engineer - Michael Christopher, Assistant Engineer - ROGER MOUTENOT, Assistant Engineer - Regis Iandiorio, Violin - Sue Evans, Percussion - Theodore Israel, Viola - Warren Lash, Cello

1998 Warner Records Inc. 1983 Warner Records Inc.

10
Your Secret's Safe with Me Album Version
Chris Parker
00:04:39

Neil Jason, Bass - Steve Khan, Solo Guitar - ROB MOUNSEY, Producer, Arranger, Programmer, Background Vocals, Synthesizer - LEE HERSCHBERG, Digital Remasterer - Ben Wisch, Recorded by - Ed Rak, Recorded by - George Marino, Masterer - Will Lee, Background Vocals - Michael Franks, Writer, Background Vocals, MainArtist - Barry McKinley, Contributor - Maryann Wlock, Contributor - Maureen Thompson, Contributor - Chris Parker, Drums, Programmer - Kevin Halpin, Recorded by, Remix - Bill Jackson, Contributor - Blaine Cone, Contributor - Chuck Bruno, Contributor - David Young, Contributor - Debbie DeMeo, Co-ordinator Production - Jody Giberti, Contributor - Linda Sheldon, Contributor - Mike Rienzo, Contributor - R.J. Cook, Contributor - ROB MONSEY, Producer - Roscoe Harring, Contributor

1998 Warner Records Inc. 1985 Warner Records Inc.

11
When I Give My Love to You (with Brenda Russell) Album Version
Chris Parker
00:04:26

ROB MOUNSEY, Producer, Arranger, Programmer, Synthesizer - LEE HERSCHBERG, Digital Remasterer - Ben Wisch, Recorded by - Ed Rak, Recorded by - George Marino, Masterer - BRENDA RUSSELL, Lead Vocals, Background Vocals - Michael Franks, Lead Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Barry McKinley, Contributor - Maryann Wlock, Contributor - Maureen Thompson, Contributor - Chris Parker, Drums, Programmer - Kevin Halpin, Recorded by - Bill Jackson, Contributor - Blaine Cone, Contributor - Chuck Bruno, Contributor - David Young, Contributor - Debbie DeMeo, Co-ordinator Production - Jody Giberti, Contributor - Linda Sheldon, Contributor - Mike Rienzo, Contributor - R.J. Cook, Contributor - ROB MONSEY, Producer - Roscoe Harring, Contributor

1998 Warner Records Inc. 1985 Warner Records Inc.

12
Island Life Album Version
Michael Franks
00:04:22

Ralph MacDonald, Percussion, Congas - Jeff Mironov, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar - ROB MOUNSEY, Producer, Arranger, Solo Flute, Keyboards, Programmer, Music - George Marino, Masterer - Michael Franks, Lyricist, Vocals, MainArtist - Barry McKinley, Contributor - Kevin Halpin, Mixer, Digital Masterer, Recorded by, Remix - Mike Morgan, Recorded by - Richard Nelson, Recorded by - Neil Dignon, Assistant Mix Engineer - Debbie DeMeo, Co-ordinator Production - Jack Schwarz, Contributor - Jeff Cox, Recorded by - Jon Wolfson, Recorded by - Lin Bordenet, Co-ordinator Production

1998 Warner Records Inc. 1987 Warner Records Inc.

13
The Art Of Love Album Verson
Michael Franks
00:04:12

Doug Sax, Masterer - Paul Jackson Jr., Guitar - Alan Meyerson, Mixer - Luis Conte, Percussion - Michael Franks, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Barry McKinley, Contributor - JEFF LORBER, Producer, Arranger, Keyboards, Programmer, Recorded by - MARC RUSSO, Alto Saxophone - Neal Pogue, Assistant Mix Engineer - Chris Fuhrman, Recorded by - Carol Parks, Co-ordinator Production - Gabe Moffat, Recorded by - Jodi Gibert, Contributor - Ken Eisner, Contributor - Lee Schwartz, Contributor - Sean Franks, Cymbals - Sonny Abelardo, Co-ordinator Production

1998 Warner Records Inc. 1990 Reprise Records for the U.S. and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the U.S.

14
Soul Mate Album Version
John Robinson
00:04:28

Hubert Laws, Flute - John Robinson, Drums - Paul Jackson Jr., Guitar - Paulinho Da Costa, Percussion - George Marino, Masterer - Alan Meyerson, Mixer - Michael Franks, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Barry McKinley, Contributor - JEFF LORBER, Producer, Arranger, Keyboards, Recorded by - David Schiffman, Assistant Engineer - Dave Koz, Alto Saxophone - Chris Anderson, Contributor - Dan Shepard, Recorded by - Eric Rudd, Assistant Engineer - Jody Gilerti, Contributor - Les Schwartz, Contributor - Michael Reiter, Assistant Engineer - Sally Poppe, Co-ordinator Production - Willie Will, Assistant Engineer - ALEC MILSTEIN, Bass - Eric Benet Jordan, Background Vocals

1998 Warner Records Inc. 1993 Reprise Records for the U.S. and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the U.S.

15
Hourglass Album Version
Gil Goldstein
00:04:45

Charles Blenzig, Contributor - Jeff Mironov, Guitar - Glen Marchese, Assistant Engineer - Greg Calbi, Masterer - Bashiri Johnson, Percussion - MATT PIERSON, Producer - DANA WATSON, Co-ordinator Production - JAMES FARBER, Mixer, Recorded by - Michael Franks, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Barry McKinley, Contributor - Marc Johnson, Bass - Don Alias, Percussion - Peter Erskine, Drums - GIL GOLDSTEIN, Producer, Piano - MATTHEW "BOOMER" LAMONICA, Recorded by - Tom Mark, Recorded by - Jody Gilberti, Contributor

1998 Warner Records Inc. 1995 Warner Records Inc.

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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."
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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