The Michael Franks Anthology: The Art of Love

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The Michael Franks Anthology:
The Art of Love
Compilation album by Michael Franks
Released 12 May 2003
Recorded 1976 – 1999
Genre Jazz
Vocal jazz
Smooth jazz
Length 146:41 total
74:46 for disc one
71:55 for disc two
Language English
Label Warner Bros.
Michael Franks chronology
Barefoot on the Beach
(1999)
The Michael Franks Anthology: The Art of Love
(2003)
Watching the Snow
(2003)

The Michael Franks Anthology: The Art of Love is a jazz vocal album by Michael Franks, released in 2003 with Warner Bros.[1] It is Franks' eighteenth album, and his third compilation after his import-only Indispensable: The Best of Michael Franks released in 1988 and The Best of Michael Franks: A Backward Glance in 1998.

The compilation contains a selection of tracks over two discs spanning twenty three years, from The Art of Tea in 1976, to Barefoot on the Beach in 1999.

Track listing[edit]

Disc one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Eggplant" (from The Art of Tea, 1976) Michael Franks 3:37
2. "Popsicle Toes" (from The Art of Tea, 1976) Michael Franks 4:34
3. "The Lady Wants To Know" (from Sleeping Gypsy, 1977) Michael Franks 4:44
4. "B'wana - He No Home" (from Sleeping Gypsy, 1977) Michael Franks 4:56
5. "Antonio's Song (The Rainbow)" (from Sleeping Gypsy, 1977) Michael Franks 5:04
6. "When The Cookie Jar Is Empty" (from Burchfield Nines, 1978) Michael Franks 5:09
7. "Meet Me In The Deerpark" (from Burchfield Nines, 1978) Michael Franks 5:58
8. "Living on the Inside" (from Tiger in the Rain, 1979) Michael Franks 5:38
9. "Sanpaku" (from Tiger in the Rain, 1979) Michael Franks 4:12
10. "Tiger In the Rain" (from Tiger in the Rain, 1979) Michael Franks 4:18
11. "When It's Over" (from Tiger in the Rain, 1979) Michael Franks 3:04
12. "On My Way Home To You" (from One Bad Habit, 1980) Michael Franks 4:50
13. "Inside You" (from One Bad Habit, 1980) Michael Franks 4:12
14. "Lotus Blossom" (from One Bad Habit, 1980) Michael Franks, Grolnick 4:17
15. "Don't Be Blue" (from Sleeping Gypsy, 1977) Michael Franks, Guerin 3:41
16. "Monkey See—Monkey Do" (from The Art of Tea, 1976) Michael Franks 6:32
Total length:
74:46
Disc two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Tahitian Moon" (from Objects of Desire, 1982) Michael Franks 4:36
2. "Flirtation" (from Objects of Desire, 1982) Michael Franks 3:42
3. "When Sly Calls (Don't Touch That Phone)" (from Passionfruit, 1983) Michael Franks 5:52
4. "Rainy Night In Tokyo" (from Passionfruit, 1983) Michael Franks 4:42
5. "Sunday Morning Here With You" (from Passionfruit, 1983) Michael Franks 4:34
6. "Your Secret's Safe With Me" (from Skin Dive, 1985) Michael Franks 4:39
7. "When I Give My Love To You" (from Skin Dive, 1985) Michael Franks 4:26
8. "Read My Lips" (from Skin Dive, 1985) Michael Franks 3:43
9. "Innuendo" (from The Camera Never Lies, 1987) Michael Franks 5:54
10. "Leading Me Back To You" (from Spellbound, 1989) Michael Franks, Sample 5:06
11. "The Art Of Love" (from Blue Pacific, 1990) Michael Franks 4:10
12. "The Dream" (from Dragonfly Summer, 1993) Ferrante, Michael Franks, Haslip, Russo 5:14
13. "Monk's New Tune" (from Dragonfly Summer, 1993) Michael Franks 5:43
14. "Somehow Our Love Survives" (from Abandoned Garden, 1995) Michael Franks, Sample 5:00
15. "Mr. Smooth" (from Barefoot on the Beach, 1999) Michael Franks 4:39
Total length:
71:56

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[2]

Writing for AllMusic, Stephen Thomas Erlewine commented that "[a]ll the hits are here, along with a sharp selection of album tracks, pretty much rounding up all the highlights from his rich, extensive career. Diehards will still want the albums, but serious fans who want just one Michael Franks album will need this."[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Discography in Order of Release". MichaelFranks.com. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  2. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. The Michael Franks Anthology: The Art of Love – Michael Franks at AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-02-21.

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