The Art of Tea

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The Art of Tea
Michael Franks The Art of Tea CD.jpg
Studio album by Michael Franks
Released February 1976 on vinyl record
1990 on CD
Recorded 22 May 1975 - 9 Jun 1975
Genre Jazz
Length 35:03
Label Reprise
Producer Tommy LiPuma
Michael Franks chronology
Michael Franks
The Art of Tea
Sleeping Gypsy
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 3/5 stars[2]

The Art of Tea is a jazz vocal album by Michael Franks, released in February 1976.[3] After his eponymous album with Brut in 1973, The Art of Tea was Franks' breakout album on a major record label, and his first release with Frank Sinatra's Reprise. It was Franks' second studio album, prior to Sleeping Gypsy.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Michael Franks.

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Nightmoves" 4:03
2. "Eggplant" 3:34
3. "Monkey See—Monkey Do" 3:33
4. "St. Elmo's Fire" 3:58
5. "I Don't Know Why I'm So Happy I'm Sad" 4:16
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Jive" 3:16
2. "Popsicle Toes" 4:35
3. "Sometimes I Just Forget To Smile" 3:45
4. "Mr. Blue" 4:03





  1. ^ "AllMusic review". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-10-11. 
  2. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 79. ISBN 0-394-72643-X. 
  3. ^ ""The FM Airplay Report"" (PDF). Record World. February 28, 1976. Retrieved 12 January 2017.