The Lady Wants to Know (4:38)

Cover of Indispensable

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A year before Sleeping Gypsy, Michael Franks had a minor hit with “Popsicle Toes,” a sickeningly sweet ditty that had many jazz fans running for the hills. Over the years, Franks has had a lot of those types of songs. But there was no denying that Franks was a fine composer who had a unique vocal style and an appreciation of the jazz world. His tunes were almost always accompanied by some of the finest jazz musicians of the day. Franks and fellow vocalist Kenny Rankin ended up as standard bearers of the jazz-tinged ballad. Many of their tunes would nowadays be considered Smooth Jazz. (Pardon me while I gag.) But, back then, they were quality performances that successfully fought through the dominant fusion fusillades to be heard.

“The Lady Wants to Know” is an engaging bossa nova. Franks’s breathless affectations tell the story of having to leave his wife and new baby to hit the road for a while. There is a soft sadness in his voice. He will miss his family terribly, but the muse of the artist calls him to perform. In the end, he lives for both his family and his muse, and both must understand. The lady may want to know the reason why. But the man doesn’t know himself. —Walter Kolosky

Sleeping Gypsy (Warner Bros. 3004-2)

Michael Franks (vocals),
Michael Brecker (tenor sax), Joe Sample (piano), Wilton Felder (bass), Larry Carlton (guitar), John Guerin (drums), Ray Armando (percussion)


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  • cooljazzsailing

    Truly, one of my favorite artist...there are always "gems' found in his works. This offering here is sexy, soft and romantic. You will love him, in concert! I love it.

    26 Jan 1:55pm Reply
  • supermediadave

    Huge fan...he is sometimes hard to find for me on Last.FM. Everything is special about his music.

    30 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Smoothmetz

    I am also a huge Michael Franks fan since "Popsicle Toes" in the 70's. His compositions are very well done, and the musicians he surrounds himself with are the very best in the industry.

    25 Jun 2014 Reply
  • smoothwoman

    I'm loving it jackal141.. Thanks !

    19 Apr 2014 Reply
  • jackal141

    Thanks again Mr Franks.

    17 Apr 2014 Reply
  • CidaDuarteF

    ℒ◎❤ε ℒ◎❤ε ℒ◎❤ε

    19 Jun 2013 Reply
  • veldblom

    One of my faves!

    25 Aug 2010 Reply
  • dardar227

    The song that turned me into a BIG Michael Franks fan. I love this song!

    3 Dec 2009 Reply
  • nicolewisjr

    my MF fave too!

    24 Nov 2009 Reply
  • UsPeaches

    my MF favorite.

    14 May 2009 Reply

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