Any Michael Franks Fans ?

I have been enjoying Michael's music since the 1970's & had the opportunity to see him live on one occasion. As a musician I appreciate his vocal phrasing & I suppose the fact he uses some of the top name jazz musicans on his recording session is one of the reasons I continue to purchase his recordings. My question is, from an audiophile view point, what record/CD do you think have the best sonic qualities.
Thanks! Geno
I only have "Tiger in the Rain" and I think that sounds pretty good on LP. Don't know about any others.
I enjoy Franks, his biggest influence is clearly Mose Allison.....and I love Mose!
I'm also a big Franks fan. My favorite is "Sleeping Gypsies". This was, I believe his second album. During this time his band was the "Jazz Crusaders" with Joe Samples on Keyboard. Some of his later ablums IMO were hit and miss, with "Blue Pacific" among the best. I would highly recommend both to any Jazz fan. Enjoy.
To answer the question "The Art of Tea" has a really nice analog sounding mix that some of the digitally mastered jobs don't seem to have. As already mentioned "Tiger in the Rain" is a nice sounding recording also. For an introduction to Mose try "Creek Bank", two LP set on Prestige.
I have been an avid fan of Michael Franks since his very first album, "The Art of Tea." Viridian is correct to point out that this album is the finest sounding and the most musically rewarding of all his releases, with "Sleeping Gypsy" coming in at a close second. Most of the follow up albums sound mediocre and not as musically satisfying. If you dig Franks, then you should try David Frishberg, Ben Sidran or Mark Murphy.

Asip, I'm right with you on the Frishberg. Try "The Dave Frishberg Songbook" volumes 1 and 2, LPs on the Omni Sound label. These are in the top ten for recorded quality of the several thousand LPs that I own. I would suggest that Frishberg's mix of novelty tunes and cabaret phrasing will not be to everyones taste, however.
I am along with Aisip and Viridian on Frishberg, and Mose Allison is a classic. However, I would add that there are several Frank's recordings that are very worthy from a sonic and content standpoint. Burchfield Nines, One Bad Habit, and Objects of Desire come immediately to mind. Franks always surrounds himself with very good studio musicians, Michael Brecker being almost a mainstay. Nearly every Franks tune is worth a careful listen because lyrical twists abound, some much more satirical and risqué than is first evident!

BTW, I heard two of his recordings on CD and was sorely disappointed in comparison to the vinyl version. Maybe it was just those two......