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Blue Pacific

Michael FranksAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (May 31, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002LLA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,784 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Art Of Love
2. Woman In The Waves
3. All I Need
4. Long Slow Distance
5. Vincent's Ear
6. Speak To Me
7. On The Inside
8. Chez Nous
9. Blue Pacific
10. Crayon Sun (Safe At Home)

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Place In The Sun December 14, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This review is being written to currently right an egregious wrong. Which is simply that Michael Franks "Blue Pacific" is quite possibly, when listened to in it's entirety ( as opposed to evaluating each song seperately ) his best work as of this date. Don't misunderstand me, Michael Franks back catalogue is nothing short of amazing, having written some tunes that will forever be on my list of favorites, as I'm sure they will be on many other listener's lists as well. But, that being the case, when judged as a complete disc "Blue Pacific", with it's picturesque songs of oceans, sand and unrequited love ( what other kind is there? ) simply does not require me to search for the 'skip' button on my cd player. And the strength that comes from each song so wonderfully complementing the last is what makes it an extrodinary listening experience.
Starting off with the funky, uptempo "Art Of Love", which really sets the tone of the disc extremely well, the album is off and running. To put it mildly this song has a groove you can 'take to the bank'! Followed by the leisurely "Woman In The Waves" which reminds me of Antonio Jobim's "Girl From Ipanema", the song is amazingly descriptive, seductive and sinfully playfull! There really are so many highlights to this disc.... including "Long Slow Distance" which, for me, is easily the standout track. Performed at mid-tempo, while Michael sings coyingly about pacing yourself for the "long distance" when entering a relationship and attempting to keep things nice and slow to make it last, is a work of true lyrical art! Plus, with a piano solo by Joe Sample that flows so well I almost started to laugh!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Pacific April 23, 2007
Format:Audio CD
A friend turned me on to Michael Franks back in the early 80's. His unusual voice and musical style, along with his adeptness with lyrics, really resonate with me. I'm not a fanatical fan by any means, but there are certain moods for which his music is absolutely the best choice. I've owned Blue Pacific since it was first released, and if anything I enjoy and appreciate it more now than when I first purchased it.

All of his other albums I've heard have songs I love, like, and don't much like. But Blue Pacific is that very rare thing, a perfect album. It's not that I absolutely love every single song on the album. It's that even my less favorite songs still obviously belong here. All the songs seamlessly flow together into one beautifully cohesive whole. The entire album strikes a tone and mood that is consistent throughout, and as others mentioned, it really does transport you mentally to the ocean.

My favorite on the album by far is "Woman in the Waves". It's a combination of the lyrics and how the song sounds, along with it bringing back memories of swimming in the ocean with my friend who introduced me to Michael Franks. "Blue Pacific" ranks next. I can't really put into words what the song evokes in me, but it's magical. The rest of the songs are all really solid and which ones I like more than others depends on what day I'm listening to the album.

I highly recommend Blue Pacific as THE Michael Franks album to own. All others are icing on the proverbial cake, but this is the one that it would be a tragedy to not have in your music collection.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Michael's Concept Album November 16, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I bought this cd when it was first released, I had read a review in Entertainment Weekly about this album and Michael in general, it stated Michael excels in "better than average background music." I was apppalled by this statement, they had slammed other artists I like, this was the last straw, I cancelled my subscription and never looked back.
That said, this album is, as usual, wonderful. The songs are not really designed to stand out on their own, save for "Art Of Love," that song got lots of airplay and it's upbeat arrangement with optimistic lyric differs from the rest of this album, it also lacks the tropical overtones in the arrangement. The real story begins with "Woman In The Waves" and goes from there taking us to Michael's state of mind, the tropics and relationships with a little conflict but a lot of love. It almost seem Michael's perfect woman is a tropic paradise, and he wants to prove it to us that he's right. "Woman In The Waves" contains the lyric in the refrain "she understands how the blue water behaves, mother of pearl is the woman in the waves." The rest of the album does not stray from this feeling, "Speak To Me" is a slight departure because of it's tempo. "Vincent's Ear" is a song from Michael's play "Noa Noa," which was in almost draft form by this albums release, the play is now finished and the characters have been cast. The song has a cool jazz feel. "Chez Nous" had to grow on me a bit, Michael sounds almost strained to sing this one, the lyric I thought was a bit weaker than the rest of the songs. The title track is an almost summary of the entire body of work, the last track is a beautiful, airy song, a great way to close the album. Unlike most of Michael's albums, the songs here do not make sense out of context but when listened to as a whole, the story is wonderful fantasy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This was the first release I heard from my favorite musician. I have...
This was the first release I heard from my favorite musician. I have since collected all of his releases and seen him multiple times in concert as well. Read more
Published 1 month ago by J. D. Hisey
5.0 out of 5 stars music
love it! very relaxing and enjoyable music.i would recommend it to all people that I know. you won't regret it
Published 6 months ago by Bernadette Borg Pittman
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect-cool
I first listened to Michael franks on sirus radio. I feel in love with his song, women in the waves. I have just ordered his album "blue pacific" . Read more
Published 8 months ago by Robj
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite CDs
Soothing, relaxing, lovely, jazzy, romantic, the songs tell a story …. it's all there. Absolutely LOVE this Michael Franks' voice.
Published 10 months ago by JT
5.0 out of 5 stars One of his best
I think his first two were the best. The others are only fair, few great songs. But this one is consistently good. 8/10
Published 12 months ago by Scott Riedler
5.0 out of 5 stars Smoove
Michael Franks is Michael Franks. Smoove is what he does. Blue Pacific is relating, mellow and did I say SMOOVE!!!
He hits a homerun with this one!
Published 16 months ago by randall v brooks
5.0 out of 5 stars In love with this music and this artist!
This album did not disappoint! Every song is like a delicious candy wrapped in amazing style and savored with each note played!
Published 16 months ago by Vintage Vase
5.0 out of 5 stars Smooth and Mellow
Michael Franks!!Yes all have loved this guy with his smooth and playful layed back styled. This one was a real find, I enjoy passionate fruit very much, however, Blue Pacific... Read more
Published 16 months ago by La Shawn
4.0 out of 5 stars Blue Pacific
excelent lyrics, what a poet with music that complements. A couple of songs that seeemed a little pop but overall I really enjoyed this disc.
Published 18 months ago by steven c bell
5.0 out of 5 stars Good rhythms
This music is good to do housework by! :-) I'm a big Michael Franks fan, and this is one of my favorites.
Published 20 months ago by S. Walker
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