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Dragonfly Summer

Michael FranksAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 13, 1993)
  • Original Release Date: April 13, 1993
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002MIW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,996 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Coming To Life
2. Soul Mate
3. Dragonfly Summer
4. Monk's New Tune
5. Learning What Love Means
6. I Love Lucy
7. Practice Makes Perfect
8. String Of Pearls
9. Keeping My Eye On You
10. The Dream
11. You Were Meant For Me
12. How I Remember You

Editorial Reviews


This disc finds the eloquent Franks easing into a characteristically mellow jazz/blues mood with guests the Yellowjackets, Peggy Lee (duetting on "You Were Meant For Me") and Dan Hicks. --Jeff Bateman

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Media Type: CD
Street Release Date: 04/13/1993

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome Return November 16, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Michael released "Dragonfly Summer after a three year hiatus. What a wonderful return. The opener "Coming To Life" is an upbeat tune where Michael seems like he's singing about the start of this album itself. All of the songs are winners, I sometimes wonder what the outtakes are like, given the overall quality of the songs here. "Soul Mate" not only turned me on to Jeff Lorber, but also introduced me to Eric Benet, he's singing the harmony vocal. Not only is Michael talented, but the people he surrounds himself with, wow! The title track is fun, "Monk's New Tune" is about as late night jazz as Michael gets. "I Love Lucy" is that "I Love Lucy," the only cover Michael has recorded, save for a couple Christmas songs. The song is transformed from a Cuban lounge style to a romantic Brazilian influenced love song, the orchestration is glorious. "Practice Makes Perfect" is fun, "String Of Pearls" is a beautiful song, moving at a nice tempo featuring accoustic guitar and a woodwind solo. "Keeping My Eye On You" is a duet with Dan Hicks, it tells a story about two friends who are a bit wary of each other, they want the same girl. " The Dream" is a huge production number produced by the Yellowjackets. Michael would later record this song live, with Brenda Russell and Marilyn Scott handling background duty. "You Were Meant For Me" is a duet with Michael's muse, Peggy Lee, whose voice is tragically gone. This song is so gentle, it caresses what's left of Peggy's voice and Michael restrains himself, the end result is sweet. "How I Remember You" is a Michael formula jazz song, a great way to close this richly arranged and totally enjoyble album.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gentle, mellow, relaxing dose of the warm fuzzies December 5, 1998
Format:Audio CD
This was the fourth album I owned by Franks. It definitely has his unique vocal signature and sound. Of course, his album title Dragonfly Summer is a truly subtle mix of lilting instrumentations and Frank's smooth, gentle voice. It is a must for any collection.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Up there with the best August 15, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I rate "Dragonfly Summer" up there with the best from the truly unique artist, Michael Franks. As a long standing listener of this quite different artist, I had lapsed in my support, due somewhat to the non-existent airplay received in Australia. So, via the internet,I was able to sample songs from more recent (5 years) CDs. Favourite songs on this CD are "String of Pearls", "How I remember You", and the title track. There aren't too many artists that can transport your mind and heart to wherever you want to go, but as you take that walk, flight,or drive along some sandy coastline, you could do no better than to be listening to "Dragonly Summer" as you go.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Michael Comes Full Circle To Make His Best Work July 11, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Dragonfly Summer is my favorite MF album. The key thing to consider is everything that happened previously. The first five albums (Art of Tea - One Bad Habit) were mostly smooth jazz with great arrangements played by the Crusaders, etc. Then for the next several albums (Objects of Desire - The Camera Never Lies) Michael became more (not totally, just more) electronic and synthesized using producer Rob Mounsey. Good material because it was Michael but a severe dropoff for those desiring the more acoustic sound of the previous projects. Then after a break came Blue Pacific which combined the acoustic with the electronic. A wonderful project...but only a setup for the true masterpiece: Dragonfly Summer.

Dragonfly Summer was in the same vein as Pacific except Michael's method of compiling multiple styles was more polished and consistent. The result was an album that showed Franks coming full circle and showering us with the cumulative knowledge of his experiences on both sides of the fence. Without going into a blow by blow of each individual song I'll just leave you with this challenge. By the time you get to "I Love Lucy" you'll be blown away, and that's just the first half. When you get to "How I Remember You" which ends the last half you'll be in love with love and all else that's special to you.

For anyone who liked Michael Franks but was wary of his new directions: Don't be afraid...it's okay, come on into this CD...the water's warm again. For those who know MF a little: It's okay. Come inside and relax to the warmth and shelter of Dragonfly Summer. As for the rest of you: there will be much weeping and gnashing of teeth once you go through life and find out what you missed out on.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blissful escape June 23, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Ever since i heard one of Michael Franks songs some years ago
i knew that i had to be a fan and that holds true today his C.D.
Dragonfly summer is awesome and i recommend it to all fans who
appreciate good music.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Transporting November 17, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I must have played this album hundreds of times already. It is perfect background when you are doing something like housecleaning or walking along the beach or web surfing. But if you just lie back and listen intently it will transport you to a perfect summer vacation in your mind. If you're this-way that-way about jazz, this album will win you over.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Franks smooth as a butterfly December 24, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Michael Frank's signature smoothness is apparent on this collection and his take on all his tunes is as gentle as a soft afternoon breeze. Especially warm is his duet with Miss Peggy Lee, who sounds very much like Mr. Franks.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Quality CD
This was a very good cd and the quality was like it was new. I would order another cd from this site
Published 2 months ago by vicky bonner
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the music
I am a huge fan of Michael Franks. I lost my previous CD. So, I had to replace it in addition to having it on my Ipod.
Published 10 months ago by Serenity M. St Jean
5.0 out of 5 stars dragonfly summer
I like The quality of the product and the selection availability of the artist. I would enjoy more discounts on my selections.
Published 10 months ago by Yolandus Douglas
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible, Where have you been all my life!?
Michael Franks is amazing. His music is so soothing, I feel my pulse rate slow down literally. The lyrics are truly poetry to music. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Vintage Vase
5.0 out of 5 stars CD
Good music. Easy listening, and smooth---------.I would highly recommend this CD. The quality of the music is excellent and awesome.
Published 16 months ago by Hector Medina
5.0 out of 5 stars Dragonfly Summer
This, by far, is not only one of Michael Franks' best works, but it's also one of his most underrated and seldom heard. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Chucharin
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Michael Franks
This was one of my favorites - I bought the CD years ago and lost it - and so glad that I can replace it now with MP3 files! Read more
Published 24 months ago by N. Robbins
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
I like Michael Franks. There is very little I don't like, and I love the vast majority. This recording is no exception. Read more
Published on December 23, 2011 by pmfreeman
5.0 out of 5 stars One if not the best by Franks
Hi all, This is one of Franks absolute best CDs and our family have lived with it since it came out and we still play it with great pleasure. Read more
Published on April 30, 2011 by W. Anders
2.0 out of 5 stars Overpriced at 50 cents used
I don't want to be a jerk, but I feel compelled to offer a review that will counterbalance the inordinate number of five-star reviews for this album. Read more
Published on April 22, 2010 by A Reader
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