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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002KGR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,490 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Lady Wants To Know
2. I Really Hope It's You
3. In The Eye Of The Storm
4. B'wanna-he No Home
5. Don't Be Blue
6. Antonio's Song
7. Chain Reaction
8. Down In Brazil

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Certified gold by the RIAA (1/97).

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I hope you buy this CD as well as a hammock built for two.
John P. Morgan
When great musicians combine their talents and artistry and make beautiful music together, the end result is an awesome recording such as this.
Good sound quality and wonderful background music during a dinner party.
Linda W.

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca*rhapsodyinblue* VINE VOICE on January 25, 2005
Format: Audio CD
"Daddy's just like Coltrane
Baby's just like Miles
The Lady's just like heaven
When she smiles"
~ The Lady Wants To Know ~
(Words & Music by Michael Franks)

Michael Franks, whom I've watched live in concert way back in the eighties, is one of my all-time favorite singers/songwriters of our time. He is also one of the many jazz/pop artists who are greatly inspired with Bossa Nova rhythms and this is very evident with his sophomore album, "Sleeping Gypsy," a follow-up to his debut album "Art of Tea" (my first MF album). This enjoyable CD has eight original compositions of Mr. Franks and backed up by great jazzers such as David Sanborn & Michael Brecker (sax), Joe Sample & João Donato (piano), Larry Carlton & Helio Delmiro (guitars), Wilton Felder (bass), João Palma & John Guerin (drums) and Ray Armando (percussion). The lush and flawless orchestration was done magnificently by none other than one of the greatest arrangers/conductors of all-time, Claus Ogerman.

Since Mr. Franks has a Doctorate degree in contemporary songwriting and taught music courses at UCLA and UC Berkeley, his works are truly unique and noteworthy. You'll enjoy listening to his soft and mellow original songs starting with the initial track "The Lady Wants To Know" which has reference to the great jazz legends John Coltrane and Miles Davis. Pianist Joe Sample composed the music on track #7 "Chain Reaction" and drummer John Guerin wrote the music for "Don't Be Blue."

The winning track for me is "Down In Brazil" and I just love its samba-ish rhythm, not to mention that this track was actually recorded in Rio. Another highlight is a song he wrote as a tribute to another great composer, Antonio Carlos Jobim, "Antonio's Song" (The Rainbow).
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By James Fenos on November 7, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Released at the height of Disco, this album served as a refuge to those who wanted music to caress, the lyric to actually mean something, the singer to converse, the Brazilian backbeat to serve as a catalyst to our escapist fantasies. I love this album. It has the same electric piano as "Art Of Tea," but this album has a more finished sound to it overall, the strings suggest a bigger budget in the studio, and that's alright. Artists used this album, as they do "Art Of Tea" as a reference to Michael's compositions. "The Lady Wants To Know" is referred to by some as "Jazzy Soul" and is featured on Rhino Records "Jazzy Soul, Volume One." "B'wana He No Home" was covered by the Carpenters and featured as the opening track of their 1977 album "Passage." Their version is a little more "rock" than Michael's and they incorporated backing vocals. The one track that suggests "outtake" from the previous "Art Of Tea" is the bouncy "Don't Be Blue." The song is good in it's own right, it stands out from the others due to lack of strings. This album was recorded as a homage to Michael's hero Antonio Jobim, who passed away a few years ago and who's death inspired Michael to return to straight-forward Brazilian influenced music to produce "Abandoned Garden," the album dedicated to Jobim's memory.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By douglas barton on November 10, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I suspect that I should preface this review with a dedication of sorts. I am rarely able to listen to Michael Franks "Sleeping Gypsy" without thinking of an ex-coworker and one time friend Harry. Being an avid fan of Mr. Franks, it was he who introduced me to this wonderful artist and his completely original lyrics and melodic style of jazz. And so it is to Harry that I give thanks.
That being said, "Sleeping Gypsy" is a delicious slice of jazz, Brazilian tempos, R & B, all tied together with a wonderful 'pop' sensibility. Starting off with perhaps the discs strongest track, "The Lady Wants To Know" a song that is simply indescribable but with a melody so compelling that it's a stand out song that Michael performs at each of his concerts. Also included is Michael's ode to Antonio Jobim, an artist he has always admired and he pays his respect with "Antonio's Song" and "Down In Brazil" two numbers with a Bossa Nova feel tha work incredibly well. The other highlight, at least for me, is "B'wana He No Home" a song that I certainly can't describe but nonetheless is extremely humorous. Now if I could only figure out what it means! Plus, let's not forget that Michael has the good sense of using some of today's truly great jazz musicians such as Wilton Felder, David Sanborn, Joe Sample and Larry Carlton. Altogether a wonderful package and since the majority of these discs have been reduced to budget prices I can't imagine not starting your collection with "Sleeping Gypsy" and moving through Mr. Franks entire back catalogue.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Thomas L. Bennett on June 23, 2003
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This superb groove was recorded more than a quarter of a century ago and a young Michael Franks was already on his way to becoming the hippest kid on the block.
On this, his third album, we see the fusion of musical influences that would create the trademark Franks "sound" - a highly sophisticated soft rock, heavily laced with cool jazz and Latin nuance.
Downbeat jazz rears its beautiful head in the opening track "Lady Wants to Know" - musically and lyrically - "Daddy he's like Coltrane, baby's just like Miles, lady she's in heaven when she smiles...".
"Antonio's Song" and "Down in Brasil" both have the sound, feel and potential to become classics of the Latin American genre. The former was written as a tribute to his hero (later friend and mentor) Antonio Carlos Jobim.
Michael Franks is an exceptional talent - a writer, musician and singer of the first order.
His compositions are beautifully crafted and draw upon the finest musical influences of our time.
"Sleeping Gypsy" remains a treat for the ears these many years after its initial release date.
It's hip and cool - five stars, at least!
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