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One of the most respected, socially active artists in music, Michael Franti returns with his latest studio album, All People (Capitol Records). The album features the hit singles "I'm Alive (Life Sounds Like)" and "Life Is Better With You.”

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  • Audio CD (July 13, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reincarnate Music
  • ASIN: B0002DD5SE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,619 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Subtitled - "An Acoustic Collection", "Songs From The Front Porch" features acoustic versions of some of the Spearhead frontman's most popular material. Ten tracks.

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Great melodies and such inspiring lyircs.
Mr. Powers
The more times you listen to this cd all the way through, the more you'll be convinced this man is put here just to help you see.
Jeff St Louis
From the rockin' entrance of "Yes I Will", to the sly "Ganja Babe", every tune is fresh, unique and captivating.
Soulful Annie

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Jeff St Louis on January 8, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I don't know what you expect from a dreaded guy showing his bare foot on the cover, but that picture is meant to fool you. This is the most honest& best album I have played over the air in 2004. The more times you listen to this cd all the way through, the more you'll be convinced this man is put here just to help you see. Very rarely you'll find such an artist at his peak, and virtually unknown. Very proud to say my listeners request Michael Franti regularly. Every flower has a right to be bloomin :) Brilliant!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Soulful Annie on July 30, 2003
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This album, refered to as an "acoustic collection", contains songs that can also be found on other Franti & Spearhead cds. However, I'd have to say this one is my favorite.
Free of fancy overdubs and superfluous instrumentation--it's Franti's extraordinary talent that carries this cd. From the rockin' entrance of "Yes I Will", to the sly "Ganja Babe", every tune is fresh, unique and captivating. Michael Franti's eclectic style crosses genres and generations, and is a welcome relief from the generic "mu$ic" so widely marketed these days.
This music is real.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Discerning Buyer on August 16, 2004
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For anyone who likes Franti AND appreciates music that is not highly produced, here is a beautiful, stripped-down acoustic cd. Even if you're looking for an introduction to Franti, you can't go wrong here. Check it out. You won't be disappointed. Franti's positive message and musicality really shine here. Nice, tasty acoustic guitar and percussion work here too. I'm telling you, check it out!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Powers on July 28, 2004
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Basically this CD is fantastic. Great rythm. Great melodies and such inspiring lyircs. This is for anyone who needs music that is sincere and honest. As well, is musically superb. If you dig hip-hop, regaee and acoustics, you'll dig this album. There is a hint of Marley, Ben Harper, and many other great artist. Great CD, we need this...two thumbs way up!
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful By R. Williams on August 6, 2004
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At the time of this writing, the CD in question has not yet been released, but I'm ordering it anyway.

I'm 46 years old and lecture large groups of radio professionals worldwide. Having said that, let me say that Michael Franti deserves, and I believe will ultimately receive, much more recognition than he's yet been given. Like that other unrecognized genius of contemporary phrasing, Nellie McKay, Franti is a brilliant lyricist, "I'm a little under the weather today. Too much pepper spray can make a brother congested, y'know what I'm sayin'?" (song - Skin On The Drum)

Michael Franti is Jimi Hendix, minus the guitar. A true outsider.

I love this guy.

You will, too.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By thethoughtsofadyingatheist on November 20, 2003
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This is truly a beautiful collection of acoustic songs that have been taken from a number of different Michael Franti and Spearhead albums. The songs have been striped back to a simple acoustic strum and drumbeat, accompanied at different times by hand claps, piano, and flute.
Opening with "Yes I Will", a catchy and smooth flowing song that builds to a near gospel ending, the album starts with one of the best songs. "Closer to the Sky" is purely a slow acoustic ballad, whilst track 3 "Firefly" has a toe tapping piano and percussive beat which you cant help but move to. "Love'll set Me Free" is another slower tempo song with an acoustic guitar and flute accompanying it. "Love Invincible" - which is taken of Franti's new spearhead album "Everyone Deserves Music" - is brilliant as it ups the pace again and has an irresistible congo rhythm underlying the quick guitar strumming and Wurlitzer. On the next track "Anybody Seen My Mind" Franti once again slows the pace. This leads us into the last 4 songs on the album that are perfect. "Sometimes" starts to bring in a more hip hop style of singing rather than the more soulful style that Franti has used on the earlier songs. This style is continued on the final three songs with track 8 "Stay Human" being my personal favourite on the album. The finger picking on the acoustic tries to make you float away whilst Franti's "boom bab" lyrics and other oral percussion sounds keep you stuck there listening. Franti also makes the song more and more urgent as he increases his voice and pace. "Oh My God" brings on some real "spoken" lyrics and Franti steps up his political theme too, before once again getting more urgent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Henry Wiseman on April 15, 2009
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I'm also a singer-songwriter, and I've bought two Michael Franti CDS, recently his Songs From the Front Porch, and also his neweast CD,
All Rebel Rockers, and both CDS are treasured. His songs are often unforgetatable,and show rare genius, especially the insightful love songs on his latest release, All Rebel Rockers, which shines with several classics. Franti joins the ranks of top songwriters such as Bob Marley...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sikka on September 18, 2009
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This is an acoustic collection - you'll not hear too many accompanying instruments. However this a beautiful album. The more you listen to it, more you'll love the music.

The songs I like:

Yes I Will - great lyrics, doesn't need more than a guitar
Closer to the sky - Slow paced, great rendition by Franti
Firefly - Forget the words, the music is fantastic. I had to listen again and again - the song is short and leaves you wanting for more. It hits those neurons in the brain that make you derive sheer joy from music.
Love'll set you free - good music, beautiful flute
Love invincible - wording seems bit odd (with all the ---ssibles) at first but sung so well
Stay Human - listen to the words

Take the CD on a long drive at night - you'll love this.
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