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Songs From the Front Porch: An Acoustic Collection

Michael Franti & SpearheadAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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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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Product Details

  • 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 (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,306 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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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything music should be. Simply rythmic & pure. 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Lyrical Man Rocks!!! July 30, 2003
Format:Audio CD
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful music! August 16, 2004
Format:Audio CD
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Songs From The Front Porch July 28, 2004
Format:Audio CD
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
5.0 out of 5 stars The Heart of Hendrix Beats Again August 6, 2004
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Michael Franti - Songs from the Front Porch November 20, 2003
Format:Audio CD
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
5.0 out of 5 stars MICHAEL FRANTI MAKES SOME GREAT SONGS 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Shining Burning firefly September 18, 2009
By sikka
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great cd, Michael Franti is a fave! "Stay Human"
Published 1 month ago by T. Schwenk
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Acoustic Remakes
This album will grow on you quickly. It takes time, but is well worth it. Some songs are even better in acoustic format. I cannot be impartial, because I like anything he does. Read more
Published 2 months ago by william a. roesler
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Michael Franti
Love Michael Franti. This is a great acoustic album to listen to while sitting outside with a delightful book or driving on backroads.
Published 3 months ago by cep34
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth Havining in your collection Of Michael Franti Music
Its a little different than you are use to. But it is very enjoyable and sound great.
More of a Wine as to Beer kind of sound.
Published 8 months ago by James McGinn
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't go wrong with Michael!
You just can't go wrong with Michael Franti! This is a great CD, just like all of his others! His musci is all so inspirational...he is my go to when I need a pick me up!
Published 11 months ago by J. Bielemeier
4.0 out of 5 stars You find it at amazon
Michael Franti's lyrics are deep and worth listening to over and over. The most energetic concert you will attend. And Amazons process makes it difficult to participate in!
Published 12 months ago by Ron
5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL!!
This acoustic set of music from Michael Franti was more than I could have expected! It has a flow that when you put in on you just hit repeat and listen over and over again! Read more
Published 13 months ago by Heather Smarr
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the Rhythms and Messages
I have seen Michael Franti in concert twice and am going to see him twice this summer. His music is addictive! :)
Published 18 months ago by Lawyer in Missouri
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this!
I heard one of these songs in an advert for a charity. I bought the album as a result. Wow! This guy is a great singer, songwriter. Read more
Published on April 4, 2008 by Simon van Wyk
4.0 out of 5 stars good vibes
on the whole a chill album there are some top quality moments and peachy versions.well worth checking out
Published on June 13, 2007 by welshy
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