The Dream 1973 - 2011 Box set, Import, Original recording remastered
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I understand compilations will never have everyone's favorites, but I think you can complain with 73-track box, if not all essential tracks were included. It is missing some true classics - "Tiger in the Rain", "Mr. Blue", "Down in Brazil", "Vivaldi's Song" just to name a few. The question is why.
CD 1 "Pop & Funky Groove" seems like a bit of letdown. It got a poor start: "Can't Seem to Shake This Rock'n'Roll" and "Born with the Moon in Vergo" simply don't match up to the rest of the set. This also could have been better: so many classy pop and funky songs are left off the disc ("Mr. Smooth", "Never Satisfied", "Soul Mate", "Coming to Life" etc.), which could have fitted, if they hadn't put other less important songs, such as outdated "Now That Your Joystick's Broke". I am also at a loss as to why the funkiest album in MF's discography "The Camera Never Lies", which is without question one of his best, was skipped in it's entirely.
CD 2 "Jazz & Exotic Summer", as its title says, mostly focuses on the jazzy and Brazilian sides of Michael's music. Once again it misses some great songs. The most glaring omissions are "Antonio's Song", "Down in Brazil" and "Island Life" - all these tunes truly belong to this CD. But according to the track list, guys from Rhino consider "The Way We Celebrate New Year's" a summer tune.Read more ›
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Greatest set of music I have ever purchased. Michael Franks is a great musician and I have listened and loved his recordings since 1970's.Published 9 months ago by Silent One
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This is a great compilation of his brilliant work over the years. I am really enjoying listening to all the great old songs, as well as his fantastic new works.Published on June 29, 2014 by Chris Kane
A box set to collect all the highlights of Michael Franks' 40-year career (so far - hopefully there will be lots more!) sounds like a great idea in theory. Read morePublished on September 29, 2012 by Skippy O'Nasica