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  • Audio CD (23 Jun. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: BMG
  • ASIN: B0000563R2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 524,190 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Barefoot On The Beach
2. Heart Like An Open Book
3. Now Love Has No End
4. The Fountain Of Youth
5. When You Smiled At Me
6. Double Talk
7. Every Time She Whispers
8. Why Spring Ain't Here
9. A Walk In The Rain
10. Mr. Smooth
11. Like Moon Behind A Cloud

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By colin wynter on 4 Feb. 2002
Format: Audio CD
It remains extraordinary that Michael Franks has not broken through from his small but devoted following to a wider audience, for he is without any doubt the most complete and perceptive songwriter currently active. His songs speak of love lost, found, abandoned, imagined, destroyed, recaptured, and all shades of nuance in between. Anyone who has experienced any emotional joy or upset (ie. anyone over the age of thirty) will find the memory of the experience captured in the deliciously subtle words and music of Michael Franks. "Heart Like an Open Book", has the male narrator singing, with a naive joy that is almost painful for the cynical listener to observe, of how he and his new lover reveal themselves, one to the other, with their hearts "like an open book". Cultural and literary references feature in many of the songs (eg. "I flashed my Rhett Butler look"), and are a joy to those with whom they strike a chord, but are not obstructive to the enjoyment of the music by those oblivious to such references.
This album is perhaps not as good as the earlier, utterly marvellous "Abandoned Garden", but as that was one of the finest albums of all time, this is not in any way a criticism.
Buy this album and you will not be disappointed. Beware, however of buying cd's willy nilly from Franks' back catalogue, as his experimentations with different musical styles over the years did produce some albums of doubtful musical quality. Of his other albums, "Abandoned Garden, Dragonfly Summer, and Tiger in the Rain" (spread out over some 20 years) stand out. Enjoy !
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michael franks re-defines one- of- a- kind jazz roots 26 July 1999
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Format: Audio CD
for michael franks fans the newest release "Barefoot on the Beach" is like another wonderful visit from a family member with whom you'd like to spend more time.his lyrics consistently weave in out of a mucial web which continues to be spun by a who's who of contemporary jazz musicians.a case in point is the title track.after a short intro...the first few words...instantly its a franks connection.the long time franks listeners already feel familiar with the pilot and the vehicle..wanting to ride wherever the smooth ride is going. track three includes a beautiful duet with valerie simpson (of ashford and simpson).once again franks goes with an interseting choice of voice and the outcome is soothing...two voices distinctive yet in the chorus blend as one.(you may know that franks has also recorded duets with brenda russell, and peggy lee! long time franks fans (i'm one)will hear hints of musical references to some of his past work. but there is a freshness of application in each case.he continues to seduce his listeners to take journeys with him...regardless of how intimate or sarcastically light-hearted.and, with the end of each selection the traveler wants to be taken on the next excursion. with his new (and highly respected) label, franks would be well served to add a few more dates to his existing tour schedule.that will serve a two fold purpose. first,show the new label the continuous and incredible base of fan support.and secondly,reunite fans with a musical icon with whom we've grown over the years.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Michael Franks raises the jazz vocal bar again!! 2 Jun. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Barefoot on the Beach, the latest release by Michael Franks is sure to be one of the best loved by his fans. Franks continues to grow as an artist and explore new avenues of jazz. With this release , he climbes gracefully into a sound that can be best described as 'traditionally smooth.' All of these new cuts combine very rich melodies of piano, vibes, and a terrific horn section. His new songs seem to embrace the more quiet and meaningful lyrics of albums past, with a more smooth sound. Not to dissapoint though, he still adds a few cuts that remind us of his earlier work-less instrumentation, and more vocal. His wonderful voice shines through!! A real please and a must for any M.F. fan.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By kr64@webtv.net SHAHEED - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Vintage Franks 6 Aug. 1999
By grooove - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
"Barefoot on the Beach" is just what we needed from Mr Franks. I don't want to hear all the nonsense that all his stuff sounds the same; don't most artists??That is why most of us continue to buy his music. Leave him alone. It is vintage and smooth, kool like an ocean breeze. I feel that it is his best since "Blue Pacific". He can count on me to keep adding to his bank account every few years.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
well worth a listen 16 July 1999
By Grey Eagle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Michael Frank's new release doesn't disappoint but there is no denying that there is a similarity in all of his vocal stylings (though I never tire of his wordsmithing talents). This isn't a bad thing because it makes you pay attention to more subtle things that he has incorporated into the arrangements, eg: Dave Samuels' vibes are wonderful (reminiscent of Mike Mainieri's work on "Tiger in the Rain"), Randy Brecker's muted trumpet on my personal favourite "A walk in the rain" makes me visualize the scenes, listen to Steve Khan and Chuck Loeb segue their guitar work between Wes Montgomery-ish stylings and rock-tinged stylings on "The fountain of youth" and "Every time she whispers", respectively, even MF's vocal scat on "mr. Smooth" is new and fun. Frank's ability to cross-over between jazz and pop stylings has always been something I've enjoyed and he repeats it here effectively. On "the moon behind a cloud", I found myself wondering what it would sound like if Mark Knopfler had done the lead guitar work... While the album won't replace my personal favourites - The Art of Tea, Blue PAcific and Dragonfly Summer, it is still well worth a listen... and then a few more listens.
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