The first album from Michael Franks – and a bit different than his later hits at Warner! The trademark Frank sound is definitely in place here – well-penned tunes, sung with cool compressed vocals and a slight jazzy tinge – but there's also a bit more of a folksy feel at times, a slightly earthier feel at points that's quite nice, and which almost links him a bit to the early work of Kenny Rankin. Arrangements are by Richard Markowitz, and backing
s are relatively spare and sometimes jazzy – with bits of flute and sax from Tom Scott, and some especially nice bass work from Max Bennett and Carol Kaye, whose round tones really help shape Michael's vocals. Titles include "Just Like Key Largo", "The King
Of Oklahoma", "Born With The Moon In Virgo", "Little Sparrow", and "When Blackbirds Fly".
(Cover has some wear, a bit of seam splitting, light staining on much of the front and back, and some wrinkling and peeled spots on parts of the bottom half.)