1975 Michael Franks – The Art Of Tea

The Art of Tea is a jazz vocal album by Michael Franks, released in February 1976. After his eponymous album with Brut in 1973, The Art of Tea was Franks’ breakout album on a major record label, and his first release with Frank Sinatra’s Reprise. It was Franks’ second studio album, prior to Sleeping Gypsy.


1  Nightmoves (Michael Franks) 4:04
2  Eggplant (Michael Franks) 3:38
3  Monkey See-Monkey Do (Michael Franks) 3:35
4  St. Elmo’s Fire (Michael Franks) 4:00
5  I Don’t Know Why I’m So Happy I’m Sad (Michael Franks) 4:16
6  Jive (Michael Franks) 3:19
Popsicle Toes (Michael Franks) 4:36
8  Sometimes I Just Forget to Smile (Michael Franks) 3:53
9  Mr. Blue (Michael Franks) 4:02


BassWilton Felder
DrumsJohn Guerin
GuitarLarry Carlton
KeyboardsJoe Sample
VibraphoneLarry Bunker
CongasJerry Steinholtz
PercussionJohn Guerin

Other Musicians

3 Monkey See-Monkey Do

SaxDavid Sanborn

6 Jive

SaxMichael Brecker

9 Mr. Blue

SaxDavid Sanborn

Liner Notes

Producer – Tommy LiPuma
Arranged By (Strings) – Nick DeCaro
Mastered By – Doug Sax
Mixed By – Al Schmitt
Recorded By – Al Schmitt, Bruce Botnick, Lee Herschberg

Art Direction – Ed Thrasher
Photography By – Linda Levine

Recorded live in May 22, 1975, May 27, 1975 and June 9, 1975.