Mike Francis ‎– Let's Not Talk About It

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
ZPLCO 34213 Mike Francis Let's Not Talk About It(LP, Album) Concorde (2) ZPLCO 34213 Italy 1984 Sell This Version
ZL-34213 Mike Francis Let's Not Talk About It(LP, Album) RCA Victor ZL-34213 Spain 1984 Sell This Version
ZL-34213 Mike Francis Let's Not Talk About It(LP, Album, Promo) RCA, RCA Victor ZL-34213 Spain 1984 Sell This Version
LXCY-6251 Mike Francis Let's Not Talk About It(CD, Album, RE) Céleste LXCY-6251 Japan 2008 Sell This Version

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Philip_Koleff

Philip_Koleff

September 13, 2014
edited over 4 years ago
referencing Let's Not Talk About It, LP, Album, ZPLCO 34213
There's something fascinating about the late Mike Francis. At first glance his music may come off as a tad exploitative, pretty much in the vein of synthpop and italo disco that were big at the time. Perhaps a little heavier on the R&B/boogie side than usual but nothing seemingly remarkable. When I discovered this LP, Night Time Lady and Let's Not Talk About It were the only tracks that stood out for me. I thought his voice was kind of weak and weird (someone once said he sounded like he had forgotten to take his morning 'vocalzone throat pastille' or something, which is well spotted). Now I can't help but being addicted to every single song on this album, the moody This Love and the poignant Survivor in particular. See, Mike's (or should we rather say Francesco's) music is the kind that grows on you. I must confess his post-80's work does a little less for me because he seemed to have lost a bit of his edge by then. Plus he was mostly churning out (usually good) covers by the 00's. 90 percent of what he touched between '83 and '88 was turning itself into gold though. Stuff he produced for Amii Stewart especially was brilliant. Try Love, Together and Dusty Road are such lovely, soulful and tastefully arranged tunes that you have to take your hat off to the man. Once you've became acquainted with his music you realize he has a very distinctive style and a true melodic flair. Even his voice turns out to be outstanding with that low-key husky timbre that really adds up after all. Mike Francis was obviously big in Italy, his native country, but also in the Philippines where I believe he has performed several times. He never made it in the US though.