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Rodney FranklinYou'll Never Know

Label:Columbia – JC 36122
Format:
Vinyl, LP, Album
Country:US
Released:
Genre:Funk / Soul
Style:Jazz-Funk, Soul, Disco

Tracklist

A1Felix Leo
Written-ByP. Buckmaster*, R. Franklin*
6:20
A2God Bless The Blues
Written-ByR. Franklin*
3:01
A3The Watcher
Written-ByR. Franklin*
8:46
A4Journey
Written-ByR. Franklin*
2:34
B1The Groove
Written-ByR. Franklin*
4:48
B2You'll Never Know6:22
B3Return
Written-ByR. Franklin*
4:19
B4Parkay Man
Written-ByP. St. James*, R. Franklin*
3:53
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Recorded: September - October 1979 at Bear West Studios, San Francisco, CA

Mastered at A&M Recording Studios, Los Angeles, CA

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 0 7464-36122-1
  • Barcode (Scanned): 074643612210
  • Matrix / Runout (Label, Side A): AL 36122
  • Matrix / Runout (Label, Side B): BL 36122
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Side A - Etched ("A 1" Stamped)): PAL36122-1G A 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Side B - Etched): PBL-36122-1D

Other Versions (5 of 9)View All

Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
New Submission
You'll Never Know (LP, Album)CBSS CBS 83812UK1980
You'll Never Know (LP, Album)CBSS 83812Spain1980
You'll Never Know (LP, Album)CBS, CBSCBS 83812, JC 36122Europe1980
You'll Never Know (LP, Album, Promo)ColumbiaJC 36122US1980
New Submission
You'll Never Know (LP, Album, Promo, White Label)CBSCBS 83812UK1980

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GalaxyExplorer's profile picture
GalaxyExplorer
Edited 10 years ago
A great laid-back and lazy album from the golden age of jazzy, instrumental pop (you know, yacht rock). The years 1977 to 1982 were the best of this genre, and You'll Never Know fits perfect. Parts of this album are very jazzy; "God Bless the Blues" and "Journey" are tasteful piano pieces. But the highlights for me are "Felix Leo" and "The Watcher," a slow, mysterious, thoughtful track. For some reason these tracks go great whilst watching a severe storm; I first experienced this listening to the slower tracks on Herbie Hancock's Man-Child record.

The rest of the album is good. There are radio-friendly hits like "The Groove" and the title-track. "Return" is a return to the intricate piano work of the first side. "Parkay Man" is another uptempo number that's a bit more dated, but in a good way.

All in all, it's a nice, mostly mellow record; it's expertly produced and performed and quite enjoyable. Too bad it's been essentially forgotten and never released on CD. It's easily the best Rodney Franklin album, as subsequent recordings would largely descend into more commercial, less jazzy territory.
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apamphlett
Rodney Franklin was at the top of his game for this 1980 LP. Alongside the dancefloor favourite "The Groove", the track that all heads need is "Felix Leo" - a sublime string-led instrumental killer, with arrangements by Paul Buckmaster. Moody, deep, uplifting, emotive - all in equal parts. This is the track you need, and worth whatever you pay for this LP. A must have for every music lover. Brilliant!