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Rodney Franklin - You'll Never Know album FLAC

  • Performer: Rodney Franklin
  • Title: You'll Never Know
  • Size FLAC ver: 1474 mb
  • Country: US
  • Date of release: 1980
  • Style: Jazz-Funk, Funk, Disco
  • Other formats: AC3 MIDI XM AAC APE MP1 MP4
  • Genre: Funk and Soul
  • Rating: 4.1 of 5
Rodney Franklin - You'll Never Know album FLAC
Rodney Franklin - You'll Never Know album FLAC

Tracklist Hide Credits

A1 Felix Leo
Written-By – P. Buckmaster*, R. Franklin*
A2 God Bless The Blues
Written-By – R. Franklin*
A3 The Watcher
Written-By – R. Franklin*
A4 Journey
Written-By – R. Franklin*
B1 The Groove
Written-By – R. Franklin*
B2 You'll Never Know
Lead Vocals – Phyllis St. James, Rodney FranklinWritten-By – A. Franklin*, P. St. James*, R. Franklin*
B3 Return
Written-By – R. Franklin*
B4 Parkay Man
Written-By – P. St. James*, R. Franklin*

Companies, etc.

  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – CBS Inc.
  • Copyright (c) – CBS Inc.


  • Arranged By [Strings] – Paul Buckmaster (tracks: A1, B2), Rodney Franklin
  • Art Direction – Tony Lane
  • Bass Clarinet – Ray Pizzi (tracks: A1)
  • Bass Guitar – Harold Foreman (tracks: B1, B2), Paul Jackson (tracks: B4)
  • Design – Noboru Tarui
  • Drums – Randy Merritt (tracks: A1, A2), Tony St. James (tracks: A3, B1, B2, B4)
  • Electric Guitar – Vincent Spaulding (tracks: A3, B1, B2, B4)
  • Engineer [Additional] – Steve Andreatta, Vance Frost
  • Engineer [Assistant] – Ken Kesse*, Laertes Muldrow*
  • Engineer [Recording] – Mark Needham
  • Engineer [Remix] – Don Hahn (tracks: A1, A3, B1, B2, B4)
  • Executive-Producer – George Butler
  • Flute, Soprano Saxophone – Dean Holzkamp (tracks: B1), Mel Martin (tracks: A1, A3)
  • Liner Notes – Michael Zipkin
  • Mastered By – Bernie Grundman
  • Percussion – Kenneth Nash (tracks: A1 to A3, B1, B2, B4)
  • Photography By – Baron Wolman
  • Producer – Paul Buckmaster
  • Producer [Associate], Grand Piano, Electric Piano [Rhodes], Bass Guitar, Vocals – Rodney Franklin
  • Vocals – Audrey Franklin (tracks: B2, B4), Brooks Hunnicutt (tracks: B1, B2), Lisa Roberts (tracks: B1, B2), Phyllis St. James (tracks: B1, B4)


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 (A Side Label): AL 36122
  • Matrix / Runout (B Side Label): BL 36122

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
JC 36122 Rodney Franklin You'll Never Know ‎(LP, Album, Promo) Columbia JC 36122 US 1980
CBS 83812 Rodney Franklin You'll Never Know ‎(LP, Album) CBS CBS 83812 Europe 1980
SICP 1797 Rodney Franklin You'll Never Know ‎(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM) Sony Records Int'l SICP 1797 Japan 2008
CBS 83812, JC 36122 Rodney Franklin You'll Never Know ‎(LP, Album) CBS, CBS CBS 83812, JC 36122 Europe 1980
JCT 36122 Rodney Franklin You'll Never Know ‎(Cass, Album) Columbia JCT 36122 US 1980

Comments (5)

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.
Hey there, do you know any other great records that have a similar vibe to this one?
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!
To answer my own question, it's a bass clarinet!
Question....What horn is used throughout his song at various interjection points? I can't make it out by the sound.

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