I was struck by your comments--I too have enjoyed Michael Franks and James Taylor over the years but MJ was always my favorite.
Lifetime Guarantee was produced by Ray Bardani and Michael Colina--who also produced many of Michael Franks' albums. MJ sought them out as producers because he really liked the way Franks' albums sounded. I only spent time with MJ at length over one lunch and we talked about LG. It really had some great moments with David Sanborn's great sax solo on "I'm Gone" and the MJ's great vocals throughout--I loved "Who's That Look In Your Eye" as well...lots of great moments but he said it was sort of an experiment that as a whole failed musically.
Thanks for your comments--I really need to hear some of those songs again!!