The Larks Up With The Larks
- Released: June 8, 1999
- Originally Released: 1999
- Label: Westside Uk
- 1.Eyesight to the Blind
- 2.I Ain't Fattening Frogs for Snakes
- 3.Hey Little Girl
- 4.Little Side Car
- 5.Ooh...It Feels So Good
- 6.How Long Must I Wait for You
- 7.Lucy Brown
- 8.Honey From the Bee
- 9.No Mama No
- 10.Coffee, Cigarettes and Tears
- 11.When I Leave These Prison Walls
- 12.My Reverie
- 14.Honey in the Rock
- 15.In My Lonely Room
- 17.Rockin' in the Rocket Room
- 18.Tippin' In
- 19.Who Walks in When I Walk Out
- 21.Forget It
- 22.You're Gonna Lose Your Gal
- 23.Christmas to New Year's
- 24.Eyesight to the Blind - (alternate take)
Recorded between 1951-1955.
Liner Note Author: Tony Watson.
Recording information: Apollo Records, Inc. New York (1951-1955).
A comprehensive collection by the early '50s' Larks, considered one of the top doo wop groups of all time. Westside Records didn't leave any significant tracks off this compilation of songs recorded during the two-year span the group was together. (They were issued, however, over a five-year period from 1950 to 1955 by Apollo and Lloyd Records.) Embraced are their Apollo debut, "Coffee, Cigarettes and Tears," and "Hopefully Yours," a sweet ballad that was back-sided with a song that member Eugene Mumford wrote, "When I Leave These Prison Walls," while incarcerated for two years in a North Carolina prison; he was pardoned in 1949 by the governor. Also on the project is "My Reverie," a classic ballad that demonstrates their advanced ballad skills; two takes of "Eyesight to the Blind," which made the national R&B chart; and the humorous "I Ain't Fattening Frogs for Snakes." ~ Andrew Hamilton
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