The Larks

Up With the Larks: The Uptempo Apollo Recordings 1951-1955

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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."

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