Lark

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All Music Guide - Amy Hanson
The best of Linda Lewis' early-'70s output, Lark was cut before she broke into public gaze via her cameo performance on David Bowie's Aladdin Sane, and thus provided a point of reference for anyone induced to find out more about her. Built, again, around her instinctive musical and personal partnership with guitarist Jim Cregan, Lark is nevertheless light years ahead of her debut album, showcasing Lewis alongside a hard-hitting rhythm section -- bassist Pat Donaldson and drummer Gerry Conway -- that would, just a year or so later, be providing similar duties for John Cale. Only the absence of Say No More... guitarist Chris Spedding spoils the party, but Cregan is equal to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Amy Hanson
The best of Linda Lewis' early-'70s output, Lark was cut before she broke into public gaze via her cameo performance on David Bowie's Aladdin Sane, and thus provided a point of reference for anyone induced to find out more about her. Built, again, around her instinctive musical and personal partnership with guitarist Jim Cregan, Lark is nevertheless light years ahead of her debut album, showcasing Lewis alongside a hard-hitting rhythm section -- bassist Pat Donaldson and drummer Gerry Conway -- that would, just a year or so later, be providing similar duties for John Cale. Only the absence of Say No More... guitarist Chris Spedding spoils the party, but Cregan is equal to the task. The biggest difference between this album and its predecessor is in the presentation of Lewis' voice. No longer a wild weapon that can soar from childlike lilt to screaming dog whistle within a moment's notice, she channels her range to the emotions it demands, an economy most noticeable on the folky "It's the Frame," which finds her accompanied by her own guitar alone. Produced by Cregan and Lewis, Lark also finds space for some dramatic experimentation -- opening and closing the album, the gentle "Spring Song" and the poetic "Little Indians" find her working against a landscape of Emile Latimer's dramatic percussion and muted guitars, with the latter recorded live at Croydon's legendary Fairfield Hall, in front of an audience that is clearly spellbound by the event. Also of note is the keys-heavy title track, a studio tour de force, conjuring up atmospheres as free and easy as Lewis' vocal gymnastics. The end result is an album that, even today, defines Lewis at her dramatic best -- and sounds as fresh to modern ears as it did to Bowie fans back then. [The 2012 reissue on Big Break Records includes expanded liner notes, crisply remastered sound, and one bonus track: "Rock a Doodle Doo."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/17/2012
  • Label: Big Break
  • EAN: 5013929039223
  • Catalog Number: 2903922
  • Sales rank: 58,091

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Spring Song (2:09)
  2. 2 Reach for the Truth (4:50)
  3. 3 It's the Frame (3:38)
  4. 4 Feeling Feeling (3:06)
  5. 5 What Are You Asking Me For? (2:52)
  6. 6 Lark (4:30)
  7. 7 Old Smokey (3:21)
  8. 8 Gladly Give My Hand (2:41)
  9. 9 More Than a Fool (3:25)
  10. 10 Been My Best (2:52)
  11. 11 Waterbaby (3:56)
  12. 12 Little Indians (3:08)
  13. 13 Rock a Doodle Doo (3:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Linda Lewis Primary Artist, Guitar, Piano, Electric Piano, Tambourine, Vocals, Guiro, Wind Chimes
Phil Chen Bass
Gerry Conway Drums
Jim Cregan Guitar
Pat Donaldson Bass
Emile Latimer Percussion
Max Middleton Keyboards
Del Newman Strings
Eric Oxendine Bass
Jean Roussel Organ, Piano, Marimbas, Electric Piano
Paul Williams Guitar
Michael Eve Saxophone
Poli Palmer Flute, Marimbas, Vibes
Technical Credits
Linda Lewis Composer, Producer
Jim Cregan Producer
John Kosh Cover Design
Tony Gourvish Executive Producer
Wayne A. Dickson Reissue Producer
John Barrett Engineer
Phil Macdonald Engineer
Christian John Wikane Liner Notes
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  • Posted April 14, 2012

    Quite a surprise!

    I ordered this for the bonus track, the UK hit and Loss-Leader favorite, "Rock-a-Doodle-Doo", but really loved the whole album. Lewis has an impressive vocal range, reminiscent of Minnie Riperton, and she plays pretty fair guitar, too. The rest of the band is skilled too and the jazzy arrangements are striking and suit the songs very well, all written by Linda. Nice packaging and informative liner notes add a great deal.

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