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This review is from: The Lark In Morning - The Early Years (Audio CD)
The Lark in the Morning now makes a fine companion to the more recent release from EMI, a Parcel of Steeleye Span. This collection gathers together the band's first three albums which were issued on various labels in the very early seventies, RCA, B&C and Pegasus, and then reissued on the Mooncrest label a few years later. Most of the material has been available on various other Steeleye Span CD compilations for a number of years and because I already owned most of the tracks I rather overlooked this collection when first released.
Having recently purchased a Parcel of Steeleye Span, which features the band's first five albums for the Chrysalis label, I revisited this earlier collection and decided it would make a perfect partner. The Lark compiles the first three albums in chronological order and the tracks run in their original sequence, unlike the other compilations I have, and the tracks have been mastered for this release. There is one bonus track included, but the sleeve notes apologise for the single version of Rave On being absent as the master tape is lost!
This is the era when Ashley (Tyger) Hutchings was the driving force behind the band, and his distinctive bass playing is prominent throughout. The sound quality is not quite as good as the EMI collection, but this may be because of the original recordings rather than the reissues - but it still sounds pretty good! I had forgotten quite how good these three albums were, and it is a pleasure to now hear them in the correct sequence once more.
There is a reasonable booklet with album details and comments from band members, but no illustrations of the original album artwork are provided. Now very reasonably price the Lark in the Morning is well worth considering - even if you do already have most of the material elsewhere - more so if you also own a Parcel of Steeleye Span.
20/01/10 - This collection is now all the more poignant with the passing of Tim Hart on Christmas Eve 2009. Tim died aged 61 of lung cancer at home in the Canary Isles.