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listen  1. Incense And Peppermints (Stereo Version) 2:47$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Tomorrow (Album Version) 2:14$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Sit With The Guru 3:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Barefoot In Baltimore (Album Version) 2:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Paxton's Back Street Carnival (Album Version) 2:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. The World's On Fire 8:25$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Strawberries Mean Love 3:01$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Rainy Day Mushroom Pillow 3:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Sea Shell 3:01$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Blues For A Young Girl Gone 2:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Pretty Song From Psych-Out (Album Version) 3:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Birdman Of Alkatrash 2:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. They Saw The Fat One Coming (Album Version) 3:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Small Package (Album Version) 3:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. Love Me Again 3:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. Black Butter Past 2:25$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen17. Black Butter, Present (Album Version) 2:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen18. Black Butter Future 1:30$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 23, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: One Way Records
  • ASIN: B000002R3D
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #309,342 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

This CD is an out of print collectible!It is the original 1993 One Way Records release. Catalog MCAD-22083.

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By BluesDuke on March 24, 2002
Format: Audio CD
You can't get much better than the Strawberry Alarm Clock for what seems to have been a mild joke that turned into the blockbuster hit of early 1967: with a teenage friend of the band (who never became a full member) taking the mike on the session, what was supposed to be a B-side turned into "Incense and Peppermints" and, it's about time we all admitted it, you had to be among the smugger-than-thou True Hippie Culturesmog to say anything other than you were getting a terrific kick out of this cagey little rocker. If you were REALLY hip, you were catching onto the song's slightly whacky lyric sendup (probably of Simon and Garfunkel's "Scarborough Fair," what with the spice half-puns that make up about half the lyric), the sleek fuzz guitar break by future Lynyrd Skynyrd string-strangler Ed King, the magnificently cheesy electric organ, and the overall sense that what you had here was a band who couldn't decide whether they wanted to be the "Sgt. Pepper" Beatles or the Beach Boys of "The Beach Boys Today" (a later member of the band has said they liked surf music as much as Indian music) and decided indecision was a virtue if you had some great organ licks to tie it together and the chutzpah to play it with a straight face.
The trouble was, what started as a b-side shot to the top of the charts. And they never again hit the kind of in-the-pocket freak accident that "Incense and Peppermints" was, but neither were they complete stiffs.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Allen Jackson on August 2, 2009
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The music is wonderful-- soft-and-psychedelic rock from 1967-69 or so, and is a COMPLETE representation of the best work from SAC. I was very pleased to find "Pretty Song from (the movie) 'Psych-Out'" on this CD, exactly the same version as used at the opening of the Susan Strasberg/Jack Nicholson 1968 film.

Several other songs of similar type are on this CD, taken from all of SAC's albums, making this a very complete compilation. Sound reproduction and clarity are excellent. Great stuff.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ on September 15, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I get so sick of seeing television adds with that farfisa tone of "Incense And Peppermints," that idiotically deep voice over declaring "the music that captured a generation." Is that all we now have to speak of rock's most fertile period? Some of our most important art?
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The few who know or remember the Stawberry Alarm Clock probably think the band had that 1967 single and that is all they were good for.

This anthology will tell you the truth: these guys were one of the most melodic and inventive bands who never got their due.

Now, don't get me wrong: "Incense And Peppermints" is a kicker of a song. Garage and pop and psychedelia rolled into an amazing single. But listen to the marimba on "Barefoot In Baltimore." Add some gloss and make the topic human dysfunction, and you would have an early Steely Dan track, ripe for Countdown To Ecstasy. Even the longer jams, like "The World's On Fire," have a polish and a focus that was lost on bands like Quicksilver Messenger Service.

You only need hear, and when you do, this set will have you wanting to get the other shamefully under-available albums.

And if that were not enough, the band was able to adapt to basic rock as 1967 and 1968 changed into the back to the roots sound of 1969-70. Check out Strawberry Alarm Clock's amazing work on the soundtrack to Russ Meyer's Beyond the Valley of the Dolls.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Don Schmittdiel on October 23, 2007
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...if it wasn't for a serendipitous, massive Summer of Love hit song, we wouldn't be talking right now, now would we? But the fact is that massive hit, somehow appropriately sung by a 16 year-old who wasn't even a member of the band, did take flight in 1967 and climbed all the way to the coveted number one slot on the national charts. Given the fact that the band was almost devoid of any songwriting talent, it's even more surprising that the album titled after their lone Top Ten hit, 'Incense and Peppermints', charted all the way to number 11, sharing chartspace with the likes of Jimi Hendrix' 'Are You Experienced', The Beatles' 'Sgt. Peppers', and Cream's 'Disraeli Gears'. The album didn't even feature the band's follow-up hit, 'Tomorrow', which charted at number 23. Certainly that song wouldn't have made even a Top 40 splash had it not possessed the 'Strawberry Alarm Clock' moniker.

I'm sure anyone reading this review is interested in what lies beyond 'Incense and Peppermints' and 'Tomorrow'. The answer is a resounding "not much". As noted earlier, the band lacked songwriting talent. The only song among the sixteen following 'I and P' and 'Tomorrow' that I found compelling was the eight and one-half minute psychedelic workout titled 'The World's On Fire'. It possesses a great underlying riff that lead guitarist Ed King runs some fine wah-pedal over. Other than that, track 14, 'Small Package' opens with a promising sound reminiscent of The Chambers Brothers' 'Time Has Come Today', which is all too soon abandoned, and the final track, 'Black Butter - Future' concludes with a nice vibe solo. Nothing else is really worthy of mention. While a lot can be forgiven if a band rocks out, SAC rarely kick it as they did on 'Incense and Peppermints'.
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