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Strawberries Mean Love [Import]

Strawberry Alarm ClockAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (December 27, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Big Beat UK
  • ASIN: B0000004E3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,446 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Incense And Peppermints
2. Rainy Day Mushroom Pillow
3. Sit With The Guru
4. Tomorrow
5. Black Butter - Present
6. Love Me Again
7. Pretty Song From 'Psych-Out'
8. The World's On Fire
9. Birds In My Tree
10. The Birdman Of Alkatrash
11. Small Package
12. They Saw The Fat One Comming
13. Strawberries Mean Love
14. Desiree
15. Barefoot In Baltimore
16. Paxton's Back Street Carnival
17. Hummin' Happy
18. Sea Shell
19. (You Put Me On) Stand By
20. I Climbed The Mountain
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Editorial Reviews

For a little more money, this 21-track CD compilation is a better deal than its American counterpart (One Way's Anthology), offering a slightly more extensive selection and extensive liner notes, and including almost all of the cuts contained on Anthology. Drawn from their four albums (with the accent, properly, on the first two), it also has a clutch of non-LP singles. "Incense and Peppermints" and the small follow-up hit, "Tomorrow," are by far the best things on here; much of the rest is trendy period pop/psychedelia, sounding at various times like a bush-league Doors, or a really spaced-out Association, with a bit of garage raunch tossed in on the B-side of "Incense" ("The Birdman of Alkatrash"). The two hits were included on Rhino's Nuggets compilations, which might be a better context in which to appreciate the group's fairly minimal contributions to psychedelia. ~ Richie Unterberger, All Music Guide

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Turn on the lava lamp and enjoy rainy day mushroom pillows September 24, 2002
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Well, perhaps the Strawberry Alarm Clock could have been one of the greatest of the 60s vanguard bands, but for the lack of charismatic lead singer. That is why the band's big hit, "Incense and Peppermints" became the hit that it was, because someone other than the regular band members sang the lead. In fact, the singer was just a friend of the band's hanging out in the studio when the song was recorded. "Incense and Peppermints" was put on the B side of a garage punk single "Birdman of Alkatrash," soon to be discovered by a DJ with a good ear, and the rest is history. It is truly one of the grooviest of the groovy hits of the 60s. (But yay all these years later, you have to dig "Birdman" too!)
Still, many of these tunes are simply classic of the times, and showcase the excellent musicianship that was the hallmark of the Strawberry Alarm Clock. The Clock really does capture the hallucinogenic mushroom moments better than any band of the late 60s. Check out "Rainy Day Mushroom Pillow" for instance. One can laugh at the lyrics, but I think it was meant to be tongue in cheek all along (just like the magic mushroom that inspired it). "The World's On Fire" is a fantastic improvisational vehicle and is TOTALLY psychedelic, and when guitarist Ed King chimes in, you know you are listening to something special. "Tomorrow" has a classic 60s pop feel to it, yet like most of the Clock's songs, one can imagine the trippy and dark underpinnings of a drug-induced influence. The darkest song is "Black Butter," which has a subversive and paranoid feel to it, hard to know what exactly it's about, but heroin does come to mind.
The Strawberry Alarm Clock seems to me to be a cross between the psychedelic influences of San Francisco rock, and the breezy pop feel of the L.A.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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Next to the Left Banke, the Strawberry Alarm Clock has to be the most underrated group in rock'n'roll history. Their music, sometimes dismissed as period fluff (by caustic critics who should have known better), was as invigorating and incisive as anything else produced during the psychedelic era, circa 1965-1971.
I recall purchasing "The Best Of The Strawberry Alarm Clock" on vinyl, over thirty years ago and was titillated by the way they could literally inject florid images into my mind with their lilting pop tone poems and more frenetic rock songs. It was a transforming rush, because their tone colour, often accented by Indian and Oriental incantations, made me feel that I was, for the moment, somewhere else. The Strawberry Alarm Clock accomplished this by exploiting the full potentiality of their instrumental and vocal arsenal, i.e., harpsichords conveyed rain, xylophones depicted fire, sung harmonies evoked speculation, etc. The themes of their tunes covered a munificent gamut, from the effects of LSD to the future of mankind. Many of their contemporaries tinkered, unsuccessfully, for years to euphoniously achieve that bewitching mood which was the Strawberry Alarm Clock's. After all, this is what psychedelic music, the genre inaugurated by the Byrds on "Eight Miles High," was all about: seeing sounds and hearing colours.
In the past few years I bought all of the Strawberry Alarm Clock compilations available on CD, including the album I am here reviewing, "Strawberries Mean Love," from 1992 (although I first got the vinyl version of same from 1987, in the late '80s, which had eight fewer works), as well as the "Anthology" and "Incense & Peppermints" hits package.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Strawberries Mean Raspberries July 23, 2001
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'Incense and Peppermints', featuring a lead vocal from a non-band member, had everything to do with their recognition but less to do with the bulk of the rest of their material, largely presented on this CD. Still, 'Rainy Day Mushroom Pillow', 'Pretty Song from Psych-Out' and 'The World's on Fire' are worth a listen, especially if you've seen the late 60's movie Psych-Out(with Jack Nicholson and featuring the Alarm Clock). Great harmony, keys, percussion. Guitar player Ed King(later of Lynard Skynard) contributes some interesting work, and must have had a hand in the very listenable "Three", which sounds like early 70's Southern Rock. "Tommorrow" is excellent and showcases all that was good about this group. Other tracks suffer from flimsy lyrics, indulgent experimentation, bad or uninteresting lead vocals, and clumsy attempts to emulate other groups of the time(listen to 'Black Butter Present' and think Doors). When they stay within their 'sound', they are sensational. If you're a hippy or into some historical perspective, buy it. If you want something special, buy Love's "Forever Changes" album instead.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DESERVES 5 STARS BUT FIRST (I&P) EFFORT BEST February 23, 2002
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This is great stuff! I fell in love with the original INCENSE AND PEPPERMINTS album that a friend of mine happily picked up in a music store in Amsterdam. I have great memories of listening to that record over and over during the 80s. The song that stood out was "The World is On Fire" which is included in this collection! Several other songs worth hearing from that album are in this collection as well and give the listener a good taste of what this group's first album (cd if you can find it) was all about and why it is worth hunting down. What is included in this gathering of tunes doesn't measure up except for a few such as "Barefoot in Baltimore," "Sit With The Guru" and (my favorite) "Pretty Song From Psych-Out" which I haven't heard since I rented the video back in the 80's. That is truly a beautiful song! Other nice surprises are "You Put Me On Standby"
and "Small Package," but it is obvious the "magic" of the group's sound had diminished and they sound more like a rock group trying to produce a hit rather than the pretty-sounding, experimental "American answer to the Beatles" that I believe they at least for a short time really were. I know "Rainy Day Mushroom Pillow," "Strawberries Mean Love," and "Incense & Peppermints" (Not to mention "Sit With the Guru!") sound awfully silly, but those happen to be GREAT songs. If the music of today had that type of charm I would forget all about STRAWBERRY ALARM CLOCK, but to me they were definitely underrated and measure up with some of the best groups of the sixties and are better than almost every group playing today. If nothing else this collection gives a wide range of their music capabilities and will hopefully break the "one hit wonder" title unfairly put upon them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Many things I can't define ...
Five stars but with a word of caution. Five stars because it's a matchless recapitulation of their career, and a great intro to an era when bubblegum intersected with psychedelia. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Captain K
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Listen
I gave this 4 stars, it's a great set, but I would have preferred a 2cd set. It's pretty basic-a jewel case, 21 songs with what Lp they came off. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Robert Elwin Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Strawberry Alarm Clock
Greatest hits from one of my favorite bands. Still playing and great memories. good music! The albumn cover itself is one the the best of the 1960's rock era too.
Published 18 months ago by Robert
5.0 out of 5 stars A confusing legacy, top-notch collection
The Strawberry Alarm Clock burst onto the Sunset Strip scene in 1967, just after the golden age had started to fade with the sun setting in the west. Read more
Published on August 6, 2012 by Paul '66
Published on August 1, 2009 by peace train
5.0 out of 5 stars Psychedelic Bubble Gum
Don't be turned off by the term bubble gum. This is first class bubble gum. The music is at times enchanting and hypnotic. Read more
Published on May 15, 2007 by Benjamin C. Leonard
4.0 out of 5 stars Great collection- great music- ??? singing!!
This SAC cd is the way to go- a great collection spanning their career with most of the highlights from their prime moments. Read more
Published on May 3, 2007 by Elan Bodwick
4.0 out of 5 stars VERY GOOD!
It's quite some wonder why this band didn't hit super-stardom...they did, but they didn't, don't know band's history... Read more
Published on February 3, 2007 by jonap
3.0 out of 5 stars Turn the 'Clock' Back to Late 60's Hippy Band
'Incense and Peppermints', featuring a lead vocal from a non-band member, had everything to do with their recognition but less to do with the bulk of the rest of their material,... Read more
Published on July 23, 2001 by Brian J. Mcmahon
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