Incense and Peppermints
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Audio CD, Original recording reissued, January 1, 1995
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This LA band scored one of the Summer of Love-era hits with their #1 Incense and Peppermints , but one listen to this 1967 LP proves that there was a lot more to this group than that anthem. Gorgeous melodies mingle with trippy soundscapes, filthy guitar fuzz and dense harmonies as you also hear Lose to Live; Birds in My Tree; Unwind the Clock , and more. Limited edition, so snap to it, psych fans!
- Language: : English
- Product Dimensions : 4.88 x 5.63 x 0.43 inches; 1.9 Ounces
- Manufacturer : SUNDAZED MUSIC
- Item model number : 22834608
- Original Release Date : 2014
- Date First Available : August 26, 2011
- Label : SUNDAZED MUSIC
- ASIN : B005IY3AW8
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #36,889 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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And Was Knocked Out By Their Harmony's And Musicanship. I went out a few days Later and Bought this Album. It was Only One of many i wore Out Playing It To death, And Now when I put This On My Turntable, That Great Carefree Summer Comes Back To Mind ahhh Those Were The Days My Friends. I am Very Thankful to Of Seen all The Other Great Bands Of The Time. Their Songs were Handcrafted Not Like Most Of the Stuff Today On The Radio, if I were to Ever Write a Book On 1960'S Groups SAC would Be Right Up Their With My Other Favorites Quicksliver Early
Jefferson Airplane (Pre Grace) Moby Grape and The Grateful Dead (Early) I Am Overjoyed To See all The Old Records Being Rerealsed Again. Thank You SAC Form Some Great Music And Thank You Amazon For Having It For Sale
Well, a small wrong has been finally righted. Instead of the previous releases which were a collection of tracks from various albums, we have the original album with all the tracks in straight order. Never a first run band, THE STRAWBERRY ALARM CLOCK were (and continue to be) known primarily for the one track (a number 1 hit in 1967) we all know-"Incense and Peppermints"-a song that comes to mind when you think of the late 60's and the "Summer of Love", Hippies, tie-dye shirts, love beads, and all the rest.
One look at the wonderfully evocative, period cover photo will tell you a lot about the music and the era. The music was a mix of fuzz-toned guitars, cheesy organ, vibraphone, flute, and some close harmony singing-all wrapped up in the pop/psychedelic sound of the era . That and the fact that their one hit record was sung by a non-band member (Chris Mumford from SHAPES OF SOUND), who was hanging around the studio that day. But all that adds up to some fun, cool music-even if it was a bit lightweight. But if you listen to "Unwind With The Clock", a jazzy instrumental/vocal (a track that is always left off compilations), or "The World's On Fire", you hear another side to this band-they had more chops than many thought.
For a short time THE STRAWBERRY ALARM CLOCK were one of the main attractions in the L.A./Sunset Blvd area. A number of people started digging their music, hoping the psychedelic vibrations would continue a while longer. But it wasn't to be. The whole Sunset Blvd. club thing was outlawed, and everybody scattered to new places for their musical fix and everything else. But, finally, we have one of the original artifacts from that wonderful, exciting, weird era. Listening to this does bring back some good memories of growing up during that period when everything was seemingly new and vital. And that makes this release of the original album all the more important. Admittedly if you weren't there you'll hear it with slightly different ears, but this band/music/ Single was a part of the times.
As I said-a small wrong has been made right-it's good to know that I now own one of the small but important musical artifacts of that time, when it seemed there was something new to hear every week. A small but important piece of the puzzle is now in place. Enjoy!
Strawberry Alarm Clock was a psychedelic rock band best known for their 1967 hit song “Incense and Peppermints”. However, the compositions on this CD reveal that Strawberry Alarm Clock had more going for them then their illustrious hit song. This CD is bursting with well-crafted psychedelic rock songs that have catchy melodies, intricate vocals, elaborate studio effects, exotic instrumentation and jazz improvisation. This album is a forgotten gem and is one of the finest examples of progressive psychedelic rock from the 1960’s.