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Psychedelia classic with a CD warning
on 18 July 2013
Here is another slice of psychedelic pop history. This great original album has to be in the collection of anyone that is interested in psychedelic or sixties music.
It is worth investigating despite having no UK chart success and very little radio air play.
Incense and Peppermints was the debut album from the psychedelic rock band Strawberry Alarm Clock.
The album was Released in late 1967 at the height of psychedelic culture. And although largely ignored in the UK it did get to number 11 on the American charts. The title track also charted high as a single in the American charts.
In pop history the group made much impact with this debut album and its follow up album Wake up It's Tomorrow and the singles from them being referenced many times as pointers to sixties psychedelic pop. In particular films have often used these tracks on their soundtracks including Psych Out and Austin Powers.
This Los Angeles group took reputedly their name as homage to Strawberry Fields Forever by the Beatles but I have doubts to that authenticity. But with song titles like Incense and Peppermints, Strawberries mean love and Rainy Day Mushroom Pillow the links to psychedelia and the likes of the Beatles are clear.
It is a truly interesting album with great arrangements and atmosphere.
Be warned. There is more than one version of the album available on this site and reviews are being repeated on more than one issue. So to clarify the version that at the moment is the cheapest has a cover with a white border frame with Strawberry Alarm Clock across the top. The catalogue number is B000002QTD and its on the MCA label. This is NOT the original album. It is a compilation album released in 1990 with alternative recordings and tracks taken from more than one album. It does not have the correct track listing for this album.
The other version that has a cover with the words Strawberry Alarm clock written in pink letters and has a
blue/green border frame around the bottom half is the right version with the correct track list. Catalogue number B005IY3AW8 on Sundazed Records.