Incense & Peppermints (note the ampersand in the title — this is different than the 1967 album Incense And Peppermints) is a Strawberry Alarm Clock compilation originally released by MCA in 1990. It mostly collects some of the band’s hits and a few assorted album tracks. Most interestingly, it included the rare (at the time of this compilation’s release, anyway) single-only track “Starting Out The Day” from 1969, although this is now available on several other, more worthwhile releases (for example, the Japanese bonus track CD version of Good Morning Starshine).
This compilation has been superseded by other compilations, such as 1992’s Strawberries Mean Love and 1993’s The Strawberry Alarm Clock Anthology; that fact, and the maddening confusion that has arisen over the years between this compilation and the band’s actual first album from 1967, make it rather unfortunate (or disappointing, or infuriating… take your pick) that this one exists at all.
Collectables reissued the Incense & Peppermints compilation in 2004 with a different (and very tacky) cover. This one is actually called Incense And Peppermints, further muddying the waters. Ignore all but the 1967 original with the green and white bars on the cover! Make sure the first track is “The World’s On Fire”.
“Incense And Peppermints” – 2:49 (from Incense And Peppermints)
“Rainy Day Mushroom Pillow” – 3:06 (from Incense And Peppermints)
“Birds In My Tree” – 1:55 (from Incense And Peppermints)
“Sit With The Guru” – 2:59 (from Wake Up… It’s Tomorrow)
“Tomorrow” – 2:14 (from Wake Up… It’s Tomorrow)
“Barefoot In Baltimore” – 2:23 (from The World In A Sea Shell)
“Good Morning Starshine” – 2:24 (from Good Morning Starshine)
“The Birdman Of Alkatrash” – 2:11 (from a 1967 single)
“Strawberries Mean Love” – 3:03 (from Incense And Peppermints)
“Starting Out The Day” – 2:40 (from a 1969 single)