Step By Step album by Thee Sixpence

Step By Step is a 1998 compilation of Thee Sixpence singles released in 1966 and 1967 on the All American label before (and as) the band changed its name to Strawberry Alarm Clock and went on to brief worldwide fame. (Step By Step was compiled by the Akarma label.)

Comprising all of Thee Sixpence’s songs in chronological order, Step By Step shows how the band went from a rather crude garage band with shambolic takes on “Long Days Care” and cover songs taken from Love’s first album (“Can’t Explain”, “My Flash On You”, “Hey Joe”) and moved through some great, inspired psychedelia (the uncomfortable, brooding “In The Building”) to organ-led psych/garage pieces like “Heart Full Of Rain” and “Incense And Peppermints”.

Because they were first released as by Thee Sixpence before the band changed its name to Strawberry Alarm Clock (and label to Uni), both “Incense And Peppermints” and “The Birdman Of Alkatrash” are included here; tacked onto the end is the lengthy, cinematic cataclysm of “The World’s On Fire” which was first released as the leadoff track of the Clock’s 1967 LP Incense And Peppermints. (All of these songs are the well-known versions from Strawberry Alarm Clock releases; for most people the only new tracks here would be the first eight songs.)

Step By Step was widely released as a (colored) 180g vinyl LP. The album is highly recommended — certainly for Strawberry Alarm Clock fans but also for general fans of mid-60s garage punk groups like the Leaves and the Standells.

Track list

Side 1
“Long Days Care” – 2:02
“Can’t Explain” – 2:14
“Fortune Teller” – 2:17
“My Flash On You” – 1:58
“In The Building” – 2:59
“Hey Joe” – 2:32
“Heart Full Of Rain” – 2:16

Side 2
“(Gotta Get The) First Plane Home” – 1:57
“Incense And Peppermints” – 2:49
“The Birdman Of Alkatrash” – 2:11
“The World’s On Fire” – 8:26

2 thoughts on “Step By Step album by Thee Sixpence

  1. Good find Matthew, thanks a lot! Nice to see Thee Sixpence more available to the masses. Hope the other tracks follow, of course, but these are a nice introduction to thee band.

  2. Half of Thee Sixpence’s singles output have just been made available on mp3 (with more on the way), as part of the Paul Buff archives series:

    Most of the tracks in the series have come from Paul’s master tapes, but not so sure about these….they do seem to sound better than some of the crackly vinyl transfers on Step By Step though.

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