The Best Of Strawberry Alarm Clock Vol. 1 is a compilation album comprising a decent, if typical, cross-section of the band’s more popular (and poppy) songs. It was released as Back-Trac (MSP 30005).
Note that The Best Of Strawberry Alarm Clock Vol. 1 (there never was a Vol. 2 as far as we can tell) is different from The Best Of Strawberry Alarm Clock, a 1970 compilation on the band’s Uni record label. Back-Trac Records was a 1980s company that specialized in licensing songs from popular but comparatively minor acts of the past with the aim of marketing low-cost compilations. From such undistinguished origins come something that is actually a pretty good collection of Strawberry Alarm Clock, although somehow there are no songs from the band’s last album, Good Morning Starshine, nor from any of the non-LP singles. What is here is rather well-chosen; someone at Back-Trac knew what they were doing, or they got lucky.
The Strawberry Alarm Clock logo
Interestingly, the band logo used on the front of this album is also the one now in use on Strawberry Alarm Clock’s official website. It’s a good one too, though we aren’t sure if it was in use before this album or not. (If you know anything about it please leave a comment on this page.)
“Incense And Peppermints” – 2:49 (from Incense And Peppermints)
“Strawberries Mean Love” – 3:03 (from Incense And Peppermints)
“Rainy Day Mushroom Pillow” – 3:06 (from Incense And Peppermints)
“Birds In My Tree” – 1:55 (from Incense And Peppermints)
“Tomorrow” – 2:14 (from Wake Up… It’s Tomorrow)
“Barefoot In Baltimore” – 2:23 (from The World In A Sea Shell)
“Sit With The Guru” – 2:59 (from Wake Up… It’s Tomorrow)
“Sea Shell” – 3:06 (from The World In A Sea Shell)
“Lose To Live” – 3:17 (from Incense And Peppermints)
“Pretty Song From Psych-Out” – 3:15 (from Wake Up… It’s Tomorrow)