Strawberry Alarm Clock Anthology CD compilation (1993)

The Strawberry Alarm Clock Anthology album

Wake Up... It's Tomorrow from 1968, from which the 1993 Anthology stole its cover art.
Wake Up… It’s Tomorrow from 1968, from which the 1993 Anthology stole its cover art.
The Strawberry Alarm Clock Anthology is an 18-track compilation released in 1993 and comprising many of Strawberry Alarm Clock‘s more notable songs. It was put out by One Way Records.

As an overview of the Clock’s musical output 1967-71, The Strawberry Alarm Clock Anthology isn’t too comprehensive, but the music is pretty excellent: the selection from the band’s first two albums, 1967’s Incense And Peppermints and 1968’s Wake Up… It’s Tomorrow, is very well-chosen and makes up a full two-thirds (12 songs of 18) of the anthology. This, of course, means that the band’s two final albums and assorted singles get short shrift, as usual. (Only the 1971 compilation Changes treats latter-era SAC with any proper respect.)

The band’s third album, The World In A Sea Shell, contributes four songs to The Strawberry Alarm Clock Anthology, where the final LP Good Morning Starshine is represented by one solitary song, the admittedly excellent “Small Package”. (The ghost of that final album can only sigh patiently; most compilations treat its songs this way despite its containing several contenders for the band’s top 15 or 20 list.)

The Strawberry Alarm Clock Anthology ignores the band’s non-LP singles altogether, bypassing classics like “Starting Out The Day” and “Desireé”, and has no songs released with 1969-71 singer Paul Marshall (the tracks from Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls, for instance). The only exception to this (sort of) is the non-LP b-side of “Incense And Peppermints” called “The Birdman Of Alkatrash”, which is on nearly every SAC compilation due to its incidental relationship with that #1 hit song.

The Anthology is rather easy to find, especially used, but for anyone interested in a compilation of the band, it would probably be better to go with the 21-track CD version of 1992’s Strawberries Mean Love. One major advantage the Anthology has over that collection, however, is that all three songs of the “Black Butter” suite (“Past”, “Present”, and “Future”) are on it, where Strawberries Mean Love inexplicably includes only “Present”. Our recommendation is to just get the original four studio albums by the band; but if you see The Strawberry Alarm Clock Anthology for cheap it’s worth getting as a pretty good taste of the band, even with its emphasis on the earlier part of the Clock’s career.

Track listing

“Incense And Peppermints” – 2:50 (from Incense And Peppermints)
“Tomorrow” – 2:14 (from Wake Up… It’s Tomorrow)
“Sit With The Guru” – 3:03 (from Wake Up… It’s Tomorrow)
“Barefoot In Baltimore” – 2:23 (from The World In A Sea Shell)
“Paxton’s Back Street Carnival” – 2:01 (from Incense And Peppermints)
“The World’s On Fire” – 8:26 (from Incense And Peppermints)
“Strawberries Mean Love” – 2:59 (from Incense And Peppermints)
“Rainy Day Mushroom Pillow” – 3:03 (from Incense And Peppermints)
“Sea Shell” – 3:06 (from The World In A Sea Shell)
“Blues For A Young Girl Gone” – 2:30 (from The World In A Sea Shell)
“Pretty Song From Psych-Out” – 3:18 (from Wake Up… It’s Tomorrow)
“The Birdman Of Alkatrash” – 2:11 (1967 single b-side)
“They Saw The Fat One Coming” – 3:23 (from Wake Up… It’s Tomorrow)
“Small Package” – 3:57 (from Good Morning Starshine)
“Love Me Again” – 3:30 (from The World In A Sea Shell)
“Black Butter, Past” – 2:24 (from Wake Up… It’s Tomorrow)
“Black Butter, Present” – 2:04 (from Wake Up… It’s Tomorrow)
“Black Butter, Future” – 1:27 (from Wake Up… It’s Tomorrow)

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  1. Would be nice to get the new albumn “Wake Up Where You Are” by the Strawberry Alarm Clock. Finally released April 2012 with new material as well as redone oldies.

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