“Heart Full Of Rain” is one of the final songs released by Thee Sixpence in early 1967, shortly before the band became Strawberry Alarm Clock. “Heart Full Of Rain” was released on the All American label with two different b-sides: “(Gotta Get The) First Plane Home” and the previously-released “Fortune Teller”. (Both versions, confusingly, had the same catalog number.)
“Heart Full Of Rain” is an obvious bridge between the garage punk of the band’s early days and the loopier pop/psych that would issue from Strawberry Alarm Clock in the next 18 months. This is largely due to the song’s inclusion of new keyboardist Mark Weitz: finally, Thee Sixpence had a vibrant counterpoint to the fuzzy bass and wild, slicing lead guitar lines.
Musically, “Heart Full Of Rain” has a fairly no-frills, consistent beat; more than anything else it calls to mind the short instrumental “Pass Time With The SAC” from the Incense And Peppermints album. Again, this is due to the cheerful organ sound that pulses throughout. Towards the end of the song, just before the fade-out, the band sings a short chorus of “heart full of raaaaaaaain” that sounds like it was lifted directly from the great “Pushin’ Too Hard” by the Seeds.
As on other Thee Sixpence songs, the drumming is gloriously wild here, and the awesome lead guitar of Ed King drops jaws as usual.
45: “Heart Full Of Rain” b/w “(Gotta Get The) First Plane Home” (All American 353) (1967)
45: “Heart Full Of Rain” b/w “Fortune Teller” (All American 353) (1967) – same catalog number but different b-side than above
LP: Step By Step (1998 compilation)