“Love Me Again”

“Love Me Again” is the 10th song overall, and 4th song on side 2, from Strawberry Alarm Clock‘s 1968 album The World In A Sea Shell. At only 3:30, it’s still the album’s longest song and (significantly) one written by the band rather than outside composers.

With a blistering lead guitar throughout, and with vocals considerably wilder than the album’s other songs, “Love Me Again” is a great jam but not a very interestingly-composed song. There is a great harpsichord glittering extravagantly during parts of it, however, and guitarist Ed King answers the impassioned singing with a very atypical wah-wah part at the end. Overall the mood is rather manic and fast-paced, as if the band were finally unleashed and had to let out their pent-up energy.

Strawberry Alarm Clock were always a great band musically, but they required, as might be expected, a certain level of interest in a song to do it well. Many of the performances on The World In A Sea Shell are marked by a noticeable lack of inspiration from the musicians, but “Love Me Again” does not suffer from this. There is nothing complicated or groundbreaking about the song itself, but maybe that is precisely what the band needed — a simple framework to hang their considerable chops on. Rock on, Clock!

Appears on

LP: The World In A Sea Shell (1968)
LP: Changes (1971 compilation)
CD: Strawberries Mean Love (1992 compilation)
CD: The Strawberry Alarm Clock Anthology (1993 compilation)

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