“Starting Out The Day”

“Starting Out The Day” is notable as an upbeat, horn-driven Strawberry Alarm Clock song released as a single in 1969. Its b-side was “Small Package”, taken from the Good Morning Starshine album. “Starting Out The Day” has been released on various compilations since its original release.

“Starting Out The Day” has a very similar feel to the even better “Desireé”, released by the band around the same time. The song in many ways recalls Strawberry Alarm Clock’s 1967-8 style, with an extremely playful organ-and-horns riff (sounding like something you might hear at, for example, Paxton’s street carnival) and even a flute solo. Elsewhere, there is a harmonica solo, some really nice creepy-organ work, and a lot of tough, complex musical twists — not to mention some fantastic vocal work by the versatile Jim Pitman.

The band sounds particularly inspired on “Starting Out The Day”, playing (and, it must be emphasized, composing) with abandon, feeling confident and free enough to tackle some unusual, even daring musical ideas. “Starting Out The Day” is an excellent advertisement for 1969-era SAC; hunt it down and check it out if you don’t already have it.

Appears on

45: “Starting Out The Day” b/w “Small Package” (Uni 55185) (1969)
CD: Good Morning Starshine (1969) Japanese bonus-track version
LP: The Best Of Strawberry Alarm Clock (1970 compilation)
CD: Incense & Peppermints (1990 compilation)

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