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"Strawberry Alarm Clock, Good Morning Starshine - OBI Mini LP Replica In A CD - Japanese"

Artist: Strawberry Alarm Clock Release Date: Sep 24, 1997 Format: CD Record Label: Uni UPC: 4988067030191 Genre: Pop Duration: Album or EP Sub-Genre: -- Special Attributes: Import, Remastered, Special Edition Track listing 1. Me and the Township 2. Off Ramp Road Tramp 3. Small Package 4. Hog Child 5. Miss Attraction 6. Good Morning Starshine 7. Miss Attraction 8. Write Your Name in Gold 9. (You Put Me On) Standby 10. Dear Joy 11. Changes 12. Desiree 13. I Climbed the Mountain 14. Three 15. Starting Out the Day 16. California Day 17. Girl From the City 18. Good Morning Starshine Distributor: MSI Music Distribution Recording type: Studio Japanese release featuring 7 bonus tracks: "Desireee", "I Climbed The Mountain", "Three", "Starting Out The Day", "California Day", "Girl From The City", & "Good Morning Starshine". The last studio recording from psychedelic 1960s act Strawberry Alarm Clock features "Off Ramp Road Tramp" and "Miss Attraction." Japanese version includes seven extra songs. CD contains 7 bonus tracks. This is the fourth and final long-player of new material from Strawberry Alarm Clock (SAC). As with their previous discs, Good Morning Starshine is a mixed affair. Prior to recording the album, the band underwent a somewhat drastic personnel change -- replacing longtime members George Bunnell (bass/vocals) and Randy Seol (drums/vocals) with Jimmy Pitman (guitar/vocals) and Gene Gunnels (drums), respectively. Also of note is the fact that all of Bunnell's songwriting credits for material on this album actually belong to Gunnels. The music has shifted away from the mix of punky psychedelia such as "Love Me Again" and "The World Is on Fire," inheriting a much more aggressive, bluesy approach a la Grand Funk Railroad or even (gasp) MC5. Although there are sonic vestiges and remnants of the band's former self -- such as the disc's pseudo-hippie title track -- by all accounts this was the antithesis of what the band had been up until this point. The dichotomy in the material on Good Morning Starshine is indicative that SAC had pretty much run their course. With managerial and other behind-the-scenes issues continuing to plague them, there are no signs of cohesion within the grooves. The disc is certainly full of strong material, despite the decidedly aimless direction. "Small Package" is reminiscent of the band's sound, circa Wake Up...It's Tomorrow. Likewise, the song is a minor chord masterpiece in the same vein as their previous hit, "Tomorrow." The "California Girls" vocal tag is a nod to the Beach Boys, with whom SAC shared many a late-'60s performance stage. Additionally, either of the two versions of the mid-tempo rocker "Miss Attraction" would have been a welcome addition to their earlier releases. The free-form jamming and lead guitar lines are definitely reminiscent of early Spirit and the highly underrated Bay Area band Kak. The heavier and blues-influenced "Me and the Township," "Off Ramp Road Tramp," and "Hog Child" recall Blue Cheer and even later-era Moby Grape as much as they do the electric British blues of, say, Fleetwood Mac. ~ Lindsay Planer
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