The Strawberry Alarm Clock – “The World’s On Fire” (1967)

Band : The Strawberry Alarm Clock (Formed in 1967, in Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.)

Country Of Origin : U.S.A.

Track : “The World’s On Fire” (Opening track)

Album : “Incense And Peppermints (Debut Album)

Label : UNI Records (73014)

Date/Year Of Release : November 1967

Category/Music Genres : Acid Rock, Psychedelic Rock, U.S.A., 1960s


The Strawberry Alarm Clock – “The World’s On Fire”

Video on YouTube

Lyrics 

The world (the world)
Is on fire tonight (tonight)
And this flame that glows (flame that glows)
Is too hot for me to fight (to fight)
Dancing flames (dancing flames)
Twisting, turning out of sight (turning out of sight)
Smoke-filled eyes (smoke-filled eyes)
Crying, “Hold me, hold me tight” (me tight)

Tears of joy
And sad, smiling faces
Oh, make the sparkle above the brightly night

The world (the world)
Is on fire tonight (tonight)
And the flame that flows (flame that flows)
Is still burning oh so bright (so bright)
Blazing arms (blazing arms)
With a heavy appetite (appetite)
The swirling flames (swirling flames)
Blinding everyone in sight (in sight)

Sweat-filled traces
In common places
The price we pay to hear this type of fight

Fire
Fire
Fire
We’re on fire tonight

The song is included on the album “Incense And Peppermints” and it’s the album’s opening track.

“Incense And Peppermints” album 

Album cover photo (front)

Image result for strawberry alarm clock incense and peppermints

The Strawberry Alarm Clock – “Incense And Peppermints” Full Album Audio Playlist on Spotify

Incense and Peppermints is the first album by psychedelic rock band Strawberry Alarm Clock. Released in November 1967, the album reached No. 11 on the Billboard 200 album charts and included the band’s No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hit “Incense and Peppermints”. In addition to the six official members of the band, the album also featured the flute playing of Steve Bartek, who co-wrote four songs on the album with bass player George Bunnell.

The tracks “The World’s on Fire”, “Rainy Day Mushroom Pillow” and “Incense and Peppermints” were all featured in the motion picture Psych-Out, along with a new song, “Pretty Song from Psych-Out”, which later appeared on the band’s second album, Wake Up…It’s Tomorrow.

A compilation album of the same name (albeit spelled with an ampersand) was released by MCA in 1990. To date, the album has been released on CD only in Japan and (more recently) on Sundazed Records.

Tracks

1. The World’s on Fire (E. King, G. Bunnell, L. Freeman, M. Weitz, R. Seol) – 8:25
2. Birds in My Tree (S. Bartek, G. Bunnell) – 1:54
3. Lose to Live (C. King, T. Stern) – 3:15
4. Strawberries Mean Love (G. Bunnell) – 3:02
5. Rainy Day Mushroom Pillow (S. Bartek, G. Bunnell) – 3:04
6. Paxton’s Back Street Carnival (S. Bartek, E. King, G. Bunnell, L. Freeman, M. Weitz, R. Seol) – 2:04
7. Hummin’ Happy (E. King, G. Bunnell, L. Freeman, M. Weitz, R. Seol) – 2:24
8. Pass Time With The SAC (G. Bunnell, L. Freeman, E. King, J. Pitman, M. Weitz) – 1:21
9. Incense and Peppermints (J. Carter, T. Gilbert) – 2:47
10.Unwind with the Clock (E. King, M. Weitz) – 4:13

Line-up 
George Bunnell – 2nd Bass Guitar, Vocals
Randy Seol – Drums, Bongos, Vibes, Vocals
Lee Freeman –  Rhythm Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
Edward King – Guitar, Vocals
Mark Weitz – Vocals, Organ, Piano, Harpsichord
Gary Lovetro – 1st Bass Guitar, Vocals

Credits 

Producer – Bill Holmes, Frank Slay

Photography By – Ed Caraeff

Engineer – Paul Buff

Design [Cover Design] – Lazarus/LePrevost

Arranged By – Ed King (2), Howard Davis (2), Mark Weitz

Other [Advice] – Johnny Fairchild

Other [Clothing] – Sat Purish

External Links

The Strawberry Alarm Clock – “Incense And Peppermints” Full Album Video Playlist on YouTube

The Strawberry Alarm Clock – “Incense And Peppermints” Full Album Audio Playlist on Spotify

The Strawberry Alarm Clock – “Incense And Peppermints” Full Album Audio/Video Playlist on Last Fm

The Strawberry Alarm Clock – “Incense And Peppermints” Full Album Download Link on Rockasteria Blog

 

 

 

Psychedelic Rock U.S.A. 1960s (Tracks) Fever Tree – “Time Is Now”

Psychedelic Rock U.S.A. 1960s (Tracks) 

Fever Tree (Houston, Texas, U.S.A.)

“Time Is Now” (written by S, Holtzman, V. Holtzman) B3 track included on the album “Creation”

Released on UNI Records (73067) in 1969

Line-up :

Fever Tree
Kevin Kelley – Drums
E. E. Wolfe – Bass
Michael Knust – Guitar
Grant Johnson – Keyboards
Dennis Keller – Bass, Vocals
With
John Tuttle – Drums
Rob Landis – Keyboards
Hal Blaine – Drums
David Cohen – Guitar
Walt Mescal – Guitar
Joe Osborne – Bass
Larry Knechtal – Piano
Billy Gibbons – Guitar
The Blackberries – Vocals

Arranged By [Strings And Horns] – David Angel (3) (tracks: B2)

Arranged By [Strings] – Gene Page (tracks: A2, B4)

Coordinator [Production Coordinator] – Doctor Don

Engineer [Chief Engineer] – Walter Andrus

Mastered By – Sandy Lehmann-Haupt

Painting [Cover Painting] – Dub Wethersby III

Producer – Scott Holtzman, Vivian Holtzman

Lyrics :

Don’t you know the time is now
Tomorrow is too far away
Can’t you see the time is now
I won’t wait another day

Don’t you know the time is now
If you look it’s very clear
Don’t you know the time is now
Can’t you see the place
In ay
I can’t wait, the time is now
I can’t wait
I don’t know
I don’t know
I don’t know how

Don’t you know the time is now
Let her…
Oh you better get it straight
Don’t you know the time is now
Hurry up, it’s getting late
Don’t you know the time is now
Can’t you see her place is here
Don’t you know the time is now
Don’t you know
Don’t you know
Oh don’t you know

Track Listing :

1. Woman, Woman (Woman) (Jancy Lee Tyler) – 2:33
2. Love Makes The Sun Rise (F. Davis, S, Holtzman, V. Holtzman) – 2:32
3.Catcher In The Rye (R. Landes, S, Holtzman, V. Holtzman) – 3:12
4.Wild Woman Ways (Jancy Lee Tyler) – 4:05
5.Fever Blue (S, Holtzman, V. Holtzman) – 3:33
6.Run Past My Window (Jancy Lee Tyler) – 3:25
7.Imitation Situation (Complete And Unabridged) (R. Landes, S, Holtzman, V. Holtzman) – 4:47
8.Time Is Now (S, Holtzman, V. Holtzman) – 4:05
9.The God Game (R. Landes, S, Holtzman, V. Holtzman) – 4:35

Although a Texas, USA-based act, Fever Tree made its mark with a tribute to the Summer of Love’s host city with their 1968 anthem ‘San Francisco Girls (Return Of The Native)’. Comprising Rob Landes (keyboards), Dennis Keller (vocals), E.E. Wolfe (bass), John Tuttle (drums) and Michael Knust (guitar), the psychedelic band formed in Houston, Texas, in the mid-60s as Bostwick Vine. The name change came in 1967 and the band subsequently signed with the Chicago-based Mainstream Records.

Two unsuccessful singles were recorded, and the unit then signed to Uni Records, and recorded their self-titled debut album in 1968. ‘San Francisco Girls (Return Of The Native)’ was penned by Vivian Holtzman, one of the band’s producers. Although only a minor chart hit, it received much airplay on the new USA FM rock stations and on John Peel’s Top Gear radio programme in the UK. Fever Tree recorded four albums, three of which charted in the USA, before splitting up in 1970. Interest in the band was renewed in the mid-80s psychedelic revival, and compilation albums were issued in both the USA and UK.
Their third and fourth albums presented here,  find the legendary Houston ’60s psych band moving away from their pop/psych West Coast leanings and developing an introspective darker edge. Both albums include some great sounds, with a monster 13 minute cover of “Hey Joe” being the highlight….
For Sale is first, Though credited as a Fever Tree release, 1970’s ironically-titled “For Sale” was little more than a collection of the earlier Mainstream sides (which may have been rerecorded) and leftover Uni-era odds and ends. A quick glance at the liner notes indicated the band had basically collapsed with keyboardist Rob Landis and drummer John Tuttle credited as ‘formerly of Fever Tree’.
Their places were taken by former Byrds drummer Kevin Kelley, keyboardist Grant Johnson, and various members of the Wrecking Crew and The Blackberries on ill thought out backing vocals and Dennis Keller’s vocals shine on the old standard “I Put a Spell on You,” (not to mention some luscious background singing by the Blackberries, who later warbled in Humble Pie) and the Love song, “She Comes In Colors.” Two of the cuts, “Girl Don’t Push Me” and “Hey Mister” are actually early singles;(For Sale was the band’s fourth album and was put together as they were breaking up.) In short For Sale is good but not great.
Again produced by husband and wife team of Scott and Vivian Holzman in 1969 Creation:starting with “Woman, Woman” (not the Gary Puckett song), the remaining cuts are from Creation and are all excellent, particularly “Wild Woman Ways,” “Catcher in the Rye”, “Run Past My Window”, and “Time is Now,” the latter featuring excellent guitar work by future ZZ Top frontman Billy Gibbons.
All of the band’s work is first-rate, particularly that of Dennis Keller and superb keyboardist Rob Landes. (Note: Landes is serving as organist and musical director at a church in Houston; not surprising, since many Fever Tree songs are reminiscent of liturgical music at it’s finest.)

The group originated in Houston, Texas and began in 1966 as a folk rock group called The Bostwick Vines. They changed their name to Fever Tree a year later after the addition of keyboard player Rob Landes.

The band briefly entered the public consciousness when their song “San Francisco Girls (Return of the Native)” reached No. 91 in the U.S. on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in June 1968.Like most of the band’s material, it was written by the couple of Scott and Vivian Holtzman, who also were their producers. This four-minute track captured all the band’s trademarks: Dennis Keller’s incantation-like vocals, the quick shifting between slow parts with an almost sacral feeling and faster, more rock-oriented parts, and especially the searing guitar work by Michael Knust.

Fever Tree also released their self-titled debut album, Fever Tree, in 1968, which charted at No. 156 on the Billboard 200 Chart.  A second album, Another Time, Another Place, followed in 1969 and peaked at No. 83 with a third album Creation, charting at No. 97 on the Billboard 200 Chart in 1970. Apart from “San Francisco Girls”, they never had another hit, although they later also tried writing songs themselves when they had dropped the Holtzmans as producers. The group disbanded in 1970, but reformed in 1978 with only guitarist Michael Knust remaining from the original line-up. The new formation of the group had little commercial success; Fever Tree was not heard of again until 2003 when Michael Knust died.

Fever Tree’s first two albums (Fever Tree and Another Time, Another Place) were re-released as a single CD on October 31, 2006. Fever Tree’s third and fourth albums (Creation and For Sale) are also available as a single CD.

Their recording of “Ninety-Nine and a Half (Won’t Do)” by Steve Cropper, Eddie Floyd, and Wilson Pickett was sampled as the primary riff in Madvillain’s “America’s Most Blunted” from their 2004 self-titled debut.

Band members :

Dennis Keller – vocals

Michael Stephen Knust (March 11, 1949 – September 15, 2003) – guitar

Rob Landes – synthesizer, organ, piano

E.E. “Bud” Wolfe – bass guitar

John Tuttle – drums

Don Lampton – guitar, keyboards

Discography :

Albums :

Fever Tree (1968), Uni Records/MCA

Another Time, Another Place (1968), Uni/MCA Tracks: A1 Man Who Paints the Pictures – Part 2 A2 What Time Did You Say It Is In Salt Lake City? A3 Don’t Come Crying To Me Girl A4 Fever A5 Grand Candy Young Street B1 Jokes Are For Sad People B2 I’ve Never Seen Evergreen B3 Peace of Mind B4 Death Is The Dancer

Creation (1969), Uni/MCA

For Sale (1970), Ampex Records

Live at Lake Charles (1978), Shroom Records

Singles :

“Girl Oh Girl (Don’t Push Me)” / “Steve Lenore” (1967)

“Hey Mister” / “I Can Beat Your Drum” (1968)

“Girl, Oh Girl” / “Steve Lenore” (1968)

“Come with Me” / “San Francisco Girls (Return of the Native)” (1968)

“What Time Did You Say It Is in Salt Lake City?” / “Where Did You Go” (1968)

 

Fever Tree – “Creation” Album photo (A’ Side)

FEVER TREE CREATION 2

 

Fever Tree – “Creation” Album photo (B’ Side)

FEVER TREE CREATION 1

 

Fever Tree – “Creation” Album cover photo (front)

FEVER TREE CREATION 5

 

Fever Tree – “Time Is Now” Video file link on YouTube

Fever Tree Band’s Page on Spotify

Fever Tree Band’s Page on Discogs

Fever Tree Band’s Page on Rate Your Music

Fever Tree Band’s Page on Rock And Roll History

Fever Tree Article about the band on Houston Press

Fever Tree Band’s Page on Google Music Store

Fever Tree Band’s Page on Apple Music

Fever Tree Full Albums Download Links on Rockasteria Blog

 

Garage/Psychedelic Rock U.S.A. 1960s (Tracks) Strawberry Alarm Clock – “The World’s On Fire”

Garage/Psychedelic Rock U.S.A. 1960s (Tracks)

Strawberry Alarm Clock  (Los Angeles, U.S.A.)

“The World’s On Fire” A1 track (written by Strawberry Alarm Clock) included on the album “Incense And Peppermints” 

Released in November 1967 on UNI Records (73014)

Line-up/Credits :

Mark Weitz – organpianoharpsichordvocals

Randy Seol – drumsbongosvibraphone, vocals

Ed King – lead guitar, vocals

Lee Freeman – rhythm guitarbassharmonica, drums, vocals, woodwind

George Bunnell – bass, vocals

Gary Lovetro – bass, vocals

Steve Bartek – flute

Greg Munford – lead vocals on “Incense and Peppermints” (uncredited)

Technical

Paul Buff – engineer

Ed Caraeff – photography

Lyrics :

he world (the world)
Is on fire tonight (tonight)
And this flame that glows (flame that glows)
Is too hot for me to fight (to fight)
Dancing flames (dancing flames)
Twisting, turning out of sight (turning out of sight)
Smoke-filled eyes (smoke-filled eyes)
Crying, “Hold me, hold me tight” (me tight)

Tears of joy
And sad, smiling faces
Oh, make the sparkle above the brightly night

The world (the world)
Is on fire tonight (tonight)
And the flame that flows (flame that flows)
Is too hot to grow so bright (so bright)
Blazing arms (blazing arms)
With a heavy appetite (appetite)
The swirling flames (swirling flames)
Blinding everyone in sight (in sight)

Sweat-filled traces
In common places
The price we pay to hear this type of fight

Fire
Fire
Fire
We’re on fire tonight.

Strawberry Alarm Clock – “Incense And Peppermints” Album cover photo (front)

STRAWBERRY ALARM CLOCK INCENCE AND PEPPERMINTS 1 (2)

Strawberry Alarm Clock – “The World’s On Fire” Video file link on YouTube

Strawberry Alarm Clock Band’s page on Spotify

Strawberry Alarm Clock – “Incense And Peppermints” Full album video link on

YouTubeStrawberry Alarm Clock – “Incense And Peppermints” Video Playlist file link on YouTube