Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Strawberry Alarm Clock – Tomorrow / Birds In My Tree (1967) [US Mono Single]


Strawberry Alarm Clock – Tomorrow / Birds In My Tree
Original 1967 45RPM mono single (Uni 55046)
~ThePoodleBites Rip in 96kHz / 24bit~


This is one I’ve wanted to do ever since getting a copy of the SAC’s sophomore Wake Up … It’s Tomorrow record. The mono single mix of “Tomorrow” is drastically different from the album mix, which was only released in stereo. The mono mix of “Birds In My Tree” sounds clearer than a stereo collapse from the Sundazed CD. I don’t believe either of these mixes nor any other mono SAC (apart from the track “Incense And Peppermints”) has ever been reissued.



This 45 is not especially hard-to-find; my local record shop had 3 copies available for $2 apiece. I picked the cleanest-looking one, which also unfortunately had some sun damage to the label on side 2. Regardless this is undoubtedly a classic and well-qualified under the category “essential.”

Although not featured here, “Incense And Peppermints” is the track that turned me onto psychedelia. These are some excellent tracks showcasing Ed King before his fame with Lynyrd Skynyrd (yes — the guitar solo in “Tomorrow” is played by the same man who opens “Sweet Home Alabama”).

Vinyl Condition: NM-
Dynamic Range: DR10 (surprisingly good for a “hot”-cut single)
Track listing:
01) “Tomorrow” — 2:14
02) “Birds In My Tree” — 1:55

Lineage:
– Audio-Technica AT150MLx Dual Moving-Magnet Cartridge
– Audio-Technica AT-LP1240-USB Direct Drive Professional Turntable (internal stock preamp/ADC removed)
– TCC TC-754 RIAA Phono Preamp (new regulated power supply, added LM7812 regulator)
– Focusrite Scarlett 6i6 MkII (96kHz / 24bit)
– Adobe Audition CC 2018 (recording)
– iZotope RX 6 Audio Editor (manual declicking, mono collapse, additional adjustments)
– Audacity 2.2.1 (fades between tracks, split tracks)
– Foobar2000 v1.3.17 (tagging, dynamic range analysis)


Google Drive: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1fvvhEDdqS2Z2Fn0MvZHjwOediIuYYxQX?usp=sharing
Enjoy, and as always, comments are greatly appreciated! 🙂

7 comments:

  1. Thanks for all your rips , you make one of the greatest music blog !!

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  2. Many Thanks ..just discovered your site and I look forward to all your projects.

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  3. Just discovered this place and it's impressive! This SAC single has long been one of my faves, so thank you. The songs are too short (I'll attribute that to Top 40 radio) but it's really a double "A-sided" 45. Both top quality, memorable tunes. OH YEAH!

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  4. THX....this blog is a treasure.... :))

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  5. greatness and thank you i seem to remember a hot mix 45 of sit with the guru as well. i know i have it somewhere

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  6. Sounds great - and as you wrote, a much different mix from the stereo version. Thanks for posting.

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  7. I have to thank you again for your superior job of ripping the 45 version of "Tomorrow". The single mono version really shows the quality of the work that went into the making if the recording. I'm guessing that if Strawberry Alarm Clock were allowed to put as much time into all of their recording such as they did for this one they would be much more highly regarded.
    The intricacy of the arrangement as well as musicianship is Wreaking Crew quality...in my opinion.

    Thanks again for ripping one of my all time favorite 45s from my childhood record collection... back when every single (a and b side) was committed to memory.

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