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Greatest Hits [Warner Bros.] [PA]


  • 1. Under the Bridge
    2. Give It Away
    3. Californication
    4. Scar Tissue
    5. Soul to Squeeze
    6. Otherside
    7. Suck My Kiss
    8. By the Way
    9. Parallel Universe
    10. Breaking the Girl
    11. My Friends
    12. Higher Ground
    13. Universally Speaking
    14. Road Trippin'
    15. Fortune Faded - (previously unreleased)
    16. Save the Population - (previously unreleased)
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 48545

  • Credits
    ProducerMichael Beinhorn; Rick Rubin
    EngineerD. Sardy; Dave Jerden; Dave Schiffman; Greg Fidelman; Jim Scott; Brendan O'Brien

    Red Hot Chili Peppers: Anthony Kiedis, Flea, John Frusciante, Chad Smith.
    Red Hot Chili Peppers: Anthony Kiedis (vocals); John Frusciante (guitar); Flea (bass); Chad Smith (drums).
    Compilation producers: Rick Rubin, Michael Beinhorn.
    Red Hot Chili Peppers: Anthony Kiedis (vocals); John Frusciante (guitar); Flea (bass); Chad Smith (drums).
    Compilation producers: Rick Rubin, Michael Beinhorn.
    Personnel: Anthony Kiedis (vocals, guitar); John Frusciante (guitar); Patrick Warren (chamberlin); Brendan O'Brien (Mellotron); Greg Kurstin (keyboards); Chad Smith (drums); Peter Weiss (Jew's harp); Lenny Castro (percussion); Iris Parker, Randy Ruff, Joel Virgel, Aklia Chin, Bruno Deron, Jack Sherman, Vicki Calhoun, Gretchen Seager, Merrill Ward, Spinosa, Sir Babe, Wag, Julie Ritter, Kristen Vigard (background vocals).
    Audio Mixers: D. Sardy; Garth Richardson; Jim Scott ; Richard Dodd.
    Recording information: Cello Studios, Hollywood, CA; Philosophical Sound Research, Los Angeles, CA.
    Photographers: Tony Woolliscroft; Chris Cuffaro; Laura Black; Melodie Lawrence.
    Although the Red Hot Chili Peppers have received the hits treatment before (most notably on 1992's WHAT HITS?), this compilation serves to highlight the band's peak years with guitarist John Frusciante, both before his sudden departure in 1992 and after his lauded return for 1999's CALIFORNICATION. (The group's intriguing-yet-mismatched union with Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro yields only one track, "My Friends.")
    The Chili Peppers are best known for their energetic punk-funk anthems but their mainstream breakthrough, the gently building ballad "Under the Bridge" opens GREATEST HITS. It's followed in short order, however by the boisterous, slaphappy "Give It Away." Other Peppers high points include the beautifully melancholy "Scar Tissue," the hard-to-find "Soul to Squeeze," the folky "Breaking the Girl," and the only pre-1990s track--the group's wonderfully rocked-out cover of Stevie Wonder's "Higher Ground." Of course, this HITS collection includes the seemingly requisite (and quite good) two new tracks--the driving "Fortune Faded" and the dreamy "Save the Population." GREATEST HITS effectively chronicles the Peppers' transition from goofy party boys to mature, highly inventive rock band.

  • Critic Reviews
    Entertainment Weekly (11/14/03, pp.126-7) - "...[This collection culls] the good stuff..." - Rating : B+
    Entertainment Weekly (11/14/03, pp.126-7) - "...[This collection culls] the good stuff..." - Rating : B+
    Entertainment Weekly (11/14/03, pp.126-7) - "...[This collection culls] the good stuff..." - Rating : B+
    Q (1/04, p.142) - 4 stars out of 5 - "It's an astonishing feat of creative solidity."
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