Greatest Hits

Greatest Hits

by Red Hot Chili PeppersRed Hot Chili Peppers

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Overview

The Red Hot Chili Peppers' Greatest Hits is a compelling listen, culling tracks from the band's 1989 breakthrough, Mother's Milk, to its melodic 2002 release, By the Way. In some ways, one could view this as the best of the John Frusciante years, charting most of the band's work with the talented guitarist after the death of original member Hillel Slovak. The tracks here are all hits, including such stellar singles as "Give It Away," "Under the Bridge," and Frusciante's first single after his phoenix-like resurrection from heroin addiction, "Scar Tissue." It should be noted, though, that as a Warner-issued hits collection such fan favorites as "Taste the Pain" and the touchstone antidrug anthem "Knock Me Down" -- both from the 1989 EMI release Mother's Milk -- aren't included. (Similarly, nothing from the Chili Peppers' rambunctious early efforts -- including 1984's Red Hot Chili Peppers, 1985's Freaky Styley, and 1987's The Uplift Mofo Party Plan -- appears on this hits collection.) Nonetheless, Greatest Hits still portrays the band as one of the most consistently brilliant groups of its generation. Helping to paint this picture are such solid cuts as the group's searing, albeit overplayed, 1989 cover of Stevie Wonder's "Higher Ground" as well as its rarely available addition to the Coneheads movie soundtrack, "Soul to Squeeze." Not surprisingly, "My Friends" is the sole cut to make it from the band's disappointing one-off effort with Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro, One Hot Minute. Throw in two new tracks ("Fortune Faded" and "Save the Population") that easily match the quality of the material collected here, and you've got one of the most consistently listenable Chili Pepper releases since Blood Sugar Sex Magik. For fans who gave up after Frusciante left the band, Greatest Hits is the perfect reintroduction. [Warner also released a clean version of Greatest Hits

Product Details

Release Date: 11/18/2003
Label: Warner Records
UPC: 0093624865421
catalogNumber: 48654
Rank: 4882

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Red Hot Chili Peppers   Primary Artist
Kristen Vigard   Background Vocals
Vicki Calhoun   Background Vocals
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Greg Kurstin   Keyboards
Dave Navarro   Guitar
Brendan O'Brien   Mellotron
Jack Sherman   Background Vocals
Merrill Ward   Background Vocals
Patrick Warren   Organ
Peter Weiss   Juice Harp
Iris Parker   Background Vocals
Julie Ritter   Background Vocals
Gretchen Seager   Background Vocals
Bruno Deron   Background Vocals
Joel Virgel Viergel   Background Vocals
Wag   Background Vocals
Aklia Chin   Background Vocals
Gail And Friends Frusciante   Choir, Chorus
Spinosa   Background Vocals
Babe   Background Vocals
Randy Ruff   Background Vocals
Jack Virgel Viergel   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Red Hot Chili Peppers   Art Direction
Michael Beinhorn   Producer
Flea   Composer,Liner Notes
John Frusciante   Composer,Liner Notes
Dave Jerden   Engineer
Anthony Kiedis   Composer
Dave Navarro   Composer
Brendan O'Brien   Engineer
Rick Rubin   Producer
David Schiffman   Engineer
Jim Scott   Engineer
Chad Smith   Composer,Liner Notes
Stevie Wonder   Composer
D. Sardy   Engineer
Greg Fidelman   Engineer

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