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Around the World 2 / Yertle Trilogy / Me Import, Maxi
|1. Around The World (Album Version) - Red Hot Chili Peppers|
|2. Me And My Friends (Non LP Track) - Red Hot Chili Peppers|
|3. Yertle Trilogy (Non LP Track) - Red Hot Chili Peppers|
The second single from the funky alternative act's top five 1999 album 'Californication'. Pt.2 is backed with two previously unreleased non-album tracks, 'Me And My Friends' (Live at Sodra Teatern on June 4th, 1999) and 'Yertle Trilogy' (Live at Spazio Antlogico for the MTV Italy program 'Sashimi' on June 14th, 1999). Slimline jewel case. 1999 release.
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It combines their rap and funk roots in the verse with a melodic and powerful chorus. The beginning is rough, and abrasive, pairing Flea's demanding slap-bass style of playing with John's funky and masterful guitar manipulation that generates an amazing and mind blowing intro lasting 30 seconds.
It is the two b-sides that I'm not so fond of. "Me and My Friends" is a song that has been played constantly at their live shows and is always the highlight. This one is no exception, proving to ooze energy and emotion in every note played, or every word sung.
"Yertle Trilogy" is more of a jam that has no significance to it, really. It's fun to listen to and hear the true talent the Chili's have, but not completely worth your while. This single is purely for collectors, as the b-sides aren't the most valuable ones the Chili's have released.
The title track is a funky, driven piece, opening with a raging distorted bass run before blasting into an oddball, scratchy, funky verse. It's a decent tune, although it's on "Californication", so it's unlikely anyone would buy it for this.
The b-sides on part 2 are a pair of live tracks-- "Me and My Friends" and "Yertle Trilogy". It's certainly interesting to hear the band tackling a pair of later songs, but by and large neither are particularly exciting-- "Me and My Friends" comes off better live than it does even recorded live, and admittedly "Yertle Trilogy" is a lot of fun, but more goofy than anything else.
Invariably, collectors will want this, but more casual fans can skip this one.