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Otherside Pt.1 Import, Single, Maxi
The third single from the funky alternative act's top five 1999 album 'Californication'. Follow-up to Billboard Top 10 hit 'Scar Tissue. Taken from the platinum selling 'Californication'. Tracks 'Otherside' (Album Version), 'How Strong' (non LP track), 'Road Trippin' (Without Strings) plus the enhanced CD includes the video to 'Otherside'. 1999 release. Slimline jewel case.
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This single is coupled with "How Strong" and "Road Trippin'" which has been stripped of its string section. "How Strong" is a song that feels dirty and somewhat lacking. It could be much better, and much less irritating, however you are rewarded with a very nice guitar solo from John that fits in beautifully.
"Road Trippin'" is played here, minus the strings. It does make for an interesting listen, but, in the end, it isn't extremely exciting or worth while. I recommend this for collectors only.
The title track is one of the best songs on "Californication"-- a moody piece that in many ways points to the future, its a mellow piece with a chorus that becomes progressively more soaked in vocal harmonies, it lacks that sort of funk sound, but it has a great drive to it even though it sits midtempo-- Chad Smith's drumming is phrased ahead of the beat leaving a feeling of being pulled along.
The b-sides on part 1 are "How Strong" and "Road Trippin'" without the string overdub. "How Strong" suffers from feeling like a b-side-- it's not a bad piece, but it kind of muddles along and isn't a particularly exciting performance (nice noisy, restrained guitar solo from John Frusciante though). "Road Trippin'", another of the great pieces from "Californication", is presented without the string overdubs. The piece loses some of its sense of drama without the strings, and I actually much prefer the overdubbed take. Nonetheless, it makes for an interesting listen.
Regardless of quality though, it's hard to consider this one when the import has part 2's tracks as well. Find that one, it has much more value.