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Stadium Arcadium

Red Hot Chili Peppers Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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Stadium Arcadium + By the Way (Vinyl) + Californication (Vinyl)
Price For All Three: CDN$ 66.22

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Disc: 1
1. Dani California
2. Snow (Hey Oh)
3. Charlie
4. Stadium Arcadium
5. Hump De Bump
6. She’s Only 18
7. Slow Cheetah
8. Torture Me
9. Strip My Mind
10. Especially In Michigan
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Desecration Smile
2. Tell Me Baby
3. Hard to Concentrate
4. 21st Century
5. She Looks To Me
6. Readymade
7. If
8. Make You Feel Better
9. Animal Bar
10. So Much I
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Four-year career hiatuses followed by sprawling double-albums could spell trouble for a band of the Chili Peppers' stature: consider they'd originally recorded enough for three discs. The restless, trouble-plagued outfit that helped break alternative rock into the mainstream with a potent fusion of punk 'n' funk in the '80s finds itself two decades on almost completely devoid of the former's energetic abandon, while the latter's effusive rhythms are considerably subdued over the course of this two-hour, 28-track collection. It's not so much that the Peppers have lost their muscular, often uber-macho edge as they have willfully tamed it in service of mature reinvention here. The mellower, often introspective, if no less potent pop ethos that characterized the crossover hit "Under the Bridge" blossoms fully here on tracks like disc one's "Snow," "Wet Sand," and the jazz-cool of "Hey."

The title track, "Desecration Smile," and "She Looks To Me" finds them venturing further into laid back pop ballad territory, while the tricky rhythms of "Dani California," "Charlie," and "So Much I" eventually kick into familiar top gear on the pop-savvy "Tell Me Baby" and hip-hop seasoned "Storm in a Teacup." It's not that there's a paucity of musical adventure here ("If" and "Animal Bar" finds them wafting into Floydish neo-psychedelia while "Make You Feel Better" seems to channel no less than Joe Jackson) but that it's delivered with a subtlety--and dare we say it?--tasteful musical restraint that's a stark contrast to the band's early, overly overt nature. There's perhaps too much mid-tempo simmering and reflection going on; like most double-albums it could be focused into a much more compelling single disc. But that seems largely beside the Peppers' hooks-over-histrionics point here: an unlikely record to kick back to, and one that both challenges assumptions and eases the band into middle age with an oft languorous, if undeniably savory groove. --Jerry McCulley

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Forget the critics. This is not a mediocre album. And I am out on a limb: this is better than Blood Sugar Sex Magik, wait this might be the best rock and roll funk album out in recent memory.

Sure Anthony Kedis is not going to blow your mind lyrically, but his delivery has never been more convincing, funkier, or more creative. Everyone is on form: the drums are not in your face but they are varied and provide a compelling texture for the real magic; Flea is on form so it is magik, whether it is break you legs and fingers snapping funky 'Hump de Bump' and '21st Century' or melodic genius on 'Wet Sand' "Slow Cheetah" or "Especially in Michigan". And you can feel his energy, feel that he is loving playing with John Frusciante again, which brings me to the main point.

John Frusciante is nothing less that a guitar god. Forget noodling solos, forget Radiohead this is freaking Mozart. John has laid down multiple guitar melodies that soar and resonate building one theme and then subverting it with another and another and then the original comes screaming in on top. It is nothing less than jaw dropping mind numbing genius! Oh, and his back up vocals add a perfect grit to Anthony's smooth pop.

This album is that perfect hybrid, walking the razor's edge between edgy and Popy, compulsively listenable and deep. Real deep, it really gets better every spin around the cd player.

Sure at first it is hard to distinguish one song from the next, nothing stands out. But that is not because these are mediocre tracks but rather because so many of them are real gems demanding their own comprehension.

Trust me, if you like the Chili Peppers sound a few listens to this Cd will take you to a realm few Albums can attest to.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They're not dead! June 2 2006
Format:Audio CD
What if "Californication" was released with "BloodSugarSexMagik"? It might sound a lot like "Stadium Arcadium"! Probably two of the Chili Peppers' best albums combined into one double-album makes this album the best album...ever! Both discs (Jupiter & Mars) combine elements from "BloodSugar" & "Californication" yet, they manage to be original...from the first track and first single, Dani California, to the final track on Mars, appropriately titled Death of a Martian, you hear every element that has made this band popular...it's practically a supergroup in itself having both the best bassist in Flea and the best guitarist in John Frusciante...and in the drumming of Chad Smith and the awesome lyrics & vocals of Anthony Kiedis, and you can only come to one conclusion: that with this lineup, the Red Hot Chili Peppers are whole, and they will continue to make great albums such as this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Double Disc Dynamo May 12 2006
Format:Audio CD
I usually say that only bands named `Led Zeppelin' should attempt to put out double records and that was my first impression of this album. However, after a number of listens in the car I realized that I was sorely wrong and just like the last disc, didn't give this one enough time to sort it all out in the brain.

SA is an absolutely fantastic collection of songs and sees the Peppers venturing farther a field than ever, with stellar results - especially with the musicianship. Everyone knows that Flea is one of the best bass players in the business but I think after this John Frusciante will really get his due. He may be the most versatile guitarist in rock music today. This disc shows his unbelievable chops but without overwhelming the rest of the band or the songs.

Standout tracks are Especially in Michigan, Desecration Smile, Snow, Readymade, Made You Feel Better, So Much I and Animal Bar - which has an outro guitar solo that must be a homage to Steve Howe (one of the greatest ever) - it would fit seamlessly into Tales From Topographic Oceans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars old & new rhcp May 26 2006
By Jordan
Format:Audio CD
it's expected now to wait around 4 years or so for a chili's album, but this one definitely doesn't dissapoint. stadium arcadium is a mix of the various styles used throughout the chili's bigger albums. it has some funk rock, but it also builds on their melodic styles found on by the way. 28 songs, so it's a given, but it is done really well, and each band member takes their skills to a new level. the depth of sound in each track is awesome, and other then one or two songs, this album really is easy to sit back and chill with. good guitar, vocals, basslines, and drums - if you listen to each in their entirety, you really get an appreciation for how these guys have progressed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stadium Arcadium Jan. 5 2007
Format:Audio CD
This is an outstanding production. It has a great mix of pop, funk, rock and even a little soul for good measure. This is an album that crosses decades and genres at the same time. For the true musicphile, this is a must have album that is lyrically intriguing and melodically consuming. Well recorded, a rarity, you are definitely getting you monies worth in this 28 track collection. Compared to the common formula of today with two to three appealing tracks, this album has something for everyone. I challenge anyone not to become hooked on at least ten tracks. My wife bought it for me for my birthday, an incrdible gift indeed! For the fans of the early Peppers, this album will not disappoint. For those new to the Peppers, there is a little of everything here. These is a little Doors, G&R, Jack Johnson, Marley, 50 Cent, jazz, blues. .. its all here! I love it! I look forward to reading feedback from others. Cheers and enjoy! Bluescat.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Best album ever
Published 1 month ago by Vincent Eagan
1.0 out of 5 stars Amazing album, bad packaging.
This is not the official Stadium Arcadium jewel case/ booklet, etc. It came with just the discs in a crappy jewel case that actually broke trying to open it. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Lucas Furtado
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
I knew the music but hated the mastering of the CD's
Was skeptical about the Vinyl mastering but Wow! Read more
Published 13 months ago by Yanick
4.0 out of 5 stars Chilis Rock
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Stadium ArcadiumWhat more can be said about the Chilis??? Would love to meet Dani, cuddle Charlie and have already had enough Snow. Read more
Published 20 months ago by weaselhead
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
Very cool, very original double-CD format Anthony, Flea, John, and Chad are on top of their game in this offering
Published 21 months ago by Langer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
This is a good album. I think there are two many songs but that's okay, at least most are good.
Published on April 5 2012 by PaulT
5.0 out of 5 stars recent purchase
Return customer. Always satisfied with product, service and selection. When purchasing a specific item, always look for this seller in the listings.
Published on Jan. 16 2012 by brikat@sympatico.ca
5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT 2 CD SET
R.H.C.P. plays a fantastic display of music on this one! It's just GREAT that's all I may say! GET IT!!!!
Published on Dec 15 2009 by Luap Van Horn
5.0 out of 5 stars Can I have John Frusciante for my birthday?
John Frusciante is *all over* this album. All over it. What magnificent solos! The gap between every release of a Chili Peppers album allows it to be heard by almost an entirely... Read more
Published on Oct. 8 2009 by Froosh
5.0 out of 5 stars RHCP better than ever
Disk 2 is one of my favorite CDs. Period. Every song on it is great. I own all of the Chili Peppers CDs (even from way back) and this album is perhaps their best (Mothers Milk is... Read more
Published on July 13 2009 by GoodIdea
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