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  • Audio CD (Sept. 25 1992)
  • Original Release Date: 1992
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Best of
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000002UWW
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,585 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Higher Ground
2. Fight Like A Brave
3. Behind The Sun
4. Me And My Friends
5. Backwoods
6. True Men Don't Kill Coyotes
7. Fire
8. Get Up And Jump
9. Knock Me Down (Edit)
10. Under The Bridge
11. Show Me Your Soul
12. If You Want Me To Stay
13. Hollywood (Africa)
14. Jungle Man
15. The Brother's Cup
16. Taste The Pain
17. Catholic School Girls Rule
18. Johnny Kick A Hole In The Sky

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An overview of the Red Hot Chili Peppers' formative 1984 to 1989 stint with EMI Records, What Hits? contains plenty of hits, including their first truly huge success, "Under the Bridge," from their 1991 debut on Warner Bros., Blood Sugar Sex Magic. Other highlights here, including 1990's "Show Me Your Soul" (which proves the band learned plenty from working with George Clinton on 1985's Freaky Styley), their superb cover of Stevie Wonder's "Higher Ground," and the feel-good funk of "Behind the Sun," show the Peppers paved the way for a school of alt bands who melded funk with rock riffs. There are plenty other less-celebrated moments from the Peppers' early days that shine on their own, and only a few self-indulgent clunkers (what drove them to such a dismal performance of Jimi Hendrix's "Fire"?). This collection will suffice for the casual fan who needs a quick intro to the Peppers' history. --Lorry Fleming

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By A Customer on Oct. 24 2002
Format: Audio CD
Before I bought the "What hits!?" complication, I never really knew the meaning of funky (in that context). But then I stumbled upon this gem, which screams funkadelic at the top of it's lungs. Normally I set a track-by-track review, but it has 18 tracks (of gold). so instead I will just mention the Highlights. Ratings are not nessicary since there is no filler.

1) Higer ground: A flawless version of Stevie Wonder's "Higher Ground.
2) Fight like a brave: Track 1 on "The uplift mofo party plan", it is a funky type of song, that sort of sounds like it was made by RUN D-M-C, or that Beastie boys song, only it has one person singing it.
3) Under the bridge: There first major ballad! It doesn't sound like the other songs, but is still very good.
4) Jungle man: Kind of hard to discribe. I would say it's funky, but not in a rap way.
5) Jhony kick a hole in the sky: One of those tracks with the woman singing in the backround for part of it.
Before I go, I would like to tell you, if you are a new fan, then you can buy this cd beacause with an open mind this cd is good for anyone who is intrested in this group, exept for the die hard fans who have all of there old albums. Just remember that the Anthony Kedis in this album, and the Anthony Kedis in "Californication", or in their latest, sound nothing like each other,exept for in "Under the bridge". That doesn't mean the old stuff is bad (notice how I gave it five stars), it is just different, and takes almost no adjusting to.
For now I think that you are about to throw out your back and since I reside in your spine, I must go.
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By Sam Jones on July 1 1999
Format: Audio CD
This cd is what got me on the Red Hot Chili Peppers. What happened was about 5 years ago my brother bought this cd. But, he never listened to it. I was 10 years old at the time I never had anything to do. So I sat around and listened to this cd. I didn't like it much at first. All I liked was Under the Bridge and Show Me Your Soul. But then, slowly, I started to like it more and more till i loved practically every song the cd. About a year One Hot Minute came out, I bought it and took it back because it swore too much for me. But, about 2 years later, I bought it again and I became an even bigger fan, much bigger. Finally, I bought BSSM about a little over half a year ago. That one's my favorite right now. I love that so much. But, I have to give credit to this cd for turning me too them. Now they're one of my all-time favorite bands. I will always love them. I'm getting Californication soon. I'm planning on getting Mother's Milk soon cause I've heard it's great. But, anyways the Red Hot Chili Peppers are some of the best musicians to ever grace the earth.
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Format: Audio CD
This album really does capture a good mix of how the Chilis have jumped from punk, funk, and rock and kept fresh.
Higher Ground- Classic cover and only shows how much quality Stevie Wonder had.
True Men Don't Kill Coyotes- good performance song that any band could use.
If You Want Me to Stay- just a good groove song for any occasion.
Under the Bridge- Great song for dawn watching, espeically if you're getting off-work.
Fire- a cover that is decent and shows how they learned from Hendrix.
Show Me Your Soul- good track influenced by George Clinton.
Taste the Pain- A song that could be put in any soundtrack with relationship problems.
Get up and Jump- This is not a depressing song.
Other songs that should be put on this in further editions.
Breaking the Girl- good drum background.
Power of Equality- B side, but good stuff.
Soul to Squeeze- a thoughtful song.
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... I do not know if I can add anything else to this great compilation of anti-hits with the obvious excpetion of Under the Bridge.
Overall all of the musicianship is very solid, everybody loved Flea's wild bass playing and the guitar work is also very proficient.
The two polarities in this album are the covers. Higher Ground is a spectacular cover that gives a different but not worse feel to a Stevie Wonder classic. Fire on the other hand adds a worse, unoriginal feel to the Jimi Hendrix classic.
Some of the band's best and most fuinky material of their early years is also missing but for all those that own the albums this is no biggie. However the compilation faisl as a good introduction to either The Red Hot Chili Peppers or to their early years. I would not buy any of their compilations, but would instead focus on buying the individual albums.
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To me, this is hands down their best cd. Besides being 18 tracks, it's full of the funkiest funk from their first four funky albums. This includes the early hits "True Men Don't Kill Coyotes", "Fight Like A Brave", "Behind The Sun", and the covers of "Fire" and "Higher Ground". Also "Under The Bridge" was thrown on for all the newcomers at the time. My personal favorites are "Me & My Friends" and "The Brothers Cup". If I could add anything, I'd have it be "Why Don't You Love Me", "Good Time Boys", and the whole "Uplift Mofo Party Plan" album. That rocks. Overall though, this is pure perfect 80's Peppers. I'd get this disc before their new "Greatest Hits" collection.
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