Greatest Hits Best of, Explicit Lyrics
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|8. By the Way|
|9. Parallel Universe|
|10. Breaking the Girl|
|11. My Friends|
|12. Higher Ground|
|13. Universally Speaking|
|14. Road Trippin'|
|15. Fortune Faded|
|16. Save the Population|
This perfectly plotted ride on the Chili Peppers' road to superstardom follows them from their funk-punk roots to their mastery of the melodic. Anthony, Flea and the boys deliver the goods again and again: "Under the Bridge; Give It Away; Suck My Kiss; Californication; Higher Ground; My Friends; Breaking the Girl; Otherside; By the Way; Scar Tissue"16 red-hot tracks!
Greatest Hits attempts to sum up the history of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, but its focus is firmly in the second half of their career. Early on, in the late 1980s, the Chili Peppers were an LA band who played a unique fusion of punk and funk--four guys, united by a love of partying and playing music. But they had a problem: although they were developing an underground following, nobody was buying their albums. Their first three albums failed to set the charts on fire, though they finally had a bit of a breakthrough with 1989's Mother's Milk. It wasn't enough--their label, EMI, dropped them.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers have since gone on to become one of the most popular bands in the world. Their next album. Blood Sugar Sex Magik, was a massive, worldwide hit, containing such huge singles as "Give It Away" and "Under the Bridge". It's follow-up One Hot Minute was frankly a bit poor, but it hardly stalled their upward trajectory. These funky punks had matured and they found a whole new audience on albums such as Californication and By the Way. On them, there's the perfect marriage of playful innuendo, blistering musicianship (Flea is--quite rightly--considered one of the finest bassists in rock) and thoughtful songwriting. Greatest Hits focuses on these later years of the Chili Peppers' career (only the Stevie Wonder cover "Higher Ground" and the piano-led "Show Me Your Soul" predate Blood Sugar ). It may not please all of their fans, but it's certainly a great starting point for the casual listener. --Robert Burrow
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1. Under The Bridge 10 out of 10 - A song that is about feeling alone, but having the consolation of living in L.A. I also like how Anthony Kiedis sings a creative mini narrative at the end of the song's chorus when he mentions about what happened when under the bridge downtown.
2. Give It Away 10 out of 10- A RHCP classic about being generous and giving with what you can in life with happiness and enthusiasm. He then energetically sings about what he has to give away. This is a high energy song to listen to when you need an emotional boost, and the song is good for working out to or running a couple miles to as well.
3. Californication 10 out of 10- A strong song about some of the symbolisms of California culture and what makes it a state worth dreaming about.
4. Scar Tissue 10 out of 10- A very dramatic song about sharing with the birds a lonely view, from what I take the references made are metaphoric.
5. Soul To Squeeze 10 out of 10- From what I take in this song, there are some very deep emotions that are being released and expressed, but that he is also going to take it easy along the way.
6. Otherside 10 out of 10- A very dramtic number about going through some psychological and other life challenges and the thoughts of what are being experienced.
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This is a good collection of hit's but I think it could have been done much better. First of all why put "Universally Speaking" on over the more popular and better "Can't Stop"? Secondally to make it a much stronger flawless collection I would switch the two new track's ( "Save The Population" and "Fortune Faded") and put four actual single's on instead.
My 4 Song's I would have put on are :
2 "The Zephyr Song"
3 "Around The World"
If they saved the two new song's for a b-side's album and put those four on and switched "Universally Speaking" with "Can't Stop" this would have easily been a Five
However all Sixteen song's are strong and it is an awsome introduction for people
who want to hear them or for just a casual fan.
Anyway, enough of the petty stuff. All in all, a good overview of one of the better bands of the past 15 years. If you already have all their albums though, it is a bit of a waste being that the 2 new songs aren't anything special.
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I really enjoy this cd...it is missing a few of their older songs that I like but otherwise is a pretty good representation of their music up to that point.Published on Aug. 21 2013 by RHONDA L E McCUTCHEON
People r always saying they missed so many songs on this CD but there wrong. the cover says GREATEST HITS not BEST OF. Read morePublished on April 16 2005 by james
This CD is one of the best compilations ive ever heard. EVERY track on the cd is awesome. I never get tired of listening to this masterpeace. Read morePublished on July 15 2004 by Ilya
I will admit I am not the biggest chili peppers fan my roommate at college let me copy this off him before I burned it I got rid of the aweful played out scar tissue I hate that... Read morePublished on June 27 2004 by Robert Boothe
rhcp have been around for a very long time, in fact they debuded the same year as metallic. so obviously if you want an intire greatest hits collection for a band as great as... Read morePublished on June 21 2004