Early Red Hot Chili Peppers LPs Get Reheated

Band's first four albums reissued January 28.

The first four Red Hot Chili Peppers albums are getting warmed over by the

band's former record label.

The Cali rock-rap clique's 1984 self-titled debut, 1985's Freaky

Styley, 1987's The Uplift Mofo Party Plan and 1989's Mother's

Milk will be reissued by EMI/Capitol Records on January 28 with rare,

live and previously unreleased material, according to a label spokesman.

Together the LPs create an aural timeline, illustrating how this pioneering

quartet progressed to usher in the hybrid rap-metal genre and become the rock

superstars they are now.

Red Hot Chili Peppers was aggressive and fun, while admittedly sloppy,

but it offered a taste of the band's potential, especially the warped

eclecticism of "True Men Don't Kill Coyotes." The reissue features demo

versions of three of the album's tracks, which later surfaced on the 1994

album of remixes, live tracks and other rarities Out In L.A., as well

as a version of "What It Is (Nina's Song)" that also appeared on that album.

Freaky Styley marked the return of original guitarist Hillel Slovak,

who left the band just prior to the release of their debut and would die from

a heroin overdose four years later. The band finds itself at its most funky,

covering Sly Stone's "If You Want Me To Stay" and certainly informed by the

album's producer, Parliament Funkadelic mainman George Clinton. Demos of

"Nevermind" and "Sex Rap," also found on Out In L.A. and the

previously unreleased instrumental long version of the title track comprise

the bonus tracks.

The only album to feature all the original members — Slovak, bassist

Flea, drummer Jack Irons and singer Anthony Kiedis —The Uplift Mofo

Party Plan, finds the band at their most scattered, with a cover of Bob

Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues" alongside the funky "Special Secret

Song Inside" and reggae-infused "Love Trilogy." The pieces are held together

by the cohesion of Slovak's groovy guitar, Flea's slap bass and Kiedis' bark.

Only two bonus tracks are included here, both previously unreleased:

instrumental demo versions of "Behind the Sun" and "Me & My Friends."

The band's breakthrough Mother's Milk set the tone for the RHCP's

mainstream smash Blood Sugar Sex Magik two years later. Stevie

Wonder's "Higher Ground" lifted them from the alternative and college-radio

domain, where "Knock Me Down" and "Nobody Weird Like Me" afforded the

audience chunky rock they could dance to. The reissue of Mother's Milk

provides the most varied bonus material. A dub mix of "Higher Ground" is

matched with a live, previously unreleased cover of Hendrix's "Crosstown

Traffic" and a demo of "Salute To Kareem," the buried companion tune to the

album's "Magic Johnson." A live version of "Castles In The Sand" and the

original long version of "Knock Me Down" are also included.

All the reissues have been digitally remastered and feature liner notes by

Flea.