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