Red Hot Chili Peppers – What Hits?! [TDK CDing I 70]

January 25, 2012 § Leave a comment

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Minutes ago, a friend of mine commenting on this tape said at first she couldn’t recognize the band. I have to agree with her: if you’re used to what Red Hot Chili Peppers are now it may be hard to recognize them at all.

Blood Sugar Sex Magik, the album that made’em big stars, was a real watershed for RHCP and in fact proved to be close to being a perfect record: a bunch of great songs, a bunch of not-so great songs, a perfect timeless-yet-zeitgeist production and a perfectly coherent iconic artwork. Unluckily after BSSSM, RHCP already having a fifteen years career, seemed to have lost their momentum, turning quite fast from being a weird funk-punk machine (which often flirted with metal) to a colorful pop band with a couple of template-songs: the fast one and the ballad.

That said, on this non-hits collection (Under The Bridge being their only chart success at the time it was released) one may really find the best examples of RHCP pre-hits era. Here you may recognize the debt that the band own to Gang Of Four and how comes that Flea flirted with Fear.  Best tracks in my opinions: the Sly And Family Stone cover of If You Want Me To Stay and Show Me Your Soul whcih some may remember from the soundtrack of Pretty Woman.

In the 90ies 70  and 74 minutes cassettes became quite popular: as the capacity of the CD was 74 minutes, albums and compilations started being longer then before, therefore a C-46 or a C-60 cassette often wasn’t enough to tape a whole album.

Stream Side-A on MixCloud/Stream Side-B on MixCloud

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Originally recorded on a TDK F60 cassette.
Noise, cracks and hissing are intentionally left untouched.

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