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The Red Hot Chili Peppers of the quadruple-platinum smash Blood Sugar Sex Magic are back - revitalized and reunited - with their first album in four years and perhaps their most anticipated album ever. Most importantly, Californication marks the homecoming of guitarist John Frusciante, a key ingredient in the group's most successful albums. His return signals the energized re-emergence of one of rock's premier emotional, powerful and exciting bands. Certified at 4 million units by the RIAA. (2/01)

Reunited with producer Rick Rubin and guitarist John Frusciante (both of whom were on board for the 1991's breakthrough Blood Sugar Sex Magik), the Chili Peppers waste no time in burying their last effort, the so-so One Hot Minute. Californication's kickoff cut, "Around the World," swaggers around the room, reacquainting itself with old fans and welcoming new ones. Fuzzy Hendrix vibes and popcorn bass lines still rule the roost, along with a heaping helping of disco magic and some unexpected twists. Ten years ago, Anthony Kiedis and company wouldn't have been comfortable doing revamped new wave ("Parallel Universe") or unpretentious ballads (the acoustic "Road Trippin'"), but such material fits Californication's extra-wide canvas. Except for a few meandering numbers that could have been excised, the Red Hot Chili Peppers succeed and regain their footing on the mountain of adrenalized funk. --Jason Josephes

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1. Around The World - Red Hot Chili Peppers
2. Parallel Universe - Red Hot Chili Peppers
3. Scar Tissue - Red Hot Chili Peppers
4. Otherside - Red Hot Chili Peppers
5. Get On Top - Red Hot Chili Peppers
6. Californication - Red Hot Chili Peppers
7. Easily - Red Hot Chili Peppers
8. Porcelain - Red Hot Chili Peppers
9. Emit Remmus - Red Hot Chili Peppers
10. I Like Dirt
11. This Velvet Glove
12. Savior
13. Purple Stain
14. Right On Time
15. Road Trippin'

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 8, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B00000J7JO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (983 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,228 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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159 of 177 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 31, 2000
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I've been a fan of RHCP ever since my older sister came home after a trip to L.A. clutching a copy of Freaky Styley on cassette (she also had Nothing's Shocking on cassette, but that's another review ). I had never heard anything like it before and I've been following the group ever since.
Californication, in my opinion, is their best effort to date for a lot of reasons. The songwriting is solid and soulful. The musicianship is tight and spontaneous. Anthony Kiedis has never sounded better. John Frusciante is back in the fold and his playing is sublime perfection. Flea's bass playing is melodic, spastic and as driving as ever. Chad Smith keeps the beat and tempo running throughout. Californication is the result of a band communicating with each other on a higher musical plane.
The whole album is rock solid, but standout tracks worth mentioning include Scar Tissue, Californication, Savior, Easily, Road Trippin' and the beautiful Other Side. Parallel Universe arguably contains one of the top ten guitar solos of the year.
If you don't own this album you're missing something special. Buy it today.
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53 of 59 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 28, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This album is my favorite in my collection by a landslide. Songs like "Around the World" revive some of the familiar vibes, while ballads like "Scar Tissue," "Otherside," and "Road Trippin'" have something extra special injected in them that makes you want to listen to them over and over... and over.. and over. ^_^ A suprising addition is "Porcelain," which seems as if the guys are singing you a lullaby (a[...] It's a beautiful little diddy. "Savior"'s an incredible song, with tight drums, strong bass, great vocals, and fantastic guitar.
Anthony Kiedis's unique vocals are even better than before and create the driving, flowing, upbeat frontal sound. John Frusciante's guitar sings in every essence of the word. Flea lends more valuble energy to the music, he handles the bass skillfully, and everytime I hear it's rhythms and melodies it makes me happy happy-- to the point where I want to play bass like Flea (even though I can't play the bass guitar... yet... but that isn't the point). The great thing about the Chili Peppers is their bass isn't hidden behind scores of other instruments-- it's right up front and it deserves it too. Chad Smith's percussion drives the songs. This may sound strange, but personally, I live to hear the duh-duh duh-duh duh rhythm at the beginning of "Savior." It just whips the llama() ... I'm telling you. Teehee.
My recommendation is: purchase this CD. Even if you have to jack it off your friends. (One of them HAS to have it, right?) There will most likely be at least ONE song you'll absolutely love if you aren't a RHCP fan. And if you are a fan, eat the album up. Eat it ALLL up.
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54 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Busy Body on January 2, 2004
Format: Audio CD
After problems with band members throughout the 1990's, the Red Hot Chili Peppers saw the decade out in 1999 with their now-classic seventh studio album "Californication." Many people call this album a masterpiece - but it is so much more. The first Chili Peppers album I bought was 2002's "By The Way," which I absolutely adored. It was my second favourite album of the year, and is still my favourite album by this band. Over time though Californication could change all that.
This album was a huge success upon its initial release and went multi-platinum all over the world. The music from the Chili Peppers had evolved slightly. They were no longer young twenty-something guys, but in their thirties and a changed was inevitable. This is reflected in their music and the way it is performed more so than before. From the opening song on the album you're taken on a roller coaster ride of funk rock-pop. The guitars are as loud as before, but the melodies just carry on getting better forming some real classics along the way.
"All Around The World" is the perfect opening to an album. A loud shout and hectic guitars make way for the funky rapping before the harmonic chorus and backing vocals. Anthony Kiedis' vocals are on top form on this explosive album highlight. "Parallel Universe" continues the funky trend with a high-octane bass and a fuzzy distorted chorus. It's not only an album highlight, but a career highlight as it's different to anything they've ever done before. "Scar Tissue" changes the pace dramatically. This hit single is a beautiful, calming and wonderfully melodic rock ballad. The vocals are soft and understated, and the beat just sways. My only complaint is that it's a bit too short. "Otherside" is another album highlight.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By cd-heaven on April 27, 2000
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Man, I am totally engulfed by this CD. It is spectacular in every way. There is rock, funk, ballads, all blending perfectly together to Easily become the Peppers best, and heartfelt effort ever. While I was dismayed by the hard to swallow One Hot Minute, it was good but doesn't flow like Californication and is cohesive as the latter either. Bringing back aboard John Frusciante was a plus, giving back new life into this band that provided such monster classics Mother's Milk and Bloog Sugar. Frusciante's guitar is more lustful, peaceful and emotional, sweeping across your brain waves taking you to beautiful places unlike where as BSSM and Mother's Milk he was more forceful and metallic. Anthony Kiedis is at the top of his game lyrically as well, and Flea flows with the guitar instead of fighting it like it sounded on One Hot Minute with Dave Navaroj. The entire album is a masterwork but my definite highlight is Otherside, quite possibly their best ever song. But other highlights are Around the World, I Like Dirt, Scar Tissue, Road Trippin' and Parrell Universe. It's a dreamer of an trip even if it exploits the dark side of California
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