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Mother's Milk [Explicit] Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks

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Tracks Include Good Time Boys Higher Ground Subway to Venus Fire Knock Me Down Sexy Mexican Maid Stone Cold Bush & many other bonus tracks

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 11, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 1989
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000078DOI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,820 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By N. Durham HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on October 10, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Before "By the Way". Before "Californication". Even before "Blood, Sugar, Sex, Magik"; "Mother's Milk" was, and is, the definitive work of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Featuring the debut of guitarist John Frusciante, "Mother's Milk" finds the band at their funky best. Anthony Kiedis' vitrolic vocals are amazingly intense and in your face, while Flea's bass work must be heard to be believed. Opening track "Good Time Boys", the classic cover of Stevie Wonder's "Higher Ground", "Magic Johnson", "Knock Me Down", the amazing cover of the Jimi Hendrix classic "Fire", and "Sexy Mexican Maid" are all time classics that longtime fans of the Peppers know and love. If you don't already own this album, now has never been a better time as it is now remastered (and sounding better than ever) and it includes a plethora of bonus live tracks.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Busy Body on June 10, 2005
Format: Audio CD
The Red Hot Chili Peppers built up a gradual fanbase throughout the Eighties. It took three studio albums from them to develop a trademark style, which was improved on each album they released. In August 1989 they released "Mother's Milk," which was by far their greatest album up until this point. Two years later they went international with the massive, million-selling classic "Blood Sugar Sex Magik," which was a more funky rock orientated album, and a bit more polished. The difference between these two albums is incredible in terms of style. Hillel Slovak died in June 1988 of a heroin overdose, and left a gaping hole in the band. When Mother's Milk was released a year later, the line up consisted of Anthony Kiedis, John Frusciante, Flea and Chad Smith.

The album was a financial and commercial success, going Gold in the US and sending the band on a nine month world tour. It took me quite a while to get into this album, because I wasn't used to the harder element of their music when I bought it. I'll say one thing though: this album is amazing! It's also absolutely crazy! The speed of some songs, the pure energy, the unadulterated sexuality and the funk is just amazing. I don't think I've ever heard an album quite as loud and proud as this one! It's not my favourite Chili Peppers album, but it's still amazing.

It opens with the superb "Good Time Boys." This song has a funky bass intro that soon descends into an all-out rock anthem. The youthful exuberance is expressed in the lyrics, "Don't believe in age, travel 'round the world getting naked on the stage." The chorus is a pure chant that you just want to sing loud with your fist in the air. Very good opener. The Stevie Wonder cover "Higher Ground" is up next.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Michael Stack VINE VOICE on September 26, 2005
Format: Audio CD
The late 198os were a time of great difficulty for the Red Hot Chili Peppers-- guitarist Hillel Slovak died of a heroin overdose just as the band was on the cusp of a breakthrough and drummer Jack Irons decided this was no longer the path for him. But vocalist Anthony Kiedis and bassist Flea found a way to move forward as they did when Slovak and Irons quit the band years beforehand. At a jam session with Dead Kennedys drummer D.H. Peligro (then planned to be the drummer for the Peppers), Flea met guitarist John Frusciante-- a man who would step in admirably to the shoes of Hillel Slovak. After a long series of auditions, the band stumbled upon drummer Chad Smith to round out the quartet. The resulting album, "Mother's Milk", finds the band filled with a focus and a youthful energy that they had seemed to lack on previous releases, and while the album is far from perfect, it represents probably the pinnacle of the Chili Peppers' acheivement to this point.

The album really covers the breadth of experience of the Chili Peppers' previous work, running through the usual funk/punk stuff ("Good Time Boys") and the sounds they honed on "Uplift Mofo Party Plan" (the superb "Sexy Mexican Maid"). But the strength in the album lies in its diversity, whether successful or not-- instrumental "Pretty Little Ditty" (clean tone guitar, bass, drums, and Flea doubling on trumpet) shows off both the guitar work and (I suspect) the songwriting of John Frusciante, whose influence on the band would be clear, funk-drenched cover of Stevie Wonder's "Higher Ground" features one of the most propulsive basslines in rock history (and thusly one of the most imitated in it's own way), and Slovak-tribute "Knock Me Down" finds the band experimenting with the directions they'd pursue on the next record.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Matthew M. Miller on August 26, 2004
Format: Audio CD
One thing people have neglected to mention about this album is how great the remaster is. The original had a very flat 1980s rock equalization that did nothing for the guitar work or the outstanding rhythm section, as well as using WAY too much echo on Anthony's voice. The remaster has turned up the dynamics big time and the result is something more like Blood Sugar Sex Magic. It sounds SO much better. So much so, I'd consider buying a copy EVEN if you already have it on CD and VINYL like I do.

Somebody kidnap this album's producer and make him redo all the grunge albums from the late 80s and early 90s. I can only wonder what magic he could do with Ten, My Brother the Cow, Uncle Anesthesia or Louder than Love...
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