by Red Hot Chili Peppers


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To commemorate hitting the 15-year mark, the Red Hot Chili Peppers reunited with guitarist John Frusciante and producer Rick Rubin (from 1991's triumphant Blood Sugar Sex Magik) and headed for the studio. With the band having matured at least a little in those years, Californication contains more sun-baked slow ones than your usual RHCP disc, but that doesn't mean the fire's gone out. Frontman Anthony Kiedis seems comfortable in his mellower "Under the Bridge" mode, singing about home and relationships instead of spieling out hard-partying raps. Frusciante is back in form, unraveling cheerful, tricky Hendrix homages, while bassist Flea and drummer Chad Smith remain a nonpareil funk-rock rhythm section, locking in and grooving whenever they get the chance. All fronts come together on the breathless new wave of "Parallel Universe," the taut and snappy "I Like Dirt," and "Right on Time," an ultra high-energy snatch of disco. It's on songs like these, when the Chili Peppers hit that perfect beat, that you can almost hear the grins spreading on the band's faces.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/08/1999
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
UPC: 0093624738626
catalogNumber: 47386
Rank: 1956

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Red Hot Chili Peppers   Primary Artist
Flea   Guitar
John Frusciante   Guitar
Anthony Kiedis   Vocals
Greg Kurstin   Keyboards
Chad Smith   Drums
Patrick Warren   Organ

Technical Credits

Red Hot Chili Peppers   Art Direction
Flea   Composer
John Frusciante   Composer
Anthony Kiedis   Composer
Rick Rubin   Producer,Engineer
David Schiffman   Engineer
Jim Scott   Engineer
Chad Smith   Composer
Greg Fidelman   Engineer
Lawrence Azerrad   Art Direction
Tony Woolliscroft   Back Cover
John Sorenson   Engineer
Eric Greenspan   Advisor
Greg Collins   Engineer

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Californication 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 54 reviews.
alice_451 More than 1 year ago
Great album, in my perspective, the lyrics are amazing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is the best red hot chilli peppers cd ever
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great album!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Heralded as the return of best Chili Peppers line-up, it is. But don't let anyone fool you by saying it's the line-up from their best album, Blood Sugar Sex Magik. It is, but the same four guys also played on THE album, Mother's Milk (undeniably one of the best albums of All Time). Also, don't let anyone tell you that their last album, One Hot Minute (with guitarist Dave Navarro) was their rock-n-roll album. It was damn Funky. CALIFORNICATION is good, but not their best effort. It has its moments of jammin' and funk, like "Purple Stain," "Get On Top" and "Right on Time," but "Scar Tissue," another ballad like "My Friends" and the re-released "Behind the Sun." Why? The Chili Peppers need to let the Funk roll. - - - - - - - - - - Rating: B - (You want the funky Chili Peppers? Pick up Freaky Styley [1985] & Mother's Milk [1989])
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was pretty good. There prob. should be a warning though...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Some fantastic songs, so good to listen to and so soothing. Get in your head too. My advice: Get it, but don't expect all songs to be good. Red Hot Chili Peppers have a unique style, but a lot of their songs are too similar...
Guest More than 1 year ago
People rarely mention this song, and granted it's not the best one on the album...BUT, I urge all who are even remotely into this album to give the jam another whirl...wait until they start jamming for the last 2 minutes of the song...sounds a tad like it should be it's own song, yet fits nicely at the end here. It's a perfectly realized jam with some amazing drum rolls by Chad (how does he have an extra arm to hit the cymbals in there??) Many of the songs on this CD have some nice Jams to finish the songs out, like Around The World, though that one isn't nearly as genious as Purple Stain...check it out, you'll see what I'm saying! (Note--Crank it up with some good headphones on...)
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was a great cd. Every track is good, and worth listening to. I don't know if it's as good as BLOOD SUGAR SEX MAGIK, but it was close.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I Think this is the best c.d out right now right beside powerman5000's new one
Guest More than 1 year ago
As an owner of all 7 of the Red Hot Chili Peppers' albums, it is very interesting to hear the changes made to their sound as they have progressed throughout the years. This is certainly their best yet: with ex-guitarist John Frusciante back on board, they have taken the formula used for '91's Blood Sugar Sex Magik and extended it in a breathtakingly wondeful album. This is an album of extremes: the Peppers' tender ballad style first featured on Blood Sugar is used again on Californication in even better and melodic tracks like Scar Tissue, Otherside and Porcelain. On the other hand, their rap metal style is also even more heavy and funky (Around The World, Get On Top, Purple Stain)while Anthony's voice is used wonderfully as he proves his vocal talents on all tracks that many critics thought he didn't possess. The title track is arguably the finest song on the album; as their most popular song and only no. 1, it is a favourite among many fans. There are no bad tracks here. The mood carried throughout the album moves swiftly; sometimes sombre, sometimes poignant, sometimes wild; but always entertaining and always wonderful. One of the most influential bands of the last 20 years have produced a comeback album in the highest style, bouncing from the brink of extinction to having a multi-platinum album enjoyed by fans ''around the world.'' As Anthony, Flea, John, Chad and producer Rick Rubin gather together to make an 8th album, one can only wonder whether any effort from the guys who produced this classic could possibly exceed themselves yet again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Their voices are great, the music is great, and Anthony is the coolest!!! The RHCP are very talented singers and I'm glad they've won many awards!!! So buy their album!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have about 400 albums in my CD collection and Californication has got to be one of my favourite 10. This album is truly stunning. John Frusciante shows us more of his melodic style of guitar playing (we here it first on Under the Bridge/Could Have Lied/Sir Psycho Sexy outro - BSSM), one which is extremely tuneful and yet still full of raw energy. My favourite track on this album has got to be ''This Velvet Glove''. Listen carefully to the way he plays the repeated single note in the verse section, throwing in the odd unison bend, he's truly on fire. Every track on this album simply oozes class. These guys are extremely talented and you've got to buy this album now.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This c.d. is what got me listening to the red hot chili peppers. During the summer i saw the Californacation and Otherside music video. I liked those songs so i downloaded them off napster. Then i got the c.d. for X-Mas and i was suprised at its greatness. It was the perfict blend of rock/rap/punk/funk. It soon became my favorite c.d. I best enjoyed This Velvet Glove,Parralel Universe,and Savior. BY THIS ALBUM. I ORDER U!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Californication is the Red Hot Chili Peppers' greatest effort and the greatest album ever made. Their trademark funk metal sound is used in stunning new ways in Around The World, and raps like Get On Top and I Like Dirt are still impressive despite being miles from the album's best bits. Songs like Scar Tissue, Ohererside and This Velvet Glove overflow with melody and pure emotion. Easily is incredible, with a literally breathtaking guitar solo at the end. Anthony Kiedis' lyrics are far better than ever before, and surprise constantly with mind-blowing introspection and intensity. The title track brilliantly explores the shallowness of Hollywood and sums it up perfectly with the chorus of ''Dream of Californication...'' Songs like Californication and Savior have irresistible harmonies and explosive vocals. Flea's bass guitar is a key part to the album, forcefully pushing the music while drummer Chad Smith beats out fantastic rhythms. Returned guitarist John Frusciante amazes with incredible guitar solos; like on the aforementioned Easily, and on the dreamy Road Trippin', which includes Kiedis' key lyric, ''Just a mirror for the sun...'', a song which shows the singer's need to explore, and just live. Kiedis' voice is much more melodic and sounds far more confident, and each band member has made startling progress which makes Californication a true triumph. I have been listening to this album for 2 and a half years now and I am still discovering new things about it. Every home should have one. Key tracks: Otherside, Californication, Road Trippin'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an absolutely must-have album; the Red Hot Chili Peppers are possibly the best band in the world; most tracks on this album are incredible, particularly the following tracks: Around The World, Parallel Universe, Scar Tissue, Otherside, Californication, This Velvet Glove and Road Trippin'. There's much more soft stuff here than usual - but the songs are actually much better than on any previous albums and the lyrics and music are both mind-blowing. Possibly the best album ever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
BUY THE CD!!! No review needed, this CD has a great variety and really shows just how talented the Chili Peppers are.
Guest More than 1 year ago
simply the best RCHP album since Blood sugar sex makik. less funk than bssm and less hard rock than one hot minute, but lyrically their best album. not one average song on this album of 1999 and one of the best of the 90s! exeptional
Guest More than 1 year ago
The best album the Red Hot Chili Peppers have made. Simple OUTSTANDING!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is what all RHCP fans have been waiting for the ultimate RHCP album and we got it. I extremley recomend you buying it if you are a RHCP fan or are just looking for a great alternative rock album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great album. All the songs are great. Buy this if you like Sugar Ray.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love The Red Hot Chili Peppers! Love their music
Guest More than 1 year ago
Look, there's a song called ''Get On Top''. What else do you need?
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album was the first chili peppers album i bought and i think that it was a good choice and i have lised to many others and i also injoy those like blood sex sugar magic and the what hits album. With under the bridge that is my favorit song .If you were to buy a red hot chili peppers album i were to say that you should buy this one. it has songs like the otherside and purple stain which is the song that says somthing about john in also talks about chris farly. i would reccomend it to alot of people
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a big fan of this kind of music, and this album is great! If you like alternative rock, buy this!!