I am only a recent convert to the burgeoning hordes that are already fans of the Chili Peppers.
After chancing a purchase of "By The Way" and adoring it, I can honestly say that these chaps deserve all the success they get and the endless lauding given them by the music press does, for once, seem founded.
What really comes across on the "By The Way" album is their adept musical ability - the intricate layers of guitar, bass and percussion each stand out and yet simultaneously gel together perfectly.
I for one wasn't overly keen on what few of their earlier hits I had heard, namely "Give It Away" and "Suck My Kiss"; yet giving them more time of day, and listening to them - along with the other 14 tracks on this Greatest Hits and Videos album - with a more discerning and receptive ear, and after enjoying the albums "Californication" and "By The Way", I can honestly say that it is really good stuff.
The album is worth a purchase alone, but a far better bet would be to fork out the couple of extra pounds and purchase the Combo set, which comes with a 16-track DVD containing pretty much all the tracks on the CD.
With the DVD, one's admiration for the chaps (and the record company) can only be augmented, due to the fine and diligent job made with the disc. For each video there is an option to listen to an always interesting and often insightful commentary featuring the band and the video director(s), also often additional options for each video such as a second commentary and/or a behind the scenes clips. This really does live up to the term: "an essential buy".
So, buy this CD & DVD set, then get "By The Way" and prepare to get funky!