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  • Vinyl (18 Mar. 2016)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: UMC
  • ASIN: B001UJIMN2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Good Time Boys
  2. Higher Ground
  3. Subway To Venus
  4. Magic Johnson
  5. Nobody Weird Like Me
  6. Knock Me Down
  7. Taste The Pain
  8. Stone Cold Bush
  9. Fire
  10. Pretty Little Ditty
  11. Punk Rock Classic
  12. Sexy Mexican Maid
  13. Johnny, Kick A Hole In The Sky

Product Description

A reissue of the fourth studio album by the American rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers,originally released on August 16, 1989. The record was a greater commercial success than any of the Chili Peppers' three previous studio albums. Mother's Milk peaked at number 52 on the Billboard 200 and received widespread recognition for singles "Knock Me Down" and the Stevie Wonder cover "Higher Ground". The album became their first gold record in early 1990, and was the first step for the band in achieving international success.

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I got into the Chili's in a pretty back to front way - I bought Anthony Kiedis's autobiography, 'Scar Tissue' completely on the off-chance, as the blurb made his life seem interesting (it certainly is)....and I couldn't find another book I wanted to read. Like any decent biography, it dunked me into his life for a week or so and brought the things he'd done creatively into sharp relief. It's strange, I'm only 44 and "knew" the Red Hot Chili Peppers, but was fairly sure I was unfamiliar with their music, or at least so I thought. I went away and listened to 'Californication', 'By The Way' and Under the Bridge', etc and realised I knew these songs after all, just didn't know they were by the Chili Peppers. Age must have taken its toll after all...

So I've started to go gently through their back catalogue (new to old) expecting to be progressively less impressed as they moved out of the Rick Rubin era toward their debut. So far so wrong. I haven't got RHCP and Freaky Styley yet, but think this album is excellent and although I didn't enjoy "Uplift Mofo" quite as much, there isn't too much in it. I don't know though, this is a more serious record and RHCP became more musically adept from here on, even if their outlook remained kind of gurning skater punk for the most part, until Californication...

I tend to like this more than BSSM, it's certainly faster and heavier, but not as polished. What I particularly like about it [and the RHCP in general] is that many of their songs have a well chosen change of pace, hook or a captivating solo that maintains your interest and keeps you going back to listen over again. The only little nit that I'll pick is that 'Fire' sounds pretty muddy, but then it was recorded live a while before the album was made.
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I bought this album shortly after discovering Blood Sugar Sex Magik and falling in love with the album and the band. I set about getting all of their earlier albums, and this is the first one i purchased.
Mothers Milk is the first album to feature a completely different line up. Although Kiedis and Flea remain from the original Peppers, their guitarist Hillel Slovak tragically died from a heroin overdose shortly after their previous album, and their drummer Jack Irons went into a depression and left, due to the death of Slovak. So after deciding whether or not to carry on with the band, Kiedis and Flea thankfully kept it going. They enlisted a young guitarist who was a massive fan of the band, John Frusciante. His energy and enthuiasm won him the role, and he could already play all of their songs anyway. On drums, they found Chad Smith, who, although seeming to be out of place with his heavy rock image, fitted in perfectly. They set about writing Mothers Milk together, unaware that this would be the band line-up that would make them world famous.
So to the album itself. Their previous album 'Uplift Mofo Party Plan' signalled a slightly rockier edge, and they continued with this direction when making Mothers Milk. The album contains Flea's trademark funky slap bass throughout, and Kiedis's rap style vocals, but it brings in new energy from Frusciante and Smith. My album summary is as follows.
'Good time boys' - Starts the album off quite rockily, as it means to go on. Sounds like the CD is jumping in the middle of it, but its not! Some great guitar riffs.
'Higher Ground' - A cover of the Stevie Wonder classic, and better than the original! This one has featured on loads of compilations over the years. Flea's bass is brilliant.
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if you like the original chili's and their funk sound then this is the album for you, if on the other hand you are a green RHCP fan who was introduced via By The Way or Californication I would advise you to listen to BSSM first. that said this is a truly amazing album, with covers of stevie wonder's Higher Ground and Castles made of sand being simply great. the opening song Good Time Boys has to be heard to be believed (if your in the fan club and wonder how the hell they came up with the name RockinFreakApotamus check out the vocal ad lib near the end of good time boys!) some great songs higher ground, knock me down, taste the pain, the basketball orientated 'Magic Johnson' all sheer genius plus a cover of hendrix's fire.
An excellent way to spend £7, i'm amazed amazon haven't put the price up!
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The Chilli's have always had a style of their own, but it matured with this album. The introduction of an 18 year old John Frusciante brought a dynamic edge that they just couldn't grasp before. If you like guitar technique this man turns the rule book upside down. It's ten years old, but it's timeless.
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This is one of the Chilli's finest albums. It introduces John's fantastic guitar work, next to Flea's excellent bass work. Anthony has great lyrics and Chad fits the whole thing tightly together. I must say that if you like BTW or Californication you may not like this album, but the song knock me down, lays foundations for their later chordal based work.
Hillel's (RIP) guitar work in Fire is great.
This album is important in the Chilli's back catelogue, for it was their turning point from hard rock/ funk of the earlier albums to a more chordal and 'eaiser listning'sound of later albums. It paved the way for BSSM and the new fans of Chilli's owe alot to this album.
The instrumental Pretty Little Ditty is a fine example of John's and Flea's talents and you may notice that a riff from the song has been sampled in a chart hitting song by Crazy Town.
Stone Cold Bush has my favourite Flea solo of all their albums (aside from Flea's bass there is a select sampling as well!!)
The live and previously unreleased songs are good and show how different some songs are from beginning to the album version.
All in All i would say a must purchase for ALL rock fans, electric bassits/ guitarists and if your a chilli fan, well you would already have this album!!
And why were any songs (aside from Higher Ground)not included on the latest Greatest Hits album?
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