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Mother's Milk
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Mother's Milk
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, R&B, Rock, Christian & Gospel
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The Chili Peppers finally hit their stride with Mother's Milk, for the first time making their breakneck mix of funk, rap, and metal smooth enough to attract the masses, while keeping it raw enough not to alienate old fans...  more »


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All Artists: Red Hot Chili Peppers
Title: Mother's Milk
Members Wishing: 4
Total Copies: 0
Label: Capitol
Original Release Date: 1/1/1989
Re-Release Date: 3/11/2003
Album Type: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, R&B, Rock, Christian & Gospel
Styles: Funk, Funk Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 724354037825

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The Chili Peppers finally hit their stride with Mother's Milk, for the first time making their breakneck mix of funk, rap, and metal smooth enough to attract the masses, while keeping it raw enough not to alienate old fans. They've straddled that edge ever since. It didn't hurt that they offered a pretty mainstream cover of Stevie Wonder's "Higher Ground" to introduce the album. That single though, and the rest of Mother's Milk (including "Knock Me Down" and the randy "Sexy Mexican Maid") is pure Pepper--from Anthony Kiedis's in-your-face vocals to Flea's chattering bass. Milk was also guitarist John Frusciante's debut with the group and he shines, especially on Jimi Hendrix's "Fire." --Michael Ruby

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Definitive Chili Peppers
N. Durham | Philadelphia, PA | 10/10/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"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."
A new beginning.
Michael Stack | North Chelmsford, MA USA | 09/26/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)

"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. The sound's not there yet, but it's clear where this is going. And while much of hte record feels like the band is a bit unsure how to proceed ("Subway to Venus", the seemingly endles "Johnny, Kick a Hole in the Sky"), all in all, it's quite a brave effort given where the band's been.

The reissue includes several bonus tracks-- a couple demos, some unedited mixes, and a couple live tracks in addition to cleaning up the recording's sound. Flea contributed an essay to the liner notes.

The Chili Peppers would go on to bigger and better things, but by and large this was a new beginning for them. It's not as good as the records that followed, but it's definitely worth looking into."
Remastered? I'll say.
Matthew M. Miller | Wynantskill, NY | 08/26/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"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..."