Ok single, but minimal value in light of the remasters.
Michael Stack | North Chelmsford, MA USA | 09/26/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)
"The single for "Taste the Pain" contains four tracks-- the title track, "Millionaires Against Hunger", "Castles", and "HIgher Ground (Daddy-O Mix)".
Givne the recent remastering of the first four Chili Peppers albums, two of the three non-album tracks appear as bonus tracks-- 'Millionaires' is on "The Uplift Mofo Party Plan" and "Castles" is on "Mother's Milk".
Evaluating it as a single though-- "Taste the Pain" is a unique funky piece exploring a balladish form with the funk drive that the '80s Chili Peppers excelled at-- I'm not really big on this piece, it feels like the band didn't really know what they were looking to do.
"Millionaires Against Hunger" is a sarcastic piece levied at the save Africa movement of the mid-80s, where folks with millions gave hundreds or thousands to help-- it's a nice piece, good groove and a great lyric. "Castles" I totally can't get into-- vocalist Anthony Kiedis quite frankly sounds stoned out of his mind during the performance.
The "Daddy-O Remix" of "Higher Ground" strips out the explosive bassline by and larage and adds a funky hip-hop beat. I'm normally not one for remixes, but if this one ended a minute earlier, I would have rather liked it.
Collectors will want this, everyone else should skip it."
What is this dude talking about
Bobby Davis | 05/27/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"yo taste the pain is one of their best tracks ever you cant front on this even if youre a hard core hip hop head you gotta bump this for real where else you can find famous alumni from the world famous fairfax(ca)high school collaborate on an album that is herb alpert on the horns during the break of the song and the video for this classic. you gotta cop this if youre a chili pepper fan or just a music fan like me. today's bands should take a cue from the chili peppers the funk is still alive"