Sunday, December 8, 2019

The Red Hot Chili Peppers - What Is Soul - Various Songs (1998-2001)

In 1998, the Red Hot Chili Peppers got their lead guitarist John Frusciante back. He was a key figure in terms of songwriting, and his return helped revitalize the band. They came out with the "Californication" album, which is one of their best and was a huge seller. This album deals with stray tracks that are mostly associated with that album.

Three of the songs are unreleased outtakes from the recording sessions for that album. They include a reggae version of the title song. It's not as good, in my opinion, but it's interesting nonetheless. Three more songs are bonus tracks from the album. Another two songs are B-sides related to the album. A live track from 2001 follows after that.

Finally, there's a solo instrumental by Frusicante. Frusicante put out a lot of solo material over the years, but I've put very little of it on these stray tracks collections. That's because the songs from them are their own thing and don't sound like the Red Hot Chili Peppers to me. But this song does, I think, largely because it's an instrumental, so I've included it.

To be honest, the songs here are good, not great. Usually, one can understand why these songs didn't make the "Californication" album. But that's one of the band's best albums, if not their very good, so even the leftover songs are pretty good.

01 Californication [Reggae Version] (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
02 Sugar Sugar (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
03 Trouble in the Pub (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
04 Quixoticelixer (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
05 Fat Dance (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
06 Over Funk (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
07 Gong Li (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
08 How Strong (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
09 What Is Soul (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
10 Murderers [Instrumental] (John Frusciante)

The cover art photo is of the band playing at a Tibetan benefit concert in 1998.


  1. Thanks for the introduction... And for the songs

  2. What an amazing idea with these albums that should exist! I really like your "What Is Soul"! :)

    1. Thanks. I'm kind of surprised at the relatively few people who have downloaded these RHCP albums (Zippyshare lets me count downloads). They're a super popular band that's sold millions. But I guess there isn't much overlap between the typical RHCP fan and a lot of the rest of the type of music I post here.