Greatest Hits (Red Hot Chili Peppers album)

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Greatest Hits
Greatest hits album by Red Hot Chili Peppers
Released November 18, 2003
Recorded 1989–2003
Genre Funk rock, alternative rock
Length 66:46
Language English
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Rick Rubin, Michael Beinhorn (Greatest Hits CD)
Bart Lipton, David May (Greatest Videos DVD)
Red Hot Chili Peppers chronology
By the Way
(2002)
Greatest Hits
(2003)
Live in Hyde Park
(2004)
Singles from Greatest Hits
  1. "Fortune Faded"
    Released: November 3, 2003[1]
  2. "Save the Population (Japan and Spain)"
    Released: 2003
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly B+[3]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[4]

Greatest Hits is the second "best-of" compilation album by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. It was released on November 18, 2003 by Warner Bros. Records. Aside from their cover of "Higher Ground", all songs on the compilation are from their tenure on Warner Bros. Records from 1991 to 2002, in addition to two newly recorded songs.

Greatest Hits was released along with a separately sold DVD containing most of their music videos from the same time period.

The album was released with Copy Control protection system in some European markets, but not in the United States.

Overview[edit]

While their first hits compilation album What Hits!? encompasses material from their 1984 debut to 1989's Mother's Milk, this collection of songs takes off from that point, including material from their 1991 album Blood Sugar Sex Magik up through their 2002 album By the Way. It was during this period of their career that the band became a major commercial force in the music industry. Therefore this compilation includes the majority of hit singles released since their breakthrough cover of Stevie Wonder's "Higher Ground" (also included on What Hits!?). "Higher Ground" from Mother's Milk, an album released by EMI Records, is included on this compilation through contractual negotiations: when the band switched from EMI to Warner Bros., both record companies agreed that one song from their contract was allowed to be included on the other company's compilation.[citation needed] On What Hits!?, EMI chose to include the song "Under the Bridge" from Blood Sugar Sex Magik.

Two new songs were featured on the album and were the singles "Fortune Faded" and "Save the Population", which was released as a non-radio CD single in Japan and Spain. "Fortune Faded" itself was a rerecording of a By The Way outtake that had been performed at some concerts in 2001.[citation needed] A music video was filmed and released for "Fortune Faded" but was left off the DVD version. In addition, alternate mixes of "Californication", "My Friends" and "Higher Ground" are included on this compilation, with no explanation as to why.[citation needed] However, the version of "My Friends" had previously leaked as an 'unmastered version' of the song (it appears mastered here) and the version of "Californication" had been utilized by some radio stations instead of the original track. "Higher Ground" appears in a different mix, which may have been Warner Bros.' attempt at remastering the track, or it may have been a rejected 12-inch mix.[citation needed]

"My Friends" is the only track included from the 1995 album, One Hot Minute. Despite the popularity of the song "Love Rollercoaster", it could not be included because it was recorded on Geffen Records rather than Warner Bros. However, the music video for "Aeroplane" is featured on the DVD version of the compilation. A possible reason for this is that bassist Flea's daughter appears in the video.[citation needed]

Also absent was the top ten hit "Around the World" from 1999's Californication although the DVD contained the music video.

Of their eight U.S. number one singles on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart up to that point, only one of them, "Can't Stop", from their 2002 album By the Way, was excluded, though again the music video was featured on the DVD.

To date, worldwide sales show that Greatest Hits has outsold five of the band's ten studio albums including Mother's Milk and I'm With You, making it the band's fifth-highest-selling release.

Unreleased studio album[edit]

In 2011, Smith discussed the recording sessions for Greatest Hits, saying they recorded sixteen songs and wanted to release a new album of that material after a brief tour; however, by that time John was against doing that because the style he was playing had changed and evolved as had his musical influences. Smith said there is an entire Red Hot Chili Peppers album out there that nobody will likely ever hear.[5]

In addition to "Fortune Faded" and "Save the Population", the names of the other fourteen songs are either unknown or unconfirmed except for "Bicycle Song" and "Runaway", which were included as a bonus tracks on the iTunes release of By the Way. There are rumors that the songs "Leverage of Space" and "Rolling Sly Stone", which were included in Live in Hyde Park, were recorded at this time. Cover versions of "Black Cross" and "Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)" were also featured on the Hyde Park album and rumored to have possible studio versions from the sessions as well.[citation needed] Also, the song "Mini-Epic (Kill For Your Country)", which was performed on the 2004 tour and was supposed to be on an anti-war album produced by Rick Rubin (a project that never came to fruition), is believed to have been recorded at this time.[citation needed] One other song name, which Flea stated backstage at a performance for his Silverlake Conservatory of Music, is "Desiree". "Hump de Bump" was also worked on for the first time during these sessions, as a jam named "40 Detectives". Allegedly, he recorded this on his phone and it was later recorded formally for Stadium Arcadium.[citation needed]. It is also possible that songs such as the Californication era outtake, "Bunker Hill", which the band performed live back prior to that album's release, and b-side, "Eskimo" were remixed and overdubbed during these sessions. Fans also believe that an early version of "Desecration Smile" could have be recorded during the sessions considering it was performed at the 2004 Bridge School Benefit concert. This version featured a completely different chorus than the released version did two years later on 2006's Stadium Arcadium.[6]

In a February 7, 2014 interview with fans on reddit, Chad said that the band hopes to one day release a box set which will include the unreleased material from these recording sessions.[7]

On October 31, 2014, "Starlight" and "50/Fifty", two unreleased instrumental outtakes along with three demo versions of "Runaway" from the Greatest Hits sessions leaked to the internet.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Kiedis/Frusciante/Flea/Smith except where noted

No. Title Length
1. "Under the Bridge" (from the album Blood Sugar Sex Magik) 4:33
2. "Give It Away" (from the album Blood Sugar Sex Magik) 4:44
3. "Californication" (from the album Californication) 5:29
4. "Scar Tissue" (from the album Californication) 3:35
5. "Soul to Squeeze" (from the album Coneheads) 4:50
6. "Otherside" (from the album Californication) 4:15
7. "Suck My Kiss" (from the album Blood Sugar Sex Magik) 3:35
8. "By the Way" (from the album By the Way) 3:35
9. "Parallel Universe" (from the album Californication) 4:29
10. "Breaking the Girl" (from the album Blood Sugar Sex Magik) 4:54
11. "My Friends" (from the album One Hot Minute) (Kiedis/Flea/Navarro/Smith) 4:09
12. "Higher Ground" (from the album Mother's Milk) (Wonder) 3:22
13. "Universally Speaking" (from the album By the Way) 4:16
14. "Road Trippin'" (from the album Californication) 3:25
15. "Fortune Faded" (previously unreleased) 3:21
16. "Save the Population" (previously unreleased) 4:05

DVD[edit]

Greatest Hits and Videos is a package that was also released with the tracks above plus a DVD (which is available as Greatest Videos) containing the following music videos:

No. Title Original Album Length
1. "Higher Ground"   Mother's Milk 3:22
2. "Suck My Kiss"   Blood Sugar Sex Magik 3:38
3. "Give It Away"   Blood Sugar Sex Magik 4:32
4. "Under the Bridge"   Blood Sugar Sex Magik 4:26
5. "Soul to Squeeze"   Coneheads soundtrack 4:51
6. "Aeroplane"   One Hot Minute 4:09
7. "My Friends" (studio version) One Hot Minute 4:06
8. "Around the World"   Californication 4:01
9. "Scar Tissue"   Californication 3:04
10. "Otherside"   Californication 4:18
11. "Californication"   Californication 5:20
12. "Road Trippin'"   Californication 3:23
13. "By the Way"   By the Way 3:37
14. "The Zephyr Song"   By the Way 3:50
15. "Can't Stop"   By the Way 4:34
16. "Universally Speaking"   By the Way 4:14
Total length:
66:46

The DVD omitted the following Warner Bros. era music videos:

Anton Corbijn's original video for "My Friends" was left off because the band thought it was too "arty" and thus detaching for fans, as revealed in the commentary on the DVD.[citation needed]

Charts[edit]

Illegal chart entered Japan|5

Chart (2003) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[8] 2
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[9] 1
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[10] 12
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[11] 4
Irish Albums (IRMA)[12] 2
Italian Albums (FIMI)[13] 5
New Zealand Albums (Recorded Music NZ)[14] 2
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[15] 7
Polish Albums (ZPAV)[16] 12
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[17] 6
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[18] 13
UK Albums (OCC)[19] 4
US Billboard 200[20] 18
Chart (2004) Peak
position
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[21] 2
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[22] 9
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[23] 11
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[24] 4
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[25] 2
Chart (2011) Peak
position
French Albums (SNEP)[26] 39

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Argentina (CAPIF)[27] Platinum 40,000x
Australia (ARIA)[28] 6× Platinum 420,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[29] Gold 15,000x
Belgium (BEA)[30] Platinum 50,000*
Brazil (ABPD)[31] Gold 50,000*
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[32] Platinum 40,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[33] Gold 17,920[33]
France (SNEP)[34] Gold 100,000*
Germany (BVMI)[35] Platinum 300,000^
Greece (IFPI Greece)[36] Gold 10,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[37] 2× Platinum 30,000^
Sweden (GLF)[38] Gold 30,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[39] 2× Platinum 80,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[40] 4× Platinum 1,200,000^
United States (RIAA)[41] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[42] 3× Platinum 3,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

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