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Stadium Arcadium: Red Hot Chili Peppers
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Format: CD
Sku: 202377587
UPC: 093624999621
UPC 14: 00093624999621
Release Date: 5/9/2006
Sales Rank: 2966
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Dani California ~ Red Hot Chili Peppers
2. Snow (Hey Oh) ~ Red Hot Chili Peppers
3. Charlie ~ Red Hot Chili Peppers
4. Stadium Arcadium ~ Red Hot Chili Peppers
5. Hump De Bump ~ Red Hot Chili Peppers
6. She's Only 18 ~ Red Hot Chili Peppers
7. Slow Cheetah ~ Red Hot Chili Peppers
8. Torture Me ~ Red Hot Chili Peppers
9. Strip My Mind ~ Red Hot Chili Peppers
10. Especially In Michigan ~ Red Hot Chili Peppers
11. Warlocks ~ Red Hot Chili Peppers
12. C'mon Girl ~ Red Hot Chili Peppers
13. Wet Sand ~ Red Hot Chili Peppers
14. Hey ~ Red Hot Chili Peppers
Disc 2
Song Title
1. Desecration Smile ~ Red Hot Chili Peppers
2. Tell Me Baby ~ Red Hot Chili Peppers
3. Hard To Concentrate ~ Red Hot Chili Peppers
4. 21st Century ~ Red Hot Chili Peppers
5. She Looks To Me ~ Red Hot Chili Peppers
6. Readymade ~ Red Hot Chili Peppers
7. If ~ Red Hot Chili Peppers
8. Make You Feel Better ~ Red Hot Chili Peppers
9. Animal Bar ~ Red Hot Chili Peppers
10. So Much I ~ Red Hot Chili Peppers
11. Storm In A Teacup ~ Red Hot Chili Peppers
12. We Believe ~ Red Hot Chili Peppers
13. Turn It Again ~ Red Hot Chili Peppers
14. Death Of A Martian ~ Red Hot Chili Peppers
 
An ambitious double album, Stadium Arcadiumfinds the Red Hot Chili Peppers building on their more mature, latter-day approach, while also acknowledging their lighthearted, youthful sound. The Los Angeles-based funk-rock quartet's third studio outing since John Frusciante returned to the fold, this 2006 release once again reinforces how crucial the guitarist is to the Peppers' aesthetic, with his mix of swirling, psychedelic leads and heavy riffs providing the perfect foil to Flea's bold bass heroics. (Instrumentally, the record also benefits from guest appearances by Mars Volta guitarist Omar Rodriguez, percussionists Paulinho Da Costa and Lenny Castro, and the legendary Billy Preston on clavinet.)

Remarkably consistent for a two-disc, 28-song offering, Stadium Arcadium kicks off with "Dani California," an energetic track that hints at a Beatles influence, while showcasing vocalist Anthony Kiedis's neo-rap delivery and the tight rhythmic interplay of Flea and drummer Chad Smith. Other highlights of this collection include the emotive "Wet Sand" and the frenetic "Torture Me," which provide nice counterpoints to loose, limber tunes such as the funk workouts "Hump De Bump" and "C'mon Girl." In many ways a culmination of the Chili Peppers' decades-spanning musical evolution, Stadium Arcadium stands as one of the group's most impressive efforts.

"With Stadium, the Chili Peppers take pleasure in leaving destruction behind, and rolling the dice on their beloved California one more time.  Josh Kun, Los Angeles Times
"...the most ambitious work of its twenty-three-year career.  Rolling Stone
"a mature showcase of concentrated power with riotous groove jams, super-sized hooks and transcendent vocal arrangements.  Billboard
"#1 must-have album for 2006.  Q Magazine

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Red Hot Chili Peppers: Flea , John Frusciante, Anthony Kiedis, Chad Smith .
Muze PNote Personnel: Omar Rodriguez-Lopez (guitar); Richard Dodd (cello); Brad Warnaar (French horn); Michael Bolger (trombone); Billy Preston (tambourine); Lenny Castro, Paulinho Da Costa (percussion).
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: Andrew Scheps; Ryan Hewitt.
Muze PNote Recording information: Akademie Mathematique Of Philosophical Research; Little Kicker Sound; The Center For The Cultivation Of The Invisible; The Mansion Of Laurel Canyon.
Muze PNote Photographers: Michael Muller; Gus Van Sant.
Muze PNote An ambitious double album, STADIUM ARCADIUM finds the Red Hot Chili Peppers building on their more mature, latter-day approach, while also acknowledging their lighthearted, youthful sound. The Los Angeles-based funk-rock quartet's third studio outing since John Frusciante returned to the fold, this 2006 release once again reinforces how crucial the guitarist is to the Peppers' aesthetic, with his mix of swirling, psychedelic leads and heavy riffs providing the perfect foil to Flea's bold bass heroics. (Instrumentally, the record also benefits from guest appearances by Mars Volta guitarist Omar Rodriguez, percussionists Paulinho Da Costa and Lenny Castro, and the legendary Billy Preston on clavinet.)
Muze PNote Remarkably consistent for a two-disc, 28-song offering, STADIUM ARCADIUM kicks off with "Dani California," an energetic track that hints at a Beatles influence, while showcasing vocalist Anthony Kiedis's neo-rap delivery and the tight rhythmic interplay of Flea and drummer Chad Smith. Other highlights of this collection include the emotive "Wet Sand" and the frenetic "Torture Me," which provide nice counterpoints to loose, limber tunes such as the funk workouts "Hump De Bump" and "C'mon Girl." In many ways a culmination of the Chili Peppers' decades-spanning musical evolution, STADIUM ARCADIUM stands as one of the group's most impressive efforts.

Producer: Rick Rubin; Rick Rubin

Engineer: Chris Holmes; Mark Linette; Dana Nielsen; Andrew Scheps; Ryan Hewitt; Jason Lader

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Associated Artists and Works

Clinton, George
Clinton, George (Funk)
Green Day

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 05/08/2006
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2006
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 9362499962
Music Label Name Label : Warner Bros.
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 2
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Live
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00093624999621

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (pp.225-226)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "[Flea] finally cuts loose again here, reasserting himself as the best non-hip-hop reason to buy a subwoofer."

Rolling Stone (p.102)
- Ranked #2 in Rolling Stone's "The Top 50 Albums Of 2006" -- "[A] confessional and creative triumph."

Entertainment Weekly (p.79)
- "John Frusciante lays down his sledgehammer riffs, Kiedis begins to actually sing the elegiac chorus, the golden harmonies of the bridge kick in, and by the end, you're blindsided by how great it all sounds." -- Grade: B

Q (p.126)
- Ranked #4 in Q Magazine's "100 Greatest Albums of 2006" -- "[With] funk-rock rhythms, Californian harmonies and bittersweet themes."

Kerrang (Magazine)
(p.47)
- "There are hidden depths here, melodies that become more insistent and subtleties that reveal themselves from where they sit modestly beneath the surface."

Q (Magazine)
(p.106)
- 5 stars out of 5 -- "[Frusciante] has brought a sense of experimentation to a band not renowned for dabbling with the unorthodox. It's testament to his new-found vocabulary that no two songs sound the same."

Mojo (Publisher)
(p.110)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "It's the sound of a band on a roll....The unbridled creativity here is a cause for celebration."

Rolling Stone 8 of 10
Stadium Arcadium has too many midtempo tracks and, in the manner of U2's All That You Can't Leave Behind, is more of a summation of the Peppers' career than a step forward. But the band is still capable of surprises, as on one of the discs' many potential singles: the bouncy, four-chord "Make You Feel Better," a Sixties-influenced pop tune with Fifth Dimension harmonies and a Ringo Starr beat. A few songs later, Kiedis seems to confess some fears about the project at hand: "The risk, is it worth it?/The disc, is it perfect?" Perfect? Nah. But close enough. - Brian Hiatt

Bio

Red Hot Chili Peppers

After a conflict nearly tore them apart, Red Hot Chili Peppers return with an insanely ambitious double album. Here’s how they managed to turn over a new leaf.

Two years ago, Red Hot Chili Peppers went to Europe to play in front of the largest crowds of their 20-plus-year career. After surviving numerous personnel changes, drug problems, erratic recordings, relationship dramas, and assorted crises that have broken up countless bands, the Peppers had released back-to-back multiplatinum albums -- 1999’s Californication and 2002’s By the Way. Against all odds, they had reached genuine superstar status, and this jaunt saw them headlining three nights at London’s massive Hyde Park. But for Flea -- from day one, the bass-playing yin to singer Anthony Kiedis’ yang -- these looked like the last shows he would ever perform with the group.

"To tell you the truth, I really didn’t think I’d be here right now doing this," he says, sprawled barefoot on the floor of a sun-dappled practice room -- lined with books and classic punk-rock photos and posters -- in his idyllic, rambling Malibu home. "A multitude of things had built up, and it just wasn’t a comfortable time. The band had always been a sanctuary for me -- no matter what was going on in my life, the band was a place where I could just be myself and rock. All of a sudden it didn’t feel like that, and I just thought it was time for me to not do it anymore."

Flea, born Michael Balzary in Australia 43 years ago, is truly the pivot point of the Chili Peppers. With guitarist John Frusciante, he forges the riffs that are the basis of their songs. Alongside drummer Chad Smith, they make up one of rock’s most versatile and powerful rhythm sections, the backbone of the band even at its lowest points. And with his high school friend Kiedis, Flea gives the Chili Peppers a style and soul that has come to symbolize the spirit of latter-day Los Angeles. So while the band has persevered through lineup changes that resemble a game of rock’n’roll musical chairs, Flea's departure would be serious business indeed.

Eventually, that cloud lifted, the Chili Peppers got back to work, and the result is their ninth studio album, Stadium Arcadium -- a 28-song, double-disc set that adds up to some of the best work of their career. Working once again with longtime producer Rick Rubin, the band returned to the Hollywood house where they recorded their 1991 breakthrough, BloodSugarSexMagik, and emerged with a record that mixes old-school Chili Peppers funk with mature melodicism -- plus a supersize dose of Frusciante's flamethrower guitar. From the Zeppelin-esque crunch of "Readymade" to the delicate slink of "Hey," it’s a powerhouse statement of purpose, an album that Flea describes as "the sum of everything that we are as a band."

The making of Stadium Arcadium was as notable as the outcome. During the almost yearlong recording process, this notoriously fractious gang of four were able to put aside their differences, their competitiveness, and cohere better than ever. "This time," says Kiedis, "those egos -- and when I say 'those egos,' I mean all of us -- were feeling decent and confident, respectful, as excited about the other guys' stuff as we were about our own. If someone came in with a great chord change for a song or a great rhythm or a great groove, by the time it was finished, everybody had jizzed all over it, and it had become a real community piece of property."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Red Hot Chili Pepper
Product attributeLabel:   Warner/reprise/maverick
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