Red Hot Chili Peppers
Live in Hyde Park



by Knoxvillelives USER (9 Reviews)
February 4th, 2005 | 17 replies

Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Red Hot Chili Peppers
Vocals-Anthony Kiedis
Drums-Chad Smith
Bass-Flea (Mike Balzary)
Guitar-John Frusciante

Warner Records 2004

The Chilis most recent tour, promoting their Greatest Hits album, climaxed in two performances in Hyde Park (on the 19th and 20th of June I believe), a huge park in the centre of London, to audiences of around 80,000 people. This is the Red Hot Chili Peppers first live album in their career, even though they have been hailed as one of the greatest live bands ever, but will not be released in America.

The band run through plenty of the old standards, playing less and less of their old material, unfortunately, taking songs mainly from their most recent two albums, By The Way and Californication. The performances are, as always, top class with each band member on top form. Frusciante, Flea and Smith perform their trademark jams in between most songs and John's solo improvisations always keep within the tone of the song while being wildly original, often differing greatly from the original recordings. Although, Flea does not receive these opportunities, his mid-song nuances are always fun to listen for and Smith's interludes are always nice to break the action up a little.
Although Kiedis is slightly more limited in the musical respect but his energy never fails in his singing and performance. Unfortunately, the CD format does not do his or the band's performance justice as it is their visual energy that adds so much to their concerts.

Some performances obviously stand out above the rest, Scar Tissue, By The Way and Californication are good examples as they range from the high energy to the slow ballad, showing off the band's impressive range. Flea and John's collaborations before Californication are superb pieces of improvisations and they work very well together throughout, especially when they link their songs together (which doesn't come through as much this time) with jams and chord improvisations. John's backing vocals are superb throughout, most notably Otherside, Brandy and surprisingly, By The Way.

Some songs don't come off too well though, Throw Away Your Television, despite a very nice bass solo intro is marred by the dissonant vocal parts, which sound even worse live and Flea's fantastic trumpet work goes on a bit too long, and begins to get boring after the third minute, even with John 'treating' the track with some mad effects).

But mostly the songs are excellent, with particularly blistering performances of Give it Away (which would make a good finale, if it weren't slowed by John's effects twiddling at the end) and Get On Top. Kiedis is also getting much better at performing ballads like Otherside and Under The Bridge, which he looked and sounded fairly uncomfortable with on previous Concert DVDs such as "Off The Map".
Most interestingly are the covers they perform, which range from 'Transmission' being used as an intro to Right on Time (as opposed to the usual 'London Calling' by the Clash) to a crazy 'I Feel Love' by John (originally Donna Summers) and Flea, whose quick bass line contrasts perfectly to John's slow, trippy high pitched vocals. The "45 Grave" punk rock cover is too harsh though and doesn't suit the bill very well, particularly following Under The Bridge. My favourite cover though is 'Brandy', with a nice verbal intro by Kiedis, the song is beautifully Folky and Kiedis is superb on it and sounds appealingly pop-esque, with the stop start guitar and beautiful backing' vocal by John.

The new material is excellent too, Rolling Sly Stone is great, with a great guitar part by John, including a cool wah solo. But the song's odd pace let's it down a bit. Leverage Of Space features an odd 90's Savage Garden-esque guitar intro, with nice spiralling effect during the verse and nice bass interludes with sudden drum blasts for the chorus, which is very catchy, before settling back to the verses.

Overall, this album gives a great range of the Chilis ability, while not necessarily their material. While some will be disappointed by the lack of anything before BSSM, this won't affect those who find the Chilis new, more mainstream, sound appealing. There are some fantastic moments in this, Kiedis forgetting the first verse of Purple Stain and just making odd noises, 'Brandy' and the crowd singing 'We Will Rock You' as Chad bashes away centre stage. But it is marred by a slightly disappointing finale, the odd trumpet and Punk rock interludes after Under The Bridge and the pace slowing down completely on Give it Away, stretching the track to almost 13 minutes!

Otherwise, this is a great live album of a fantastic concert set and belongs in any Chilis fan's collection, whether they went or not, especially seeing as it's the Chilis first live album. Personally, though I would give this about 3/5, as I'm a pre Californication Kinda Man, but for anyone else:

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February 5th 2005


not there best album, I prefer liveat slane castle, dvd, they sound much better there

October 14th 2005


Album Rating: 4.0

I heard that it was to be released on DVD too, shame.

Get Slane Castle or Off The Map, they rock. Anthony's voice is better on Slane than here

Positive me

Hyper Music
February 5th 2006


Album Rating: 4.0

I'm suprised by the lack of comments in reply to this. I agree with, "Unfortunately, the CD format does not do his or the band's performance justice as it is their visual energy that adds so much to their concerts." but luckily for me I was there, so all good. Haha. Yeah, good review. Me = Like.

February 6th 2006


Album Rating: 4.5

Why do I think James Brown did the backing vocals. I think Anthony says stuff about james Brown between some songs

February 9th 2006


Album Rating: 4.0

James Brown was the support act

February 9th 2006


Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I listen to this every so often, its good but not that good.

April 6th 2006


i would need to agree-this isnt as well done as live at slane

April 9th 2006


you did an awesome job on this review.

icaught fire444
May 28th 2006


all the bands you said were similar sucked. but the truth is they are a little similar. but RCHP is one of a kind.

May 28th 2006


Good review. I definitely agree with the guy who says you need to see them on DVD or live for the best effect, since they're a visually amazing band. This is a good album, but the new songs kind of sucked. Rolling Slystone was the only one that I really like from here.

October 27th 2006


Album Rating: 4.5

By the way rocks! I haven't seen the DVD yet, so I can't compare it, but the album is great!

December 7th 2006


Album Rating: 3.0

I prefer slane castle to this. Still good album tho!

June 30th 2007


Album Rating: 3.5

Love this release. Not the best Chilis live show, but it's still a great representation of what theyre like live.

February 11th 2008


Album Rating: 4.0

the "hidden" guitar solos towards the end of certain songs & AFTER some songs ended ( but the tracks didn't ) were the real deal! in my option John Frusciante simply stole the show. His guitar play SCREAMS through your speakers and you can hear the crowd go nuts when he goes on a solo.

see: Throw Away Your Television, Zephyr Song, Don't Forget Me, By The Way & a thirteen minute version of Give It Away that is just awesome.

dub sean
April 25th 2008


Album Rating: 4.0

This is my favorite release by the Chili Peppers by far. I find myself listening to this more and more as the weather gets nicer and nicer here.This Message Edited On 04.25.08

September 9th 2008


Album Rating: 4.0

They gotta remember the past. To see that Freaky Styley and Uplift get ignored in favor of bullshit Californication songs chaps my ass something fierce!

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