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BLOOD SUGAR SEX M A G IK
BY RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS
The Chilis' commercial breakthrough remains
an all-time classic, and the stripped-back guitar
playing from John Frusciante gave Flea's bass-
lines both more room to shine and encouraged
him to lay back a little. From the greasy sliding
lick of 'Give It Away' to the melodic and
tasteful playing on 'Under The Bridge, Flea
shows more restraint than ever, but his bass
is more powerful for it. Of course, if you want
high-octane slap you'll find it in abundance too.
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ONE HOT M INUTE
BY RED HOT CHILI
PEPPERS
Purists railed against this 1995 effort, which
had a heavier vibe to it thanks to the arrival
of Dave Navarro. However, it's rammed
with incredible bass moments. The classic
funky slapped octaves on 'Aeroplane', plus
its bass solo, has to be the album's standout,
but the driving groove of 'One Big Mob' puts
it in the running. And of course, who could
forget 'Pea'?
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CALIFORNICATION
BY RED HOT CHILI
PEPPERS
The point where the Chilis went from being
rock heroes to the kind of band your mum
listened to. After this it's all middle of the
road drudgery, but this album deserves its
accolades. Although the opening riff to 'Around
The World' is a shameless rip off of Budgie's
'Breadfan', its staccato fingerstyle groove is pure
Flea. 'Scar Tissue' and 'Californication' feature
some of his most melodic work, while 'Parallel
Universe' sees him dabble in pick playing!
CLIFF HONOURED
Morley, maker of pedals and switches for musicians, has released
a version of the pedal that the late Cliff Burton of Metallica made
famous, in collaboration with Ray Burton, Cliff's father. The Power
Fuzz Wah is a wah pedal with built-in fuzz with separate level controls
and a modern/vintage switch to select between two types of fuzz. The
wah and fuzz can be used individually or together.
“This is not a reissue," points out Morley's Bill Wenzloff. “The
original Tel-Ray Morley version was extremely large, had a power cord
attached, had no battery option and is simply not adequate for today's
players. The sound and tone, however, were duplicated exactly. The
combination of the fuzz and the wah is what gave Cliff his signature
tone, especially when soloing. We wanted that aspect of the pedal to be
the same but with a modern look, and features. This is the most sought-
after pedal in Morley's history: we are honoured to be able to finally
release this to those who have been asking for it for so many years."
The Power Fuzz Wah comes with a two-year warranty, is made in
the USA and retails for $316. More info on UF availability as we get it.
Info: www.morlevpedals.com.
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