Stadium Arcadium

Stadium Arcadium

by Red Hot Chili Peppers


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Coming 30 years into the Red Hot Chili Peppers saga, the barrier-defying double album Stadium Arcadium trades the usual sophomoric shock tactics for something truly surprising.. Here, the ultimate West Coast party band proves that the strategically placed tube socks are a thing of the past and that they deserve -- gasp! -- to be taken seriously. Thank guitarist John Frusciante, who's more of a presence here than usual, lacing songs like "Charlie" with dizzy, art-tastic guitar solos and pushing his fellow Peppers into heretofore unexplored territory, as on the Stereolab-on-steroids power drone "Animal Bar." There's a good bit of new ground covered here, primarily on the second disc, which is subtitled "Mars." On "21st Century," for instance, bassist Flea corrals his over-the-top funkateering, marshaling out the notes in a spare, angular style that's more reminiscent of Gang of Four than the Ohio Players. The set's first disc, a.k.a. "Jupiter," has more of a classic Chilis vibe, replete with purposefully goofy, rhythm-dominated odes to knockin' boots: Flea makes the most of the chance to grind his pelvis into the groove of "Bump Da Bump," while frontman Anthony Kiedis works his stream-of-consciousness mojo on the delirious "Especially in Michigan." The smattering of ballads here -- relatively few compared to the band's most recent studio efforts -- fall short of the emotional oomph of, say, "Under the Bridge." But when the Peppers get it right, as they do for most of Stadium Arcadium, they tickle and provoke, nudge and wink, and make it easy to tell 'em to hold on tight and don't let go.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/09/2006
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
UPC: 0093624999621
catalogNumber: 49996
Rank: 7108

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Red Hot Chili Peppers   Primary Artist
Billy Preston   Tambourine
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Richard Dodd   Cello
Brad Warnaar   French Horn
Monique Mosee   Choir, Chorus
Omar Rodriguez-Lopez   Guitar,Soloist
Emily Kokal   Choir, Chorus
Michael Bolger   Trombone
Natalie Baber   Choir, Chorus
Mylissa Hoffman   Choir, Chorus
Alexis Izenstark   Choir, Chorus
Spencer Izenstark   Choir, Chorus
Dylan Lerner   Choir, Chorus
Kyle Lerner   Choir, Chorus
Gabrielle Mosbe   Choir, Chorus
Sophia Mosbe   Choir, Chorus
Isabella Shmelev   Choir, Chorus
Landen Starkman   Choir, Chorus
Wyatt Starkman   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Red Hot Chili Peppers   Art Direction
Flea   Composer
John Frusciante   Composer
Anthony Kiedis   Composer
Rick Rubin   Producer,Audio Production
Chad Smith   Composer
Andrew Scheps   Engineer
Ryan Hewitt   Engineer
Jason Lader   Engineer
Dana Nielsen   Engineer
Jon Cohan   Drum Technician
Dave Lee   Guitar Techician
Mark Linette   Engineer
Matt Taylor   Art Direction
Chris Holmes   Engineer

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Stadium Arcadium 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
As much as I love RHCP, I'm very disappointed by this album. Listening to past albums, Stadium Arcadium is definitely not up to par. I can tolerate some songs but overall, it's very disappointing. Perhaps if I listen to them over and over again I'm learn to like it but that isn't what music is about right?
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is wonderful! They are even better live.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great, as a big RHCP fan i loved every minute!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm more of a clasic (older)rock fan, Eric Claptan, The Who, Allman Brothers. I bought this just to hear something new. I haven't stopped listening to it. It's great!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first single, Dani California, has just been released and it kicks butt! If this is any indication, this double-length CD ought to be great!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best CD's the Chili Peppers have come out with. Anthony's voice has improved greatly(not sayin he was bad before) Flea has great bass licks, and John has amazing guitar solos. The drums are amazing. Listen to this CD to hear Chad Smith at his finest.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Red Hot Chili Peppers is basically the greatest rock band of this era, bar none. With 28 tracks, it shows the different variety of music in which they are capable to produce. From funky tracks like "Charlie", "Hump deBump" and "Warlocks", beautiful tracks such as "Slow Cheetah" and "Wet Sand", to jazzlike "Hey", no stone was left unturned. The chemistry between the three musicians can be clearly heard throughout the album. Simply one of their best albums to date.
ClarkP More than 1 year ago
Great album, must have for any rock fan. Two thumbs up!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just got the CD late last week after reading all sorts of reviews that said there are a lot of throwaway songs in this set. Perhaps those reviews lowered my expectations, but I can't find even one song that I have the urge to skip over when listening to this set. In fact, I have to say this is one of the only CDs I've ever owned that I can say that about. The sound is more sophisticated and mellow than Blood Sugar Sex Magic, so I suppose that might be disappointing to fans looking for a return to that particular sound. But this is my favorite RHCP CD ever. The guitar is exquisite, and Anthony's voice has never been richer and more gorgeous. An all-around masterpiece. I bet that come December 31 I will *still* consider this the best CD of 2006.
Guest More than 1 year ago
all in all are this songs like the songs from the californicatiun album. a lot of effects and second voices. it´s not enough funk on this album. the chilis said that they will bring back the funk.. where is the funk? i tooked out some songs after my first hearing, which i think they are the best and this is just my impresson after the first time i hear these parts of the songs: Dani (of course, Hump de Bump, Tell me baby, storm in a teacup, I´m disappointed from this album
Guest More than 1 year ago
The music by Red Hot Chili Peppers is a lot of medium slow rock music with a lot of guitar, drums, and harmony. The songs in Stadium Arcadium are all great for many reasons. The harmonizing in voices are what makes them stick out in my mind as better than other bands. This shows true musicianship and also adds to the complexity of the music. Also the guitar solos are always a plus and pretty much every song has one in it. The lyrics are interesting as always even though not all of them make sense. These songs are great for their harmonizing, guitar solos and interesting lyrics.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great album overall. So many strong songs, and yeah there are some weak ones but what do you expect on an album of this size? RHCP have truly evolved into incredible musicians. This is worth buying to hear John Frusciante's guitar work alone. It's incredible.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There were no flaws at all in this album, and it is by far one of my favorite. Every song has a different story and experience; there's never a lull in a song. You'll never want to hit the fast forward, only the repeat. John Frusciante's solos are hair raising and keep you wanting more. A few of my personal favorite tracks include: "She's Only 18" and "Hey". Anthony Kiedis seems to weave his voice in and out of the song, singing out where it's needed and dimming his voice when it's time to let another shine. Flea keeps a constant bass rhythm, experimenting with arpeggios, slapping, and so much more. And who could forget the drummer keeping the beat throughout the entire album? I honestly don't know how I would categorize this Cd. It's a mixture of funk, dance, alternative, blues, pop, and everything thing else under the sun. Stadium Arcadium is a must-have for any RHCP fan, and an amazing starter for a new fan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is unbelievable. Like every other album by the Chili's, it delivers amazing sound, and with John getting close to being the greatest guitarist of all time (#18) there at the top of their career. Anthony delivers with as good as ever of a voice, Flea is no question the greatest rock bassist of all time, and Chad Smith is arguably the best out there. You also need to see them live, or you will miss something fpectacular.
Guest More than 1 year ago
not a suprising amazing album by one of the best bands in the country
Guest More than 1 year ago
Personally, my favorite song is "Dani California." I love the way they blend lyrics and all the songs are unique. None of them sound excactly the same unlike other CDs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm not a fan of double albums, but I think the RHCPs have done a great job! It's not Blood, Sugar, Sex Magik, but it is a lot of fun and they have not lost their touch or their funk. I'm looking forward to seeing them live! P.S. I just wish Anthony was single!
Guest More than 1 year ago
not enough hard funk and/or rock.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great cd and you should defintely uby it. It still wasn't the best, because for the whole Mars edition of the cd just sounds like they were trying to fill up the cd wiht whatever they could think of. Listen to "She's only 18" on the Jupiter edition. OH YEAH TOTAL BASS SOLO!
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