EMI-Capitol Special Markets' The Best of Red Hot Chili Peppers may be a budget-line collection, but for casual fans, it may be a wise choice. All of the group's best-known tunes from its Capitol recordings -- "Behind the Sun," "Johnny Kick a Hole in the Sky," "Fire," "True Men Don't Kill Coyotes," "Higher Ground," "Knock Me Down," "Fight Like a Brave," "Taste the Pain," "If You Want Me to Stay" -- are here, and for listeners who aren't dedicated fans, that may be all they need. Granted, many fans of the group will view the very existence of a budget-line compilation as something of a sacrilege, but for those who just want the hits (albeit only the hits before Blood Sugar Sex Magik), this isn't a bad choice at all.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine