Under the Covers: Essential Red Hot Chili Peppers was released as part of EMI/Capitol's series of limited-edition specialty compilations to celebrate their 100th birthday. The disc collects 12 covers from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, containing such familiar items as "Higher Ground," "Fire," "They're Red Hot," "Search & Destroy," and "If You Want Me To Stay," as well as rare items like "Subterranean Homesick Blues," "Hollywood (Africa)," remixes of "Higher Ground" and "If You Want Me to Stay," and live versions of "Tiny Dancer," "Castles Made of Sand," and "Dr. Funkenstein." Collectors and hardcore fans will be pleased to have all these in one place, and less dedicated fans might find that the disc is actually quite entertaining, since the Red Hot Chili Peppers are a good cover band.
AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine