The Abbey Road E.P.

The Abbey Road E.P. is an EP by Red Hot Chili Peppers, released in the UK in May 1988 through EMI America as a way of introducing UK fans to the band's back catalog as they were touring the UK that year. Out of the five tracks included on this EP, four had already been previously released on the band's studio albums, although the band's first two albums The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Freaky Styley were not released in the UK until 1990, thus it provided a way of introducing tracks to new listeners.

The Abbey Road E.P.
EP by
ReleasedMay 1988[1] (UK)
Recorded1984–1988
GenreFunk rock
Length15:35
LabelEMI, Capitol
ProducerAndrew Gill, George Clinton, Michael Beinhorn
The Red Hot Chili Peppers chronology
The Uplift Mofo Party Plan
(1987)
The Abbey Road E.P.
(1988)
Mother's Milk
(1989)
Professional ratings
Review scores
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Allmusic[2]

The only "new" track is a cover of the song "Fire" by Jimi Hendrix, which was recorded during the sessions for The Uplift Mofo Party Plan and included in a different mix as the b-side to "Fight Like a Brave". The same recording of "Fire", however, would be later included once again on the band's next studio album Mother's Milk in tribute to Hillel Slovak, the band's original guitarist who died of a heroin overdose and plays guitar on the track.

The title and cover was a tribute to The Beatles' famous album Abbey Road. Like the Beatles, the cover depicts the four bandmembers walking across a zebra crossing in single file, the twist being that they are all naked except for white tube socks covering their genitals. Wearing only socks in this manner was something they regularly employed in their stage shows at the time. All songs on the EP were also featured on the band's hits compilation, What Hits!?.[2]


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