Dates: December 1998 - March 1999
Players: Flea, John Frusciante, Chad Smith, Anthony Kiedis.
Additional Performers: Greg Kurstin, Patrick Warren.
Recorded at: Cello Studios, 6000 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA
Produced by: Rick Rubin
Engineered by: Jim Scott, John Sorenson, David Schiffman, Ok Hee Kim, Jennifer Hilliard, Greg Fidelman, Mike Nicholson, Greg CollinsReleased on: June 8, 1999
Mixed by: Jim Scott, Chris Holmes
released on the album 'Californication'
released on the Australian bonus disc and the 'Scar Tissue' single. Apparently this tune was left over from Flea's shelved solo album.
released on the 'Scar Tissue' single in 1999
released on the Australian bonus disc in 1999. Known as "Blondie" prior to release.
released on the 'Universally Speaking' single in 2003 - the band apparently cleared up a misconception over its recording date in a By The Way-era interview that I am yet to track down.
leaked in 2000 on the 'Californication Unmastered' bootleg, released with alternate mix as a bonus track on digital outlets in 2006
unreleased, unfinished, leaked in 2015
released as bonus tracks on digital media outlets in 2006
This article mentions that 30 songs were recorded during the sessions, (however a Rolling Stone article from April 1999 mentions only 28 and a Flea interview here only mentions 22), which means there are either four or five songs yet to surface. The article also mentions that the band started recording with another engineer to begin with, but those sessions were scrapped. It's unclear if anything remains from those few days of recording; perhaps the two untitled instrumentals and Slowly Deeply are from then.
There are several alternate versions of songs from these sessions:
Here's Anthony's handwritten notes noting some of the changes that needed to be made during mixing. Quite interesting:
The band referred to several songs differently in pre-release interviews and in privately circulated recordings.
'All Around the World' = 'Around the World'
'Blondie' = 'Instrumental #2'
'Dirt' = 'I Like Dirt'
'Dreams From Bunker Hill' (or) 'These Are Not My Dreams From Bunker Hill' = 'Bunker Hill'
'Fat Dance' appears to be the song's official name, but it's been spelled as 'Phat Dance' and 'Phfat Dance' in the past.
'New Wave' = 'Quixotic Elixir'
'Porcelain Alice' = 'Porcelain'
'Right On' = 'Get On Top'