Dates: Between March and April to December, 1997
Players: Flea, Dave Navarro, Chad Smith, Anthony Kiedis.
Additional Performers: ?
Recorded at: ?
Produced by: Rick Rubin (presumably)
Engineered by: ?Released on: Unreleased.
Mixed by: ?
In mid 1997 to early 1998, after the One Hot Minute tour came to a broken end, the band came together to write a new album with production by Rick Rubin. It's unclear how far these sessions went, and nothing has appeared music-wise apart from Circle of the Noose.
These sessions were very fractured, and due to Dave and Anthony's relapses, Flea's personal problems and Dave's subsequent leaving of the band all material from the sessions has remained unreleased... officially.
"Circle of the Noose" leaked in early 2016. As for the other songs, it's unclear how many were recorded (Flea says a couple, Dave implies more than one, this article mentions they had over twenty, with one [probably COTN] already completed) and what state they were in when Dave left.
It has been said that a looping section of the opening appeared on the bands website back in 1997 and 1998 is from "Circle of the Noose".
The song is a tribute to Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (and Dave seems to imply that's actually a sample of his running through it); he died right around the time this was being recorded.
Flea recently commented on it, seemingly unaware of its notoriety within the RHCP community.
It remained unheard outside of collector's circles until early 2016.
“I have no idea what is going to happen with that.We recorded a few songs before we left for this tour, but it’s unpredictable.”
-- Flea, Bass Frontiers, March 1998. [source]
Navarro's departure has apparently not discouraged the Chili Peppers from carrying on. The rest of the band is busy working on material for its next album, and, presumably, looking for a new guitarist. Navarro said he has only played on one new RHCP song, "Circle of the Noose," a tribute to the late qawwali-devotional singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, which he said may or may not appear on the still-untitled and unscheduled Chili Peppers album.
Last December, Navarro described the "totally pop", dirge-like "Circle" as "one of the favorite songs I've been involved with in this band."
-- Vh1 - April 1998
Anyone who thinks that the Red Hot Chili Peppers don't exactly have their hearts in the band anymore--because of the band members' recent lackadaisical approach to working on their next album--mustn't have heard from guitarist Dave Navarro lately. He's quite excited about some of the material on the eagerly- awaited, not-yet-finished next album.
"One of the songs we've done is the greatest pop song I've ever been a part of," says Navarro of a new Red Hot Chili Peppers song, which has the working title of "Circle of the Noose." "It's pop in the sense of verse, chorus, verse, chorus, bridge, hook. I really love it and we use a loop of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. It's really nice. The best way I can describe it is it's like pepped- up '60s folk with '90s ideals, but I would hate to label it as folk because it's not, it moves."
There's not much further news about the album, for which several parts have been laid down, and there is "a lot of stuff that is in progress," according to the guitarist.
-- AllStar - November 1997
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