The 1999 Red Hot Chili Peppers album Californication received criticism upon release for "excessive compression and distortion" in its digital mastering. It was labeled by Stylus magazine as a victim of the "Loudness War", to an extent that "even non-audiophile consumers complained about it".
Californication Unmastered is a bootleg album which was leaked from within Warner Brothers. It was an early, unmastered version which was presented to the band and the label. As well as being mixed to a more… read more