We’re excited to announce the wide release of Flea’s Helen Burns on ORG Music in February of 2013, on 180gram vinyl and CD.
Helen Burns is a six song EP by Flea, bassist from Red Hot Chili Peppers, which was initially released July 19, 2012 in a very limited run exclusively through the Silverlake Conservatory of Music website. The EP marks the first solo release by Flea who has previously only released solo work on soundtracks. The EP is almost all instrumental except for an appearance by Patti Smith on the title track and a choir on the final track.
The EP was recorded in 2007 by Flea and Chris Warren, drum technician and keyboard player for the Chili Peppers. Flea said he had no plans for the album to be anything but to just record it in the back room at his house following a long Chili Peppers tour and as a way for Warren to learn how to be a sound engineer. The title of the EP, according to Flea, comes from a character in the 1847 novel Jane Eyre. Flea said “the beauty of Helen Burns is a quality I look for in all human beings. Burns is always someone who is present with me and whose highest ideals resonate in the deepest experiences of my life”.
The album features performances by:
- Flea – bass, synthesizers, drum machine, programming, trumpet, piano, organ, double bass, percussion
- Jack Irons – brief snare drum roll (1), drums (6)
- Stella Mozgawa – drums (3,4)
- Chad Smith – drums (6)
- Patti Smith – vocals (4)
- Keith “Tree” Barry – harmonica (6)
- Silverlake Conservatory kids and adult choir directed by S.J. Hasman (6)