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B Sides & Rarities
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Since breaking on to the music scene in the early nineties, CAKE has not only survived, but thrived in a tumultuous industry where major labels have continued to merge themselves out of existence, indies are regaining powe... more »
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Since breaking on to the music scene in the early nineties, CAKE has not only survived, but thrived in a tumultuous industry where major labels have continued to merge themselves out of existence, indies are regaining power, and the average band's life span is a meager two albums. CAKE's distinctive brand of music has transcended scene and genre alike for over a decade, garnering the band several platinum records and a dedicated following. The band now brings forth a unique collection of "b-sides and rarities", their first release since 2004?s studio album "Pressure Chief". Songs on the album were originally sung by legendary singers such as Frank Sinatra, Barry White, Buck Owens, George Jones, Ozzy Osborne, and Kenny Rogers. The band has used these songs to find new creative elements within themselves, producing eloquently accomplished tracks that simultaneously maintain the band's own unique stamp. CAKE's "b-sides and rarities" comes complete with a collectible "scratch and sniff" CD package and features re-mixed and re-mastered tracks, plus an exclusive live bonus track of "War Pigs" with Steven Drozd of the Flaming Lips.
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E. DeCota | Buffalo, NY, 14150 | 10/27/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Cake is a band that doesn't break a whole lot of new ground. The production values have gone up significantly since their Motorcade days, but the overall sound is much unrefined, at least in spirit. This album is a collection of B-sides, meaning if you have done your homework, you should have heard most or all of this before. It contains almost entirely material that was not included on previous studio albums, and then a few live cuts. I really like their version of 'Strangers in the Night' as well as 'Subtract One Love (Multiply the Heartaches). Also notable are 'War Pigs' and 'Conroy' for some good instrumentation. Also it has a alternate take of one of my favorites 'It's Coming Down.' I will say again, most of this stuff you can find in other places but is fun nonetheless.
There are some live cuts that in my opinion, add very little to the album. 'Short Skirt' is a song I was tired of the first time i heard it, and 'War Pigs' is unecessary, even considering the Flaming Lips cameo. A studio take and a live take together on one collection is filler to me.
So I dunno buy the album if you like cake. Its not expensive. It's good. The liner notes smell nice."
I like it, but not a ton..
William Hoffknecht | Fernley, NV | 06/04/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"So I love Cake and have been waiting for this release for a long time, but I was sort of disappointed when I finally got it.
I like some of the covers, those are cool, but really, there is not much substance on this disc.
If you are Cake fans, pick it up because this is the first truly indie release by Cake since they got away from a horible record company and I will always support them, but if you are not that big of a fan, this is not a needed disc."
Tim Brough | Springfield, PA United States | 01/13/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The main reason to get this is the version of "War Pigs." It's the goofiest thing here, and at least makes sense in the band context. After that, things are a really mixed bag. The number of country covers is telling, but frankly, Cake brings nothing to them in the way they reinvented "I Will Survive" ("Ruby Don't Take Your Love to Town" comes close: see also The Killers' version on Sawdust).
As is the case with most B-Sides collections, the majority of the songs were recorded as larks or left unfinished for a reason. If you're new to the band, stick with Fashion Nugget or Prolonging the Magic. You'll be glad your ears weren't forced to listen to Cake's version of "Manna Manna," which was cute on Sesame Street with muppets, but not by adults.
PS - The Vanilla Icing smell is NASTY."