B-Sides and Rarities (Cake album)

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B-Sides and Rarities
Compilation album by Cake
Released October 2, 2007
Genre Alternative rock, college rock, alternative country
Length 35:01 (Standard), 40:21 (Limited Edition)
Label Upbeat Records
Cake chronology
Wheels
(2005)
B-Sides and Rarities
(2007)
Showroom of Compassion
(2011)
Alternative cover
Original cover for "Rarities" posted on the band's website before full album title was announced
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]
IGN (8.9/10)[2]
PopMatters 6/10 stars[3]
Prefix Magazine 5/10 stars[4]

B-Sides and Rarities (originally referred to as just Rarities on the band's website) is a rarities compilation album by Cake, an alternative rock band from Sacramento, California. It features several cover songs, including Black Sabbath's "War Pigs" and Barry White's "Never, Never Gonna Give You Up."

Originally, Columbia Records requested the band to release a greatest hits compilation, but the band promptly refused.[5] During the legal fall-out, Cake formed its own record label, Upbeat Records, and released B-Sides and Rarities.[5]

A limited edition version of the album features a bonus track, a live version of "War Pigs" featuring Steven Drozd of The Flaming Lips. It also features a scratch and sniff cover with "five different CD cover/scent variations (including red/fresh cut roses,[6] brown/leather,[7] green/fresh cut grass,[8] purple/grape,[9] and yellow/banana [10])."

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "War Pigs" (Black Sabbath cover)   3:54
2. "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town" (Mel Tillis cover)   2:55
3. "Mahna, Mahna" (Cover of the song made popular by the Muppets)   2:54
4. "Excuse Me (I Think I've Got a Heartache)" (Buck Owens cover)   2:21
5. "Conroy"     3:01
6. "Strangers in the Night" (Frank Sinatra cover, recorded for Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse)   2:51
7. "Subtract One Love (Multiply the Heartaches)" (George Jones cover)   2:47
8. "Never, Never Gonna Give You Up" (Barry White cover)   3:50
9. "Thrills" (The Chakachas cover; original title being "Stories")   2:58
10. "Short Skirt/Long Jacket (Live at Triple M)"     3:16
11. "It's Coming Down (Live at Pure FM)"     4:12

Personnel[edit]

Cake
Guest musicians
  • Paulo Baldi – drums on tracks 4, 10, 11
  • Greg Brown – guitar, organ on tracks 7, 8, 9
  • Victor Damiani – bass on tracks 7, 8, 9
  • Pete McNeal – drums on tracks 1, 2, 3
  • Tyler Pope – keyboards, guitar on track 5
  • Todd Roper – drums on tracks 7, 8, 9
Technical personnel
  • produced, arranged, & mixed by Cake
  • additional mixing by Patrick Olguin [11]
  • mastered by Patrick Olguin at Velvet Tone South, Sacramento, CA
  • design by Aesthetic Apparatus
  • CAKE management by Tommy Manzi (for the Umbrella Group) and Lori Turncrantz (for Silent Tribunal LLC)

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