Prolonging the Magic

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Prolonging the Magic
Studio album by Cake
Released October 6, 1998
Genre Alternative rock
Length 48:13
Label Capricorn
Producer John McCrea
Cake chronology
Fashion Nugget
(1996)
Prolonging the Magic
(1998)
Comfort Eagle
(2001)
Singles from Prolonging the Magic
  1. "Never There"
    Released: 13 October 1998
  2. "Let Me Go"
    Released: 1999
  3. "You Turn The Screws"
    Released: 1999
  4. "Sheep Go to Heaven"
    Released: 2000

Prolonging the Magic is the third studio album by American alternative rock band Cake. It was released on 6 October 1998 on Capricorn Records. The sole successful single was the lead "Never There". It was recorded after the departure of guitarist Greg Brown and features a rotating lineup of musicians to replace him. One of them, Xan McCurdy, became his full-time replacement. On its opening week, Prolonging the Magic sold about 44,000 copies, debuting at No. 33 on the Billboard 200 chart.[1] On 28 September 1999 the album was certified platinum by the RIAA for shipments of one million copies.[2]

The album was given a parental advisory sticker although the lyrics contain no profanity. Some copies do not feature a sticker, with the only difference being that the song "Satan Is My Motor" has been retitled "Motor".

The song 'Hem of Your Garment' was featured in the film Me, Myself & Irene.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by John McCrea, except where noted. 

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Satan Is My Motor"   McCrea, Gabriel Nelson, and Tyler Pope 3:12
2. "Mexico"     3:26
3. "Never There"     2:44
4. "Guitar"     3:40
5. "You Turn the Screws"     4:13
6. "Walk on By"     3:48
7. "Sheep Go to Heaven"     4:44
8. "When You Sleep"     3:58
9. "Hem of Your Garment"     3:43
10. "Alpha Beta Parking Lot"   Vincent DiFiore and McCrea 3:30
11. "Let Me Go"   Jim Campilongo and McCrea 3:29
12. "Cool Blue Reason"     3:27
13. "Where Would I Be?"   McCrea, Nelson, and Joe Snook 3:52

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[3]
Entertainment Weekly C+[4]
Robert Christgau (neither)[5]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[6]

Allmusic wrote, "Supposedly their attempt to make a smugness- and irony-free album, Cake's third release does hold back the barbs a bit more than usual. And the strain shows. In these guys' hands, love songs without smirks and pop tunes straight up come out forced."

Personnel[edit]

CAKE is:

  • John McCrea – vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, organ, Moog, producing, arranging and design
  • Vince DiFiore - trumpet, background vocals and arranging
  • Gabe Nelson - bass guitar, mandolin, electric guitar, piano and arranging
  • Todd Roper - drums, percussion, background vocals and arranging

Additional Musicians:

  • Xan McCurdy – electric guitar on track 9
  • Rusty Miller – electric guitar on track 3
  • Tyler Pope – arranging and electric guitar on tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9 and 10
  • Chuck Prophet - arranging and electric guitar on tracks 4, 7 and 12
  • Jim Campilongo - arranging and electric guitar on tracks 4, 6 and 11
  • Ben Morss - arranging and piano on track 5
  • David Palmer - keyboards on track 9
  • Greg Vincent - pedal steel guitar on tracks 2, 6 and 9
  • Mark Needham - additional percussion, engineering, and mixing
  • Richard Lyman - musical saw on track 4
Additional personnel
  • Joe Johnston - engineering
  • Jay Bowman - engineering
  • Gabriel Shepard - engineering
  • Justin Phelps - engineering
  • Scott Reams - engineering
  • Rafael Serrano - engineering
  • Kirt Shearer - engineering and mixing
  • Craig Long - engineering and mixing
  • Greg Brown - arranging
  • Keara Fallon - design
  • Don C. Tyler - mastering

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1998 The Billboard 200 33

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1998 "Never There" Adult Top 40 29
Modern Rock Tracks 1
The Billboard Hot 100 78
1999 "Let Me Go" Modern Rock Tracks 28
"Never There" Mainstream Rock Tracks 40
"Sheep Go to Heaven" Modern Rock Tracks 16

References[edit]

  1. ^ Paul Grein (19 January 2011). "Week Ending Jan. 16, 2011: Albums: Even Lower". yahoo.com. Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Searchable Database". riaa.com. Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  3. ^ Michael Gallucci. "Prolonging the Magic". Allmusic. Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  4. ^ Matt Diehl (9 October 1998). "Prolonging the Magic Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
  5. ^ Robert Christgau. "CG: Cake". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  6. ^ Tom Moon (29 October 1998). "Cake: Prolonging The Magic : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 12 November 2007. Retrieved 29 July 2012. 

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