B-Sides and Rarities (Cake album)

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B-Sides and Rarities
Cake - B-Sides and Rarities.jpg
Compilation album by
ReleasedOctober 2, 2007
GenreAlternative rock, college rock, alternative country
Length35:01 (Standard), 40:21 (Limited Edition)
LabelUpbeat Records
Cake chronology
Pressure Chief
B-Sides and Rarities
Showroom of Compassion
Alternative cover
Original cover for "Rarities" posted on the band's website before full album title was announced
Original cover for "Rarities" posted on the band's website before full album title was announced
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2/5 stars[1]
PopMatters6/10 stars[3]
Prefix Magazine5/10 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 from the 2004 bonus disc Extra Value and the 2005 Wheels EP, 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]

1."War Pigs" (Black Sabbath cover)3:54
2."Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town" (Johnny Darrell cover)2:55
3."Mahna, Mahna" (Piero Umiliani cover, made popular by the Muppets)2:54
4."Excuse Me (I Think I've Got a Heartache)" (Buck Owens cover)2:21
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
Limited Edition
12."War Pigs (Live)" (featuring Steven Drozd)5:20
iTunes bonus track
13."Is This Love? (Live)"4:30


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)

Appearances in other media[edit]


  1. ^ Horowitz, Hal. "B-Sides and Rarities - Cake". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-01-15.
  2. ^ Spence D. "Cake - B-Sides and Rarities Review". IGN. Archived from the original on 2012-04-06. Retrieved 2012-01-15.
  3. ^ Gilstrap, Andrew. "Cake: B-Sides and Rarities". PopMatters. Retrieved 2012-01-15.
  4. ^ "Album Review: Cake - B-Sides and Rarities". Prefix Magazine. Retrieved 2012-01-15.
  5. ^ a b "CAKE forms Upbeat Records and releases B-Sides and Rarities in October". Redeye. Archived from the original on 2011-07-25. Retrieved 2011-01-22.
  6. ^ Discogs - B-sides And Rarities Red Cover / Roses Smell
  7. ^ Discogs - B-sides And Rarities Brown Cover / Leather Smell
  8. ^ Discogs - B-sides And Rarities Green Cover / Fresh-cut Grass Smell
  9. ^ Discogs - B-sides And Rarities Purple Cover / Grape Smell
  10. ^ Discogs - B-sides And Rarities Yellow Cover / Banana Smell
  11. ^ Discogs - Patrick Olguin profile and discography

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