Cake â€“ B-Sides and Rarities / 2007 Upbeat / 12 Tracks / http://www.cakemusic.com /
As individuals may be able to figure out from the title, the latest Cake release is a collection of all of the tracks that were either b-sides or did not make it into a finished form on any of the bandâ€™s CDs over the years. While the songs on â€œB-Sides and Raritiesâ€ may be scraps from the cutting room floor for the most part, a large segment of the songs on the CD are covers. Cake goes through their versions of Black Sabbath (Two versions of â€œWar Pigsâ€, one with Steven of the Flaming Lips), Kenny Rogers (â€œRuby, Donâ€™t Take Your Love To Townâ€), Frank Sinatra (â€œStrangers in the Nightâ€), George Jones (â€œSubtract One Loveâ€), and Barry White (â€œNever Never Gonna Give You Upâ€) are all present here.
Individuals that have been waiting for a completely new album from Cake may be a little bit disappointed (since their last release was 2004â€™s â€œPressure Chiefâ€), but there are enough tracks here to keep individuals sated until the band is able to come out with their next completely new album. The live versions and alternative takes of the bandâ€™s hits (and not so much of hits), such as â€œShort Skirt, Long Jacketâ€ and â€œItâ€™s Coming Downâ€ make this into a sort of bizarre greatest hits album. The oddness of this release is only furthered with the inclusion of a â€œscratch and sniffâ€ packaging, which admittedly serves no other purpose but smelling a certain way.
The â€œnewâ€ tracks, that is those that are not either a cover or a retooling of a previous song, are few in number, and show off an unfinished allure to Cake. These tracks feel unfinished in that they are largely instrumental, and could conceivably make it onto later discs with slightly different arrangements or more steady vocals. For Cake completists, chances will be good that they have all the tracks on this album. However, â€œB-sides and Raritiesâ€ may just be the album to pick up for the casual Cake fan. The covers of the classics, coupled with the â€œnewâ€ tracks and alternative takes, put this album into a pretty good position.; while there could be more in the way of new tracks here, having these new tracks on the album may derail the band further in the creation of their long-awaited new album. Regardless, one just needs to hear the versions of â€œWar Pigsâ€ that are on this album; they blow Alice Donutâ€™s version out of the water.
Top Tracks: War Pigs, Itâ€™s Coming Down