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  • The Basics

    When Cake debuted at #1 with their sixth album, 2011’s Showroom of Compassion, critics and casual listeners weren’t sure what was more surprising — that they’d finally topped the charts, or that the California band’s really been around for two decades. Our Cake Essentials set makes sense of it all, starting with such alt-rock standards as the heated horns and climatic choruses of “The Distance,” the lean, flawless hooks of “Never There,” and a Gloria Gaynor cover (“I Will Survive”) that adds a coat or two of pure grit to a track that’s already been tackled by Diana Ross, Shirley Bassey, and Antony & The Johnsons.

    As for our Next Steps, they prove that Beck wasn’t the only genre-jumping wild child who survived the ’90s.

    $16.65 The Basics
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  • Next Steps

    Ever the prankster and restless peddler of pitch-perfect pop music, John McCrea has led Cake through more lineup changes and sonic shifts than most survivors of the alternative-nation era. Take “No Phone,” for instance: The lead single from the group’s fifth full-length, Pressure Chief, features everything from sleek, speaker-slapping beats to laser-guided synth lines. And then there’s Cake’s other sides, as heard in the roasted riffs of “Italian Leather Sofa,” the stone-cold funk nods of “Love You Madly,” and the organ-grinding garage-band grooves of “Carbon Monoxide.”

    And if you still don’t believe in Cake’s staying power, our Deep Cuts will do the trick . . .

    $15.75 Next Steps
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  • Deep Cuts

    One look at the lineup of Cake’s on-again, off-again Unlimited Sunshine Tour — Modest Mouse, Cheap Trick, and De La Soul have all played it — is all you need to understand just how deep their roots run. Scanning the ever-evolving band’s more obscure songs won’t hurt either, whether we’re talking about a country-fried slice of Kenny Rogers (“Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town”), a pair of slide-guitar-spiked joy rides off into the sunset (“Mexico,” “Bound Away”), or brief but unbeatable bursts of instrumental bliss (“Arco Arena”) and Route 66-ready rock ’n’ roll (“Race Car Ya-Yas”).

    $16.65 Deep Cuts
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  • Complete Set

    Talk about literally going the distance. Once wrongly written off as a one-hit wonder, Cake have weathered countless trends and the rise and fall of alt-rock’s Top 40 tenure to become a rare example of stability in an increasingly shaky music industry. Really now, who else but Cake could pull off covering Barry White one second (the endearingly sloppy blue-eyed soul of “Never, Never Gonna Give You Up”) and Buck Owens (the honky tonk-hopping Americana of “Excuse Me, I Think I’ve Got a Heartache”) the next? No one, and if you don’t believe us, a quick spin through such twisted pop tracks as “Sheep Go to Heaven,” “Short Skirt/Long Jacket,” and “Let Me Go” will change your mind within minutes.

    $49.05 Complete Set
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Customer Reviews

Nice work itunes!

This is a good essential pack from itunes. Cake is unique, I'd even say it's an aquired taste. But everyone should give them a shot. They are extremely talented, while sounding like nothing you've ever heard. The whole first page of this essential list is, well, essential. My favorite song (just like everyone else) is The Distance. With it's deep guitar riffs and fading trumpet it really doesn't fit into any single genre. Be sure to check out Short Skirt, Long Jacket, and Never There as well.

It started with Frank Sinatra

This is one of those great bands you may not really notice at first. Short Skirt/ Long Jacket is the theme for Chuck and Italian Leather Jacket was the theme for Mission Hill. Many people 25 to 50 know The Distance. For me it was the song Frank Sinatra that made me a fan. I'll admit that Cake has a distinct sound. Many of their songs are similar to each other but they are unique from other bands. If you love one ore two Cake songs you will most likely like them all.

All the best CAKE tracks, something here for everyone

7 albums and not a bad one among them, several are great. This playlist is a good representation of their work. I might have shuffled some between The Basics and Next Step/ Deeper cuts, but it is a great playlist regardless. I am a pretty big CAKE fan and my own personal playlist is of similar size. Every one of my favourites is in here! As one of the other reviews mentioned, they are an acquired taste, but well worth the time it takes to know them. :)

Oh, if you get a chance, go see them in concert! They are a lot of fun and they have a lot of audience participation too. Large or small venue, they handle either quite well.

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  • $16.65 The Basics
  • Released: Feb 15, 2011

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