Even when hustling for chump change back in Arizona, iconoclastic producer/songwriter and recording artiste Lee Hazlewood always cut his own path, and knowing that this recording would likely be his final bow didn't change a damn thing. So instead of doing the conventional celebrity duets number, he just called up a few close friends to join him for some kicks on Cake Or Death, namely guitar ace Duane Eddy, Swedish chanteuse Ann Kristin Hedmark, blues singer Tommy Parsons and producer Bela B. What you get is a characteristically offbeat set of novelty tunes, moody standards, obscure old favourites, a couple of sage recitations, along with updates of self-penned evergreens just because he can. The surf-rockin' First Song Of The Day, with its delightful mid-song recording-booth aside, is classic Hazlewood. In fact, so is the stuff that doesn't work nearly as well, since it's the way he lets it all hang out that makes him a special case. Not his best, but still better than the rest.