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The Cars: Deluxe Edition

The Cars Audio CD
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Move Like This, The Cars’ first album of new music in many years, is a vibrant and ingenious collection that expertly extends their already extraordinary canon. Retooling innovative art rock, sleek New Wave, and punchy power pop in their own idiosyncratic image, The Cars’groundbreaking sonic approach continues to influence artists and airwaves today. Singer/guitarist Ric Ocasek ... Read more in Amazon's The Cars Store

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: ja
  • ASIN: B00000IL66
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 296,140 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dynamic melodic rock with a punk edge 21 Aug 2003
By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This 1978 blend of tuneful pop and power rock has lost none of its appeal and still remains a magical fusion of the melodicism of pop and the passionate force of rock. To my mind, The Cars continued the poprock tradition of artists like Queen, Alice Kooper and Roxy Music, whilst there is also a specifically new wave feel about this album that reminds me of an obscure contemporary of theirs, one Mink DeVille, and of course those other famous poprockers Blondie. Of course, Pat Benatar and The Knack mined a similar vein, but they came later. The first three tracks: Good Times Roll, My Best Friend's Girl and Just What I Needed form one of those legendary song cycles, just like the sequence of Dirty-Ass Rock & Roll, Darling I Need You and Rollaroll on John Cale's Slow Dazzle album. But every one of the tracks is excellent, made timeless by their killer hooks, tight harmonies and focused energy. All of the songs were written by Ric Ocasek, no mean feat considering their gripping melodic appeal and lasting popularity on the playlists. This album is one of the best examples of late 70s style rock with a punk attitude.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone loves Classic Cars 21 July 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I first Heard this album in 1980. When a friend played it to me, but 20 years later. It's still one of my all time favorite albums. From the feel good all American crusin' rock of "Let the Good times Roll" to the haunting "All mixed up" This is a classic album and if you don't believe me listen to the samples.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Debut Album 24 Mar 2011
By Og Oggilby VINE VOICE
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When the Cars emerged in the late 1970s, they looked and sounded like some US Record Executive's idea of what a 'New Wave' pop band should be. Of course, they kind of musically hedged their bets, by retaining a modicum of Hard Rock guitar punch courtesy of Elliot Easton (a very versatile player, who sneaks in some fine Rockabilly tinged guitar licks on 'My Best Friend's Girl'), but in leader Ric Ocasek they had a writer gifted with an idiosyncratic compositional style. Sometimes he's a little too wacky - 'I'm In Touch With Your World', for example - but most of the time, he's bang on the money, and helped by a big, in your face production sound by Roy Thoma Baker (check out his work on the second Reggie Knighton Band album as a useful comparison Reggie Knighton. Also, it's very much a band conception, musically - bass player and joint lead vocalist Benjamin Orr (RIP), who has a very similar voice to Ocasek, keyboard player Greg Hawkes and drummer Dave Robinson all make very useful contributions to the album. Plus, at just over thirty minutes, it's a concise and punchy debut album that has actually gained lustre, some thirty-odd years later. The deluxe edition is great, but the simple one-disc variant tells you pretty much all you need to know. The Cars became huge in America, but never quite did the trick over here. This is well worth adding to your collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone loves Classic Cars 21 July 2000
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I first Heard this album in 1980. When a friend played it to me, but 20 years later. It's still one of my all time favorite albums. From the feel good all American crusin' rock of "Let the Good times Roll" to the haunting "All mixed up" This is a classic album and if you don't believe me listen to the samples.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ...buy the "Deluxe Edition!" 21 July 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
CALLING ALL CARS FANS! This double CD could be the beginning of a new music trend. Not only has their 1978 debut album "The Cars" been remastered - and it sounds FANTASTIC - but a second CD has been added with all the songs in their original demo form (except for a live recording of "Good Times Roll") in their identical running order. The booklet included with the CD's explains that demos actually played a major part in their initial success. A radio station in Boston played their demo of "Just What I Needed" repeatedly .... They were signed to a recording contract and the rest is history. Who hasn't heard the hits "Good Times Roll," "My Best Friend's Girl," "Just What I Needed," "You're All I've Got Tonight" and my personal Cars favorite "Bye Bye Love?" ....This collection has them all in remastered original and demo forms. And to top it off, five previously unreleased Cars songs are also included in demo form. How nice it would be if this became a trend and is done with other great albums by The Cars and others. ...get the double - CD "The Cars Deluxe Edition." One of the best records of the 1970's is now better indeed!
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deluxe Edition does The Cars' debut justice 16 Jan 2007
By R. Gorham - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
THE BAND: Ric Ocasek (vocals, rhythm guitar), Elliot Easton (lead guitar), Benjamin Orr (R.I.P. vocals, bass), Greg Hawkes (keyboards, percussion, saxophone), David Robinson (drums & percussion).

THE DISC: Originally released in 1978 (one disc, nine tracks) and lasting just over 35 minutes. This digitally remastered "Deluxe Edition" released in 1999 includes a 2nd disc containing 56+ minutes of material. Disc-2 features one live track, eight demos (songs from this 1st album), and four unreleased demos. The cardboard package itself unfolds horizontally, then vertically. Included with the discs is an extensive 22-page booklet containing song titles/times, numerous band photos, all song lyrics from both discs, a 5-page intro (shortened from "The Cars Anthology", 1995), Billboard chart success, band members and original black & white photos/artwork. Recorded at Air Studios, London (Feb '78). Label - Elektra/Rhino.

COMMENTS: The Cars were never better than this debut album. Rock and pop with a synth/techno alternative flavor. Classic songs that sounded like nothing else at the time. The Cars were "New Wave" before there was New Wave (which hit in the early 80's). Nine songs - with only one question mark (filler?) in "I'm In Touch With Your World". The other eight tracks were gold (the album reached #18 on the Billboard Pop charts and has sold over 6 million units). Ric Ocasek's quirky voice teamed with bassist Ben Orr's smooth voice worked well together. Greg Hawke on keyboards made & pulled this band tighter. The hit songs that made it to major air-waves were "Let The Good Times Roll", "My Best Friend's Girl", and "Just What I Needed". But, check out tracks 6-9... "You're All I've Got Tonight", "Bye Bye Love", "Moving In Stereo" and "All Mixed Up" run together fluidly - these are awesome album tracks. Sure this band looked like a bunch of geeks, but man when they came together with their instruments, they really made some beautiful music. Looking at The Cars catalog of albums, in my opinion, only their sophomore album "Candy-O" (1979) came close to making the bold statement of their 1st album. The Cars' debut is ranked #282 on Rolling Stone Magazine's list of 500 all-time greatest albums. Disc-2 is good on first listen... the demos presented here are what got them their record deal in the 70's. The bonus/unreleased tracks are decent as well - but be prepared to -not- be blown away by them. As fun as the demos are to hear, the playing is pretty raw, some instruments are to loud and others too soft, and the demo "tape" itself is somewhat limited as far as highs (treble) and lows (bass) go. The unreleased tracks fall into the category as many other bands and their unreleased tracks... they're unreleased for a reason... they were not good enough to be released at the time, so into the vault they went. With that being said though, the long time fan should get a kick out of them over the first few listens (and then filed back in the vault). The Cars have several compilations - the best being their "Complete Greatest Hits" (2002) and the 2-disc set "Cars Anthology"... and both compilations feature 6 of the 9 tracks from their debut. Rhino did it correctly in leaving the originally album by itself on disc-1, and the bonus material on disc-2. The Car's debut is a classic disc and this "Deluxe Edition" does it justice (5 stars).
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just What I Needed 26 Sep 2004
By Sir George Martini - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The Cars probably had more Top 40 hits than any other New Wave band for several reasons. Ric Ocasek wrote clever pop tunes that have aged well, and his voice gave the Cars a unique sound along with bassist Ben Orr, who could sing in any range or style. The combination of Elliot Easton's catchy guitar hooks, Greg Hawkes' keyboards (which veered into techno pop territory without being pretentious), and David Robinson's drumming style (that turned the beat around when you least expected it), made them stand out. Their demos prove they were a tight band with some occasionally weak harmonies, but to be successful, they needed a producer like Roy Thomas Baker to take them to the top.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rhino Drives Us Home Again! 28 Oct 2003
By Tim Brough - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
"The Cars" was a classic debut and one of the first bands with a new wave association to actually make it big. Their blend of Roxy/Bowie ironic pop and AM radio hooks made "My Best Friend's Girl" and "Just What I Needed" sound like Top 40 classics from play one, and the rest of the album skirted experimental stuff like "Moving In Stereo" with the classic nervy album rock ready sounds of "Good Times Roll." But it took the remaster/reissue wizards at Rhino to bring out the best in an already classic record. Roy Thomas Baker's spare production is given a sharper focus in this remaster, and it makes what originally leapt from the speakers sound fresh as that first day you tore the shrink wrap from your twelve inch LP. It's really that much of a revelation.
But even more of a reason to own this is disc two. I am rarely one for bonus features on CD's, but this stuff is great. Basically, a demo for demo (excluding "Good Times Roll" played live) version of the album in its running order, it's a stunning look at the work in progress. Frankly, "The Cars" pre-label signing didn't sound that different from "The Cars" except with a better recording budget and a touch less polish.
For an album that still gets regular play on my stereo, that says a lot. If you love this album as much as I still do, pony up the extra couple of bucks and be prepared to be wowed, loud. Now how about deluxe versions of "Candy-O" and "Heartbeat City"?
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Their best just got better... 12 May 1999
By Wayne Klein - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The first Cars album was a blast of fresh air combining the Velvet Underground, Roxy Music and Big Star, Badfinger into one mish mash of amazing sound. The band provided a unique mix of influences to create a coherent, stark sound for American new wave. Just as witty as Elvis Costello and full of as many hooks as the Beatles, this first album has aged extremely well. The glacial sound of the album acts as an ironic counterpoint to these tales of modern love.
Their first album ranks amoung the best albums of the 80's and the songwriting, although it got a little more detailed, never got any better than this. The out takes and demos are well worth the price of admission simply because they illuminate (much as the XTC outtakes do for their albums) the creative process (and sometimes roads not taken...).
Ric really needs to reform the band. His solo career, although interesting, shows a real lack of progression. It would be interesting to see the original members get back together and see what sort of heat (or cold) they generate together.
Now let's see something similiar done with the other two great albums (pick any of your favorites and insert them here).
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