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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 (26 Feb 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: IMPORT
  • ASIN: B000002GWB
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,406 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Good Times Roll 3:450.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. My Best Friend's Girl 3:430.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Just What I Needed 3:450.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. I'm In Touch With Your World 3:310.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Don't Cha Stop 3:030.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. You're All I've Got Tonight 4:140.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Bye Bye Love 4:150.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Moving In Stereo 4:460.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. All Mixed Up 4:150.99  Buy MP3 


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The Cars' 1978 self-titled debut, issued on the Elektra label, is a genuine rock masterpiece. The band jokingly referred to the album as their "true greatest-hits album," but it's no exaggeration -- all nine tracks are new wave/rock classics, still in rotation on rock radio. Whereas most bands of the late '70s embraced either punk/new wave or hard rock, the Cars were one of the first bands to do the unthinkable -- merge the two styles together. Add to it bandleader/songwriter Ric Ocasek's supreme pop sensibilities, and you had an album that appealed to new wavers, rockers, and Top 40 fans. One of the most popular new wave songs ever, "Just What I Needed," is an obvious highlight, as are such familiar hits as "Good Times Roll," "My Best Friend's Girl," and "You're All I've Got Tonight." But like most consummate rock albums, the lesser-known compositions are just as exhilarating: "Don't Cha Stop," "Bye Bye Love," "All Mixed Up," and "Moving in Stereo," the latter featured as an instrumental during a steamy scene in the popular movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High. With flawless performances, songwriting, and production (courtesy of Queen alumni Roy Thomas Baker), the Cars' debut remains one of rock's all-time classics

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The first and best model 10 July 2006
By D. J. H. Thorn TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I remember several friends buying the single "Best Friend's Girl" as much because it was a picture disc retailing at normal price as for the quality of the record. I was hooked more by the follow-up, "Just What I Needed", a record topped off by a memorable guitar solo. But I waited for the album instead.

Hearing the singles on the radio never conveys how good the production on this album is. When the keyboards flood the opening track they reveal a Spectorish wall of sound, an influence most pointed during the album's final track. This record was made a few years before digital techniques strangled the live elements of recorded music. Compare the sound on this to the dead notes that make up the band's hugely successful "Heartbeat City" album. This is an album you live through, a drive through a twinkling, night-time city, as opposed to the barren landscape of the later album. It helps that the songs are good of course but the material on "Heartbeat City" is pretty decent too.

The final masterstroke here is the climax to the album with the creepy "Moving In Stereo" segueing into "All Mixed Up". This is one of the classiest pop albums of the 1970s, better than anything else this band ever did.
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Where do I start with this fantastic body of work? I remember many moons ago, my dad playing this album and the opening bars of "Good Times Roll" stuck in my head and it wasn't all that long ago when those bars came back to me but I couldn't remember which album it was. So I went through all those vinyl albums he had and finally found it and straight away bought it on CD. Now about the album itself. "Good Times Roll" is my favourite track has it holds the most memories for me. "My Best Friends Girl" is a track that I can't imagine anyone not liking, a classic single. "Just What I Needed" is also one of my favourites off this album and was also a single. "I'm In Touch With Your World" is yet again one of my favourites and it's a real shame that it doesn't get the exposure that some of the more well-known tracks get. "Don't Cha Stop" and "You're All I've Got Tonight" are both great tracks (love that drum sound on the intro of the latter). "Bye Bye Love" is another solid track which leads into another one of the albums best. "Moving In Stereo" does exactly what it says on the tin with the vocals shifting from one speaker to the other back and forth. For 1978 I consider this track ahead of it's time. And finally "All Mixed Up" is a great closer to a damn fine album with some nice sax playing by the brilliant Greg Hawkes. I highly recommend this album so do yourself a favour and buy it you won't be disappointed. Sadly in 2000 bassist Benjamin Orr died of cancer so I would like to say thank you Ben for the great music you have left us R.I.P. you are sadly missed.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fine Tuned Debut 18 Sep 2006
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The music magazine Q recently compiled a list of the 100 best debut albums ever. The Car's debut was NOT on that list. It was, however, on the Top 10 Debuts We Love To Hate list. From my standpoint, they were in good company among artist such as Queen, Dire Straits and Boston. Being a British magazine, Q may have simply missed the influence this album generated since it wasn't that big in the UK (#29). My Best Friend's Girl (#3) became a major hit but in great part due to the single being among the first singles (if not the very first) released as a picture disc (shaped like a car). Just What I Needed (#17) barely crawled into the top 20 and that was practically it for the Cars until they stroke gold internationally with songs from their Heartbeat City album.

In the States this album would hardly be treated similar compilations. My Best Friend's Girl (#27), Just What I Needed (#35) & Good Times Roll (#41) became radio staples and really much more popular than their Billboard top 100 rankings indicate. During its release it was still common on late night radio shows to play whole sides. The three songs already being hits on side A, side B became a popular choice for such occasions. The album didn't set the charts on fire, barely sneaking in the top 20 (#18). With continuous airplay of many of the album's tracks sales were consistent, which in the States matters much more than in most other territories. It wound up being among the top 30 sellers of the decade, selling 6 million copies, an incredible achievement for an album not even close to cracking the top 10. The Cars, both band and album, thus became huge in the States.

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5.0 out of 5 stars If you hate US rock you wont like this 25 July 2014
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Ok. It was US new wave. Its smooth. Finely crafted well produced pop/rock songs. If you hate US rock you wont like this, if you like the raw iggy, ramones type feel you wont like this.
Saying that, if your like me and can appreciate raw, messy and aggressive as well as crafted and well produced, maybe you will like it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rediscovered after all these years 9 July 2014
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Just as good as i remember it. Has definitely stood the test of time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 1978 music. 4 May 2014
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It was out of this world back then. So new and different. still holds its own today. the cover is a bit rubbish though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my Top 10 Albums 31 Dec 2013
By J E COX
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I had this album on vinyl years ago and thought I needed this for playing in the car......has to be one of the best albums ever. Just as enjoyable. This is from the time when albums were put together to be played as an album.
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