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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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Product details

  • Audio CD (29 July 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Warner
  • ASIN: B000003474
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,630,553 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Just What I Needed
2. My Best Friend's Girl
3. Good Times Roll
4. You're All I've Got Tonight
5. Don't Cha Stop
6. Moving In Stereo
7. Take Me Now
8. Cool Fool
9. Let's Go
10. Candy-o
See all 20 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Touch and Go
2. Don't Tell Me No
3. Shake It Up
4. Since You're Gone
5. I'm Not The One
6. Cruiser
7. The Little Black Egg
8. Funtime
9. You Might Think
10. Drive
See all 20 tracks on this disc

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Antony May TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 8 Feb. 2007
Format: Audio CD
This is a great compilation for a variety of reasons. First because it contains music by one of the best bands of their time, second because it comes complete with a very informative and iteresting booklet that contains the band's history and chart related information, third because it contains previously unreleased content that will appeal to hardcore fans (like me!) and finally because even if your are not already a Cars convert this compilation has pretty much all of the best tracks from each of their albums. If you've ever liked The Cars at all buy this with confidence.
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By David Lowe on 29 Aug. 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
In my youth, I recorded from vinyl to cassette a compilation from 4 or 5 albums near exact to this Anthology. Tremendous!!
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By R.A.S. on 23 Feb. 2015
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Music is such a personal thing. This Anthology, if you like the "Cars" music, is a good buy in my opinion.
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6 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Philip Howarth on 30 Jun. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Having seen the over enthusiastic review for this anthology I thought I'd add a bit of perspective.

OK - there are a handful of terrific, well-crafted pop tunes here and my fond memories of them inspired me to buy this. "My best Friend's Girl" is a classic (I still have a treasured 7'' picture disc). Virtually all of the good stuff happens early on in the first CD - the rest however, to my ears, re-defines the word "dated" - they sound like a terrible soundtrack to some hideous American teen-sex caper - it's just exactly how I don't want to remember the 80's.

Yes, the packaging, notes, pics etc are all lovingly compiled but it's the music I'm interested in - and I'm afraid for 80% of these two discs I just wanted to hide behind the sofa.

One disc of this band is plenty for anyone but a die-hard fan.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Outstanding compilation 4 Jan. 2000
By Erik Vitols - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This blows the previous greatest hits away. Not only does it have all those songs, it contains many other hits, key album tracks and worthy bonus tracks. Most of the Cars' individual CDs are good to great (especially the debut); if you don't have any of them, this one will do a great job filling in for those. For once, the bonus tracks on the CD actually add greatly to the collection, instead of mking you hit the Skip button. To top it off, great packaging and liner notes are included. Looks like Rhino knows how to do compilations right - they don't skimp on the Cars. A very worthy (and colorful) addition for your collection.
50 of 56 people found the following review helpful
Unfortunately necessary, for audiophiles and serious fans. 14 May 2005
By Ben Culture - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Never mind the great bonus tracks. A serious fan needs this set ANYWAY -- damn it.

I take The Cars pretty seriously -- as a band, thank you, not a necro-retro fashion/video concern. In my reviews for "Heartbeat City" and "Shake It Up", I point out that these discs are in dire need of remastering. (I just can't have CDs that are quieter and weaker than an old cassette -- can you?) Fortunately, the best of those 4th and 5th albums are decently mastered here. (Though I must add, the cold digital truth has killed my love of "Cruiser".)

Also, audiophiles may note the superior stereo separation in the earlier tracks (the Deluxe version of first album, remastered for the 2nd time, is equal to this compilation.) Stereo separation is a key part of the Cars sound. Certain instruments, effects, and vocals SIMPLY DO NOT OCCUR in both channels. Or, they weren't meant to. (Hearing the first track on this set, "Good Times Roll", was a revelation to me. The starting balance is determinedly lopsided.)

I don't see the point of reviewing the actual artistic content. The Cars were a huge success; they have many fans. For whatever irksome, idiotic reason, they are not being properly re-marketed. Their biggest-selling album languishes in its initial CD mastering. Today's teens have barely heard of them (while they listen to music which derives notably FROM them.)

I mean, for cryin' out loud, they've released and re-released virtually every cough and fart Lou Reed or Brian Wilson ever made, haven't they? (I'm a fan of both, so relax.)
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Strap me in! This collection is magic. 28 Oct. 2004
By sealcrofts1029 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
As a casual Cars fan in the 70's and 80's who had never owned a Cars album, I thought I would pick up their greatest hits. Luckily, I ran across this anthology while thumbing through their Amazon listings. I assumed I would recognize a few songs, with the rest being filler. What a great surprise as I listened to both disks all the way through. I was just blown away by the great songs I knew(but hadn't heard in so long) and the ones I had never heard(probably 20 of these) which were almost all fantastic tunes. 40 Cars tunes that stretch on for well over 2 hours! I am still thanking my lucky stars that I didn't buy The Cars Greatest Hits which I believe only had 11 songs on it. If it costs more than you want to spend, find it used somewhere, but don't pass it up if you are looking for some great Cars music!
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
This Anthology is not Just What I Needed 25 April 2010
By Billy Boy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The only thing I can really say is that I totally agree with another reviewer, Nate regarding the inconsistent mastering and especially the song selection for a 40 song Anthology Compilation- leaving out "All Mixed Up" "Bye Bye Love", "Since I Held You", etc. The Cars were an incredible band. They were like Fogerty and Creedence Clearwater Revivial- they got in, did their thing, and then got out. I really respect that- in addition to being in the 1980's decade that helped provide an inspiration for other artists to follow and definitely provide a much needed alternative to DISCO.- They need to do the Band and their fans a real comprehensive -full proper remastered catalogue. -Either individual CD's or even better, especially if there is good material in the can- a Box Set that would include all the CD's and any alternates, demos, unreleased, and ESPECIALLY -a LIVE CD to be included-That definitely is available as in their 1st LP days they had a great soundboard radio broadcast on the King Biscuit Flower Hour. And I must say, as a true collector have purchased some nice Boots as Record Conventions- so the stuff is there
Thanks for reading this review
Billy Boy
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Even More Than Just What I Needed 29 Oct. 2003
By Tim Brough - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
At almost 2 and a half hours running time, this "Cars" is fully loaded and chock full of extras. Unless you're a completest, you are probably just as well suited with "The Complete Greatest Hits." But if you already have all the discs, then those aforementioned bonus tracks are worth it.
The Cars' debut popped out fully realized, already loaded with hit singles. The demo session songs here from that period ("Cool Fool" and "Take me Now") would certainly have sounded in place on the debut. It's also curious how "Leave Or Stay" and "Ta Ta Wayo Wayo" probably would not have. (Also that they eventually ended up on the Cars' weakest album!) The really cool cuts are the b-sides like "Don't Go To Pieces" and "Little Black Egg," and "Slipaway," which was a radio hit for Ian Lloyd (The Stories, "Brother Louie").
But it's the bulk of the singles that make this a great driving set. From "Just What I Needed" to "You Are The Girl," these were songs made to pump adrenaline and smiles. No big message, in fact, some of the lyrics would be hard to decipher even under the best circumstances! But that's not the point. The stylistic arch irony and sugary hooks made The Cars' a sound that was often imitated but never duplicated. Having two vocalists that were just distinct enough to carry leads alone but still flow seamlessly (the late Ben Orr sang The Cars' biggest hit, "Drive") was also a plus.
So I reiterate that The Cars were one of the class acts of the 80's. How much you need "Just What I Needed" depends on your desire and budget. For me, I needed it all.
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