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Great Debut Album,
This review is from: The Cars: Deluxe Edition (Audio CD)
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.