Original Album Series [5 Pack] Box set
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Five CD box set containing a quintet of original albums from the New Wave/Rock outfit: The Cars, Candy-O, Heartbeat City, Shake It Up and Panorama. Warner. 2010.
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Here's the fine-detail for THE CARS set - released Monday 1 March 2010 in the UK on Elektra/Rhino 8122 79828 1, "Original Album Series" 5CD box set breaks down as follows (none of the discs contain bonus tracks):
Disc 1 is "The Cars" their 9-track debut album released 1978 on Elektra 6E-135 in the USA and Elektra K 52088 in the UK (35:13 minutes)
Disc 2 is "Candy-O" their 11-track 2nd album released 1979 on Elektra 5E-507 in the USA and Elektra K 52148 in the UK (36:33 minutes)
Disc 3 is "Panorama" their 10-track 3rd album released 1980 on Elektra 5E-514 in the USA and Elektra K 52240 in the UK (40:33 minutes)
Disc 4 is "Shake It Up" their 9-track 4th album released 1981 on Elektra 5E-567 in the USA and Elektra K 52330 in the UK (40:45 minutes)
Disc 5 is "Heartbeat City" their 10-track 5th album released March 1984 on Elektra ST-E 60296-1 in the USA and Elektra 960 296-1 in the UK (38:38 minutes)
The five single card sleeves reflect the 'original' front and rear US LP artwork - the gatefold of "Heartbeat City" is not reproduced nor is the inner sleeve for any of the five albums.Read more ›
I came upon this box, was taking by a wave of nostalgia, and bought it.
I immediatly went for the album I knew (Candy-O) and was amazed at how well it stood the test of time. Then went on to the first album, and really discovered a great album, where Roy thomas Baker's touch is still very palpable.
Slowly I made my way through the other albums, finding more gems and a tighter sharper new wave rock production giving full credit to great rock songs, melodies and musicianship.
The cars were (are) a great 80's band, mixing the tightness of the 80's, the songwritting of the late seventies...and more.
Very good box indeed.
The Cars - The classic first album produced by Roy Thomas Baker (produced the first 4 albums and also produced 70s Queen albums from Queen II to A Night At The Opera). Not a duff track and still sounds great. If you like My Best Friends Girl and Just What I Needed you should like the rest. Some tracks like I'm In Touch With Your World may sound a bit quirky on first listen but break it up nicely on repeated listens.
Candy-O - Sounds similar to the first album and may on first listen not sound as strong song-wise but it really is just as good. It's All I Can Do, Double Life and Night Spots hit the (Night) spot for me.
Panorama - Probably the oddest of their albums and reflects their influences at the time: I think Ric Ocasek liked the some of the more experimental late 70s electronic groups including Suicide. At other times this sounds a bit like Devo. You may think it the weakest of these albums but I play it as much as the others. Key tracks are Panorama (rather hypnotic), Touch And Go and You Wear Those Eyes.
Shake It Up - Moving towards a beefier, poppier 80s sound this still has a great mix of catchy and edgy (well, edgy for the Cars anyway) tracks. Apart from the last two tracks where it flags a bit it's very good. Strangely the last two tracks have the same names as two following tracks on my Best of Buddy Holly album (but they're different songs). Maybe he was a fan.Read more ›
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Described as punk, I'd put it more as halfway between Hipsway and Prefab Sprout. I really like this band never having come across them before. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Dr. G. A. Trimble