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The Cars Classics, Shake It Up, and Heartbeat City, Get Expanded CD and 2LP Editions

As The Cars prepare to accept their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Elektra Records will prepare to introduce two classic Cars albums on CD (and vinyl 2LP) reissues with expanded music bonuses and relying on 2016 remasters for the audio. Previously, Elektra (and Rhino) reissued Candy-O, and Panorama (both on July 28, 2017).

On March 30, the label will reissue Shake It Up (1981), and Heartbeat City (1984) on expanded sets with previously unreleased tunes (early working tracks, demos, remixes, outtakes), and new booklets with new notes, photos, and essay by David Fricke.

Shake It Up gave the band three hit singles (“Since You’re Gone”, “Think It Over” (UK), and their TOP10 charting “Shake It Up”).  For this reissue, you will find eight bonus inclusions that will provide the following:

Shake It UpThe Cars
01 Since You’re Gone
02 Shake It Up
03 I’m Not The One
04 Victim Of Love
05 Cruiser
06 A Dream Away
07 This Could Be Love
08 Think It Over
09 Maybe Baby
10 Since You’re Gone (Early Version)
11 Shake It Up (Demo)
12 I’m Not The One (Remix)
13 Cruiser (Early Version)
14 Take It On The Run (Early Version of “A Dream Away”)
15 Coming Up You Again (1981 Version of “Coming Up You”)
16 Little Black Egg (Remastered)
17 Midnight Dancer

Shake It Up will be also be reissued as DD, and on vinyl 2LP.

Heartbeat City was a genuine classic with a wealth of singles including the haunting Benjamin Orr-sung “Drive”, a song he also penned. The other singles from Heartbeat City include “You Might Think”, “Magic”, “Hello Again”, and to lesser extents, “Why Can’t I Have You”, and “Heartbeat City” (UK). For this reissue, there are seven bonus track inclusions with:

Heartbeat CityThe Cars
01 Hello Again
02 Looking For Love
03 Magic
04 Drive
05 Stranger Eyes
06 You Might Think
07 It’s Not The Night
08 Why Can’t I Have You
09 I Refuse
10 Heartbeat City
11 Hello Again (Remix Version)
12 Drive (Demo)
13 One More Time (Early Version of “Why Can’t I Have You”)
14 Baby I Refuse (Early Version of “I Refuse”)
15 Jacki (Early Version of “Heartbeat City”)
16 Breakaway (B-Side of “Why Can’t I Have You”)
17 Tonight She Comes (Remastered)

Heartbeat City will also be reissued on DD, and vinyl 2LP.

 

The Cars Get Complete Albums Box and ‘Best Of’ This Year

CARS The Elektra Years 1978-1987When the late ’70s arrived and bands were beginning to usher into the world a new generation of style, one of the bands that led the way was The Cars. Their first album, simply titled The Cars, produced three essential songs (“Good Times Roll”, “My Best Friend’s Girl”, “Just What I Needed”). While The Cars went on to produced a wealth of singles, it is those three that are representative of not only that band but that period.

The Cars released seven excellent albums that include their most recent, Move Like This, released in 2011. After the band’s sixth album, Door To Door, released in 1987, they disbanded.  But the band left behind a legacy of music and a representation of the times. In short, they became an integral part of history.

On March 11, Rhino and Elektra Records will team to release a 6CD Box of their first six, all with Benjamin Orr in the mix. The Box is being called The Elektra Years: 1978-1987. All of the albums will be remastered and, no doubt, a richly designed booklet included (I hope!).

The Cars Box Layout

Later in the year, an eighteen-track ‘best of’ will arrive (see track-list below). That single disc album is being called Moving In Stereo – The Best Of The Cars. It’s scheduled for May 6. Sadly, it will contain a variation of a track from the Move Like This set, which was released by Hear Music. It’s too bad Rhino didn’t acquire the rights to a song or two off The Cars’ last album, Move Like This, considering the unlikely chance of another coming from the band. Move Like This is a fine album!

Moving In Stereo The Best Of The Cars

Moving In Stereo: The Best Of The Cars – The Cars
Track-list:

01 – Just What I Needed
02 – Since You re Gone
03 – Let s Go
04 – You Might Think
05 – Shake It Up
06 – Drive
07 – Tonight She Comes
08 – My Best Friend s Girl
09 – Don t Tell Me No
10 – You re All I ve Got Tonight
11 – I m Not The One (Single Mix)
12 – Candy-O
13 – Heartbeat City
14 – Touch And Go
15 – Moving In Stereo
16 – Dangerous Type
17 – Sad Song (new Zdar Mix)
18 – Everything You Say (Live)

Both sets will be released on CD, DD, and vinyl LP versions.