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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.

 

Two of The Cars’ Classic Albums, Candy-O, and Panorama, To Be Reissued

The big news of the past 24 hours has to do with The Cars. Their last album, Move Like This, was a welcomed addition to heir already solid catalog of great, era-defining music found within six previous classic sets.And so it makes absolute sense to revisit their past.

On July 28, Rhino Records plan the reissue of two classic Cars albums, Candy-O (1979), and Panorama (1980). Both albums will be newly remastered. And both reissues will add in bonus tracks with previously unreleased songs, and two B-sides.

Candy-O was The Cars’ second album after their phenomenal debut. With a ton of expectation attached, it readily yielded up “Let’s Go”, and “It’s All I Can Do”.  For this new expansion, there will be seven additional tracks including the B-side to “Let’s Go”, with “That’s It”.

Panorama followed up a year later and provided “Touch and Go”, and two more songs that were minor hits. This reissue provides four bonus tracks that include the B-side to “Don’t Tell Me No” with “Don’t Go To Pieces”.

Both CD sets will also be reissued as vinyl 2LP sets, same date.

Candy-O – The Cars

01 Let’s Go
02 Since I Held You
03 It’s All I Can Do
04 Double Life
05 Shoo Be Doo
06 Candy-O
07 Night Spots
08 You Can’t Hold On Too Long
09 Lust For Kicks
10 Got A Lot On My Head
11 Dangerous Type
Bonus Tracks
12 Let’s Go (Monitor Mix)
13 Candy-O (Northern Studios Version)
14 Night Spots (Northern Studios Version)
15 Lust For Kicks (Monitor Mix)
16 Dangerous Type (Northern Studios Version)
17 They Won’t See You (Northern Studios Version)
18 That’s It (B-Side of “Let’s Go”)

Panorama – The Cars

01 Panorama
02 Touch and Go
03 Gimme Some Slack
04 Don’t Tell Me No
05 Getting Through
06 Misfit Kid
07 Down Boys
08 You Wear Those Eyes
09 Running To You
10 Up And Down
Bonus Tracks
11 Shooting For You (Previously Unreleased)
12 Be My Baby (Previously Unreleased)
13 The Edge (Previously Unreleased)
14 Don’t Go To Pieces (B-side of “Don’t Tell Me No” & “Gimme Some Slack”)

 

TAPSheet: Vinyl LP Release Notes – 03/29/2016

There are a flurry of upcoming vinyl editions of not only new works but also old classics. With this edition of TAPSheet, I’ll run through a few of the upcoming vinyl editions that are being planned for the upcoming months. While not a complete list, it should help to surprise you on a few that you might have been unaware of that are being prepped for vinyl re-release.

Nonesuch Records plan the 2LP release of The Bright Mississippi, the 2009 release by Allen Toussaint. The vinyl is planned to be reissued on 140g-weight black vinyl. It’s scheduled for June 10. (Note: Rhino Records will be releasing a 2CD set featuring the works of Allen Toussaint called The Complete Warner Recordings. It’s on the calendar for May 13.)

Allen Toussaint The Bright Mississippi

As previously noted, the 6LP (180g-weight color vinyl) Box of The Elektra Years 1978-1987 featuring the classic albums of The Cars , is planned for June 7.

CARS The Elektra Years 1978-1987

The 2005 Regina Spektor set, Soviet Kitsch, is slated for vinyl reissue on May 6. It will contain thirteen tracks.

Regina Spektor Soviet Kitsch

Warner Brothers Music will reissue three Linkin Park titles on vinyl LP scheduling them for May 6. The titles include Road To Revolution: Live At Milton Keynes (2008) on a 2LP set; Reanimation (2002), a remix that will fill 2LPs; and a single LP version of Living Things (2013).

The brand new Beth Orton album, Kidsticks, will be released not only on the expected CD and DD formats, but also vinyl LP scheduled for May 27.

Beth Orton Kidsticks

Warner Brothers will release vinyl LPs for Prince. The first is For You (1978), which is planned for April 26, with the second being Prince (1979), planned for May 24.

Prince For You

Eric Clapton‘s upcoming new album, I Still Do will be released on 2LP in 180g-weight vinyl, cut at 45RPM speed. The LP will offer DD rights via a download card with exclusive passcode. I Still Do is planned for May 20.

Eric Clapton I Still Do

JEMP Records will reissue Hoist, the 1994 classic Phish album, on 180g-weight black vinyl 2LP. It is being scheduled for May 20.

Phish Hoist

Elektra Records will re-release the 2013 remastered vinyl edition 2LP of Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me (1987) by The Cure that was exclusive to Record Store Day 2013. This version will differ in that it will be pressed on 180g-weight black vinyl and available without the long line hassles. It’s scheduled for May 13.

Cure Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me

Warner Brothers will revisit the 1988 Enya classic, Watermark, along with Shepherd Moons from 1991, and her 1995 set, The Memory Of Trees, with vinyl LP reissues of the best-selling titles.

Enya Watermark

Atlantic Records will release the new album by Adia Victoria on CD, DD, and vinyl LP. The album is called Beyond The Bloodhounds.  The LP edition will include DD rights. It’s planned for May 13. Yes, she’s pretty good.

Adia Victoria Beyond The Bloodhounds

Real Gone Music will offer a remastered translucent green vinyl Limited Edition of the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to The Return Of The Living Dead from 1985. This film was a hilarious send-up of zombies that continued on for multiple sequels. “Send More Cops”. But a word of warning to delayers: There will only be 750 available copies. It’s on the market on May 6.

Return Of The Living Dead OMPS

Also from Real Gone Music, a Limited Edition 180g-weight black vinyl press of Cactus, the 1970 debut from Cactus. It’s destined for May 6. There will only be 700 copies made.

Cactus Cactus

Justin Time Records will offer a repress of the 1993 classic debut from Diana Krall of Stepping Out. It’s planned as a 180g-weight 2LP Essentials Collection and will come with a DD download card. It’s planned for May 6.

Diana_Krall_Steppin_Gatefold

And finally: For May 3, Elektra will reissue two 10,000 Maniacs titles on vinyl LPs. Those will be Our Time In Eden (1992), and In My Tribe (1987).

10000 Maniacs Our Time In Eden

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.

It’s Time For The Cars To Give Us A New Album

TheCarsMoveLikeThisIn just a few weeks, it will be three years since the reformed The Cars band produced their 2011 classic – AND WORTHY – Move Like This album.  With abortive attempts to replicate the classic late ’70s band, with Todd Rundgren at the vocal helm, it was incredible news to hear that Ric Ocasek would regroup, and help produce songs with The Cars’ name attached. And what a wonderful album it was.

Move Like This was a familiar batch of Cars goodness that slotted so perfectly with their previous efforts that it was extremely easy to say, “Welcome back, boys!”. For me, this album is in continuous replay. Yes, it is that good. (If you haven’t heard it , I’m quite surprised…unless you’re not a Cars fan. But even then, it works in a fantastically contemporary way!)

Well, I’m not writing this to be a nostalgic nuisance. Although I could be called that because I am consistently guilty of that nostalgic crime, I am coming here for a different reason.  I’m asking The Cars where their new album is.

Ric and the boys, listen to me, please. With Move Like This, you easily showed that The Cars magic was still in full bloom. All of the songs found on that album were extraordinary compositions. For me, I LOVED – and still do – “Soon”, “Take Another Look”, and that nostalgic opener, “Blue Tip”. But those were only three of a brilliant ten tracks.

I’m saying that The Cars should be readying a new album for those of us that loved Move Like This.

It’s time!