The Cars The Cars
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- Released: October 25, 1990
- Originally Released: 1983
- Label: Elektra / WEA
Q - 8/99, p.1224 stars (out of 5) - "...coming across like a new wave band, while acheiving mainstream success....Their slick, sparse, proto-synth-studded sound [is] effectively captured..."
- 1.Good Times Roll
- 2.My Best Friend's Girl
- 3.Just What I Needed
- 4.I'm In Touch With Your World
- 5.Don't Cha Stop
- 6.You're All I've Got Tonight
- 7.Bye Bye Love
- 8.Moving In Stereo
- 9.All Mixed Up
The Cars: Ric Ocasek (vocals, guitar); Benjamin Orr (vocals, bass); Elliot Easton (guitar, background vocals); Gregg Hawkes (keyboards, saxophone, percussion, background vocals); David Robinson (drums, percussion, background vocals).
Recorded at AIR Studios, London, England in Feburary, 1978.
All tracks have been digitally remastered using HDCD technology.
The Cars: Ric Ocasek (guitar, vocals), Elliot Easton (lead guitar, background vocals), Gregg Hawkes (keyboards, saxophone, percussion, background vocals), Benjamin Orr (bass, vocals), David Robinson (drums, percussion, background vocals).
Recorded at AIR Recording Studios, London, England in February, 1978.
Digitally remastered by Steve Hoffman (February 1993).
The Cars: Ric Ocasek (vocals, guitar); Benjamin Orr (vocals, bass); Elliot Easton (guitar); Greg Hawkes (keyboards); David Robinson (drums).
Producer: Roy Thomas Baker.
Compilation producer: David McLees.
Personnel: Elliot Easton (vocals, guitar, background vocals); Ric Ocasek (vocals, guitar); Greg Hawkes (vocals, saxophone, keyboards, percussion, background vocals); David Robinson (vocals, drums); Benjamin Orr (vocals).
Audio Remasterer: Steve Hoffman.
Recording information: London, England (03/1978).
Photographer: Elliot Gilbert.
Unknown Contributor Role: Ric Ocasek.
Ric Ocasek's songs were influenced by the Velvet Underground and the punk rock movement, but had a slick pop/rock sheen which proved very successful. After a demo version of "Just What I Needed" became a listener favorite on WBCN in Boston (the bands' homebase), they were pursued by record companies. THE CARS was recorded in 2 weeks in London, England.
This ranks as one of the best debut albums from a rock band. The Cars are filed under rock, but they are closer to power pop than any other genre. Ric Ocasek sounded like a cross between the Raspberries and Television, punk sound with a pop attitude. The giveaway was the irresistible harmony-ridden hooks in just about every one of his songs. Listen again to "You're All I've Got Tonight," "Just What I Needed" or "My Best Friend's Girl" and be thrilled. Lots of chunka chunka guitar and Mamas And Papas harmonies, and rarely a dull moment. They managed only six albums in 20 years, but they never bettered this.
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