The CARS – ” Shake It Up / Heartbeat City ” Rhino Records Reissue

Posted: February 8, 2018 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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Following expansions of The Cars’ Candy-O and Panorama, the classic New Wave group (one of this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees) will expand two more in their classic discography in the spring.

Rhino Records will release 1981’s Shake It Up and 1984’s Heartbeat City with rare and previously unreleased bonus tracks on March 30th. CD and double LP editions will be available, and will utilize the 2016 remasters overseen by co-lead singer Ric Ocasek as well as art direction overseen by drummer David Robinson. (For the box set The Elektra Years, Heartbeat City changed from a burgundy cover to white, in accordance with the group’s original vision; that design choice repeats here.) Ocasek and Robinson have also sat for new interviews for David Fricke’s liner notes for each title.

A total of 15 bonus tracks appear between both packages, from B-sides (“Breakaway,” from the Heartbeat City period), dance mixes (among the band’s only ones: the Top 20 hit “Hello Again”), a cover of The Nightcrawlers’ “The Little Black Egg” (the backing track of which was used for Bebe Buell’s covers EP) and the two exclusive tracks from the band’s seminal 1985 greatest hits set: the Top 10 smash “Tonight She Comes” and a remix of Shake It Up‘s “I’m Not the One.” Gems from the vault include early versions and demos of “Shake It Up,” “Since You’re Gone,” “Drive,” “Heartbeat City” and “Coming Up You,” later released on the group’s 1987 effort Door to Door.

Shake It Up and Heartbeat City continued the Boston quintet’s dominant turn from New Wave masters to pop-rock hitmakers. These albums, respectively produced by Roy Thomas Baker (his fourth consecutive collaboration with the group) and ascendant pop-rock craftsman Robert John “Mutt” Lange, contain The Cars’ biggest hits, including their first Top 10 track, “Shake It Up”; the power-pop gem “Since You’re Gone,” and bestsellers like “You Might Think” (remembered for its cutting-edge-at-the-time MTV video), “Magic” and the simmering ballad “Drive,” sung by the band’s late bassist Benjamin Orr and the band’s biggest hit.


The Cars / Heartbeat City and Shake It Up expanded editions

Spring is going to be pretty swell for The Cars, what with the band being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but for Cars fans, it’s going to be all about the SHAKE IT UP: EXPANDED EDITION and HEARTBEAT CITY: EXPANDED EDITION both releases. Due March 30th, each includes remastered versions of the original albums, rare and previously-unreleased bonus tracks, and illustrated booklets featuring new interviews with Ric Ocasek and David Robinson as well as liner notes by noted rock critic David Fricke. We know it’s going to be a long wait for March 30th to get here, but to help you endure the suffering, we’ve got something for you right now: the demo for the band’s HEARTBEAT CITY hit, “Drive.”



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