Cars [Original Soundtrack]

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Disney's latest heart-warmer replaces the anthropomorphic playthings of Toy Story with humanized automobiles -- but it retains the careful balance of good-time pop and gently rollicking, family-friendly rock 'n' roll that made for such an enjoyable soundtrack. Cars relies a bit more on big names and familiar tunes than its Pixar-ish predecessors, but those elements are conjoined in ways that aren't entirely expected. Country kingpins Rascal Flatts, for instance, are called upon to retool Tom Cochrane's "Life Is a Highway" -- a song that takes well to its relocation to Nashville's interstate -- while John Mayer tries his hand at updating "Route 66." Mayer does a ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Disney's latest heart-warmer replaces the anthropomorphic playthings of Toy Story with humanized automobiles -- but it retains the careful balance of good-time pop and gently rollicking, family-friendly rock 'n' roll that made for such an enjoyable soundtrack. Cars relies a bit more on big names and familiar tunes than its Pixar-ish predecessors, but those elements are conjoined in ways that aren't entirely expected. Country kingpins Rascal Flatts, for instance, are called upon to retool Tom Cochrane's "Life Is a Highway" -- a song that takes well to its relocation to Nashville's interstate -- while John Mayer tries his hand at updating "Route 66." Mayer does a credible job, offering an appealing rendition that's practically bursting with eagerness; but he can't quite manage to outstrip Chuck Berry's original a fact that's hard to ignore, since the Berry version is also presented here. Sheryl Crow's "Real Gone" easily stamps itself as the best of the disc's freshly minted songs, thanks to the singer's playful, coquettish delivery, but the real treat is Randy Newman's score, which takes up the last half the disc. Admittedly, incidental music is usually just that, but Newman packs these ten pieces with enough offbeat instrumentation and stylistic winks to make them worth going back to again and again -- especially for those whose musical diet is sorely lacking in bluegrass tuba workouts.
All Music Guide - Heather Phares
With a track listing that's roughly half rock, country, and pop songs and half Randy Newman's score, the Cars soundtrack is probably the least inspired collection of music to support a Pixar film. However, that's only in comparison to the brilliant soundtracks to their other movies -- especially Finding Nemo and The Incredibles. Both the pop music and score for Cars fit the film perfectly, and neither is totally predictable. Indeed, the biggest surprise may be the soundtrack's opening salvo, Sheryl Crow's "Real Gone." With a stomping beat and driving no pun intended riff that echoes the Who's "I'm Free," this is the most fun her music has been in years. As good as she is at the thoughtful, mellow ballads that made up Wildflower, she's truly incandescent as a smart but happy-go-lucky rock chick. There's also a '50s undercurrent to the soundtrack, nodding to the fact that many of the characters in the film are cars designed during that decade, including a 1959 Impala and a 1959 Fiat 500. The Chords' "Sh-Boom" and Chuck Berry's "Route 66" add a sweetly nostalgic feel to the album later on, John Mayer contributes a blandly slick version of "Route 66" that could appear on virtually any soundtrack. The soundtrack also ties in the film's NASCAR motif with country songs like Rascal Flatts' version of "Life Is a Highway," which sounds like a slightly twangier take on Tom Cochrane's smash hit, and Brad Paisley's "Behind the Clouds," a sweet, affable, traditional country song that is one of Cars' highlights. Newman's score, meanwhile, follows in the tradition of his Toy Story and A Bug's Life work, translating his witty musical style into orchestral pieces that are rooted in traditional film music but never sound stuffy. "Opening Race" alternates between brass fanfares and revved-up guitar riffs, while the thrilling strings on "McQueen's Lost" and "Dirt Is Different" suggest curving roads and wide-open landscapes. And as always, the whimsical love theme "McQueen and Sally" and self-explanatory "Goodbye" show that Newman is still capable of being sentimental without being schmaltzy. Even though a soundtrack that consisted entirely of Newman's pieces and songs would be more in keeping with Pixar tradition, Cars does a good job of balancing its pop and score elements.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/6/2006
  • Label: Walt Disney Records
  • UPC: 050086134977
  • Catalog Number: 861349
  • Sales rank: 11,735

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Real Gone, song - Sheryl Crow (3:21)
  2. 2 Route 66 - Chuck Berry (2:51)
  3. 3 Life is a Highway, song - Rascal Flatts (4:36)
  4. 4 Behind the Clouds, song - Brad Paisley (4:08)
  5. 5 Our Town, song - James Taylor (4:07)
  6. 6 Sh-Boom, song - Yes (2:25)
  7. 7 Route 66 - John Mayer (3:24)
  8. 8 Find Yourself, song - Brad Paisley (4:11)
  9. 9 Opening Race (2:04)
  10. 10 McQueen's Lost (2:28)
  11. 11 My Heart Would Know, song - Hank Williams (2:26)
  12. 12 Bessie (0:58)
  13. 13 Dirt is Different (1:27)
  14. 14 New Road (1:17)
  15. 15 Tractor Tipping (1:21)
  16. 16 McQueen and Sally (2:00)
  17. 17 Goodbye (2:42)
  18. 18 Pre-Race Pageantry (1:30)
  19. 19 The Piston Cup (1:52)
  20. 20 The Big Race (3:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chuck Berry Vocals
Randy Newman Conductor, Vocals
James "J.T." Taylor Vocals
James Taylor Vocals
The Chords Band, Ensemble
Sheryl Crow Vocals
John Mayer Vocals
Hank Williams Vocals
Brad Paisley Vocals
John Mayer Vocals
Rascal Flatts Vocals, Ensemble
Chords Ensemble
Technical Credits
Randy Newman Composer, Producer
Bobby Troup Composer
Tom Cochrane Composer
Sheryl Crow Composer
Niko Bolas Engineering
Frank Filipetti Engineering
Dann Huff Producer
John Mayer Producer
Chris Montan Executive Producer
Justin Niebank Engineering
Hank Williams Composer
Frank Wolf Engineering
William Edwards Composer
Brian David Willis Engineering
James Edwards Composer
Carl Feaster Composer
Claude Feaster Composer
James Keyes Composer
Floyd McRae Composer
Sandy De Crescent Score Conductor
John Shanks Composer, Producer, Engineering
Gavin Lurssen Mastering
Mark Cross Engineering
Greg Hayes Engineering
Richard Barrow Engineering
Steve Jordan Producer
Brad Paisley Composer
Unspecified Enemies Composer
John Mayer Producer
Glen Lajeski Composer, Marketing
Rascal Flatts Producer
Frank Rogers Composer, Producer
Adam Michalak Engineering
Russell Bartmus Supervising Copyist
Jeff Rothschild Engineering
Mark Graham Supervising Copyist
Darla K. Anderson Producer
John Lasseter Director
Richard Barlow Engineering
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    CARS movie CD

    My son loves Cars Movie, so we bought the soundtrack. He loves it! What's not to love....if your child loves the movie, they'll love hearing the same songs over again! Only thing is there are 20 tracks and only about 11 of them are really songs with singing. The others are just instrumental, which he's not too into.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    this is a great cd

    my grandson loves it; he's only 17 months old. he dances all over my house. we have to play it over and over. it's great for adults too. keeps you rockin'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Track ONE over and over and over

    My kids LOVE this soundtrack - even the instrumental songs, since they know the movie so well and can commentate just 'what' is happening when that music is playing :) I agree with another reviewer though that some of the lyrics on the 'net are incorrect. "Just a front you wait and see" doesn't fit - I think its more like "Its just infactuatin' prophecy" but what do I know??

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Soundtrack

    This is a great soundtrack for Cars, go and buy it I did and I love it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Lyrics for Real gone

    Love this CD. "Real Gone" just gets my blood going and is a bit dangerous to hear in my car. Just a little note though, everywhere on the net, it seems like the lyrics they have posted are all "I'm American made but I like Chevrolet," Which makes no sense at all, or "I'm American made, Bud light, Chevrolet," which is better but not very coherent- But what I hear is "I'm American made, bought a large Chevrolet" Which makes the most sense considering the song. Just in case anyone else was wondering.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome!

    This has some of the greatest songs i ever heard! Go on, buy it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Far out!

    I love this CD! Although I would not have put John Mayer on it (as Simon would say: he sounded like a polar bear in Miami). The reason I gave this CD five stars is that Rascal Flatts did an AMAZING job (as always), and Randy Newman's score was just...breathtaking. Being a clarinet/bass clarinet player and a band member, I loved the way he gave clarinets a chance to shine. :) Not to mention the brass...! I would definitely buy this CD all over again!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    cars is a hit all the way to the finish line

    Wonderful for all ages! A true hit to bring family values to all of us,that seems to have taken a backseat to entertainment of late. Finally a movie I can watch with my parents, my children 29-9 yrs of age and my grandkids without explaining "stuff" and not turning red faced.My husband, who never goes with us to movies, wanted to go and see this with us and lovvvvvvved it. Race more to us!!!!!!!!

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