The Cars

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All Music Guide - Greg Prato
The Cars' 1978 self-titled debut, issued on the Elektra label, is a genuine rock masterpiece. The band jokingly referred to the album as their "true greatest-hits album," but it's no exaggeration -- all nine tracks are new wave
ock classics, still in rotation on rock radio. Whereas most bands of the late '70s embraced either punk
ew wave or hard rock, the Cars were one of the first bands to do the unthinkable -- merge the two styles together. Add to it bandleader/songwriter Ric Ocasek's supreme pop sensibilities, and you had an album that appealed to new wavers, rockers, and Top 40 fans. One of the most ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Greg Prato
The Cars' 1978 self-titled debut, issued on the Elektra label, is a genuine rock masterpiece. The band jokingly referred to the album as their "true greatest-hits album," but it's no exaggeration -- all nine tracks are new wave
ock classics, still in rotation on rock radio. Whereas most bands of the late '70s embraced either punk
ew wave or hard rock, the Cars were one of the first bands to do the unthinkable -- merge the two styles together. Add to it bandleader/songwriter Ric Ocasek's supreme pop sensibilities, and you had an album that appealed to new wavers, rockers, and Top 40 fans. One of the most popular new wave songs ever, "Just What I Needed," is an obvious highlight, as are such familiar hits as "Good Times Roll," "My Best Friend's Girl," and "You're All I've Got Tonight." But like most consummate rock albums, the lesser-known compositions are just as exhilarating: "Don't Cha Stop," "Bye Bye Love," "All Mixed Up," and "Moving in Stereo," the latter featured as an instrumental during a steamy scene in the popular movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High. With flawless performances, songwriting, and production courtesy of Queen alumni Roy Thomas Baker, the Cars' debut remains one of rock's all-time classics.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • UPC: 075596052429
  • Catalog Number: 135
  • Sales rank: 4,634

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Cars Primary Artist
Ric Ocasek Bass, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Elliot Easton Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Greg Hawkes Percussion, Keyboards, Saxophone, Vocals, Background Vocals
Benjamin Orr Bass, Vocals
David Robinson Drums, Vocals
Technical Credits
Ric Ocasek Composer, Contributor
Greg Hawkes Composer
Roy Thomas Baker Producer
George Marino Mastering
Nigel Walker Engineer
Geoff Workman Engineer
Marcia McGovern Pre-production Coordinator
Ron Coro Art Direction
Steve Hoffman Remastering
Jerome Jordan Collage
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Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Top 10 "Album" all time

    Unlike the rest of the cars offerings, this is a rockin' album all the way through. It may be new wave, but guitar riffs are awesome.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Debut LP Ever?

    The Beatles and Nirvanna might have something to say about the best debut LP ever, but The Cars are right in there. Five of the nine tunes are hum-able classics. And given the context of the release, in the prime of the disco movement, while punk was fading, The Cars' effort succeeded in redirecting the punk philosophy to create a series of bands that established New Wave and enabled the birth of MTV. The lyrics aren't brilliant, but the catchy hooks laid on top of great guitar riffs, punctuated by electronics, and underscored by a punk attitude lay the groundwork for the pop/New Wave trend that dominated the early 1980s. This is a classic album that hasn't lost much in the past 20+ years. I'd put it in the top 50 best rock albums ever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THIS IS GOOOD!!!!

    This is one of the most 'Radio Friendly' albums in history. This is good time rock&roll.

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