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The Cars Greatest Hits

 

    The first sound you hear on "Just What I Needed," the single from the Cars' debut album, is the repeated thump of bass notes against the short, metallic slash of guitar. It's a magnificent noise: loud, elemental and relentless. But the Cars–the best band to come out of Boston since J. Geils–aren't interested in simply traveling the interstates of rock & roll. They'll go there for the rush, but they prefer the stop-and-go quirks of two lanes. Before "Just What I Needed" is over, guitarist Elliot Easton has burned rubber making a U-turn... Read More

with his solo, and Greg Hawkes' synthesizer has double-clutched the melody. Leader Ric Ocasek once sang that he lived on "emotion and comic relief," and it's in this tension of opposites that he and his group find relief (comic or otherwise) between the desire for frontal assault and the preference for oblique strategies. This is the organizing principle behind not only the single but the entire LP, which is almost evenly divided between pop songs and pretentious attempts at art.

The pop songs are wonderful. (Besides "Just What I Needed," they include "My Best Friend's Girl" and "You're All I've Got Tonight.") Easy and eccentric at the same time, all are potential hits. The melodies whoosh out as if on casters, custom-built for the interlocked but constantly shifting blocks of rhythm, while Ocasek's lyrics explode in telegraphic bursts of images and attacks ("You always knew to wear it well/You look so fancy I can tell"). Neither Ocasek nor bassist Ben Orr have striking voices, but by playing off the former's distant, near-mechanical phrasing against the latter's sweet-and-low delivery, the band achieves real emotional flexibility.

As long as the Cars' avant-garde instincts are servicing their rock & roll impulses, the songs bristle and–in their harsher, more angular moments ("Bye Bye Love," "Don't Cha Stop")–bray. The album comes apart only when it becomes arty and falls prey to producer Roy Thomas Baker's lacquered sound and the group's own penchant for electronic effects. "I'm in Touch with Your World" and "Moving in Stereo" are the kind of songs that certify psychedelia's bad name. But these are the mistakes of a band that wants it both ways–and who can blame rock & rollers for that? (RS 274)


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  Artist   Title   Format   Condition   Seller Price    
  Cars   The Cars - Greatest Hits
Discs Come With Their Original Liner Notes And Packaging. Complete Customer Service. 2
  CD   USED - VERY GOOD Atomic
United States
  $2.00     Details
  Cars   The Cars - Greatest Hits
Cd In Excellent Playing Condition With Original Artwork Jewel Case And Booklet If Applicable. 3
  CD   VERY GOOD YKEEP
United States
  $3.00     Details
  Cars   Cars, The - Heartbeat City
Canada, Elektra, 2617142, 1992
  CD   G+ Used Grooves
United States
  $4.49     Details
  CARS   Cars CD   NEW GrooveNet
United States
  $4.98 - $13.98      Details
  CARS   Cars
October 25, 1990
  CD   NEW GrooveNet
United States
  $4.98     Details
  CARS   Cars
January 13, 2008
  CD   NEW GrooveNet
United States
  $13.98     Details
  Cars   Cars Greatest Hits CD   EX Musical Ener
United States
  $4.99      Details
  Cars   Cars Greatest Hits
Elektra 60464
  CD   EX Musical Ener
United States
  $4.99     Details
  Cars   Cars Greatest Hits
Elektra 60464
  CD   EX Musical Ener
United States
  $4.99     Details
  Cars   Cars Greatest Hits
Elektra 60464, 075596046428
  CD   EX Musical Ener
United States
  $4.99     Details
CARS - The Cars 9 Tracks   CARS   The Cars 9 Tracks
Full Length Cd, Cars, The: The Cars 9 Tracks, Elektra 135/commercial Issue/booklet Ps... Good Ti...
  CD   LIKE NEW Music Obsess
United States
  $5.50     Details
  Cars   The Cars CD   USED/GEBRAUCHT Total Recall
Germany
  $7.59 - $17.95      Details
  Cars   The Cars
In Stock. Usually Shipped Within 24 Hours. Confirmation Email After Shipping. Number Of Media (di...
  CD   USED/GEBRAUCHT Total Recall
Germany
  $7.59     Details
  Cars   The Cars
Usually Shipped After 2 Business Days. Number Of Media (discs, Tapes, Records…): 1. Internation... Special Order
  CD   NEW/NEU! (SEALED) Total Recall
Germany
  $17.95     Details
  Cars   The Cars
U.s.a., Elektra, 135-2
  CD   EX+/ EX+ Able Source 
United States
  $7.90     Details
  Cars   Cars Greatest Hits
Nice Compilation Feat. 13 Of Their Hits Incl. Just What I Neeeded, Drive, My Best Friend's Girl, ...
  CD   EX+/EX Hoopsnake Re
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  $11.23     Details
  CARS   The Cars
  CD   Action
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  $9.67     Details
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N/a Elektra, 7559603262, 1978
  CD   EX/EX Kellys
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  $10.03     Details
  Cars   The Cars CD   NEW Mantis Music
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  Cars   The Cars
Engineered For R. T. B. (audio-visual) Productions Ltd Mastered At Sterling Sound,new York Usa, E...
  CD   NEW Mantis Music
United States
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Cars - The Cars   Cars   The Cars
Engineered For R. T. B. (audio-visual) Productions Ltd Mastered At Sterling Sound,new York Uk, El...
  CD   NEW Mantis Music
United States
  $15.98     Details
  CARS   Cars The
  CD   Action
United Kingdom
  $11.02     Details
  cars   Cars CD   CDExpress
Netherlands
  $10.92 - $46.84      Details
  cars   Cars
Ea135.2 label: Elektra / Wea New Copy/ Barcode: 75596052429 Releasedate: 10 25 1990 S... Special Order
  CD   CDExpress
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  $10.92     Details
  cars   Cars
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  CD   CDExpress
Netherlands
  $20.59     Details
  cars   Cars
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  CD   CDExpress
Netherlands
  $24.73     Details
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7559603262 / New/mint Copy / Cd 7559603262 France Special Order
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Netherlands
  $27.50     Details
  cars   Cars
75596032629 cd Condition : New / - Special Order
  CD   CDExpress
Netherlands
  $46.84     Details
  CARS   The Cars Greatest Hits - Cd
Elektra, 7559-60464-2
  CD   Replay Music
United Kingdom
  $11.71     Details
  Cars   The Cars
New Elektra, 7559-60326-2
  CD   MINT (M)/MINT (M) Groovestore
France
  $14.51     Details
  Cars   The Cars
135-2 Elektra Original Red Circle Issue
  CD   VG+/VG+ MightyVinyl
United States
  $16.50     Details
  Cars   Cars
Eu, Warner, 7559-60326-2, 01/05/1995 Special Order
  CD   NEW/NEW Polish Music
Poland
  $17.98     Details
CARS - Cars   CARS   Cars CD   NEW CD Euroxpres
United States
  $17.54 - $18.88      Details
CARS - Cars   CARS   Cars
Let The Good Times Roll With This Must Have Debut! Just What I Needed And More! Usa, Elektra, 199 Special Order
  CD   NEW CD Euroxpres
United States
  $17.54     Details
Cars - CARS   CARS   Cars
Europe, 1996 Special Order
  CD   NEW CD Euroxpres
United States
  $18.88     Details
Cars - Cars Album   Cars   Cars CD   NEW Discorder
Netherlands
  $23.81      Details
Cars - Cars Album   Cars   Cars
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  CD   NEW Discorder
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  $23.81     Details
Cars - Cars Record   Cars   Cars
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  CD   NEW Discorder
Netherlands
  $23.81     Details
Cars - Cars LP   Cars   Cars
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  CD   NEW Discorder
Netherlands
  $23.81     Details
  CARS   Cars
  CD   G.T. Music
Italy
  $25.05     Details
  Cars   The Cars Greatest Hits
Eu, Warner, 7559-60464-2, 13/12/1985 Special Order
  CD   NEW/NEW Polish Music
Poland
  $29.74     Details
  Cars   The Cars / Heartbeat City ( 2 Cd's )
Uk
  CD   EX/EX Vinylshop Re
United Kingdom
  $29.00     Details
  Cars   The Cars Unlocked: The Live Performances
Cd/dvd 5051442776126 the Cars Unlocked: The Live Performances
  CD   Black Rhythm
Netherlands
  $31.78     Details
  Cars   Cars - Candy-o - Gold
Factory Sealed United States
  CD   BRAND NEW Bullseye Mus
United States
  $33.61     Details
  Cars   Cars - Shake It Up - Gold
Factory Sealed United States
  CD   BRAND NEW Bullseye Mus
United States
  $35.65     Details
  Cars   The Cars
Domestic Cd In A Standard Cd Case - Dsic Says Made In Japan Front And Back Inserts State Printe...
  CD   VG VS Music
United States
  $40.25     Details
  Cars   Cars - Candy-o - Japan Mini Lp Shm
Factory Sealed Japan
  CD   BRAND NEW Bullseye Mus
United States
  $50.95     Details
  Cars   Cars - Self Titled - Japan Mini Lp Shm
Factory Sealed Japan
  CD   BRAND NEW Bullseye Mus
United States
  $50.95     Details
  CARS   Cars - Complete Greatest Hits
  CD   EX/EX F-seventies
France
  $59.59     Details
  Cars   Cars - O S T
  CD   EX/EX F-seventies
France
  $63.00     Details
  Cars   The Cars Self Titled (s/t Same Dcc 24 Kt Gold)
Cd Jewelcase Dcc Gzs-1032 Japan 1978 : Dcc Compact Classics 24 Kt Gold Compact Disc. No Slipcase ...
  CD   EX/EX Karte-Blanch
France
  $77.38     Details
  Cars / O.s.t. (dig)   Cars / O.s.t. (dig)
Brand New From A Seller With A High Star Rating 06/06/2006
  CD   BRAND NEW EverCheap
United States
  $13.43     Details
  CARS / O.S.T. (DIG)   Cars / O.s.t. (dig)
June 6, 2006
  CD   NEW GrooveNet
United States
  $13.95     Details
  cars / o.s.t. (dig)   Cars / O.s.t. (dig)
50086134977 cd Condition : New / - Special Order
  CD   CDExpress
Netherlands
  $46.84     Details
  Cars 2 / O.s.t.   Cars 2 / O.s.t.
Brand New From A Seller With A High Star Rating 06/14/2011
  CD   BRAND NEW EverCheap
United States
  $10.80     Details
  CARS 2 / O.S.T.   Cars 2 / O.s.t.
June 14, 2011
  CD   NEW GrooveNet
United States
  $10.99     Details
  Cars 2 / O.S.T.   Cars 2 / O.s.t.
Usa, Walt Disney Records, 050087169121
  CD   NEW Mantis Music
United States
  $13.98     Details
  cars 2 / o.s.t.   Cars 2 / O.s.t.
50087169121 cd Condition : New / - Special Order
  CD   CDExpress
Netherlands
  $46.84     Details
  CARS THAT GO BOOM / VARIOUS   Cars That Go Boom / Various
October 19, 2004
  CD   NEW GrooveNet
United States
  $16.98     Details
  Cars That Go Boom / Various   Cars That Go Boom / Various
054291903328
  CD   NEW Mantis Music
United States
  $19.97     Details
  cars that go boom / various   Cars That Go Boom / Various
54291903328 cd Condition : New / 54291903328 Special Order
  CD   CDExpress
Netherlands
  $53.75     Details
  cars: lightning mcqueen's fast track   Cars: Lightning Mcqueen's Fast Track
50086144976 cd - Cars: Lightning Mcqueen's Fast Tracks / Various Special Order
  CD   CDExpress
Netherlands
  $27.50     Details
  CARS: LIGHTNING MCQUEEN'S FAST TRACKS / VARIOUS   Cars: Lightning Mcqueen's Fast Tracks / Various
June 6, 2006
  CD   NEW GrooveNet
United States
  $9.95     Details
Carson Robison - Blue River Train & Other Cowb - Carson Robison - Blue River Train & Other Cowboy And Country Songs   Carson Robison - Blue River Train & Other Cowb   Carson Robison - Blue River Train & Other Cowboy And Country Songs
Carson Robison - Blue River Train & Other Cowboy And Country Songs this Is A Special Order I... Special Order
  CD   NEW Port Music a
United States
  $13.44     Details

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