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  • 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: Ric Ocasek, Benjamin Orr (vocals); Elliot Easton (guitar, background vocals); Greg Hawkes (saxophone, keyboards, percussion, background vocals).
  • Photographer: Elliot Gilbert.
  • 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.
Professional Reviews
Q (8/99, p.122) - 4 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..."
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