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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/rock classics, still in rotation on rock radio. Whereas most bands of the late '70s embraced either punk/new 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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1
Good Times Roll
00:03:44

The Cars, MainArtist - Nigel Walker, Second Engineer - Elliot Easton, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Benjamin Orr, Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals - David Robinson, Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals, Drum Programmer - Greg Hawkes, Keyboards, Percussion, Saxophone, Backing Vocals - Ric Ocasek, Lead Vocals, Writer, Rhythm Guitar - George Marino, Mastering Engineer - Roy Thomas Baker, Producer - Geoff Workman, Engineer

© 1999 Elektra Entertainment Group ℗ 1978 Elektra/Asylum Records

2
My Best Friend's Girl
00:03:43

The Cars, MainArtist - Nigel Walker, Second Engineer - Elliot Easton, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Benjamin Orr, Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals - David Robinson, Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals, Drum Programmer - Greg Hawkes, Keyboards, Percussion, Saxophone, Backing Vocals - Ric Ocasek, Lead Vocals, Writer, Rhythm Guitar - George Marino, Mastering Engineer - Roy Thomas Baker, Producer - Geoff Workman, Engineer

© 1999 Elektra Entertainment Group ℗ 1978 Elektra/Asylum Records

3
Just What I Needed
00:03:45

The Cars, MainArtist - Nigel Walker, Second Engineer - Elliot Easton, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Benjamin Orr, Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals - David Robinson, Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals, Drum Programmer - Greg Hawkes, Keyboards, Percussion, Saxophone, Backing Vocals - Ric Ocasek, Lead Vocals, Writer, Rhythm Guitar - George Marino, Mastering Engineer - Roy Thomas Baker, Producer - Geoff Workman, Engineer

© 1999 Elektra Entertainment Group ℗ 1978 Elektra/Asylum Records

4
I'm in Touch with Your World
00:03:31

The Cars, MainArtist - Nigel Walker, Second Engineer - Elliot Easton, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Benjamin Orr, Additional Vocals, Backing Vocals - David Robinson, Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals, Drum Programmer - Greg Hawkes, Keyboards, Percussion, Saxophone, Backing Vocals - Ric Ocasek, Lead Vocals, Writer, Rhythm Guitar - George Marino, Mastering Engineer - Roy Thomas Baker, Producer - Geoff Workman, Engineer

© 1999 Elektra Entertainment Group ℗ 1987 Elektra/Asylum Records

5
Don't Cha Stop
00:03:03

The Cars, MainArtist - Nigel Walker, Second Engineer - Elliot Easton, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Benjamin Orr, Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals - David Robinson, Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals, Drum Programmer - Greg Hawkes, Keyboards, Percussion, Saxophone, Backing Vocals - Ric Ocasek, Lead Vocals, Writer, Rhythm Guitar - George Marino, Mastering Engineer - Roy Thomas Baker, Producer - Geoff Workman, Engineer

© 1999 Elektra Entertainment Group ℗ 1987 Elektra/Asylum Records

6
You're All I've Got Tonight
00:04:14

The Cars, MainArtist - Nigel Walker, Second Engineer - Elliot Easton, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Benjamin Orr, Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals - David Robinson, Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals, Drum Programmer - Greg Hawkes, Keyboards, Percussion, Saxophone, Backing Vocals - Ric Ocasek, Lead Vocals, Writer, Rhythm Guitar - George Marino, Mastering Engineer - Roy Thomas Baker, Producer - Geoff Workman, Engineer

© 1999 Elektra Entertainment Group ℗ 1987 Elektra/Asylum Records

7
Bye Bye Love
00:04:15

The Cars, MainArtist - Nigel Walker, Second Engineer - Elliot Easton, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Benjamin Orr, Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals - David Robinson, Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals, Drum Programmer - Greg Hawkes, Keyboards, Percussion, Saxophone, Backing Vocals - Ric Ocasek, Lead Vocals, Writer, Rhythm Guitar - George Marino, Mastering Engineer - Roy Thomas Baker, Producer - Geoff Workman, Engineer

© 1999 Elektra Entertainment Group ℗ 1987 Elektra/Asylum Records

8
Moving in Stereo
00:04:46

The Cars, MainArtist - Nigel Walker, Second Engineer - Elliot Easton, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Benjamin Orr, Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals - David Robinson, Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals, Drum Programmer - Greg Hawkes, Keyboards, Percussion, Saxophone, Backing Vocals, Writer - Ric Ocasek, Lead Vocals, Writer, Rhythm Guitar - George Marino, Mastering Engineer - Roy Thomas Baker, Producer - Geoff Workman, Engineer

© 1999 Elektra Entertainment Group ℗ 1987 Elektra/Asylum Records

9
All Mixed Up
00:04:17

The Cars, MainArtist - Nigel Walker, Second Engineer - Elliot Easton, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Benjamin Orr, Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals - David Robinson, Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals, Drum Programmer - Greg Hawkes, Keyboards, Percussion, Saxophone, Backing Vocals - Ric Ocasek, Lead Vocals, Writer, Rhythm Guitar - George Marino, Mastering Engineer - Roy Thomas Baker, Producer - Geoff Workman, Engineer

© 1999 Elektra Entertainment Group ℗ 1987 Elektra/Asylum Records

DISC 2

1
Good Times Roll (Live, 1978)
00:03:39

The Cars, MainArtist - Elliot Easton, Producer, Backing Vocals, Mixing Engineer, Lead Guitar - Benjamin Orr, Producer, Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals, Mixing Engineer - David Robinson, Producer, Drums, Percussion, Mixing Engineer - Greg Hawkes, Producer, Percussion, Saxophone, Additional Vocals, Backing Vocals, Mixing Engineer - Ric Ocasek, Producer, Writer, Mixing Engineer, Rhythm Guitar - Ted Jensen, Mastering Engineer - Roy Thomas Baker, Producer - Jim Hillenbrand, Engineer - Ken Tomsick, Mixing Engineer

© 1999 Elektra Entertainment Group ℗ 1987 Elektra/Asylum Records

2
My Best Friend's Girl (Demo)
00:03:51

The Cars, MainArtist - Elliot Easton, Guitar, Additional Vocals - Benjamin Orr, Bass Guitar, Additional Vocals - David Robinson, Drums, Percussion, Additional Vocals - Greg Hawkes, Keyboards, Additional Vocals - Ric Ocasek, Guitar, Lead Vocals, Writer - Bill Inglot, Producer - Roy Thomas Baker, Producer

© 1999 Elektra Entertainment Group ℗ 1987 Elektra/Asylum Records

3
Just What I Needed (Demo)
00:03:27

The Cars, MainArtist - Elliot Easton, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Benjamin Orr, Bass Guitar, Additional Vocals - David Robinson, Drums, Percussion, Additional Vocals, Drum Programmer - Greg Hawkes, Keyboards, Additional Vocals - Ric Ocasek, Lead Vocals, Writer, Rhythm Guitar - Bill Inglot, Producer - Roy Thomas Baker, Producer - Jesse Henderson, Engineer

© 1999 Elektra Entertainment Group ℗ 1987 Elektra/Asylum Records

4
I'm in Touch with Your World (Demo)
00:03:28

The Cars, MainArtist - Elliot Easton, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Benjamin Orr, Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals - David Robinson, Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals, Drum Programmer - Greg Hawkes, Keyboards, Percussion, Saxophone, Additional Vocals - Ric Ocasek, Guitar, Lead Vocals, Writer - Bill Inglot, Producer - Roy Thomas Baker, Producer - Jesse Henderson, Engineer

© 1999 Elektra Entertainment Group ℗ 1987 Elektra/Asylum Records

5
Don't Cha Stop (Demo)
00:03:20

The Cars, MainArtist - Elliot Easton, Guitar, Additional Vocals - Benjamin Orr, Bass Guitar, Additional Vocals - David Robinson, Drums, Additional Vocals - Greg Hawkes, Keyboards, Additional Vocals - Ric Ocasek, Guitar, Lead Vocals, Writer - Roy Thomas Baker, Producer - Jesse Henderson, Engineer

© 1999 Elektra Entertainment Group ℗ 1987 Elektra/Asylum Records

6
You're All I've Got Tonight (Demo)
00:04:05

The Cars, MainArtist - Elliot Easton, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Benjamin Orr, Bass Guitar, Lead Vocals - David Robinson, Drums, Percussion - Greg Hawkes, Keyboards, Backing Vocals - Ric Ocasek, Lead Vocals, Writer, Rhythm Guitar - George Marino, Mastering Engineer - Ian Taylor, Engineer - Roy Thomas Baker, Producer - Thom Moore, Assistant Engineer - Walter Turbitt, Assistant Engineer - Jesse Henderson, Engineer

© 1999 Elektra Entertainment Group ℗ 1987 Elektra/Asylum Records

7
Bye Bye Love (Demo)
00:04:06

The Cars, MainArtist - Nigel Walker, Second Engineer - Elliot Easton, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Benjamin Orr, Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals - David Robinson, Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals, Drum Programmer - Greg Hawkes, Keyboards, Percussion, Saxophone, Backing Vocals - Ric Ocasek, Guitar, Writer, Rhythm Guitar - George Marino, Mastering Engineer - Roy Thomas Baker, Producer - Geoff Workman, Engineer

© 1999 Elektra Entertainment Group ℗ 1987 Elektra/Asylum Records

8
Moving in Stereo (Demo)
00:05:02

The Cars, MainArtist - Elliot Easton, Additional Vocals, Lead Guitar - Benjamin Orr, Bass Guitar, Additional Vocals - David Robinson, Drums, Percussion, Additional Vocals - Greg Hawkes, Engineer, Keyboards, Additional Vocals, Writer - Ric Ocasek, Engineer, Guitar, Lead Vocals, Writer - Bill Inglot, Producer - Roy Thomas Baker, Producer

© 1999 Elektra Entertainment Group ℗ 1987 Elektra/Asylum Records

9
All Mixed Up (Demo)
00:04:50

The Cars, MainArtist - Nigel Walker, Second Engineer - Elliot Easton, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Benjamin Orr, Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals - David Robinson, Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals, Drum Programmer - Greg Hawkes, Keyboards, Percussion, Saxophone, Backing Vocals - Ric Ocasek, Guitar, Writer, Rhythm Guitar - George Marino, Mastering Engineer - Roy Thomas Baker, Producer - Geoff Workman, Engineer

© 1999 Elektra Entertainment Group ℗ 1987 Elektra/Asylum Records

10
They Won't See You (Demo)
00:03:58

The Cars, MainArtist - Elliot Easton, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Benjamin Orr, Bass Guitar, Lead Vocals - David Robinson, Drums, Percussion - Greg Hawkes, Keyboards, Backing Vocals - Ric Ocasek, Lead Vocals, Writer, Rhythm Guitar - George Marino, Mastering Engineer - Ian Taylor, Engineer - Roy Thomas Baker, Producer - Richard Mendelson, Engineer - Thom Moore, Assistant Engineer - Walter Turbitt, Assistant Engineer - Mike Young, Engineer

© 1999 Elektra Entertainment Group ℗ 1987 Elektra/Asylum Records

11
Take What You Want (Demo)
00:06:06

The Cars, MainArtist - Elliot Easton, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Benjamin Orr, Bass Guitar, Lead Vocals - David Robinson, Drums, Percussion - Greg Hawkes, Keyboards, Backing Vocals - Ric Ocasek, Lead Vocals, Writer, Rhythm Guitar - George Marino, Mastering Engineer - Ian Taylor, Engineer - Roy Thomas Baker, Producer - Thom Moore, Assistant Engineer - Walter Turbitt, Assistant Engineer

© 1999 Elektra Entertainment Group ℗ 1987 Elektra/Asylum Records

12
Wake Me Up (Demo)
00:03:52

The Cars, MainArtist - Elliot Easton, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Benjamin Orr, Bass Guitar, Lead Vocals - David Robinson, Drums, Percussion - Greg Hawkes, Keyboards, Backing Vocals - Ric Ocasek, Lead Vocals, Writer, Rhythm Guitar - George Marino, Mastering Engineer - Ian Taylor, Engineer - Roy Thomas Baker, Producer - Thom Moore, Assistant Engineer - Walter Turbitt, Assistant Engineer - Jesse Henderson, Engineer

© 1999 Elektra Entertainment Group ℗ 1987 Elektra/Asylum Records

13
You Just Can't Push Me (Demo)
00:03:28

The Cars, MainArtist - Elliot Easton, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Benjamin Orr, Bass Guitar, Lead Vocals - David Robinson, Drums, Percussion - Greg Hawkes, Keyboards, Backing Vocals - Ric Ocasek, Lead Vocals, Writer, Rhythm Guitar - George Marino, Mastering Engineer - Ian Taylor, Engineer - Roy Thomas Baker, Producer - Thom Moore, Assistant Engineer - Walter Turbitt, Assistant Engineer

© 1999 Elektra Entertainment Group ℗ 1987 Elektra/Asylum Records

14
Hotel Queenie (Demo)
00:03:09

The Cars, MainArtist - Elliot Easton, Guitar, Additional Vocals - Benjamin Orr, Additional Vocals, Backing Vocals - David Robinson, Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals, Drum Programmer - Greg Hawkes, Keyboards, Additional Vocals - Ric Ocasek, Guitar, Lead Vocals, Writer - Bill Inglot, Producer - Roy Thomas Baker, Producer

© 1999 Elektra Entertainment Group ℗ 1987 Elektra/Asylum Records

Album Description

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/rock classics, still in rotation on rock radio. Whereas most bands of the late '70s embraced either punk/new 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.
© Greg Prato /TiVo

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