The Cars will release remastered versions of their first six albums in a box set this spring.
Due March 11, “The Elektra Years 1978-1987” presents the Boston band’s classic-era output in one collection and available on CD and digitally.
The extensive package includes “The Cars” (1978), “Candy-O” (1979), “Panorama” (1980), “Shake It Up” (1981), “Heartbeat City” (1984) and “Door To Door” (1987).
Among the 60 tracks are the band’s biggest hits, including “Just What I Needed”, “My Best Friend’s Girl,” “Good Times Roll,” “Shake It Up”, ”Let’s Go” and “Drive.”
Ric Ocasek oversaw digital remastering for the set while drummer David Robinson served as art director, with each of the six studio albums presented in a replica sleeve with original artwork.
On June 7, a limited edition vinyl version of the boxed set will be available with each 180-gram LP pressed on a different color vinyl.
“The Elektra Years 1978-1987” will be followed on May 6 with a new single-disc hits compilation, “Moving in Stereo: The Best Of The Cars”
The 18-track compilation includes hit singles and three rare recordings: a single mix for “I’m Not the One,” a live version of “Everything You Say” and a new mix from producer Philippe Zdar of the “Move Like This” track “Sad Song.”
Formed in Boston in 1976, The Cars broke onto the scene in 1978 with their self-titled debut, and went on to sell more than 23 million albums in the US alone by the time they disbanded in 1988.
Bassist/vocalist Benjamin Orr died from pancreatic cancer in 2000; the surviving original members reunited in 2010 to record a new album, “Move Like This”, which was released in May 2011 and supported by a short tour.
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