Thursday, February 8, 2018

The Cars announce Shake It Up and Heartbeat City expanded reissues

Two weeks ahead of their induction into the 2018 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, The Cars will release remastered and expanded editions of 1981’s “Shake It Up” and 1984’s “Heartbeat City” on March 30.

Available on CD, 2LP and digital formats, the latest additions to the Boston band’s reissue series deliver the original albums alongside rare and unreleased songs, including demos, remixes and studio outtakes.

The title track of The Cars’ fourth album, “Shake It Up”, earned the group their first US Top 10 hit while the project reached No. 9 on the US Billboard 200 on its way to sales of more than 2 million copies.

Originally recorded with producer Roy Thomas Baker at the band’s then-new studio, Syncro Sound, the 2018 reissue features an early version of “Since You’re Gone,” the demo for “Shake It Up” and an unreleased song called “Midnight Dancer.”

Produced by Mutt Lange, “Heartbeat City” scored four US Top 20 hits, including a pair of Top 10s – “You Might Think” and “Drive” – with the set peaking at No. 3 on the US Billboard 200 while selling more than 4 million copies.

Among the seven bonus tracks included on the 2018 reissue are unreleased versions of “Why Can’t I Have You” and “I Refuse,” as well as the demo for “Drive.”

Full track listings for both reissues can be found below.

The Cars are among the list of artists set to be inducted into the 2018 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame during an April 14 event at the Public Auditorium in Cleveland, OH.

The Boston outfit are being honored alongside Bon Jovi, Dire Straits, the Moody Blues and Nina Simone, with Sister Rosetta Tharpe recognized posthumously with an Award For Early Influence.

The Cars
“Shake It Up” Expanded Edition

Release date: March 30

"Since You’re Gone"
"Shake It Up"
"I’m Not The One"
"Victim Of Love"
"A Dream Away"
"This Could Be Love"
"Think It Over"
"Maybe Baby"
"Since You’re Gone" (Early Version)
"Shake It Up" (Demo)
"I’m Not The One" (Remix)
"Cruiser" (Early Version)
"Take It On The Run" (Early Version of “A Dream Away”)
"Coming Up You Again" (1981 Version of “Coming Up You”)
"Little Black Egg" (Remastered)
"Midnight Dancer"

The Cars
“Heartbeat City” Expanded Edition

Release date: March 30

"Hello Again"
"Looking For Love"
"Stranger Eyes"
"You Might Think"
"It’s Not The Night"
"Why Can’t I Have You"
"I Refuse"
"Heartbeat City"
"Hello Again" (Remix Version)
"Drive" (Demo)
"One More Time" (Early Version of “Why Can’t I Have You”)
"Baby I Refuse" (Early Version of “I Refuse”)
"Jacki" (Early Version of “Heartbeat City”)
"Breakaway" (B-Side of “Why Can’t I Have You”)
"Tonight She Comes" (Remastered)

See also:

The Cars, Dire Straits and Bon Jovi among 2018 Rock Hall inductees
Judas Priest, Dire Straits, The Cars among 2018 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame nominees
AUDIO: The Cars stream unreleased track from expanded Candy-O reissue
The Cars announce Candy-O and Panorama expanded reissues
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