The Cars will release a catalogue-spanning box set on March 11th, called The Elektra Years 1978-1987.
The new set features the original band’s six studio albums, with new digital remastering overseen by band leader and songwriter Ric Ocasek. The albums included are 1978’s The Cars, 1979’s Candy-O, 1980’s Panorama, 1981’s Shake It Up, 1984’s Heartbeat City, and 1987’s Door To Door.
On March 6th, a newly compiled single-disc greatest hits collection — Moving In Stereo: The Best Of The Cars — will be issued. According to the press release for the compilation, the set features all the Cars’ biggest hits “along with a rare, single mix for ‘I’m Not The One,’ as well as a live version of ‘Everything You Say,’ and a new mix by producer Philippe Zdar of ‘Sad Song,’ a track from the band’s last album, 2011’s Move Like This.”
Leader Ric Ocasek told us that looking back on the Cars’ glory years, he can honestly say that both on and off the stage, the band delivered to not only themselves and their fans, but to other groups coming up in the late-’70s and early-’80s: “I like the fact that we were a good pop band. I thought we had some integrity about it. I think we cared about, like, the commercial side and the art side; we tried to make it interesting in both ways. And when we were in the Cars, we were pretty focused on, like, what we thought was good music, y’know, besides our own. And we would go to radio stations and try to play, y’know, other people’s records that we liked, that we thought were new on the scene. And we tried to promote, like, y’know, kinda music and art together.”
Photo Courtesy of Elektra Records