The Cars: Heartbeat City

Artikkelnr.: MFSL 1-442

Mobile Fidelity - Audiophile Recording - 180g LP - Nummerert Vinyl

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Loaded With Recognizable Hits: "Drive," "You Might Think," "Magic," "Hello Again," and "Why Can´t I Have You" All Top 40 Singles

1984 will always be remembered for the debut of the Macintosh computer, the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, and the ascent of MTV as the most powerful cultural medium of the era. The year is also recognized for the Cars´ savvy contributions not only to the burgeoning music-video channel but to pop itself. Released in April, the four-times platinum Heartbeat City ultimately spawned five Top 40 singles – four of them landing in the Top 20, two in the Top 10 – and serve as the final memorable record from the Boston group, which disbanded in 1987.

 

Signifying the first time the set has been available on vinyl in nearly three decades, this reissue opens up the soundstages, decongests the low frequencies, and shines a spotlight on Mutt Lange´s pinpoint balances and glossy hooks. Indeed, the now-household-name producer would make a lasting mark with Heartbeat City, whose radio-friendly sound, multi-layered textures, and smooth, suave, synth-heavy pulses set a precedent for the period´s hit-making pop.

Overflowing with a surfeit of finger-snapping beats, electro-pop effects, streamlined guitar notes, and bright melodies, Heartbeat City trades in efficiency, catchiness, and to-the-point craftiness. Unlike most mid-80s records, the electronic effects and sleek tonalities aren´t dated due to both the focused production and irresistible songwriting. Leader Ric Ocasek penned all ten tunes, and while a mind-boggling five charted in the Top 40, what makes Heartbeat City such a staple is the fact that it´s easy to imagine every song on it crashing the Billboard Hot 100. Call it the new-wave version of Thriller.

Indeed, the record´s track list automatically triggers a mental jukebox. The spare simplicity and hopefulness of "Magic." The simultaneously sad longing and soothing somberness of the Benjamin Orr-sung "Drive." The shimmer and shuffling riff of "You Might Think." The ping-pong bounce and futuristic paranoia of "Hello Again." The atmospheric, arty title track. Heartbeat City is a veritable lesson in pop tunesmithship.

HEARTBEAT CITY 
Artist The Cars
Tittel Heartbeat City
Sjanger Pop / Rock
Mastret av Krieg Wunderlich at Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab 
Format Vinyl - 180g
Antall plater
Lydkvalitet Audiofil
Plateselskap Mobile Fidelity
Utgivelsesdato 1984 / 2016 
Platenummer MFSL 1-442
Spilletid  
Diverse Nummerert Vinyl - Gain 2 Ultra Analog
Opplag  
HEARTBEAT CITY
01       Hello Again
02 Looking for Love 
03 Magic 
04 Drive 
05 Stranger Eyes
06 You Might Think 
07 It's Not The Night 
08 Why Can't I Have You
09 I Refuse 
10 Heartbeat City