The Cars Shake It Up Numbered Limited Edition 180g LP
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Numbered, Limited Edition! Half-Speed Mastered From Original Master Tapes!
MoFi’s sonically spectacular LP half-speed mastered from the original tapes!
The 1981 debut album is a return to pop and a new-wave landmark.
A return to form after the departure that was 1980’s muddled Panorama, the Cars’
Shake It Up bursts forth with a rich assembly of synthesizers, drum machines,
electronic blips, and catchy melodies that make it an early '80s pop staple.
Known the world over, the famous title track proves the band’s arrangement
skills were in perfect shape and set the stage for a record overflowing with
memorable hooks and complementary rock riffs.
Shake It Up also plays witness to primary songwriter/vocalist Ric Ocasek’s
increased cynicism and biting wit. While the Cars never took a rosy-eyed view of
romance, the songs here impart a newfound sense of sympathy, regret, limbo, and
reservation. The beauty of the Cars—and all ten tunes here—is that the music
suggests something else entirely. Such subliminal emotions and dynamic contrasts
act as a magnet, and the band plays as if it’s in on the secret.
Apart from the party vibe of the title cut, the Cars aim for deeper targets and
smarter undertones. Shake It Up is defined by an urban edginess and modern feel
that comes alive on tunes such as “Cruiser” and circular “I’m Not the One,” a
pop gem laden with stacked vocals and keyboard lines that double as a horn
section. The band’s arrangements have never been better—or more involved. Absent
the cheesiness that would mar the group’s late-period work, the songs ride on
the strength of keyboard-heavy lines and layered harmonies.
Half-speed mastered from the original analog tapes, Mobile Fidelity’s numbered
limited-edition LP focuses on the myriad pitch changes that control the musical
directions. Recorded at the band’s Synchro Sound studios by famed Queen producer
Roy Thomas Baker, the album takes advantage of electronic textures and varying
timbres in immersing the listener in accessible albeit abstract washes of sound.
MoFi’s engineers made sure to capture every note and nuance; this marks the
first time that Shake It Up has been remastered in any way, let alone from the
“They've always cultivated a dark side--girls make boys want to end it all
even after the boys have grown up. They've always basked in the shadow of Roxy
Music, too. But they've never been so stylishly nightmarish--except for the
title cut, even the fast ones don't aim for fun.” –Robert Christgau, The
• Numbered, Limited Edition
• Half-Speed Production and Mastering by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab from the Original Master Tapes
• Specially Plated and Pressed on 180 grams of High Definition Vinyl
• Special Static Free - Dust Free Inner Sleeve
• Heavy Duty Protective Packaging
• Gatefold jacket
1. Since You're Gone
2. Shake It Up
3. I'm Not the One
4. Victim of Love
6. A Dream Away
7. This Could Be Love
8. Think It Over
9. Maybe Baby