The Cars Shake It Up Numbered Limited Edition CD
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Sonically Spectacular Limited-Edition MoFi 24K Gold CD Mastered from the Original Tapes!
The fourth studio album for the Cars was originally released in 1981 and
features, besides the title track, 'Since You're Gone", which appeared on The
Last American Virgin soundtrack, and "I'm Not the One" which appears in Adam
Sandler's Billy Madison film.
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 24K Gold CD 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 original tapes.
“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 Consumer Guide
• Numbered, Limited Edition
• 24 Karat Gold - Ultradisc II
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