The Cars / Elektra Studio Albums box set and Best Of coming soon


Gear up for two new collections from The Cars via Rhino Records this spring-summer: The Elektra Years 1978-1987 (6CD or limited edition coloured vinyl box set) and Moving In Stereo: The Best Of The Cars (CD or 2LP set)…

The Elektra Years features all six of studio albums the band’s original five members – Ric Ocasek, the late Benjamin Orr, Greg Hawkes, Elliot Easton and David Robinson – released on the Elektra Records label. From their eponymous debut long-player of 1978, through Candy-O (1979), Panorama (1980), Shake It Up (1981) and Heartbeat City (1984) to Door To Door (1987), this set brings together records that have accumulated sales of more than 23 million copies in the United States alone.

Each album is peppered with hits, including The Cars’ debut single Just What I Need which made the US top 40, Let’s Go, Shake It Up, Magic, Drive and You Might Think (which, incidentally, won MTV’s first-ever Video Of The Year award in 1984)

Ric Ocasek personally oversaw digital remastering for this set. Meanwhile, drummer David Robinson – who helped create The Cars’ album covers over the years – took on art director duties and each of the six album is presented in a replica sleeve with faithfully reproduced original artwork. For patient, vinyl-loving Cars fans, three months after the March release of the six-CD set, there will be a limited edition vinyl version with each heavyweight 180-gram LP pressed on different colour vinyl.



Moving In Stereo: The Best Of The Cars is a collection curated by the band, with all surviving members contributing song sections. Ocasek also supervised digital remastering of all the audio on this one with Ted Jensen at the Sterling Sound studio in New York.

Available as a single-CD or 2LP set, in addition to the classics such as Drive, it includes a rare, single mix for I’m Not The One, plus two previously unreleased tracks – a live version of Everything You Say and a new mix by producer Philippe Zdar of Sad Song from the band’s last album, Move Like This (2011).

The six-CD box set of The Elektra Years 1978-1987 is released on 11 March, with the limited edition vinyl version to follow on 7 June. Both the CD and 2LP editions of Moving In Stereo: The Best Of The Cars are released on 6 May. Pre-order links below will be updated as and when.


The Elektra Years 1978-1987 6CD box set



THE CARS (1978)

  1. “Good Times Roll”
  2. “My Best Friend’s Girl”
  3. “Just What I Needed”
  4. “I’m In Touch With Your World”
  5. “Don’t Cha Stop”
  6. “You’re All I’ve Got Tonight”
  7. “Bye Bye Love”
  8. “Moving In Stereo”
  9. “All Mixed Up”

CANDY-O (1979)

  1. “Let’s Go”
  2. “Since I Held You”
  3. “It’s All I Can Do”
  4. “Double Life”
  5. “Shoo Be Doo”
  6. “Candy-O”
  7. “Night Spots”
  8. “You Can’t Hold On Too Long”
  9. “Lust For Kicks”
  10. “Got A Lot On My Head”
  11. “Dangerous Type”


  1. “Panorama”
  2. “Touch And Go”
  3. “Gimme Some Slack”
  4. “Don’t Tell Me No”
  5. “Getting Through”
  6. “Misfit Kid”
  7. “Down Boys”
  8. “You Wear Those Eyes”
  9. “Running To You”
  10. “Up And Down”

SHAKE IT UP (1981)

  1. “Since You’re Gone”
  2. “Shake It Up”
  3. “I’m Not The One”
  4. “Victim Of Love”
  5. “Cruiser”
  6. “A Dream Away”
  7. “This Could Be Love”
  8. “Think It Over”
  9. “Maybe Baby”


  1. “Hello Again”
  2. “Looking For Love”
  3. “Magic”
  4. “Drive”
  5. “Stranger Eyes”
  6. “You Might Think”
  7.  “It’s Not The Night”
  8. “Why Can’t I Have You”
  9. “I Refuse”
  10. “Heartbeat City”


1. “Leave or Stay”
2. “You Are The Girl”
3. “Double Trouble”
4. “Fine Line”
5. “Everything You Say”
6. “Ta Ta Wayo Wayo”
7. “Strap Me In”
8. “Coming Up You”
9. “Wound Up On You”
10. “Go Away”
11. “Door To Door”


  • 1.    “Just What I Needed”
  • 2.    “Since You’re Gone”
  • 3.    “Let’s Go”
  • 4.    “You Might Think”
  • 5.    “Shake It Up”
  • 6.    “Drive”
  • 7.    “Tonight She Comes”
  • 8.    “My Best Friend’s Girl”
  • 9.    “Don’t Tell Me No”
  • 10.  “You’re All I’ve Got Tonight”
  • 11.  “I’m Not The One” – Single Mix
  • 12.  “Candy-O”
  • 13.  “Heartbeat City”
  • 14.  “Touch And Go”
  • 15.  “Moving In Stereo”
  • 16.  “Dangerous Type”
  • 17.  “Sad Song” – Zdar Mix*
  • 18.  “Everything You Say” – Live*

*Previously Unreleased



The Elektra Years 1978-1987 6LP coloured vinyl box

The Elektra Years 1978-1987 6CD box set


Moving in Stereo: Best of The Cars (2LP)

Moving in Stereo: Best of The Cars 2CD edition

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