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The Cars - Heartbeat City Hybrid SACD
The Cars - Heartbeat City Hybrid SACD


 
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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 would ultimately spawn 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 would disband in 1987.

Mastered from the original master tapes, Mobile Fidelity's numbered edition SACD of Heartbeat City revisits the landmark album via a rich fidelity unmatched by any prior digital edition. 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 here 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.


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Hello Again! March 23, 2018
Reviewer: David Owens from Dayton, OH, United States  
I'm never disappointed in Mobile Fidelity's work on our favorite albums from back in the day, and The Cars Heartbeat City lives up to that standard of excellence I've come to expect.  One thing that often gets overlooked is the packaging and presentation.  MoFi's physical presentation is outstanding.  Gatefold Mini Album with great liner notes.  It takes you back to the day when you would buy a new album, put the record on the turntable, and then sit with the album in hand reading the lyrics.  The sound quality is outstanding, and that's to be expected.  Let's face it, back in the day when the compact disc first appeared on the shelves, record companies grabbed the first analog tapes they could find and just stick them on the compact disc.  And many albums suffered.  This isn't the case with Mobile Fidelity's products.  Outstanding album, outstanding presentation, would recommend.

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The Cars - Heartbeat City - How Sweet The Sound October 6, 2016
Reviewer: A Blast From Your Past from Lancaster County, PA United States  
After Having This Original Album For (4) Decades And I have Already Purchase # 1. The Cars #(00302) SACD ( Moving In Stereo)
"Which Blew Me Away"
Then Purchase #The Cars #2 ( Shake It Up)
-24 Kt Gold CD #(01109) " A Dream Away"
This Sounded So Great , I Played It For 4 Hours Straight And Heard New Things Every Time It Started To Play Over Again.
Then I Purchased  Candy -O # (03276 ) 24 Kt CD Which Made Me Go Get My Head Phone ,
What Major Treat To Listen Too.
I Said To My Self Next Week , You Might As Well Go Buy The Last Cars SACD They Have , Heartbeat City# ( 000987 ) I Was In My Glory To Be Able To Listen To All These  Cd's in  MOFI Cars Collection Remaster. Now I am Praying They Remaster (Panorama) To Make This Collection Complete
Thanks Mofi For a Job Well Done On All The Cars   Cd's

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