The Cars to Release Expanded Editions of "Shake It Up" And "Heartbeat City"

The Cars to be Inducted into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in April

CLEVELAND, OHIO - The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will induct The Cars in April, honoring the legendary band's incredible musical legacy and enormous commercial success. Rhino Records will kick off the celebration early with expanded editions for two of The Cars' most iconic albums - Shake It Up and Heartbeat City. The expanded editions will feature remastered versions of the original albums, combined with rare and unreleased bonus tracks.


PRESS RELEASE * Photo courtesy of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Shake It Up: Expanded Edition and Heartbeat City: Expanded Edition will be released individually on March 30. Each album will be available on CD and as a double-LP set. The music will also be available digitally on the same day. Each release features the original album - remastered in 2016 - expanded with rare and unreleased bonus tracks. Illustrated booklets accompany the music and contain liner notes written by renowned rock journalist David Fricke, who details the history of each album with new interviews by band members Ric Ocasek for Heartbeat City and David Robinson for Shake It Up.

Ric Ocasek, Benjamin Orr, Greg Hawkes, David Robinson and Elliot Easton recorded Shake It Up in 1981 at Syncro Sound, the group's new studio in Boston, with producer Roy Thomas Baker. Working in their own space afforded them the time to perfect the sound of the album, which became their third-straight Top 10 hit album and sold more than two million copies.

It features the unforgettable singles "Since You're Gone," "Think It Over," and The Cars' first Top 10 hit single, "Shake It Up." Several unreleased tracks make their debut on Shake It Up: Expanded Edition, including an early version of "Since You're Gone," the demo for "Shake It Up" and an unreleased song called "Midnight Dancer."

In 1984 the band returned with Heartbeat City, an album produced by Robert John "Mutt" Lange, who'd worked previously with AC/DC, Foreigner and Def Leppard. The album, which peaked at #3 on the charts, went on to sell four million copies, making it the band's fifth consecutive platinum-selling album. An amazing success, the album launched five tracks that reached the Top 40, including the Top 10 hits "Drive" and "You Might Think."

Videos for the songs received heavy airplay on MTV, including "Hello Again," which was directed by Andy Warhol, and "You Might Think," which won the inaugural MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year in 1984. Among the seven bonus tracks included on Heartbeat City: Expanded Edition are unreleased versions of "Why Can't I Have You" and "I Refuse," as well as the demo for "Drive."

The Cars will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in April, along with Dire Straits, The Moody Blues, Bon Jovi, Nina Simone and Sister Rosetta Tharpe. The ceremony will be held in Cleveland, home of The Cars' Benjamin Orr. SRO publisher, Joe Milliken, is currently working on a biography about the late Cars' bassist.

Shake It Up - Expanded Edition
Track Listing:

"Since You're Gone"
"Shake It Up"
"I'm Not The One"
"Victim Of Love"
"Cruiser"
"A Dream Away"
"This Could Be Love"
"Think It Over"
"Maybe Baby"

Bonus Tracks:

"Since You're Gone" - Early Version
"Shake It Up" - Demo
"I'm Not The One" - Remix
"Cruiser" - Early Version
"Take It On The Run" - Early Version of "A Dream Away"
"Coming Up You Again" - 1981 Version of "Coming Up You"
"Little Black Egg"
"Midnight Dancer"

Heartbeat City: Expanded Edition
Track Listing:

"Hello Again"
"Looking For Love"
"Magic"
"Drive"
"Stranger Eyes"
"You Might Think"
"It's Not The Night"
"Why Can't I Have You"
"I Refuse"
"Heartbeat City"

Bonus Tracks:

"Hello Again" - Arthur Baker Remix Version
"Drive" - Demo *
"One More Time" - Early Version of "Why Can't I Have You"
"Baby I Refuse" - Early Version of "I Refuse"
"Jacki" - Early Version of "Heartbeat City"
"Breakaway" - B-Side of "Why Can't I Have You"
"Tonight She Comes" - From Greatest Hits