"Heartbeat City" by The Cars, released in 1984, epitomizes the 1980s musical landscape. Produced by The Cars and Robert John "Mutt" Lange, the album blends rock and synth-pop with precision. Recorded in London and remixed in New York City, it showcases the transatlantic influence. The visually dynamic album cover, painted by Peter Philips, complements hits like "Drive" and "Magic." A quintessential 1980s masterpiece, leaving an indelible mark on musical history.

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"Heartbeat City" Album Description:

The year was 1984, and the music scene was pulsating with a distinct blend of synthesizers, catchy melodies, and an undeniable energy. It was against this vibrant backdrop that The Cars, an American rock band, released their fifth studio album, "Heartbeat City." This expository article delves into the time period's context, the production details, and the creative minds behind this iconic 12" vinyl LP.

The 1980s Music Landscape:

The 1980s witnessed a transformative period in the music industry, marked by the widespread adoption of synthesizers and electronic production techniques. Genres like new wave, synth-pop, and rock fused together to create a sound that defined the era. "Heartbeat City" arrived right in the midst of this musical evolution, showcasing The Cars' ability to adapt and innovate.

Production Maestros:

The album's production was a collaborative effort between The Cars themselves and the renowned Robert John "Mutt" Lange. Known for his work with iconic artists like AC/DC and Def Leppard, Lange brought his expertise to "Heartbeat City." The synergy between the band's creative vision and Lange's production finesse resulted in a sonic masterpiece.

The sound and recording engineers, Nigel Green and Mike Shipley, played pivotal roles in shaping the album's sonic landscape. Their meticulous approach ensured that each note, each beat, resonated with precision. The decision to record at Battery Studios in London, England, added a touch of international flair to the album. The subsequent remixing at Electric Lady Land Studios in New York City further enriched the sonic palette.

Visual Aesthetics:

An album is not only an auditory experience but also a visual one. The cover of "Heartbeat City" is a testament to this belief. The album cover painting, titled "Art-O-Matic Loop Di Loop," was crafted by the talented Peter Philips. The design, credited to HSU, Cathy Henszey, and David Robinson, encapsulated the spirit of the 1980s with its vibrant and dynamic visuals. Doris Kloster and George Holz, the photographers behind the album cover, captured the essence of The Cars' music through their lens.

Music Genre:

 New Wave, 80s Pop-Rock 

Album Production Information:

The album: "THE CARS - Heartbeat City" was produced by:The Cars & Robert John "Mutt" Lange

Sound/Recording Engineer(s): Nigel Green, Mike shipley

This album was recorded at: Battery Studios, London, England, Remixed: Electric Lady Land Studios, New York City

  Battery Studios London a recording studio located in London, England. Established in the late 1970s, it has been a popular destination for musicians, producers and engineers seeking a top-notch recording facility. The studio is equipped with state-of-the-art recording gear and technology, and is known for its spacious, acoustically treated rooms, which provide ideal conditions for capturing great-sounding recordings.

 Battery Studios has played host to a wide range of musicians and artists over the years, and has been the site of many iconic recordings. From rock and pop to Bhip-hop and electronic music, the studio has seen its share of diverse and talented musicians come through its doors.

 The studio is also known for its commitment to quality and its friendly and professional staff, who are dedicated to ensuring that each recording session is a success. Whether you are an up-and-coming artist or an established performer, Battery Studios provides a world-class recording experience, and the chance to capture your music in the best possible light.

Album coer painting : Peter Philips "Art-O-Matic Loop Di Loop"

Album cover design: HSU, Cathy Henszey, David Robinson

Album cover photography: Doris Kloster, George Holz

Record Label Information:

 Elektra Asylum 960 296

Gatefold (FOC) cover design with artwork / photos on the inside cover pages

This album "THE CARS - Heartbeat City" includes the original custom inner sleeve with album details, complete lyrics of all songs by and artwork/photosby "The Cars"

Media Format:

 12" LP Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 280 gram  

Year & Country:

 1984 Made in Germany
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Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: THE CARS - Heartbeat City
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Ric Ocasek – rhythm guitar, synthesiser, lead vocals on 1, 2, 3, 6, 8, 9, 10
  • Elliot Easton – lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Greg Hawkes – keyboards, Fairlight programming, backing vocals
  • Benjamin Orr – bass guitar, lead vocals on 4, 5, 7
  • David Robinson – drums, percussion, Fairlight programming
Complete Track-listing of the album "THE CARS - Heartbeat City"

The detailed tracklist of this record "THE CARS - Heartbeat City" is:

  1. "Hello Again" – 3:47
  2. "Looking for Love" – 3:52
  3. "Magic" – 3:57
  4. "Drive" – 3:55
  5. "Stranger Eyes" – 4:26
  6. "You Might Think" – 3:04
  7. "It's Not the Night" (Greg Hawkes, Ocasek) – 3:49
  8. "Why Can't I Have You" – 4:04
  9. "I Refuse" – 3:16
  10. "Heartbeat City" – 4:31
Index of THE CARS Feature Album Cover Gallery & 12" Vinyl LP Discography Information

The Cars Band Information:

 The Cars were a highly influential American rock band that formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1976. The band's original lineup included Ric Ocasek on rhythm guitar and lead vocals, Benjamin Orr on bass guitar and backing vocals, Elliot Easton on lead guitar, Greg Hawkes on keyboards and backing vocals, and David Robinson on drums.

 The Cars rose to prominence in the late 1970s and early 1980s with a string of hit songs and albums. Their self-titled debut album, released in 1978, included the hit singles "Just What I Needed," "My Best Friend's Girl," and "Good Times Roll." The album was a commercial success and helped establish the band as one of the leading acts of the new wave movement.

 The Cars continued to produce hit songs and albums throughout the 1980s, including the albums "Candy-O" (1979), "Panorama" (1980), "Shake It Up" (1981), "Heartbeat City" (1984), and "Door to Door" (1987). Some of their most popular songs from this era include "Let's Go," "Shake It Up," "You Might Think," and "Drive."

 The Cars' unique sound combined elements of rock, pop, and electronic music, and their innovative use of synthesizers and other electronic instruments helped pave the way for the synth-pop genre that would emerge in the 1980s. The band's catchy melodies, clever lyrics, and tight musicianship made them a favorite among both critics and fans.

 Unfortunately, the band's success was short-lived. In 1988, the Cars disbanded after releasing their final album, "Door to Door." Although they reunited briefly in the early 2000s for a tour and a new album, "Move Like This," the death of Benjamin Orr in 2000 prevented a full reunion of the original lineup.

 Despite their relatively short career, the Cars had a significant impact on the music world. They influenced countless musicians and helped define the sound of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Their songs continue to be played on classic rock radio stations and are still popular with fans of all ages.

THE CARS - Candy-O

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Elektra ELK 52 148 , 1979 , France

In 1979, The Cars released "Candy-O," a groundbreaking second studio album. Drummer and artistic director David Robinson collaborated with pin-up artist Alberto Vargas for the iconic cover. The synthesis of Vargas' timeless pin-up aesthetics and The Cars' new wave sound created a cultural milestone. "Candy-O" remains a testament to the fusion of music and visual art, leaving an enduring legacy in the annals of rock history.

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THE CARS - S/T Self-Titled

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Elektra ELK 52088 , 1978 , Germany

"The Cars," the self-titled debut album by the American rock band, is a timeless 12" Vinyl LP capturing the essence of late 1970s music. Released in 1978, amidst the era's diverse musical landscape, the album's cover features Russian ballerina Natalya Medvedeva, adding a touch of artistic allure. With hits like "Just What I Needed," the album marked The Cars' arrival and set the stage for their influential career.

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THE CARS Drive 12" EP Vinyl

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Elektra 966 934 (966934) , 1984 , Germany

"Drive" by The Cars, a 1984 12" Maxi-Single, embodies the musical essence of the 1980s. Amidst a dynamic era of rock and new wave, the song's synthesis of electronic and rock elements defines its time. Produced by Robert John "Mutt" Lange, The Cars, and Roy Thomas Baker, it contributed to the success of the LP "Heartbeat City," solidifying its place as a timeless classic with emotional depth.

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THE CARS - Heartbeat City

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Elektra Asylum 960 296 , 1984 , Germany

"Heartbeat City" by The Cars, released in 1984, epitomizes the 1980s musical landscape. Produced by The Cars and Robert John "Mutt" Lange, the album blends rock and synth-pop with precision. Recorded in London and remixed in New York City, it showcases the transatlantic influence. The visually dynamic album cover, painted by Peter Philips, complements hits like "Drive" and "Magic." A quintessential 1980s masterpiece, leaving an indelible mark on musical history.

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