The Cars - Heartbeat City (Ultra Analog, Half-speed Mastering)
The Cars - Heartbeat City (Ultra Analog, Half-speed Mastering)
The Cars - Heartbeat City (Ultra Analog, Half-speed Mastering)
The Cars - Heartbeat City (Ultra Analog, Half-speed Mastering)
The Cars - Heartbeat City (Ultra Analog, Half-speed Mastering)
The Cars - Heartbeat City (Ultra Analog, Half-speed Mastering)
The Cars - Heartbeat City (Ultra Analog, Half-speed Mastering)
The Cars - Heartbeat City (Ultra Analog, Half-speed Mastering)

The Cars - Heartbeat City (Ultra Analog, Half-speed Mastering)

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Ric Ocasek – vocals, guitar

Ben Orr – vocals, bass

Elliot Easton – guitar, vocals

Greg Hawkes – keyboards, vocals, Fairlight CMI programming

David Robinson – drums, Fairlight programming

Andy Topeka – Fairlight CMI programming

 

1 LP, gatefold jacket

Limited numbered edition

Original analog Master tape : YES

Half-speed Mastering

Gain 2™ Ultra Analog

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33RPM

Size : 12”

Stereo

Studio

Record Press : RTI

Label : MOFI

Original Label : Elektra

Recorded July 1983 – January 1984 at Battery Studios, London

Engineered by Mike Shipley

Produced by Robert John "Mutt" Lange, The Cars

Remastered by Krieg Wunderlich

Originally released in 1984

Reissued in 2016

 

Tracks:

Side A :

  1. Hello Again
  2. Looking for Love
  3. Magic
  4. Drive
  5. Stranger Eyes

 

Side B :

  1. You Might Think
  2. It’s Not the Night
  3. Why Can’t I Have You
  4. I Refuse
  5. Heartbeat City

 

Reviews :

"Coming off the less-than-classic Shake It Up, the Cars decided again to change things up, this time moving from their home studio in Boston to London to record with Mutt Lange. The producer was coming off a string of sleek modern hits, most recently Def Leppard's Pyromania, and the Cars put themselves in Lange's capable and demanding hands. They spent six months in the studio painstakingly putting the album together, sometimes spending days getting the right bass sound or vocal take. The bandmembers were rarely in the room at the same time and instead of using live drums on the record, Lange and David Robinson put together drum tracks using samples of Robinson's playing. This sounds a bit like the recipe for a airless, stale album, but much like Pyromania, Heartbeat City is a gleaming pop masterpiece. The producer's golden touch, the strength of the songs Ric Ocasek wrote, and the stunning vocal performance both he and Benjamin Orr deliver make the album one of the best of the '80s and something that still sounds perfect many years later. It's a near-total reboot of the Cars' sound, giving them a thoroughly modern upgrade while still retaining enough of the DNA from their early hits to keep it a Cars album. Songs like "You Might Think" and "Magic" have the power chords and chugging rhythms, "It's Not the Night" has the dramatic emotion, and "Looking for Love" has some chirpy new wave in the verses, but most of the album takes the band to new places. "Hello Again" is arena-sized modern rock with some very Def Lep backing vocals -- something that pops up on almost every song -- and "Drive" is a timelessly romantic ballad that perfects the MOR sound that the previous album hinted at. The title track is moody soft pop with smooth synth pads and a crooning vocal by Ocasek, "Stranger Eyes" is basically a mash-up of Def Lep and the Cars with the addition of a few wonderfully corny synth sound effects, and "It's Not the Night" is pure AOR balladry that sounds like it could have been on Foreigner 4, another record Lange produced. Overall, Heartbeat City is a masterful example of how a band can reinvent itself without losing what made it great in the first place. Credit Lange's production savvy, Ocasek's songwriting genius, or the band's dedication to adding just what each song needed; when you combine them all it makes for brilliant pop and one of the landmark albums of the era." AllMusic Review by Tim Sendra

 

Ultra Analog™ : The GAIN 2 Ultra Analog™ Series stems from the use of the Gain 2 system, mastered at half speed from the original master tapes where possible, capturing and uncovering as before undiscovered sonic information.

 

Half-speed mastering. In half-speed mastering, the whole process is slowed down to half of the original speed. A typical 33 1/3 rpm record is cut at 16 2/3 rpm. The source material is also slowed down (reducing the pitch in the process) meaning the final record will still sound normal when played back. Slowing the whole process down allows more time, which means the end result sounds better and is more efficient — allowing engineering to minimize the effects of inherent limitations within the vinyl format. The result is a more accurate and more open high-frequency response in the half speed vinyl when compared with a normal speed recording.

 

Ratings :

AllMusic : 5 / 5 , Discogs : 4,07 / 5

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