TVD Radar: The Cars’ Candy-O and Panorama expanded editions in stores 7/28

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Following the massive success of The Cars’ multi-platinum debut in 1978, the band kept its platinum-album streak rolling with Candy-O and Panorama, releases that include memorable hits like “Let’s Go,” “It’s All I Can Do,” and “Touch and Go.”

For the first time ever, the band has expanded those classics to create versions that include rare and unreleased recordings taken from the sessions for each album. Band member Ric Ocasek recently supervised the remastering of these albums for last year’s boxed set The Cars: The Elektra Years, ensuring superior sound quality on these new versions. Expanded editions of CANDY-O and PANORAMA will be available on July 28 for $14.98 (CD) and $24.98 (2LP).

Presented in gatefold sleeves, the vinyl versions include music on three sides with an etching on the fourth. In addition, the music on these expanded editions will be released digitally and available via streaming outlets.

For the follow-up to its eponymous debut, The Cars teamed up once again with producer Roy Thomas Baker (Queen) to record Candy-O. The album was released in the summer of 1979 and became a huge hit, peaking at #3 on the Billboard Album Chart and eventually earned quadruple-platinum certification in the U.S. alone. One of the singles, “Let’s Go,” was the band’s first Top 15 hit on the Billboard singles chart.

CANDY-O: EXPANDED EDITION goes beyond the original album’s 11 tracks with seven bonus tracks. Among the highlights are unreleased alternate mixes of “Let’s Go” and “Lust For Kicks,” as well as the previously unissued song “They Won’t See You (The Northern Studios Version).” The album’s liner notes were written by David Wild and include a new interview with guitarist Elliot Easton.

The Cars returned in the summer of 1980 with Panorama, which became the band’s third consecutive platinum album and peaked at #3 on the Billboard Album Chart. The album became a fan favorite thanks to songs like “Touch And Go,” “Up And Down,” and “Gimme Some Slack.”

PANORAMA:EXPANDED EDITION builds on the original album’s 10 songs with four bonus tracks. They include the B-side “Don’t Go To Pieces,” as well as unreleased songs like “Shooting For You,” and “Be My Baby.” For this release, Wild once again pens the liner notes, along with reminisces from keyboardist Greg Hawkes.”

The five original members of The Cars – Ric Ocasek, the late Benjamin Orr, Elliot Easton, Greg Hawkes and David Robinson – recorded six studio albums together for Elektra Records and have sold more than 23 million albums in the U.S. alone.

CANDY-O
Track Listing:

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”

Bonus Tracks
12. “Let’s Go” – Roy Thomas Baker Monitor Mix
13. “Candy-O” – Northern Studios Version
14. “Nights Spots” – Northern Studios Version
15. “Lust for Kicks” – Roy Thomas Baker Monitor Mix
16. “Dangerous Type” – Northern Studios Version
17. “They Won’t See You” – Northern Studios Version, Previously Unissued
18. “That’s It” – “Let’s Go” B-side

PANORAMA
Track Listing

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 Up To You”
10. “Up and Down”

Bonus Tracks
11. “Shooting For You” – Previously Unissued
12. “Be My Baby” – Previously Unissued
13. “The Edge” – Previously Unissued
14. “Don’t Go To Pieces” – “Don’t Tell Me No” B-side

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