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Classic Album Review: The Cars | Complete Greatest Hits

The greatest new wave band of the era takes another crack at a definitive anthology.


This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Originally Released: 1978 – 1987.

Back Story: They were the most successful new wave band of the late ’70s and early ’80s, but so far, no one has put together a truly definitive Cars anthology. The 1985 Greatest Hits album wasn’t it. Even the extensive 1995 Rhino box Just What I Needed managed, somehow, to exclude Bye Bye Love. This 20-cut compilation takes yet another crack at it with a slate of hits from the Ric Ocasek-led quintet’s entire career.

Highlights: Well, there’s Bye Bye Love (hooray!), along with Just What I Needed, My Best Friend’s Girl, Good Times Roll, You’re All I’ve Got Tonight, Let’s Go, Touch and Go, Shake it Up, Since You’re Gone, Drive, Hello Again and a bunch more certified, bona fide hits.

Lowlights: No Candy-O? D’oh! Here we go again.

Last Words: Well, it ain’t completely complete. But it’s probably as close as you’re ever gonna get.