- Memorabilia and photo album
- 10-song sampler from "The Very Best of the Cars"
- New group interview with The Cars
The Cars Live - Musikladen 1979
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Recorded from a German pop show, this DVD features 11 songs that epitomize the Boston quintet's late '70s sound. Includes group interviews, memorabilia, photo album and more! 2000/color/120 min/NR.
This complete, live, television concert, recorded for the long-running German pop music series Musikladen, captures the Cars in their late '70s ascendancy, offering ample evidence of the young Boston quintet's rock-solid performing skills and formidable instincts as writers and arrangers. Poised between arena-rock bombast and punk aggression, the Cars were canny, concise stylists who proudly unleashed hit singles in an album-dominated era, an achievement that could mislead serious-minded rock aesthetes to assume the band was a studio invention. In fact, their major-label deal arose only after the band had honed its playing in Beantown clubs and cracked local airwaves with self-produced prototypes of the songs that popped up on their self-titled debut album.
The 11 songs here tilt toward that collection, with a nod to its sequel, and all share the band's shrewd synthesis of tightly crafted songs that explore a tension between romantic yearning and neurotic anxiety. Principal songwriter Ric Ocasek swaps vocal leads with bassist Ben Orr, establishing their familiar yin and yang, with Ocasek mining neurosis while Orr plucks the heartstrings. David Robinson's muscular, uncluttered drumming transcends its frequent use of electronic drums, Greg Hawkes's keyboards deftly stretch the sci-fi possibilities of then- primitive synths, and not-so-secret weapon Elliot Easton, a southpaw guitarist, tightens the clockwork interplay between his versatile lead guitar and Ocasek's crisp rhythm work. If the band's choral work sounds thinner than on their recordings, it's less an indictment of the band than a measurement of how far producer Roy Thomas Baker carried the heavily layered vocal stamp he had refined with the Cars' labelmates, Queen.
The original program source confines the audio to a monaural mix, and the video transfer suffers from some intermittent raster patterns. Such artifacts are minor handicaps given the caliber of the performance. --Sam SutherlandSee all Editorial Reviews
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I have very mixed feelings about this DVD. The sound quality is simply awful. The video portion is only so-so. The Cars performance comes across as routine and somewhat tired rather than inspired. The crowd is polite, but shows no great enthusiasm. Yet, it's great to see this band perform live so close to their beginnings.
If you sit through this DVD, be sure to go to the Special Section where all five of the Cars are sitting around and discussing their early careers, It's very interesting, actually more interesting than the TV performance. Ben Orr looks near death, and I guess that actually was the case. It was great fun to view the band members in their fully adult state and discussing their early careers as a band.
So, my suggestions might be, if you're just interested in Cars music, then go with their first two record albums now available on CDs. It doesn't get any better. If you're a Cars fan and would like to see them as they really were on stage in the 70s in the very early part of their careers, this can be a fun DVD to view for that reason only, if you can get around the wretched production. If you would like to see what the Cars are like as people, the special section is excellent. As I said, it's a very mixed DVD.
broke up,but i became a big fan just at show.
This dvd concert was not that bad.The audio/video was good and
any Cars fan would like it.The best part of this was the EXTRA after
the Concert.A great band interview with all the original members
together for this.
I saw a great CARS Concert on TV and was the best one that i had
seen,beside the one i saw in person.I think that one TV was a concert
in 1982 and that show was great.
I wish that Show could come out on DVD.or any good concert from
the CARS because i still haven't come up with a great one.The Cars
were a great band,and for all the other fans of The Cars, it would
be Great to see more of them on DVD.
It used to drive my highschool age daughter nuts when I sang along to Movin In Stereo.Ah,the good ole days.Yet you can still crank up the amp when these guys are playing!
What You Want." If you are a fan of, The Cars. Then you would be a fool to die before you heard them perform this song. It's one of the best pieces of chocolate in the box. Enjoy!
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