The Cars Unlocked - The Live Performances (with CD)
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My best guess is that the CD is from a combination of 1984 and 1987 live-for-radio concerts (based on the sound and the setlist, along with the inclusion of both "Double Trouble" [1987 tour] and "Heartbeat City" [1984 tour]), fourteen songs, it's terrific. The Cars were always great musicians with interesting songs, but sometimes their studio albums were so polished that they could sound a bit sterile. This I feel was especially the case with the "Candy-O" album, which has many great songs, but after a while begins to sound almost as if a computer is performing rather than human beings. And while this live CD doesn't depart much from the studio versions, it's different enough, and being live - it's "raw" enough - to be very interesting and enjoyable.Read more ›
The DVD has many of the band's smash hit tracks and more. There are behind-the-scenes antics of the band mingled with some of the songs. In some instances, the arrangement works, in others not so much. One priceless moment, however, was the brief interview with Benjamin Orr (probably during the "Hello Again" video shoot) shown prior to live version of "Drive." To see Orr's cherubic smile was chilling especially with his untimely passing due to pancreatic cancer.
Among the highlights are the last two clips which are from the "Us Festival" and while it never hurts to see attractive ladies having a blast at an outdoor rock concert, "Shake it Up" and "Good Times Roll" are outstanding performances.
The shining moment is probably the "extras" portion of the DVD where five bonus tracks are found. Two personal favorites, "Cruiser" and "Everything You Say" made the cut. Solid vocals from Orr in each case. The rockin' "Strap Me In," the haunting melody of "Drive" and "Touch and Go" finish out the five.
Unfortunately, the main portion of the DVD basically overlooks the Cars' unfairly abandoned "Door to Door" release but does include the "Panorama" era and, to this reviewer, that is worthy.Read more ›
The packaging for this release is so cheap,that the disc's were already scratched before I even had a chance to play them. The twenty so called never-before seen live performances are just a collection from various US tours from 1978-1987 and the quality of the sound & video range from average to poor. The Dolby 5.1 sound is inconsistent throughout the DVD and the video transfer isn't much better than a bootleg video. The video transfer is grainy and riddled with all sorts of imperfections and the poor editing and camera work make this DVD even more frustrating to watch.
As for the audio CD included in this set, the sound quality isn't anything to really get excited about. The studio has also included a disclaimer regarding the sound and video quality for this release. Unfortunately you don't see it until you put the disc into your player and by then it's too late. Let's be honest if they put the disclaimer on the outside of the package, nobody would buy it. This review is strictly my opinion of what I've seen and heard in this "Cars" release and it's definitely not worthy of a five star rating. Fortunately for me I was able to return it due to the severe scratches from the poor package design and I didn't bother with a replacement copy. My advice to "Cars" fans is to steer clear of this release.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This review is written to counter some of the negative reviews I am seeing here. I just got this, and, to be fair, I have not even watched the DVD yet. Read morePublished 4 months ago by William Gillette
If you are a cars fan this is the disc for you! Excellent!!Published 6 months ago by Mark J. Walton
Love the music of course, but didn't realize I was going to get all of the dressing room scenes, etc. between. Wish I hadn't bought it.Published 16 months ago by ohiocurrents
DO THE MOVE WITH THE QUIRKY JERK! ONE OF THE ALL TIME GREAT ORIGINAL CONCEPTS : REAL MUSICIANS WHO MADE THEIR OWN WAY WITH INTELLIGENCE AND HONESTY. YOU MIGHT THINK. Read morePublished on July 8, 2014 by kennethlujan
Great DVD. Well done and totally entertaining. Great performances. I appreciate them even more after seeing the live shows. What a great band! And way under rated.Published on June 10, 2014 by Jeri Ramone
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