Candy-O = 180g vinyl = MFSL =
1 x LP
( 1979 )2009 US MFSL GAIN 2 Ultra Analog Half Speed Mastered LP pressed on 180gram VIRGIN VINYL - The Cars 1979 Sophomore Album a MustHear NewWave Classic superbly presented in deluxe individually nu...
Release date 26-08-2009 (originally released in 1979)
2009 US pressed on 180gram VIRGIN VINYL -Numbered Edition 180-gram LP Sourced from Original Master Tapes
How did the Cars move beyond their smash 1978 debut and secure their status as one of music's leading bands for years to come? Look no further than the quadruple-platinum Candy-O. Continuing along the streamlined pop paths of its predecessor, the 1979 sophomore effort is preoccupied with desirable women that are as mysterious, sexy, and cool as the group's music – and the record's pin-up cover.
Loaded with minimalist atmospherics, pulsing bass lines, catchy refrains, and labyrinthine synthesizers, the album takes myriad stylistic detours and features one hook-laden chorus after another. Nothing drags or feels out of place.
Half-speed mastered from the original analog tapes, Mobile Fidelity's numbered edition LP brings the Cars' distinctive melodies and exotic arrangements to the forefront. Roy Thomas Baker's vocal production finally shines, with each member's contributions rescued from a cold sonic murk that detracted from the music's impact.
A1 Let's Go
A2 Since I Held You
A3 It's All I Can Do
A4 Double Life
A5 Shoo Be Doo
B1 Night Spots
B2 You Can't Hold On Too Long
B3 Lust For Kicks
B4 Got A Lot On My Head
B5 Dangerous Type
Since the Cars had created a perfect album with their 1978 self-titled debut, it would be nearly impossible to top it. Instead of laboring long and hard over a follow-up like many '70s bands did after a huge commercial success, the band cranked out their sophomore effort, Candy-O, almost exactly one year later from the first LP. And while the album was not as stellar as its predecessor was, it did contain several classics, resulting in another smash album that solidified the band's standing as one of the most promising new bands of the late '70s. The first single, the Top 20 anthem "Let's Go," proves to be the best track, but plenty of other standouts can be found as well. The title track remains one of the band's best rockers, while the gentle "It's All I Can Do" also deserved to be a hit. The band pays tribute to T. Rex on "Dangerous Type" (the main guitar riff resembles "Bang a Gong"), rocks out on "Got a Lot on My Head" and "Night Spots," shows their softer side on "Since I Held You," and embraces modern pop on "Double Life" and "Lust for Kicks." Their second strong release in a row, Candy-O proved that the Cars were not one-hit wonders, like so many other bands from the same era.
Originally released: 1979
This release: 2011