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Cars – Greatest Hits & The Essentials

Now that I’m through all the BMV stuff from this most recent Toronto trip, I’m going to cover a couple of other things I’ve gotten… Fear not, I’ll be picking up where I left off on my Toronto scores before you know it!

Cars – Greatest Hits & The Essentials

Ages ago, I bought the 12-track 2005 set The Essentials of the Cars on CD for $5, because my son really loved that Pixar movie Cars and it’s sequel. In the second film, they play You Might Think during a montage. Interestingly, that version in the film was recorded by Weezer. But I figured my boy would do as well with the original Cars version.

Anyway, the Essentials set seemed to have a pretty good collection of tracks from this band, and I felt like that was good enough. I quite enjoyed listening to it, they had many, many good songs and a very distinctive sound that, upon hearing them, can only be recognized as them.

Then, the other day, I found a pristine copy of the 13-track 1985 set called The Cars Greatest Hits in the thrift shop for $2. I wasn’t even thinking about the Essentials set I already had at home when I scooped it up.

Turns out, there’s quite a bit of duplication, even after 20 years between collections. I’ve broken it out so you can see where things are different.

Tracks They Have In Common (10)

Just What I Needed
Since You’re Gone
You Might Think
Touch And Go
Tonight She Comes
My Best Friend’s Girl
Let’s Go
Shake It Up

Tracks Only On Greatest Hits (3)

Good Times Roll
Heartbeat City
I’m Not The One

Tracks Only On Essentials (2)

You Are The Girl

In Sum:

I’m just gonna make one 15 track CD that collects all these tracks and be done with it. Thank goodness for CD-Rs!

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