Can't Slow Down (Lionel Richie album)

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Can't Slow Down
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Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 11, 1983
RecordedMarch–September 1983
StudioSunset Sound and Ocean Way, Los Angeles; mixed at Motown Recording, Los Angeles[1]
Genre
Length40:56
LabelMotown
ProducerJames Anthony Carmichael, Lionel Richie, David Foster
Lionel Richie chronology
Lionel Richie
(1982)
Can't Slow Down
(1983)
Dancing on the Ceiling
(1986)
Singles from Can't Slow Down
  1. "All Night Long (All Night)"
    Released: August 31, 1983
  2. "Running with the Night"
    Released: November 1983
  3. "Hello"
    Released: February 13, 1984
  4. "Stuck on You"
    Released: May 1, 1984
  5. "Penny Lover"
    Released: September 30, 1984

Can't Slow Down is the second solo studio album by American recording artist Lionel Richie. It was released on October 11, 1983 by Motown Records. It has sold over 20 million copies, and is Richie's best-selling album of all time. Five singles were released from Can't Slow Down, all of which hit the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, including two that reached #1: "All Night Long (All Night)" and "Hello". The album also won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1985.

Critical reception[edit]

In a contemporary review for The Village Voice, music critic Robert Christgau gave the album a "B+" and called it a "surprisingly solid" improvement, particularly with respect to Richie's ballad singing. He felt that its "jumpy international dance-pop" suits Richie more than the Commodores' funk had and predicted that, considering his "well-established appeal to white people," Can't Slow Down has the potential to become a "mini-Thriller".[2] Don Shewey of Rolling Stone magazine gave the album four out of five stars and said that, although the ballads are monotonous, Richie successfully broadens his music for different listeners and draws on contemporary artists such as Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson: "if you can't innovate, imitate. And the more honest they are about their sources, the better."[4]

In a retrospective review for AllMusic, Stephen Thomas Erlewine gave it four-and-a-half out of five stars and wrote that Richie took a conservative, melodic hook-based approach on an album whose hits showed him at his best and whose only weakness was a short running time.[5] In 1999, Q magazine included Can't Slow Down on its list of the best Motown records of all time and stated, "Production values are high, his songwriting craft is at its peak and at least one track - the global smash 'All Night Long' - is an anthem to good times that makes the heart sing and feet twitch".[6]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album reached #1 on the Billboard album chart.[7] It also spent 59 consecutive weeks inside the Top 10 (including the entire year of 1984) and a total of 160 weeks (over three years) on the Billboard 200.[citation needed] After being the third best-selling album of 1984, it went on to win a Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1985, beating out such heavyweight contenders as Born in the U.S.A. by Bruce Springsteen and Purple Rain by Prince. By 1986 the album had sold 15 million copies,[8] eventually selling over 20 million.[9]

Can't Slow Down achieved the feat of having every single released hit the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Two songs, "Hello" and "All Night Long (All Night)", both went to #1. Other hits include "Stuck on You" (US #3), "Running With the Night" (US #7), and "Penny Lover" (US #8).[citation needed] The ballad "The Only One" was a significant song from the album which was never released as a single, yet remains a popular staple of Richie's live performances.

The single "Stuck on You" also reached #24 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart (now Hot Country Songs).[citation needed]

20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition[edit]

On May 6, 2003, a two-CD Deluxe Edition of the album was released in conjunction of the 20th anniversary of the album's original release date. This version included several mixes originally included on various singles from the album at the end of the first CD, including instrumental versions of the 12-inch extended mixes of "All Night Long (All Night)" and "Running with the Night". Disc 2 showcased demo or alternate versions of all tracks from the original album, plus additional unfinished songs from the same sessions, all previously unreleased.

Track listing[edit]

Original album (1983)
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Can't Slow Down"Lionel Richie, David Cochrane4:43
2."All Night Long (All Night)"Richie6:25
3."Penny Lover"Richie, Brenda Harvey-Richie5:34
4."Stuck on You"Richie3:13
5."Love Will Find a Way"Richie, Greg Phillinganes6:16
6."The Only One"Richie, David Foster4:21
7."Running with the Night"Richie, Cynthia Weil6:01
8."Hello"Richie4:14
20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition Bonus Tracks (2003)
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
9."All Night Long (All Night)" (12" version)Richie6:42
10."Penny Lover" (7" single remix)Richie, Harvey-Richie3:48
11."All Night Long (All Night)" (12" B-side instrumental version)Richie6:43
12."Running with the Night" (12" B-side instrumental version)Richie, Weil6:57
20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition CD2 (2003)
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Can't Slow Down" (Alternate version)Richie, David Cochrane4:55
2."Ain't No Sayin' No" (Unfinished demo)Richie, Phillinganes4:57
3."Tell Me" (Unfinished demo)Richie, Foster4:57
4."All Night Long (All Night)" (Original demo version)Richie7:20
5."Penny Lover" (Alternate version)Richie, Harvey-Richie6:24
6."Stuck on You" (Original demo version)Richie3:00
7."Can't Find Love" (Unfinished demo)Richie5:50
8."Love Will Find a Way" (Original demo version)Richie, Phillinganes6:35
9."The Only One" (Original demo version)Richie, Foster4:28
10."The Groove" (Instrumental interlude)Richie1:15
11."Running with the Night" (Undubbed version)Richie, Weil6:14
12."Hello" (Original demo version)Richie4:26
13."Blues" (Outro) 1:12

Personnel[edit]

Personnel as listed in the album's liner notes are:[10]

  • Marilyn Ammons - hoopa holler vocals (2)
  • Israel Baker – concertmaster (3, 4, 6)
  • Brian Banks – synthesizer programming (5)
  • Thomas Dolby – synthesizers, Fairlight CMI programming
  • Harry Bluestone – concertmaster (8)
  • Michael Boddicker – synthesizer (3-5, 7, 8), vocoder (7)
  • Sonny BurkeFender Rhodes (8)
  • Diane Burt – chant vocals (2)
  • Sue Ann Butler - hoopa holler vocals (2)
  • James Anthony Carmichael – producer (1-5, 7, 8), arranger (1), chant vocals (2), rhythm arrangements (3-5, 7, 8), string arrangements (3-4, 8)
  • Jim Cassell – second recording engineer (8)
  • Melinda Chatman – vocal sound effects (2), chant vocals (2), hoopa holler vocals (2)
  • Joe Chemay – bass guitar (4, 7, 8)
  • Terry Christian – second recording engineer (6)
  • Jane Clark – additional engineer
  • David Cochrane – synthesizer (1), guitar (1, 5), arranger (1), background vocals (2, 5, 7), chant vocals (2), vocoder (1), bass (1), synthesizer programming (1)
  • Sheldon J. Cohn, Esq. - hoopa holler vocals (2)
  • Steve Crimmel – second recording engineer (1-5, 7)
  • Sandy Dent-Crimmel - hoopa holler vocals (2)
  • Ruth Diaz - hoopa holler vocals (2)
  • Paulinho Da Costa – percussion (2, 7)
  • Nathan East – bass guitar (5)
  • David Egerton – second recording engineer (1-5, 7), hoopa holler vocals (2)
  • Mark Ettel – second recording engineer (1-5, 7)
  • Larry Ferguson – recording engineer (6)
  • Chuck Findley – trumpet
  • David Foster – producer (6), rhythm arrangements (6), keyboards (6), synth bass (6)
  • Humberto Gatica – recording and mixing engineer (6)
  • Sylvia Genauer - hoopa holler vocals (2)
  • Gary Grant – trumpet
  • Rejauna Lynn Green - hoopa holler vocals (2)
  • Gabrielle Greig - hoopa holler vocals (2)
  • Dr. Lloyd Byro Greig – chant vocals (2)
  • Sally Greig - hoopa holler vocals (2)
  • Tanya Greig - hoopa holler vocals (2)
  • Bernie Grundman – mastering
  • Calvin Harris – recording and mixing engineer, backing and chant vocals (2)
  • Brenda Harvey-Richie – chant vocals (2), production assistant
  • Jeanette Hawes – background vocals (6), chant vocals (2)
  • Jerry Hey – trumpet, horn arrangement
  • John Hobbs – Fender Rhodes (3), piano (7)
  • Mitch Holder – guitar (4)
  • Janice Marie Johnson – chant vocals (2)
  • Darryl Jones – guitar (2), hoopa holler vocals (2), acoustic guitar (4), electric guitar (8)
  • David Kraai - technical support
  • Abraham Laboriel – bass guitar (2, 3)
  • Fred Law – second mixing
  • Paul Leim – drums (3, 4, 8), Simmons drum (1)
  • Charlie Loper – trombone
  • Jeremy Lubbock - string arrangements (6)
  • Steve Lukather – guitar (6), guitar solo (7)
  • David Malvin - hoopa holler vocals (2)
  • Anthony Marinelli – synthesizer programming (5)
  • Richard Marx – backing vocals (2, 5-7), chant vocals (2)
  • Alison Maxwell - hoopa holler vocals (2)
  • Tim May – guitar (2), acoustic guitar (8)
  • Jerry Montes - hoopa holler vocals (2)
  • John Michael Montes - hoopa holler vocals (2)
  • Billy "Bass" Nelson - hoopa holler vocals (2)
  • Greg Phillinganes – synthesizer (5), GS1 Synthesizer (2, 5), rhythm arrangements (5), hoopa holler vocals (2)
  • Jeff Porcaro – drums (track 7)
  • Bill Reichenbach – trombone
  • Deborah Joyce Richie – chant vocals (2)
  • Lionel Richie – lead vocals, producer, vocal arrangements, rhythm arrangements (2-4, 6-8), backing vocals (2, 5, 6, 7), GS1 Synthesizer (2-4), piano (8), chant vocals (2)
  • Carlos Rios – guitar (2, 3), hoopa holler vocals (2)
  • John "J.R." Robinson – drums (2, 6)
  • Louie Shelton – guitar (4, 8)
  • Karen Siegel – second mixing
  • Suzanne Stanford – chant vocals & hoopa holler vocals (2)
  • Randy Stern - hoopa holler vocals (2)
  • Fred Tackett – acoustic guitar (4)
  • Wilbert Terrell - hoopa holler vocals (2)
  • Deborah Thomas – backing vocals (2, 5, 7), chant vocals (2)
  • Kin Vassy – backing vocals (2)
  • Susan Wood - hoopa holler vocals (2)

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[29] Diamond 1,000,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[30] Platinum 50,608[30]
France (SNEP)[31] Gold 357,000[32]
Germany (BVMI)[33] Gold 250,000^
Hong Kong (IFPI Hong Kong)[34] Platinum 20,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[35] 3× Platinum 900,000^
United States (RIAA)[36] Diamond 10,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (December 27, 1983). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved July 7, 2013.
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  7. ^ Album chart positions from allmusic.com Retrieved 24 March 2009.
  8. ^ Schreiberg, Stu (1986-01-12). "Richie's record rise". The Santa Fe New Mexican. p. 55. Retrieved 2012-06-08.
  9. ^ "Atlanta Magazine Vol. 47, No. 3". Emmis Communications. July 2007. Retrieved 2012-06-08.
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  34. ^ "IFPIHK Gold Disc Award − 1985". IFPI Hong Kong.
  35. ^ "British album certifications – Lionel Richie – Can't Slow Down". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type Can't Slow Down in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  36. ^ "American album certifications – Lionel Richie – Can't Slow Down". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.