FLAC Lionel Richie - Can't Slow Down (Remastered) [HIGHRESAUDIO HRA 24bits/192.0kHz]

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    The singer/songwriter’s second solo album, Can’t Slow Down was also his most successful, with certified US sales of 10 million copies. Out of a total 160 weeks on the Billboard charts, it spent three weeks at Number One and 59 weeks in the Top 10. On the R&B charts, it was Number One for 23 weeks. All five singles from the long-player reached the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, beginning with “All Night Long (All Night)” and ending with “Penny Lover.”

    Lionel began work on the album in May 1983, and continued recording it over the next six months. One track, “Hello,” had been demo’ed in the summer of ’82, but was held over from his first solo album. Motown released Can’t Slow Down on October 14, 1983, and it rose to the top of the charts before the year’s end. The single, “All Night Long (All Night),” was certified gold on December 12, and the album was certified platinum. The latter’s 10x platinum certification occurred exactly two years later. (For more about Lionel’s career, read here.)

    Can’t Slow Down was recorded at two Los Angeles studios, Sunset Sound and Ocean Way, while the demos had been mostly done at the latter site and Lion Share, also in Los Angeles. “That session was absolutely insane,” Lionel said of cutting “All Night Long (All Night)” at Ocean Way. “Bob Rafelson, who was going to direct the video, had break dancers in one room listening to the track. We had the choir learning their background vocals in another room. I was across the street, rehearsing the song for a concert in Tahoe that was the warm-up date for my tour.”

    Everything save for one track was produced by Lionel and the Commodores’ longtime studio wizard, James Anthony Carmichael. “I tape my idea with just the piano,” the star explained to Steven Ivory for liner notes of the 2003 expanded edition of Can’t Slow Down. “Then Carmichael takes that tape and says, ‘I hear it. Meet me at the studio.’ He puts the rhythm and the music around that piano. His job is to make it sound like a ‘record’ without destroying the innocence or sensitivity of the original thought.”

    Can’t Slow Down won a Grammy© for Album of the Year in 1984, while “Hello” was nominated for Song of the Year, competing with Stevie Wonder’s “I Just Called To Say I Love You.” Lionel beat out album contenders by Bruce Springsteen, Tina Turner, Prince & the Revolution (Purple Rain) and Cyndi Lauper. In 1983, “All Night Long (All Night)” ran against former Motown artist Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” for Record of the Year – a timing anomaly because Lionel’s single was released ahead of Can’t Slow Down and fell into that year’s eligibility period. “Beat It” won. In 1985, Lionel and Michael took Grammy© honors together for their song, “We Are The World,” recognized as Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

    "On Can't Slow Down, his second solo album, Lionel Richie ran with the sound and success of his eponymous debut, creating an album that was designed to be bigger and better. It's entirely possible that he took a cue from Michael Jackson's Thriller, which set out to win over listeners of every corner of the mainstream pop audience, because Richie does a similar thing with Can't Slow Down -- he plays to the MOR adult contemporary audience, to be sure, but he ups the ante on his dance numbers, creating grooves that are funkier, and he even adds a bit of rock with the sleek nocturnal menace of "Running With the Night," one of the best songs here. He doesn't swing for the fences like Michael did in 1982; he makes safe bets, which is more in his character. But safe bets do pay off, and with Can't Slow Down Richie reaped enormous dividends, earning not just his biggest hit, but his best album. He has less compunction about appearing as a pop singer this time around, which gives the preponderance of smooth ballads -- particularly "Penny Lover," "Hello," and the country-ish "Stuck on You" -- conviction, and the dance songs roll smooth and easy, never pushing the beats too hard and relying more on Richie's melodic hooks than the grooves, which is what helped make "All Night Long (All Night)" a massive hit. Indeed, five of these songs (all the aforementioned tunes) were huge hits, and since the record ran only eight songs, that's an astonishing ration. The short running time does suggest the record's main weakness, one that it shares with many early-'80s LPs -- the songs themselves run on a bit too long, padding out the running length of the entire album. This is only a problem on album tracks like "Love Will Find a Way," which are pleasant but a little tedious at their length, but since there are only three songs that aren't hits, it's a minor problem. All the hits showcase Lionel Richie at his best, as does Can't Slow Down as a whole." (Stephen Thomas Erlewine, AMG)

    Lionel Richie, vocals

    Digitally remastered
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    Artist: Lionel Richie
    Album: Can't Slow Down (Remastered)
    Year: 1983
    Genre: R&B
    Composer: Various
    Quality: Flac HRA 24bits/192.0kHz
    Label: UNI/MOTOWN
    Source: highresaudio
    HRA-Release: 22.02.2021
    Size: 1,74gb

    Tracklist
    • 01 Can't Slow Down (Album Version)
    • 02 All Night Long (All Night)
    • 03 Penny Lover (Album Version)
    • 04 Stuck On You
    • 05 Love Will Find A Way
    • 06 The Only One (Album Version)
    • 07 Running With The Night
    • 08 Hello
    Total Runtime 40:39

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