Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Lionel Richie – Can’t Slow Down (Motown)

From this 8 track album, 6 would get a single release (All Night Long (‘All Night’, ‘Penny Lover’, ‘Stuck On You’, ‘Love Will Find A Way’, ‘Running With The Night’, ‘Hello’), makin’ this 1983 released album worth the investment. I just don’t understand though why Motown passed on its title cut…
Of course, it was kinda far from Richie‘s usual expression field, but also so uplifting and looking forward back then. Too much obviously for the label execs who probably thought people couldn’t dance to it, forgetting about Michael Jackson‘s memorable ‘Wanna Be Starting Something‘, released six months earlier, and in the same Electro Funks synth-led kind of vein!
Featuring Thomas Dolby on synth and CMI programming, Michael Boddicker on synth and vocoder, Nathan East on bass and the late Jeff Porcaro on drums among others with co-production by the likes of James Anthony Carmichael, the though renowned Discogs would eventually rate it as Rock, Pop Rock. No rhyme or reason, don’t you think?

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