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I Can't Stop

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(2003/BLUE NOTE) 12 tracks

Medium 1
I Can't Stop
Play To Win
Rainin' In My Heart
I've Been Waitin' On You
Not Tonight
Million To One
My Problem Is You
I'd Still Choose You
I've Been Thinkin'bout You
I'd Write A Letter
Too Many

The highlight of I Can’t Stop, Al Green’s reunion with producer-arranger Willie Mitchell, the architect of his deathless ’70s hits, is "My Problem is You." Over six and a half minutes, Green roars, wails, and rambles through a midtempo exploration of a seemingly unsolvable riddle--the love of a woman and its hold on him. In great voice, his high-end barely touched by time, he makes every moment count over these dozen originals; often lacking the layer of eccentricity that colored tracks as diverse as "I Can’t Get Next to You" and "Belle," the songs still ring with the Reverend’s authority. Mitchell’s grooves add to the ecstatic mood, especially when the thumping bottom-end syncopation of a track like "Million to One" suggests that of, oh, "Look What You Done for Me." The first time this pair has worked together since a 1985 gospel album, I Can’t Stop blows away the dust and finds more life and gutbucket flash in a seemingly inexhaustible vein. --Rickey Wright

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. I Can't Stop
  2. Play To Win
  3. Rainin' In My Heart
  4. I've Been Waitin' On You
  5. You
  6. Not Tonight
  7. Million To One
  8. My Problem Is You
  9. I'd Still Choose You
  10. I've Been Thinkin' Bout You
  11. I'd Write A Letter
  12. Too Many

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 18, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • ASIN: B0000DJZ9K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,316 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Al Green is my second all time favorite singer (behind only Merle Haggard). In the mid to late 70's, I wore out every one of his albums. Al has one of the greatest (and most unique) voices I've ever heard. Most of my original Al LP's are worn from constant use, and I replaced most of them on CD. I had heard nothing about this CD until the day it was released. I read a couple of reviews, and ran out and bought it. Al has done a lot of excellent music since he turned to recording gospel, and I own every album (except "Love is Reality", which I had but traded in. He got too far away from his sound on that one). Whereas a couple of other CD's flirted with a return to soul, this one goes all the way. The familiar sound is back, and Al's voice is (amazingly) almost completely intact. No one will be disappointed with the singing here. Furthermore, the musicianship is excellent, with many of the "Hi team" in place. The songs are uniformly good, and several tracks stand out ("Rainin' in my heart", "My problem is you", "Not tonight", "Too many"). There are no songs here in the class of Al's absolute best, but excellent Al Green is better than anyone else (certainly compared to todays excuse for R&B!). Even though there is a retro element to this CD, it does not sound dated to me. I can certainly distinguish the sound from the 70's Al. It is a little fuller in sound. I have been hoping (as, I'm sure, many of you have) to hear another Al Green soul album. I am grateful that Al and Willie (and the musicians) got back together to give us this wonderful disc. Please don't be foolish enough to listen and complain that there is no "take me to the river", or "love and happiness".Read more ›
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This is one of those CD's that remind you what true musical talent really sounds like. From the opening track Al Green transports us all back to a time when singing about love and desire didn't involve crotch grabbing, scantilly clad woman or graphic language.
Al Green's smooth delivery combined with a serious bass track, makes you want to pull your car over to the side of the road and move your feet for just a moment. I found myself shaking my head at the wonderfulness of it all when Al hits his patented high note on some of the slower tempo tunes.
I have listened to Al Green for years and he is in constant rotation in my car. Nothing feels like a ride up to Napa on a warm summer day with Al Green playing in the background reminding you of other summer days gone by.
Anyone who has watched any of the American Idol type shows would do well to take a listen to this magnificent CD before the new batch of shows start to get a clear understanding of musical genius. A truely outstanding piece of work.
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An absolute classic. I am in my 30's so I didn't exactly grow up with Al Green but I have to say that I am sorry I didn't. I have Al Greens Greatest Hits CD and after listening to I Cant Stop, I feel you can take 4-5 songs out of that album and start another greatest hits cd. Thank you Al for saving us from the music that is out there today. The singing is pure soul without any kind of computers or studio assistance to make Al sound one way or another. He doesn't need that kind of help like some of today's singers. The title track is just a classic get together with your loved one, dancing close, kind of track. A Million To One is a song that I constantly put on for my wife in our car. Willie Mitchell is brilliant and I cant wait for these two legends to come out with another album. Every Britney/Justin/Christina/ kind of singer out there should listen to this CD so that they can hear what it really means to sing a song and what real music is. Give us more, Al. Give us more....
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This is not only a reunion of Green and his arranger--quite a few of the original session players and singers are on hand, too. And let's face it--30 years have had an effect on Al Green's voice. It doesn't have quite the same velvet quality as before, but it's astonishing how much range and dexterity Green's voice has retained, particularly in the upper register. Similarly, his background singers sound a little grittier, not as silky smooth as before. What's a little disappointing to me are the songwriting and arrangements. Gone are the subtlety and gently insinuating quality of hits like "Let's Stay Together." The new songs and arrangements have a more aggressive, in-your-face quality, much more in sync with the new millenium's R&B. Sigh. On the other hand, there is more variety to the songs and arrangements than on Al Green's old albums. Actually, maybe it was wise to avoid slavish adherence to the old style. Why mess with perfection? Green's voice, as it stands, is better suited to the new material. Besides, why shouldn't musicians try new things? I guess it's too much to expect the pure magic of the synchronicity between Green, the arranger, background singers, material, and session musicians 30 years later. But hey, it beats the hell out of most R&B these days and it's pretty decent by any standard. Listen to the samples. If you like what you hear, go ahead and buy. Chances are won't be disappointed. Update 3/24/2005: After listening to I Can't Stop a few times, I feel a bit churlish giving it only three stars. On reflection, I'd give it four stars. Really, this cd is better than it has any right to be. Excellent work by all concerned, it's a pleasure in every way and only suffers in comparison to Green's immortal 70s work, which isn't a fair comparison at all.
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