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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
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

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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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,707 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By John Gervickas on December 1, 2003
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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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Al Green's voice is at its best. We hear some good Memphis soul music with this joint collaboration between Al Green and his musical mentor and long time producer Willie Mitchell. I would rate this music just slightly below the music produced by Al and Willie in the 1970s at Hi Records. But it is still a mighty fine piece of music that helps to round out one's catalogue of all things Al Green.
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I was really an infrequent AL Green listener through the years. The most Al Green I have listened to was when I borrowed my boss' Best Of cd while I was working in the office. While out shopping, I picked this up,curious that Al Green had signed with Blue Note's jazz label. This cd is smoking from the first song. It's almost like Al had never left the music scene. Hopefully, he will reteam with his producer again for a couple of more albums because this is the real deal. It's like, jazz, R&B, and blues all rolled into one. If you can't get down to this, you should check yourself for a pulse.
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While many contemporary R&B artists are paying much due homage to vintage R&B, Al Green's decision to reunite with producer Willie Mitchell couldn't have come at a better time for me as I can't get over how amazing this release is. Although I usually am not fond of nostalgia, this CD sounds like it was released during Al Green's heyday, BUT the surprise it does not sound dated in the least bit.
Furthermore, the decision to go back to many of the musicians who helped Green craft his distinctive, Philly soul-meets-gospel sound the first time around is genius because it brings a piece of the past into the present with stellar results. I would have hated to see Mr. Green try to turn to hip-hop/rap artists to give him street credibility or even worse, put his comeback into secular music into the hands of Dianne Warren or other write by the dozen writers.
Having said that, there are some surprises to be found as there are some B.B. King influences added to the light string arrangements, complementary harmonies, crisp horn sections, and crackling guitar, arrangements that make songs such as "I Can't Stop" (single of the year as far as I am concerned) "You", and "I'd Still Choose You". I also love "Not Tonight".
As usual with any Al Green recording, the focus is on the man's impressive range, which is second to none and somehow sounds better than it ever has.
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