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Can't Slow Down (Lionel Richie album)

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Can't Slow Down
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 11, 1983
RecordedMarch–September 1983
StudioSunset Sound and Ocean Way, Los Angeles; mixed at Motown Recording, Los Angeles[1]
ProducerJames Anthony Carmichael, Lionel Richie, David Foster
Lionel Richie chronology
Lionel Richie
Can't Slow Down
Dancing on the Ceiling
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 No. 1: "All Night Long (All Night)" and "Hello". The album also won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1985.

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[4]
Robert Christgau(B+)[2]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[5]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[6]

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."[6]

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.[4] 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".[7]

Commercial performance

The album reached No. 1 on the Billboard album chart.[8] 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,[9] eventually selling over 20 million.[10]

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 No. 24 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart (now Hot Country Songs).[citation needed]

20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

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

Original album (1983)
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
20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition Bonus Tracks (2003)
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)
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 as listed in the album's liner notes are:[11]

Chant vocals on "All Night Long"
  • Diane Burt
  • James Anthony Carmichael
  • Melinda Joyce Chatman
  • David Cochrane
  • Dr. Lloyd Byro Greig
  • Calvin Harris
  • Jeanette Hawes
  • Janice Marie Johnson
  • Brenda Harvey-Richie
  • Richard Marx
  • Deborah Joyce Richie
  • Lionel Richie
  • Suzanne Stanford
  • Deborah Thomas
Hoopa Hollers on "All Night Long"
  • Marilyn Ammons
  • Sue Ann Butler
  • Melinda Joyce Chatman
  • Sheldon J. Cohn, Esq.
  • Sandy Dent-Crimmel
  • Ruth Diaz
  • David Egerton
  • Sylvia Genauer
  • Rejauna Lynn Green
  • Gabrielle Greig
  • Sally Greig
  • Tanya Greig
  • Darryl Jones
  • David Malvin
  • Alison Maxwell
  • Jerry Montes
  • John Michael Montes
  • Billy "Bass" Nelson
  • Greg Phillinganes
  • Carlos Rios
  • Suzanne Stanford
  • Randy Stern
  • Wilbert Terrell
  • Susan Wood


  • James Anthony Carmichael – producer (1–5, 7, 8)
  • Lionel Richie – producer (1–5, 7, 8)
  • David Foster – producer (6)
  • Brenda Harvey-Richie – production assistant
  • Melinda Joyce Chatman – production coordinator
  • Calvin Harris – recording and mixing engineer
  • Steve Crimmel – second recording engineer (1–5, 7)
  • David Egerton – second recording engineer (1–5, 7)
  • Mark Ettel – second recording engineer (1–5, 7)
  • Larry Ferguson – recording engineer (6)
  • Humberto Gatica – recording and mixing engineer (6)
  • Terry Christian – second recording engineer (6)
  • Jim Cassell – second recording engineer (8)
  • Jane Clark – additional engineer
  • Fred Law – second mixing
  • Karen Siegel – second mixing
  • David Kraai – technical support
  • Bernie Grundman – mastering
  • Rita Leigh – creative assistant
  • Johnny Lee – art direction
  • Chris Callis – innerspread photography
  • Greg Gorman – front and back cover photography


Certifications and sales

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia 300,000[33]
Belgium (BEA)[34] 4× Platinum 200,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[35] Diamond 1,000,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[36] Platinum 50,608[36]
France (SNEP)[38] Gold 357,000[37]
Germany (BVMI)[39] Gold 250,000^
Hong Kong (IFPI Hong Kong)[40] Platinum 20,000*
Netherlands (NVPI)[41] Platinum 100,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[42] Platinum 15,000^
South Africa 200,000[43]
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[44] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[45] 3× Platinum 900,000^
United States (RIAA)[46] Diamond 10,000,000^

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

See also


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  3. ^ "Soul Retrospective: Lionel Richie 'Can't Slow Down' – Soul Train". Soul Train.
  4. ^ a b Allmusic review
  5. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). "Richie, Lionel". The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8.
  6. ^ a b "Lionel Richie". Archived from the original on 2 November 2007.
  7. ^ "Best Motown Records of All Time". Q. London: 161. October 1999.
  8. ^ Album chart positions from Retrieved 24 March 2009.
  9. ^ Schreiberg, Stu (1986-01-12). "Richie's record rise". The Santa Fe New Mexican. p. 55. Retrieved 2012-06-08.
  10. ^ "Atlanta Magazine Vol. 47, No. 3". Emmis Communications. July 2007. Retrieved 2012-06-08. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
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