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I Can't Stand Still
     

I Can't Stand Still

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by Don Henley
 

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Don Henley's first solo album may still have had the ghost of the Eagles lingering in the corners, but for the most part it showcases his stalwart partnership with producer and songwriter Danny Kortchmar. Lyrically, Henley's songs are a tad weak, but for an inaugural album from a man who had spent most of his career surrounded by multi

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Don Henley's first solo album may still have had the ghost of the Eagles lingering in the corners, but for the most part it showcases his stalwart partnership with producer and songwriter Danny Kortchmar. Lyrically, Henley's songs are a tad weak, but for an inaugural album from a man who had spent most of his career surrounded by multi-talented musicians and writers, on the whole it fairs quite well. His material deals with the hardships of love, the fickleness of the media, and the declining state of education, all induced with a friendly pop sound. The title track, a trouble-in-paradise love song, has Henley pouring his heart out with sugary angst, but is helped along with some avid keyboard work. "Dirty Laundry" is Henley's attack on the shallowness of the network newsperson that peaked at number three on Billboard's Top 40. Its bouncy chorus and contagious organ riffs proved that his role as a musician could conform to any style. His social commentary comes into fruition with "Johnny Can't Read," loosely based on the increasing amount of high-school dropouts at the time and helped bolster Henley's reputation as a musician with a concern for pressing issues. Numerous musicians help him out on this album as well, including former Eagles members Timothy B. Schmidt, Joe Walsh, and J.D. Souther; drummer Jeff Porcaro and guitarist Steve Lukather, both from Toto; and even Warren Zevon. Don Henley's adept combination of lyrical wit and thought-provoking staidness begins to materialize on I Can't Stand Still, paving the way for an extremely accomplished solo career.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Warner Bros / Wea
UPC:
0075596004824
catalogNumber:
60048

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Don Henley   Primary Artist,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Gut String Guitar
Derek Bell   Harp
Joe Walsh   Guitar
Bill Withers   Vocals,Gut String Guitar
Louise Goffin   Vocals,Gut String Guitar
Andrew Gold   Keyboards
Ras Baboo   Percussion,Timbales
Benmont Tench   Keyboards
Kenny Edwards   Bass,Guitar,Electric Guitar
Steve Foreman   Percussion
Steve Forman   Percussion
Bob Glaub   Bass
Max Gronenthal   Vocals,Gut String Guitar
George Gruel   Vocals,Background Vocals
Garth Hudson   Synthesizer
Maren Jensen   Vocals,Gut String Guitar
Danny Kortchmar   Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Guitar (Baritone)
Russ Kunkel   Drums
Steve Lukather   Guitar
Paddy Moloney   Whistle (Instrument),uillean pipes
Jeff Porcaro   Drums,Maracas
Steve Porcaro   Synthesizer
Timothy B. Schmit   Bass,Vocals,Background Vocals,Gut String Guitar
J.D. Souther   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Gut String Guitar
Waddy Wachtel   Vocals,Electric Guitar
Ian Wallace   Drums
Warren Zevon   Vocals,Gut String Guitar
Leland Sklar   Bass
Mark Williams   Drums

Technical Credits

Don Henley   Producer
Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown   Composer
Greg Ladanyi   Producer,Engineer
Roger Linn   Contributor
Ted Horowitz   Composer

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I Can't Stand Still 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Don Henley's first solo album, released in 1982 three years after the Eagles 'The Long Run', gave Eagle fans a taste of things to come from his upcoming successful solo career - strong songwriting (both musically and lyrically) with excellent musical support. There are many highlights here - more than just his heavily-played (at least on classic rock stations) anthem 'Dirty Laundry'. As with future Don Henley projects, this album switches from tender ballads to acid-tongued rockers with satisying results. In my opinion, there is not a weak song on this recording. Strong, country-tinged ballads include 'Long Way Home'(which would make a great country-pop cover tune for someone), 'Talking to the Moon', and the beautiful 'Lilah'. Good, uptempo tunes include 'Nobody's Business', the aforementioned 'Dirty Laundry' and the on-target, underrated 'Johnny Can't Read'. I've enjoyed listening to Henley's solo material these last couple of decades. He has remained musically strong and lyrically interesting and thought-provoking. Of what has been released, this one is still my favorite.