Don Henley – I Can’t Stand Still (1982/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Don Henley – I Can’t Stand Still (1982/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 00:42:45 | 934 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Front Cover | © Asylum Records
Recorded: 1981-82, Record One, Sherman Oaks, California.

I Can’t Stand Still is Don Henley’s debut solo album and was released on August 13, 1982. Recorded after the breakup of The Eagles, the album featured the hit single “Dirty Laundry”. The album was produced by Don Henley and Greg Ladanyi and peaked at #24 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart.

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. –Mike DeGagne

1 I Can’t Stand Still 3:34
2 You Better Hang Up 3:22
3 Long Way Home 5:29
4 Nobody’s Business 3:44
5 Talking To The Moon 4:39
6 Dirty Laundry 5:36
7 Johnny Can’t Read 3:33
8 Them And Us 4:01
9 La Eile 0:53
10 Lilah 4:08
11 The Unclouded Day 3:37

Don Henley – drums, keyboards, vocals, background vocals, gut string guitar
Ras Baboo – percussion, timbales
Derek Bell – harp
Kenny Edwards – bass, guitar, electric guitar
Steve Foreman – percussion
Bob Glaub – bass
Louise Goffin – vocals, gut string guitar
Andrew Gold – keyboards
Max Gronenthal – vocals, gut string guitar
George Gruel – vocals, background vocals
Garth Hudson – synthesizer
Maren Jensen – vocals, gut string guitar
Danny “Kootch” Kortchmar – synthesizer, bass, guitar, electric guitar, rhythm guitar, keyboards, background vocals, synclavier baritone guitar
Russ Kunkel – drums
Steve Lukather – guitar
Paddy Moloney – whistle, Uillean pipes
Jeff Porcaro – drums, maracas
Steve Porcaro – synthesizer
Timothy B. Schmit – bass guitar, vocals, background vocals, gut string guitar
Leland Sklar – bass
J.D. Souther – acoustic guitar, vocals, gut string guitar
Benmont Tench – keyboards
Waddy Wachtel – electric guitar
Ian Wallace – drums
Joe Walsh – lead guitar
Mark Williams – drums
Bill Withers – vocals, gut string guitar
Warren Zevon – vocals, gut string guitar on “Them and Us”