Blue Note Records Inks Deal with Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famer Al Green


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On November 18, 2003, Blue Note Records will release I Can't Stop, the new album by Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and towering soul music figure Al Green. The album was recorded at Royal Studios in Memphis, TN, the same studio that gave birth to Green's unprecedented string of hits in the 1970's; a string that earned Green worldwide acclaim, and record sales in excess of 20 million copies.

I Can't Stop marks both a new chapter and an historic homecoming for Al Green. The album was produced and arranged by Willie Mitchell, who oversaw all of Green's classic 1970s recordings. Mitchell also co-wrote eight of the album's twelve original tracks with Green (the other four tracks were written by Green alone). I Can't Stop also features many of the same musicians that who recorded with Green at Royal in the 1970s: Guitarist Mabon “Teenie" Hodges; bassist Leroy Hodges; backing vocalists Donna Rhodes, Charlie Chalmers, and Sandra Rhodes; and the Royal Horns.

I Can't Stop is the first secular album that Al Green has recorded with Willie Mitchell since 1976's Have A Good Time. That album came on the arc of several recordings that to this day, remain among the most beloved in soul music, including: “Tired of Being Alone" (1971), “Let's Stay Together" (1971), “I'm Still In Love With You" (1972), “Love and Happiness" (1972), “Call Me" (1973), “Here I Am" (1973) and many others.

In the intervening years, Green has largely turned his talents to gospel music, founding a church in Memphis - the Full Gospel Tabernacle, where he still preaches regularly - and recording a series of albums that have earned the singer eight Grammys in gospel categories.

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