Paid Vacation (album)

Paid Vacation is the fourth studio album by American singer/songwriter Richard Marx, released in 1994.

Paid Vacation
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Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 8, 1994
RecordedJuly 1992 - December 1993
GenreRock, pop rock
Length49:38 (North America)
60:00 (International)
LabelCapitol
ProducerRichard Marx, Terry Thomas, Fee Waybill
Richard Marx chronology
Greatest Hits
(1993)
Paid Vacation
(1994)
Ballads
(1994)
Singles from Paid Vacation
  1. "Now And Forever"
  2. "Silent Scream"
  3. "The Way She Loves Me"
  4. "Nothing Left Behind Us"
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune3/4 stars [2]
Entertainment Weekly8/12 stars (B) [3]
Los Angeles Times2/4 stars [4]
People(Mixed)[5]

The album features "Now and Forever", Marx's ninth and final Top 10 hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and most successful single on the Adult Contemporary chart. It was issued as a lead single for the album and stayed atop the Billboard A/C chart for 11 consecutive weeks. The follow-up single "The Way She Loves Me" also achieved in Billboard, reaching the Top 20 on the Hot 100 and hitting #3 at Adult Contemporary radio.[6]

However, the album itself was less successful than his previous efforts. During a 23-week-long chart run on the U. S. Billboard 200, Paid Vacation only reached #37 and failed to climb higher than its predecessor Rush Street (#35).[6] Nevertheless, received his fourth successive Platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America in late 1994. The album sold well globally, especially in Japan, providing Marx with his first Gold record in that country. It was also a success in Southeast Asia, where it sold over 1.1 million copies by 1995, alongside Ballads.[7]

The album was dedicated to Marx's then-wife Cynthia Rhodes and sons Brandon, Lucas, and Jesse Marx.

Track listingEdit

All songs written and composed by Richard Marx, except where noted.

International release
  1. "The Way She Loves Me" – 4:15
  2. "One More Try" (Marx, Bruce Gaitsch) – 4:25
  3. "Silent Scream" – 3:52
  4. "Nothing to Hide" (Marx, Terry Thomas) – 5:33
  5. "Whole World to Save" (Marx, Fee Waybill) – 5:31  
  6. "Soul Motion" (Marx, Gaitsch) – 5:22
  7. "Now and Forever" – 3:32
  8. "Goodbye Hollywood" – 4:56
  9. "Heaven's Waiting" – 3:48
  10. "Nothing Left Behind Us" (Marx, Waybill) – 5:22
  11. "What You Want" – 3:49
  12. "One Man" – 5:12
  13. "Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)" (Billy Joel) – 4:32  
  14. "Baby Blues" (Marx, Gaitsch) – 0:53

  denotes additional tracks not included on North American releases. Aside from above bonus tracks, "Another Heaven" (4:31, located in track 15) was exclusively featured on the Japanese edition.

PersonnelEdit

  • Richard Marx – lead vocals, backing vocals (1, 3-6, 8-11), arrangements (1-5, 8, 10, 11, 12), horn arrangement (1), keyboards (2, 8), acoustic guitars (4), "Ooh" vocals (5), additional keyboards (6), finger snaps (9), acoustic piano (10, 13)
  • Bill Champlin – organ (1, 11, 12), backing vocals (5, 11), BGV arrangement (11)
  • Bill Payne – keyboards (3), organ (10), acoustic piano solo (10)
  • David Innis – organ (4)
  • Greg PhillinganesFender Rhodes (5), keyboards (6)
  • Mike Egizi – keyboards (13)
  • Bruce Gaitsch – arrangements (1, 2), guitars (1, 2, 3, 6, 8-12), acoustic guitar (7), mandolin (7)
  • Terry Thomas – guitars (4), backing vocals (4), arrangements (4)
  • Paul Warren – guitars (5, 13), guitar solo (12)
  • Leland Sklar – arrangements (1), bass (1, 8, 12)
  • Randy Jackson – bass (2, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 13), finger snaps (9)
  • Nathan East – bass (7)
  • Jonathan Moffett – drums (1, 2, 6, 8-11), finger snaps (9)
  • Russ Kunkel – drums (3)
  • Tony Baird – drums (4)
  • Jeff Porcaro – drums (12)
  • Myron Grombacher – drums (13)
  • Luis Conte – percussion (3)
  • Chris Trujillo – percussion (3, 5)
  • Ross Garfield – finger snaps (9)
  • Steve Grove – saxophone (1, 5)
  • Lee Thornburg – trombone (1), trumpet (1)
  • John "Juke" Logan – harmonica (11)
  • Lionel Richie – backing vocals (1)
  • Luther Vandross – backing vocals (1)
  • Cheryl Lynn – backing vocals (4)
  • Marilyn Martin – backing vocals (4, 8)
  • Max Carl – backing vocals (5, 11)
  • Ruth Marx – "Ooh" vocals (5)
  • Timothy B. Schmit – backing vocals (8)
  • Vince Gill – backing vocals (10)
  • Strings on "Now and Forever" – Jerry Goodman, Pavel Farkas, Israel Baker, Farhad Behroozi, Sid Page, Charlie Bisharat, Gailt Curz, James Getzoff and Henry Corbett; Strings arranged by Dick Marx.

ProductionEdit

  • Producers – Richard Marx (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 5-13); Terry Thomas (Track 4).
  • Lead vocals on Tracks 3, 5 & 10 co-produced by Fee Waybill.
  • Engineers – Bill Drescher (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 5-12); Bruce Gaitsch (Tracks 3 & 4); Richard Marx (Track 4); Rob Jacobs (Track 4); Terry Thomas (Track 4); Peter Doell (Track 13).
  • Mixing – Bill Drescher (Tracks 1, 3, 5-13); Mike Shipley (Track 2); Rafe McKenna (Track 4).
  • Mastered by Wally Traugott
  • Production Coordination – Susanne Marie Edgren
  • Art Direction – Larry Vigon
  • Design – Brian Johnson and Larry Vigon
  • Photography – Nels Israelson
  • Inner Photos – Al Silfen
  • Management – Left Bank Management

ChartsEdit

Peak positionsEdit

Chart (1994) Position
Australian ARIA Album Chart[8] 2
Austrian Albums Chart[9] 34
Canadian RPM Albums Chart[10] 32
Dutch Albums Chart[11] 70
German Media Control Albums Chart[12] 18
Japanese Oricon Albums Chart[13] 15
Norwegian Albums Chart[14] 9
Swedish Albums Chart[15] 6
Swiss Albums Chart[16] 7
UK Albums Chart[17] 11
US Billboard 200[18] 37

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (1994) Position
Japanese Albums Chart[19] 127
Swiss Albums Chart[20] 46

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[21] Gold 50,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[22] Gold 130,000[19]
United States (RIAA)[23] Platinum 1,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

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ReferencesEdit

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