My Own Best Enemy

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My Own Best Enemy
Studio album by Richard Marx
Released August 10, 2004
Recorded Renegade Studio, Capitol Studio B, Noise In The Attic, The Blue Room, Ocean Way, Blackbird Studios, Seventeen Grand Studio, Westlake Audio
Genre Adult contemporary, soft rock
Length 50:29
Label Manhattan Records
Producer Richard Marx and David Cole
Richard Marx chronology
Timeline
(2000)
My Own Best Enemy
(2004)
Duo
(2008)
Singles from My Own Best Enemy
  1. "When You're Gone"
    Released: July 2004
  2. "Ready To Fly"
    Released: May 2005

My Own Best Enemy is the seventh studio album by soft rock singer/songwriter Richard Marx. The album hit #126 on the Billboard album chart in 2004.[1] The album produced two singles, "When You're Gone" and "Ready To Fly." Both of them reached the 'Hot Adult Top 40' chart. "Ready To Fly" also hit #22 on the 'Adult contemporary' chart.[2]

The album marked a return to the microphone for Marx, who had spent the early-2000s as a successful songwriter and producer, after the comparatively weak commercial reception of his last album in 2000.[2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Richard Marx, except "Suspicion" co-written by Fee Waybill.

  1. "Nothing Left To Say" - 3:57
  2. "When You're Gone" - 4:24
  3. "One Thing Left" - 3:55
  4. "Loves Goes On" - 3:35
  5. "Ready To Fly" - 4:39
  6. "Again" - 6:17
  7. "Colder" - 3:09
  8. "Everything Good" - 3:18
  9. "The Other Side" - 4:56
  10. "Someone Special" - 4:15
  11. "Suspicion" - 3:56
  12. "Falling" - 5:13

Bonus Tracks on Japanese release
• "Endless Summer Nights (Live Version)" - 4:30

Bonus Tracks on U.S. Target Exclusive release
7243 4 73450 2 9

  1. "Should've Known Better" (Acoustic) - 3:46
  2. "Don't Mean Nothing" (Acoustic) - 3:57
  3. "When You're Gone" (Acoustic) - 3:44
  4. "Hazard" (Acoustic) - 4:10
  5. "Endless Summer Nights" (Live Performance) - 4:25

Singles/Chart History[edit]

Year Song US A.C. US Adult Top 40 Germany
2004 "When You're Gone" - 20 -
2005 "Ready To Fly" 22 29 48

Album credits[edit]

Personnel[edit]

  • Stephen Balderston - cello
  • Greg Bissonette - drums
  • John Blasucci - drum programming
  • Steve Brewster - drums
  • Mark Browne - bass guitar
  • David Cole - producer, virtual synthesizer, synthesizer, keyboard pad
  • Cliff Colnot - cello orchestration
  • J.T. Cornflos - electric guitar, other guitars
  • Eric Darken - percussion
  • Shane Fontayne - electric guitar, other guitars
  • Paul Franklin - steel guitar
  • Bruce Gaitsch - acoustic guitar
  • Matt Laug - drums
  • Michael Landau - electric guitar, other guitars
  • Arif Mardin - strings arranger
  • Richard Marx - producer, writer, arranger, strings arranger, lead vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano, keyboards, background vocals
  • Lance Morrison - bass guitar
  • Gary Smith - keyboards, Hammond B3 organ
  • Michael Thompson - acoustic guitar, electric guitar, other guitars
  • Keith Urban - other guitars, background vocals
  • Matt Walker - drums
  • Fee Waybill - writer
  • Glen Worf - bass guitar
  • Jessica Andrews - background vocals

The Amazing Nashville String Players

  • Cello
    • Anthony LaMarchina
    • Carol Rabinowitz
    • Sari Reist
  • Violins
    • David Angell
    • David Davidson
    • Connie Ellisor
    • Gerald Greer
    • Connie Heard
    • Pam Sixfin
    • Chris Teal
    • Kathy Umstead
    • Mary Kathryn Vanosdale
  • Violas
    • Jim Grosjean
    • Gary Vanosdale
    • Kris Wilkingson

Engineers[edit]

Miscellaneous[edit]

  • Someone Special is a re-make rock version from a previous version (country version) originally from the Days In Avalon album
  • Album was dedicated to Cynthia Rhodes Marx

References[edit]

  1. ^ "My Own Best Enemy Chart History". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2008-05-28. 
  2. ^ a b http://www.allmusic.com/album/r701998