Paid Vacation (album)

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Paid Vacation
Studio album by Richard Marx
Released February 8, 1994
December 2, 1999 (re-release)[1]
Recorded July 1993 - January 1994
Genre Rock, pop rock, adult contemporary
Length 49:38 (North America)
60:00 (International)
Label Capitol
Producer Richard 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
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]
Chicago Tribune 3/4 stars [3]
Entertainment Weekly 8/12 stars (B) [4]
Los Angeles Times 2/4 stars [5]
People (Mixed)[6]

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

The album features "Now And Forever", Marx's 9th 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 AC chart for 11 consecutive weeks. The follow-up single "The Way She Loves Me" also achieved modest success on the Billboard, reaching the top 20 on the Hot 100 and peaking at #3 on the AC chart.[7]

However, the album itself was less successful than his previous efforts. During a total of 23 week-long chart run on the U.S. Blllboard 200, Paid Vacation only reached #37 and failed to climb higher than its predecessor Rush Street.[7] Nevertheless, it managed to receive a Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America in late 1994. The album sold moderately well in Japan, providing Marx with his first Gold record in that country.

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

Track listing[edit]

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

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 dagger
  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 dagger
  14. "Baby Blues" (Marx, Gaitsch) – 0:53

dagger 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.

Album credits[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Engineers[edit]

  • Bill Drescher
  • Bruce Gaitsch
  • Rob Jacobs
  • Richard Marx
  • Terry Thomas

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

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  4. ^ Eddy, Chuck (1994-02-11). "MUSIC REVIEW > The Day > Kenneth Babyface Edmonds". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2014-03-01. 
  5. ^ Rosenbluth, Jean (1994-03-27). "Record Rack: In Brief: Richard Marx, "Paid Vacation"". latimes.com. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  6. ^ "Picks and Pans Review: Paid Vacation". people.com. 1994-02-28. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  7. ^ a b "Richard Marx - Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved March 7, 2014. 
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  12. ^ "Album Search: Richard Marx - Paid Vacation" (ASP) (in German). Media Control. Retrieved May 2, 2013. 
  13. ^ "ナウ・アンド・フォーエヴァー/リチャード・マークス-リリース-ORICON STYLE-ミュージック" [Highest position and charting weeks of Paid Vacation by Richard Marx]. oricon.co.jp (in Japanese). Oricon Style. Retrieved May 2, 2013. 
  14. ^ "norwegiancharts.com Richard Marx - Paid Vacation" (ASP). Retrieved May 2, 2010. 
  15. ^ "swedishcharts.com Richard Marx - Paid Vacation" (ASP). Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved May 2, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Richard Marx - Paid Vacation – hitparade.ch" (ASP). Hung Medien (in German). Swiss Music Charts. Retrieved May 2, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Richard Marx > Artists > Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved May 2, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Allmusic: Paid Vacation : Charts & Awards : Billboard Albums". allmusic.com. Retrieved May 2, 2013. 
  19. ^ a b Oricon Album Chart Book: Complete Edition 1970-2005. Roppongi, Tokyo: Oricon Entertainment. 2006. ISBN 4-87131-077-9. 
  20. ^ "Hitparade.ch - Schweizer Jahreshitparade 1994". Hung Medien. Retrieved May 2, 2013. 
  21. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Richard Marx – Paid Vacation". Music Canada. 
  22. ^ "RIAJ > The Record > September 1994 > Certified Awards (July 1994)". Recording Industry Association of Japan (in Japanese). Retrieved May 2, 2013. 
  23. ^ "American album certifications – Richard Marx – Paid Vacation". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH