Repeat Offender (Richard Marx album)

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Repeat Offender
Studio album by Richard Marx
Released May 1989
Recorded 1988-89 at A&M Studios, Capitol Studios, Lion Share, Cherokee Studios, and Sunset Sound Studios
Genre Rock, Classic rock
Length 49:16
Label Capitol
Producer Richard Marx, David Cole
Richard Marx chronology
Richard Marx
(1987)
Repeat Offender
(1989)
Rush Street
(1991)

Repeat Offender is the second studio album by singer/songwriter Richard Marx. Released in mid-1989, it reached No. 1 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart. The album went on to sell over five million copies in the US alone (several times that worldwide) due to five major singles on the Billboard charts, including two No. 1 hits: "Satisfied" and the Platinum-certified "Right Here Waiting".

History[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
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After touring for fourteen months on his first album, Marx returned to the studio with a number of songs that had been written while on the road. The album was recorded with well-known L.A.-area studio musicians and would go on to become even more successful than his debut record, pushing Prince out of the #1 spot on Billboard 200 album chart. It went triple platinum within a few months and eventually sold over 5 million US copies. Repeat Offender was the result of the energy generated from over a year and a half on the road and was written or co-written entirely by Marx. "Some people might think that it would be easier this time around, that I could just kick back." Marx said at the time, "but the truth is, it’s harder, I’ve got more to prove."

The first two singles, "Satisfied" and the platinum-selling "Right Here Waiting," both reached #1, completing a string of three consecutive No. 1 singles. When the third single from Repeat Offender, "Angelia" climbed to #4, Marx became the first solo artist to reach the Top 5 with his first seven singles. Since then, "Right Here Waiting" has been covered numerous times, most notably by Monica and 112 in a 1998 duet.

Another single from the album, "Children of the Night", was written in support of the suburban Los Angeles (Van Nuys)-based organization for runaways.[1][2][3] It became the sixth single from the album, and all royalties were donated to the charity.[2][3]

Marx's second world tour began in the spring of 1989 and took him to Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, Europe, Canada, and the United States, lasting through August 1990. Highlights of that tour included a performance in the prestigious Royal Albert Hall in London and an invitation from Tina Turner to tour Germany.

Marx also had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform The Beatles' "Help!" at the Berlin Wall in late 1989. Marx also received his second Grammy nomination in 1990 for "Best Pop Vocal Performance — Male" for "Right Here Waiting".[4]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Richard Marx, unless otherwise noted. 

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Nothin' You Can Do About It"       4:44
2. "Satisfied"       4:14
3. "Angelia"       5:17
4. "Too Late to Say Goodbye"   Fee Waybill   4:52
5. "Right Here Waiting"       4:24
6. "Heart On the Line"   Marx, Bruce Gaitsch Marx, Gaitsch 4:43
7. "Real World"       4:14
8. "If You Don't Want My Love"   Waybill   4:07
9. "That Was Lulu" (only on CD and Minidisc issues) Dean Pitchford   3:44
10. "Wild Life" (Japanese bonus track) Marx, Rick Springfield Marx, Springfield 4:08
11. "Wait for the Sunrise"       4:15
12. "Children of the Night"       4:45

Singles[edit]

The following singles were released from the album, with the highest charting positions listed.

# Title Date United States United Kingdom
1. "Satisfied" 1989 1 52
2. "Right Here Waiting" 1 2
3. "Angelia" 4 45
4. "Too Late to Say Goodbye" 1990 12 38
5. "Children of the Night" 13 54

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • All tracks arranged by Richard Marx, with assistance by Steve Lukather (track 1), Jeffrey Vanston (track 3) and Bruce Gaitsch (track 6)
  • Produced by Richard Marx and David Cole
  • Recorded by David Cole; assisted by Peter Doell
  • Mixed by David Cole
    • Assistant Engineers (recording and mix): Laura Livingston, Mark McKenna, Brian Scheuble, Bob Vogt, Charlie Paakkari, Leslie Ann Jones, Mike Bosley, Jay Lean, David Night, Tom Fouce
  • Mastered by Wally Traugott

Chart performance[edit]

Year Chart Position
1989 The Billboard 200 Albums Chart 1
Australian ARIA Albums Chart

Album certifications[edit]

  • U.S. Certification: 4× Platinum (4,000,000 as of Apr. 1999) by RIAA.

Miscellaneous[edit]

  • The Japanese version of the album contained a bonus track, "Wild Life".
  • The album was dedicated to Gabrielle de Martino.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Richard Marx". MTV Artists. 2012. Retrieved December 18, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Amy Dulebohn (September 23, 2011). "Singer, songwriter and producer Richard Marx to perform acoustic show at Weinberg". The Herald-Mail (Hagerstown, Maryland). Retrieved December 18, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Richard Marx coming to Kirtland Oct. 15". Petoskey News-Review (Petoskey, Michigan). October 4, 2011. Retrieved December 18, 2013. 
  4. ^ "32nd Grammy Awards — 1990 presented February 22, 1990". Rock on the Net. Retrieved 2007-04-15. 
Preceded by
Batman (soundtrack) by Prince
Billboard 200 number-one album
September 2–8, 1989
Succeeded by
Hangin' Tough by New Kids on the Block
Preceded by
The Premiere Collection
by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
September 11 – October 29, 1989
Succeeded by
Warragul by John Williamson