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Paid Vacation

Richard MarxAudio CD
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For over 20 years, Richard Marx has consistently and powerfully made his mark on the music industry. His debut single "Don't Mean Nothing" and self-titled debut album kicked off his career as a solo artist in 1987 and went on to sell 3 million copies. His 1989 follow-up CD, “Repeat Offender,” became even more successful, selling over 7 million copies worldwide. From ... Read more in Amazon's Richard Marx Store

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  • Audio CD (February 8, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Emd/Capitol
  • ASIN: B000002UR0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,071 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Way She Loves Me
2. One More Try
3. Silent Scream
4. Nothing To Hide
5. Soul Motion
6. Now And Forever
7. Goodbye Hollywood
8. Heaven's Waiting
9. Nothing Left Behind Us
10. What You Want
11. One Man
12. Baby Blues

Editorial Reviews

Richard marx sings :The way she loves me; silent scream; nothing to hide; goodbye hollywood + many more

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marx Stretching His Musical Abilities To New Heights September 3, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Like most of his albums, Richard Marx's "Paid Vacation" was critically bashed. Unlike most earlier criticism, most of the critics didn't like Marx's venture into a more Nashville-progressive country sound, rather than the usual bashing of Marx's AOR songs. "Paid Vacation", in this author's opinion continues Marx's musical journey of writing finely-crafted songs that appeal to a broad audience, but in a new direction. "Hazard", one of the more popular songs from his previous album "Rush Street" provided a preview to the sound of "Paid Vacation". Many of the songs (Nothing Left Behind Us, Silent Scream, Heaven's Waiting) give us an acoustic-guitar based sound flavored with folk, country, and southern rock sounds only heard now on "Young Country" radio stations. Stylistically, "Paid Vacation" is Marx's first attempt at recording an album of songs that hang together as a whole. While not as diverse as his previous albums, there is the R & B sound of "Soul Motion", and the medium rocker "One More Try" that harken back to "Rush Street" and earlier days. Also continuing his tradition of writing honest songs from his own life experiences we get: "Goodbye Hollywood" (which echoes Billy Joel's song, although with Marx's own reasons for leaving L.A.), and the soul-stirring mega-smash "Now and Forever". Marx also penned the Martin Luther King, Jr. inspired "One Man" which features one of the last performances of the great drummer Jeff Pocaro before his tragic death. Also contributing: Lionel Richie, Luther Vandross, and Vince Gill, among others. Finally, we get a taste of Marx singing some Blues on the too-short "Baby Blues". Again, with Marx's attention to detail, honest music writing, and sensational vocals, "Paid Vacation" is one of the best musical vacations you can take.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Richard Marx: Paid Vacation (1994) February 24, 2005
Format:Audio CD
After the release of RUSH STREET, along with the release of the album's five singles, Richard Marx decided to take a two to three year break. In 1994, Richard Marx returned to the countdown with his long anticipated fourth album entitled, PAID VACATION. This album, does not quite match up to that of his first three albums, but I am, indeed, a person, who does have enough decency and common sense to give this album the chance it most certainly deserves. This album really is not that bad. You'll find out why.

The second single from the album. This song does not fit in well with Richard's previous material, but what can I say? This is a great song. You all might enjoy this one if you are a diehard Richard Marx fan.

A song that I can listen to all day long. The sound is also something Richard hasn't done before, but it is very well to my liking. From the first 30 seconds, I knew the song was going somewhere. By the way, Richard's song and George Michael's song are two different songs with the same title.

The fourth & final single from the album. Not bad. Basically because I was hoping that it would've been a ballad because the title makes it sound like it should have been a ballad.

Sounds like for this song, Richard decided to go back to his original sound. This is one of my favorite songs from this album.

Usually, I hate when a pop/rock artist records a song that is on the side of R&B, but Richard Marx recorded this song with an R&B sound that was nowhere near hateful. This song is this album's ultimate classic.

The first single from the album.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Family's Favourite Holiday Album March 22, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Richard Marx has always been a family favourite and we own every single one of his album is some shape or form (I own his first album on vinyl, my Mum and Dad have Repeat Offender on tape, I have Rush Street on CD, they also have this album and Flesh And Bone on CD and I own the Alvalon album on CD (Which I actually don't have in my posession at this moment in time since a friend is getting it to me).
I personally really liked a lot of the tracks on "Rush Street" especially the haunting "Hazard". Sadly, too much of it was pretty heavy on the rock side, so it is not a consistant album to listen to.
This album is one that I can sit through (except the last track). Some people believe this was the end of Richard Marx's days of greatness, but it seems artists that move on to bigger and better things are often misunderstood and classified as 'has beens'. This album is just fantastic, and the best track in my opinion would have to be "There Ain't Nothing Left Behind Us" since it always reminds me of the 'good old days' when we used to take a drive to the country when I was in grade 3.
A very laidback effort, but nonetheless I can't understand why anyone would not like it. It will always remain a special album to me since it is a part of my childhood that I will cherish.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Take This Vacation! March 3, 2002
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Format:Audio CD
Marx returned after his big "Rock" album "Rush Street" a few years earlier in 1991, with this smashing good CD. That album alienated some of his core audience, so Marx returned to a softer sound with this one. This album was the beginning of a new chapter for Marx as an artist and composer. A change for the good. This is his most stripped down and laid back album of his career. He was no longer the innocent pop star of the teen world in the late 80's. Things have changed and people grow up. Richard started too with this CD. His fans have followed, no matter what a review says on this page. "Now And Forever" was the big top ten hit single here, and it was one of his nicest ballads. No big splashy string arrangement or piano, it was just Richard and a guitar and a pretty melody with nice lyrics. "The Way She Loves Me" is a fun, happy up-tempo little number. Leaves a smile on your face. "One Man" is a strong song. One of his strongest to date. There are some fun up tempo songs here, like - "What You Want", "Goodbye Hollywood", "Nothing To Hide", and my personal favorite, "Heaven's Waiting". Then there is the soulfulish R&B number "Soul Motion". All in all, this is a very accoustic and mature CD. It would only get better with his follow up, "Flesh And Bones". This album pretty much signified the end of his splashy pop from his heyday. As much fun as it was, it needed to end. A maturing artist can't do that type of music forever, just like Backstreet Boys and N' Sync can't do the music they do when they get to their mid 30's or so. Richard has grown, and so has his talent and music. It's taken him in new and interesting directions with wonderful music. This one is no exception.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars love the songs
Richard just knows how to touch the soul with his lyrics and music. His music is timeless and love it
Published 3 months ago by Catherine E. Brennan
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite a good album with some great songs!
First of all, let me just start off by saying, I got this album just a day before I was supposed to receive it, but still,
I am glad I finally have it, since I was originally... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jacklyn Wright(Jackie)
4.0 out of 5 stars Though Not Platinum, It IS Richard Marx, after all !!!
I really like this album, even if it didn't enjoy the commercial success of his first two recordings. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Deborah Glad
5.0 out of 5 stars Richard Marx
Their nothing else to say here. The man is a legend. One of the best singer/songwriters in the business today.
Published 19 months ago by Patricia McClain
5.0 out of 5 stars joy to listen to
quite jazzy with some of the tracks, interestingly i am not much of a jazz fan but thoroughly enjoyed listening to these tracks
Published 22 months ago by jordantimmyful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic CD You need to have in your collection
Love ALL the songs. He's a fantastic singer, songwriter and producer. A Legend. Still busy touring and writing for himself and others. Read more
Published on March 18, 2012 by W.C.
3.0 out of 5 stars THREE STAR VACATION
Marx's PAID VACATION is standard formulaic nineties pop, delivered with strong professionalism and masterful musicianship. Read more
Published on February 14, 2012 by Michael Butts
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
Love the whole CD. This a must for any Richard Marx fan. Also purchase his new CD Stories to Tell another great one.
Published on August 29, 2011 by W.C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Paid Vacation by Richard marx
great CD. I loved all the songs, especially The Way She Loves Me. Has a very upbeat feel to it; can't help singing along.
Richard Marx is a great song writer and singer.
Published on May 27, 2011 by Catherine Dugan
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally awesome!!!!!!
Wow, wow, wow, wow Sir Richard Marks scores another touchdown with this release. I'm asked each day by drive thru employees what my favorite Richard Marks album is and each day I... Read more
Published on December 12, 2008 by McBowlerpimp
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