1989 Richard Marx – Repeat Offender

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”.

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. It became the sixth single from the album, and all royalties were donated to the charity.

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”.

Tracks

1  Nothin’ You Can Do About It (Richard Marx) 4:44
Satisfied (Richard Marx) 4:14
Angelia (Richard Marx) 5:18
Too Late To Say Goodbye (Richard Marx, Fee Waybill) 4:53
Right Here Waiting (Richard Marx) 4:24
6  Heart On The Line (Richard Marx, Bruce Gaitsch) 4:43
7  Real World (Richard Marx) 4:15
8  If You Don’t Want My Love (Richard Marx, Fee Waybill) 4:07
9  That Was Lulu (Richard Marx, Dean Pitchford) 3:45
10  Wait For The Sunrise (Richard Marx) 4:16
10  Children Of The Night (Richard Marx) 4:45

Media

Musicians

1 Nothin’ You Can Do About It

BassJohn Pierce
DrumsMike Baird
Guitar (solo)Steve Lukather
OrganBill Champlin
PianoMichael Omartian
Background VocalsBill Champlin
Background VocalsBobby Kimball


2 Satisfied

BassRandy Jackson
DrumsMike Baird
Guitar (solo)Mike Landau
GuitarBruce Gaitsch
KeyboardsCJ Vanston
OrganBill Payne
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
Background VocalsCynthia Rhodes


3 Angelia

BassJim Cliff
DrumsPrairie Prince
Guitar (solo)Mike Landau
GuitarBruce Gaitsch
KeyboardsCJ Vanston
SaxMarc Russo


4 Too Late To Say Goodbye

BassJim Cliff
DrumsPrairie Prince
Guitar (solo)Mike Landau
Acoustic GuitarBruce Gaitsch
KeyboardsCJ Vanston
Background VocalsFee Waybill


5 Right Here Waiting

GuitarBruce Gaitsch
KeyboardsCJ Vanston


6 Heart On The Line

BassRandy Jackson
DrumsPrairie Prince
Guitar (solo)Bruce Gaitsch
GuitarMike Landau
SaxMarc Russo
Background VocalsTommy Funderburk


7 Real World

BassJim Cliff
DrumsJohn Keane
GuitarMike Landau
Guitar (solo)Jon Walmsley
Guitar (solo)Paul Warren
SaxDavid Koz
Background VocalsBill Champlin
Background VocalsBobby Kimball


8 If You Don’t Want My Love

BassRandy Jackson
DrumsJR Robinson
Guitar (solo)Bruce Gaitsch
KeyboardsCJ Vanston
OrganBill Champlin
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
Background VocalsBill Champlin
Background VocalsBobby Kimball


9 That Was Lulu

BassJim Cliff
DrumsMike Derosier
GuitarPaul Warren
GuitarJon Walmsley
OrganBill Champlin
SaxDavid Koz
Background VocalsBill Champlin
Background VocalsBobby Kimball


10 Wait For The Sunrise

BassJim Cliff
DrumsJohn Keane
Guitar (solo)Mike Landau
GuitarPaul Warren
KeyboardsCJ Vanston
KeyboardsBill Cuomo


11 Children Of The Night

BassRandy Jackson
DrumsPrairie Prince
Guitar (solo)Mike Landau
KeyboardsMichael Omartian
KeyboardsCJ Vanston
SaxLarry Williams
SaxMarc Russo
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa

Liner Notes

Producer – Richard Marx
Producer – David Cole
Arranged By – Richard Marx
Arranged By – Steve Lukather (Track 1)
Arranged By – CJ Vanston (Tracks 3, 5)
Arranged By – Bruce Gaitsch (Track 6)
Coordinator (Production) – Susanne Marie Edgren
Engineer – David Cole
Engineer (Additional) – Peter Doell
Engineer (Assisted) – Bob Vogt, Brian Scheuble, Charlie Paakkari, David Night, Jay Lean, Laura Livingston, Leslie Ann Jones, Mark McKenna, Mike Bosley, Tom Fouce
Management – Allen Kovac, Left Bank Management
Mastered By – Wally Traugott
Mixed By – David Cole

Mastered At – Capitol Mastering
Recorded At – A&M Studios
Recorded At – Capitol Studios
Recorded At – Lion Share Recording Studios
Recorded At – Cherokee Studios
Recorded At – Sunset Sound
Mixed At – Lion Share Recording Studios
Published By – Chi-Boy Music
Published By – Feesongs
Published By – Edge Of Fluke Music
Published By – Pitchford Music
Published By – Robbie Porter Music
Phonographic Copyright (p) – EMI USA
Copyright (c) – EMI USA
Manufactured By – Toshiba EMI Ltd