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Paula Abdul – Straight Up (US 12″ Promo)

Posted by DjPaulT on June 5th, 2013


A Side

“Straight Up” is a 1988 hit single by American singer and choreographer Paula Abdul.

“Straight Up” was the third single released from her debut album Forever Your Girl, after “Knocked Out” and “(It’s Just) The Way That You Love Me”. While the latter was enjoying success on the R&B charts, radio station KMEL in San Francisco started playing “Straight Up” from the album. The label decided to abandon “(It’s Just) The Way That You Love Me” and refocus its attention on “Straight Up”. The strategy paid off, as “Straight Up” was followed by three more number-one hits from the same album.

In the US, “Straight Up” reached the number-one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 by February 11, 1989, where it stayed for three consecutive weeks. “Straight Up” was one of the most popular R&B and dance-pop singles of the entire year, remaining in the Top 10 for seven weeks, the Top 20 for nine weeks, and the Top 40 for sixteen weeks. The success of “Straight Up” catapulted the “Forever Your Girl” album into the top 20 on the album chart. 2 more number-one hits from the album boost it up further into the top 5 where it lingered before it finally reached the pole position in October after a record-setting 64 weeks on the market.

Straight Up (Kevin Saunderson Mix) 6:51
Remix – Ben GrosseKevin Saunderson

Straight Up (Ultimix) 6:57
Remix – Bradley D. HinkleLes Massengale

Straight Up (Marley Marl Mix) 6:29
Remix – Marley Marl

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint (company)


Year Single Chart Position
1988 Straight Up U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #1
1988 Straight Up U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary #39
1988 Straight Up U.S. Billboard Hot R&B Singles #3
1988 Straight Up U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club/Play #2


Label: Virgin Records America, Inc. ‎– DMD 1295
Format: Vinyl, 12″, Promo, 45 RPM
Country: US
Released: 1988
Genre: Electronic
Style: House, Synth-pop
Credits: Co-producer – Keith Cohen
Producer – Elliot Wolff

Original version appears on the LP

Find The 12″ On DISCOGS

B Side

Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Adobe Photoshop CS5
Playlist Creator

All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
Downsampled to 24bit/96kHz and16bit /44kHz using iZotope RX Advanced 2
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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20 Responses to “Paula Abdul – Straight Up (US 12″ Promo)”

  1. Spring Says:

    Thank you very much Paul!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Spring 🙂


  2. mixhunter Says:

    Sweet! Marley Mark Mix!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thanks paul 🙂


  3. dazz22 Says:

    great site by the way love it any chance off topic by the way that you could re up the band aid japan import special

    regards dazz) mp3 will do if any


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Maybe not til around Christmas time.


    dazz22 Reply:

    thats fine good man ill keep an eye up till then


  4. guss Says:

    Thank you very much Paul!!!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Guss 🙂


  5. Doug Says:

    I remember the first time I heard this song on the radio, and Paula’s “Forever Your Girl” album was one of the first CDs I ever got. Strangely enough, just a few days ago I was looking for the 12-inch mixes of this song. I found a rip of the CD single, but this vinyl rip is definitely better! 🙂


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Doug I think the Marley Marl mix is longer than the version on CD single.


    Doug Reply:

    You’re right, the CD version of the Marley Marl Mix is 4:40. The CD mixes are all different from the vinyl. The CD does not have the Saunderson mix or Ultimix, but does have the 12″ Remix (6:54), Power Mix (3:01), House Mix (5:13), and 12″ Remix Edit (5:36).


  6. johnny Says:

    hello great post,by the way don´t you have Tears For Fears – Suffer The Children 12″, thanks


  7. chiko chevere Says:

    Thanks for posting this! I didn’t even know there were 2 Kevin remixes for Straight Up. I had only ever heard the “House Mix,” which I still love. If my memory serves me well and correctly, this was one of the first times tempo/pitch adjustment technology had been used on a mainstream pop song/remix. Bumped it up from +/- 96 bpm to 116/118, which was extremely cool back then! Nobody ever seems to mention or remember that… just like the Virgin folks didn’t know how to spell Kevin’s last name correctly on this release. (It was right on the House Mix 12″ though, so that’s something.) Kevin Saunderson is a house music/Detroit techno pioneer, a badass brother and still putting down the deep house beats today.

    Danny S.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Chiko Chevere I learned something new 🙂


  8. Sergio Says:

    The quality of this 12″ promo is really bad.there is a lot of sibilance through the recording and that cannot be fixed unfortunately.
    Do you have the original 12″ US? there are two different ones and they do not have sibilance.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Yeah Sergio it’s not a good pressing I tried to remove the sibilance without much luck. I have several US 12″ copies of this tune i’ll see if I have the other promo.


    Sergio Reply:

    Hi Paul,

    No need to be a promo the original 12″ US has a great sound.



  9. ric Says:

    Straight Up is Billboard’s #4 Pop Single for 1989 (Cold Hearted was ranked #6), and Paula was ranked the Top Pop and Top Dance Female Artist.
    Forever Your Girl is the first debut album to yield four #1 singles, and it took the slowest climb to top the Billboard 200 chart. It first crawled to the top for a week on its 61st week in the chart, and then returned to the summit again on its 81st week for nine more.
    Paula also broke Connie Francis’ 28 year-old record when she clocked up 68 consecutive weeks with at least one song inside the American Top 40. That is quite impressive eh?

    Love the song and the black-and-white video. The Saunderson Dance mixes are my favourite. Thanks Paul for your rip.


  10. Jason Says:

    Thanks for this one Paul. If you get the chance to post the other mixes that would be great. Don’t hurry though. I know you are busy and we appreciate the effort that you put into these posts.


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