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Richard Marx – Should’ve Known Better (US 12″ Promo)

Posted by DjPaulT on October 9th, 2013


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Re-Rip Newly Remastered!

Originally I posted this one on September 9, 2010. But for those who may have missed it or if you are a new reader just discovering BTG. I decided to give this one a new rip with my newer Ortofon Super 30 stylus. This 12″ is also being posted in 24 bit flac for the very first time!

“Should’ve Known Better” is a song written and performed by American pop-rock singer Richard Marx, and released in August 8, 1987 as the second single from his eponymous debut album. The song peaked at number three on the US Billboard Hot 100 as well as #7 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart in 1987.

Marx became the first solo artist in recording history to reach the top three of the Billboard Hot 100 with four singles from a debut album.

Released in August 8, 1987 as the second single from his debut solo album, “Should’ve Known Better” entered the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 on September 26, 1987 at number 64, the highest debut of the week. The single also peaked at number 20 on the U.S. Adult Contemporary chart. Elsewhere, the single reached number 50 in the United Kingdom.

Should’ve Known Better (Rock Radio Version) 4:32
Producer – Humberto Gatica
Remix – David Cole (4)
Written-By – Richard Marx

Should’ve Known Better (LP Version) 4:10
Producer – Humberto Gatica
Written-By – Richard Marx

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint


Year Single Chart Position
1987 Should’ve Known Better U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #3
1987 Should’ve Known Better U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks #7
1987 Should’ve Known Better U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks #20


Label: EMI-Manhattan Records – SPRO-79115
Format: Vinyl, 12″, Promo
Country: US
Released: 1987
Genre: Rock
Style: Pop Rock
Credits: Design [Designer] – Koppel & Scher
Photography – Nels

Promotional 12″ Exclusively For Radio
from the Album, Cassette & Compact Disc “RICHARD MARX”

Find The 12″ On DISCOGS

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Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
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Soundcard: ESI Juli@
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
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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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9 Responses to “Richard Marx – Should’ve Known Better (US 12″ Promo)”

  1. Spring Says:

    Thank you very much dear Paul!
    I love early Richard Marx. “Should’ve Known Better” is a very good song.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Spring 🙂


  2. Stefano Says:

    I love his music. What a great voice. Such a pity that his success declined after ‘Hazard’. Maybe due to the fact that in general American A/C pop rock had to make place for early hiphop and house in the beginning of the ’90s.
    But for now we can go back to the 80s for 9 minutes, nice!


    Stefano Reply:

    But did I just really forget to mention the most important comment: that we welcome another re-rip to the blog??? Yeah!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Yeah like most A/C artists from that time period radio used them up and spit them out. Richard still gets played though on our local A/C stations.


    ric Reply:

    Richard did have his last hurrah with Now And Forever in 1994, a #1 on the AC charts for 11 weeks!!!
    Thanks for posting another re-rip, Paul.
    Richard was the male Debbie Gibson from 1987 to 1988…both releasing a string of Tops 5 hits from their respective debut albums.


  3. Mono Says:

    Thank you, this if by far my favorite Richard Marx tune. Dat instrumental part near the end.


  4. Sean (D.J. Pegasus) Says:

    Thank you very much for re-ripping this. I have the copy you posted in 2010 and this one is SO much better where the sibilance is concerned! (Noticeable right at the start of the vocals in the LP version.) Thanks again for your work!


  5. Grant Says:

    Thank you for this Paul! Wonderful!


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