The Rise album was conceived in 1979 after the worldwide success of both the 7″ & 12″ versions of the single “Rise”, a song written by Andy Armer and Randy Badazz Alpert which became a #1 million selling hit song on sales charts, radio, and in dance clubs throughout America, Europe, and Japan.
Rise was constructed with Side One consisting of original songs composed by Herb, Andy and Randy. Side Two consisted of cover versions of songs Herb had admired. All songs featured Alpert on trumpet with many great musicians helping him bring the songs to fruition in the studio.
Side One began with the song, “1980”, an instrumental theme written by Herb Alpert which NBC Sports executive Don Ohlmeyer had originally commissioned for the network’s planned coverage of the Summer Olympics in Moscow, but was used seven years later for as the official theme song for NBC’s telecast of the 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico. Song number 2 was the title track, “Rise”, a #1 hit written by Andy Armer and Randy Badazz Alpert. Song number 3 was, “Behind The Rain” written by Herb Alpert. The closing song on Side One is another Andy Armer and Randy Badazz Alpert song called “Rotation”, which was a Top 30 follow-up single to “Rise”. Side Two included a cover of “Street Life,” originally recorded by The Jazz Crusaders, a version of the Bill Withers song “Love Is” featuring Alpert’s vocals, as well as a dance rendition of Joaquín Rodrigo’s “Aranjuez” classical composition.
Rise was the first album to be recorded digitally on the 3M 32-track digital recorder at Alpert’s A&M Records studios.
The album eventually peaked at #1 on the Billboard Jazz Album chart, and at #6 on both the Billboard Pop 200 and R&B Album charts and sold over 3 million copies.
1 1980 (Herb Alpert) 2:25
2 Rise (Andy Armer, Randy Badazz) 7:37
3 Behind The Rain (Herb Alpert) 5:32
4 Rotation (Andy Armer, Randy Badazz) 5:11
5 Aranjuez (Mon Amour) (Joaquín Rodrigo) 6:41
6 Love Is (Bill Withers, Paul Smith) 4:28
7 Angelina (Gary Brooker, Peter Sinfield) 4:12
8 Street Life (Joe Sample, Will Jennings) 5:02
|Bass||Abraham Laboriel Sr|
|Fender Rhodes||Andy Armer|
3 Behind The Rain
|Bass||Abraham Laboriel Sr|
|Bass||James Jamerson Jr|
|Drums||Harvey Mason Sr|
6 Love Is
|Steel Guitar||Jay Dee Maness|
8 Street Life
|Acoustic Guitar||Abraham Laboriel Sr|
Producer – Herb Alpert, Randy Badazz
Producer (Associate) – Andy Armer
Concertmaster – Paul Shure (Tracks 3, 5)
Concertmaster – Harry Bluestone (Track 8)
Contractor (String Contractor) – Benjamin Barrett (Tracks 3, 5)
Engineer – Don Hahn (Tracks 1, 2, 8)
Engineer (Assisted By) – Don Koldon (Tracks 1, 2, 8)
Engineer – Mark Smith (Tracks 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
Engineer (Assisted B)] – Skip Cottrell, Steve Katz (Tracks 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
Mastered By – Bernie Grundman
Mixed By (Assisted By) – Don Koldon
Mixed By (Re-Mixed By) – Don Hahn
Orchestrated By – Herb Alpert, Michel Colombier (Track 1)
Orchestrated By (Strings) – Thomas Washington (Track 3)
Orchestrated By – Gene Page, Herb Alpert, Michel Colombier (Track 8)
Published By – Almo Music Corp.
Published By – Badazz Music
Published By – Four Knights Music Co.
Published By – Irving Music, Inc.
Published By – Bleu Nig
Published By – Blue Beard Music Ltd.
Published By – Éditions Salabert
Phonographic Copyright (p) – A&M Records, Inc.
Recorded At – A&M Studios
Distributed By – CBS Records
Copyright (c) – A&M Records, Inc.
Lacquer Cut At – A&M Mastering Studios
Pressed By – Monarch Record Mfg. Co.