Rise (Herb Alpert album)

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ReleasedSeptember 1979 (LP); 1987 (A&M Records CD); 2007 (Shout! Factory CD)
GenrePop; jazz-funk, dance
LabelA&M; Shout! Factory
ProducerHerb Alpert; Randy "Badazz" Alpert
Herb Alpert chronology
Main Event Live
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
Smash Hits6/10[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide2/5 stars[3]

Rise is a 1979 album by Herb Alpert.


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.

Track listing[edit]

Original version[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. 1980 (2:25) (Herb Alpert)
  2. Rise (7:37) (Andy Armer, Randy "Badazz" Alpert)
  3. Behind the Rain (5:34) (Herb Alpert)
  4. Rotation (5:12) (Andy Armer, Randy "Badazz" Alpert)

Side two[edit]

  1. Street Life (5:01) (Joe Sample, Will Jennings)
  2. Love Is (4:28) (Bill Withers, Paul Smith)
  3. Angelina (4:13) (Pete Sinfield, Gary Brooker)
  4. Aranjuez (Mon Amour) (6:42) (Joaquín Rodrigo)

2007 reissue[edit]

  1. 1980 (2:25)
  2. Rise (7:37)
  3. Behind the Rain (5:34)
  4. Rotation (5:12)
  5. Aranjuez (Mon Amour) (6:42)
  6. Love Is (4:28)
  7. Angelina (4:13)
  8. Street Life (5:01)
  9. Rotation (Alternate Version) (4:28)
  10. Aranjuez (Mon Amour) (2007 Dance Remix) (5:08)


  • Produced By Herb Alpert & Randy "Badazz" Alpert
  • Engineers: Don Hahn, Mark Smith
  • Assistant Engineers: Don Koldon, Skip Cottrell, Steve Katz
  • Remixed By Don Hahn; Assisted By Don Koldon


  1. ^ "Rise - Herb Alpert - Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  2. ^ Starr, Red. "Albums". Smash Hits (November 15–28, 1979): 31.
  3. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 8. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  • Liner notes, 2007 Shout! Factory CD.