Rise Above (Epic Soundtracks album)

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Rise Above
Studio album by Epic Soundtracks
Released September 1992
Recorded 1992 (Wake the Dead Studio, London); except "Fallen Down" May 1991 (Fun City Studio, New York),
Genre Acoustic, folk rock, post-punk
Length 45:09
Label Rough Trade, Bar/None
Producer Epic Soundtracks, Victor Van Vugt
Epic Soundtracks chronology
Popular Classical
Rise Above
Sleeping Star
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Rise Above is the 1992 solo full-length debut album by singer-songwriter Epic Soundtracks (stage name of Kevin Paul Godfrey), who had previously been known as the drummer/pianist with the bands Swell Maps, Jacobites, Crime & the City Solution and These Immortal Souls.

Other musicians appearing on the album include Lee Ranaldo and Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth), J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr.), Martyn Casey (The Bad Seeds), Anthony Thistlethwaite (The Waterboys), Will Pepper (Thee Hypnotics) and Rowland S. Howard (The Birthday Party).

This album followed a whole decade of insecurity regarding his own singing (his earlier release Popular Classical featured Robert Wyatt on vocals) and passionate record collecting.[2] The latter is evident in typeface and colours on the cover of the album, as well as the lyrics to "Sad Song", alluding to The Beach Boys' album Pet Sounds and its song "Caroline, No", respectively.

The album was re-released by Troubadour (Easy Action) on CD in November 2015, remastered, with new and extensive sleeve notes and with a bonus CD including work in progress and early versions of the songs on the album. Spanish label Mapache also issued the album on vinyl.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed and arranged by Epic Soundtracks

  1. "Fallen Down"
  2. "Farmer's Daughter"
  3. "Ruthless"
  4. "Everybody Else is Wrong"
  5. "I Feel Good"
  6. "Big Apple Graveyard"
  7. "I Don't Know"
  8. "Meet Me on the Beach"
  9. "Sad Song"
  10. "She Sleeps Alone / Love Fucks You Up"
  11. "Wild Situation"
  12. "She Sleeps Alone"


  • Epic Soundtracks - vocals, piano, bass, drums, organ, guitar
  • Martyn P. Casey - bass
  • Lee Ranaldo - guitar on "Fallen Down"
  • J Mascis - drums on "Farmer's Daughter", "Big Apple Graveyard", "She Sleeps Alone"
  • Anthony Thistlethwaite - saxophone on "Farmer's Daughter", "Everybody Else is Wrong", "I Don't Know"
  • Kim Gordon - vocals on "Big Apple Graveyard"
  • Will Pepper - bass on "Meet Me on the Beach"
  • Rowland S. Howard - guitar on "Meet Me on the Beach", "Wild Situation"; slide guitar on "Sad Song"
  • Judy Anderson - cello on "Big Apple Graveyard", "Sad Song", "She Sleeps Alone"
  • Chris Lee - trumpet on "Big Apple Graveyard", "She Sleeps Alone"
  • Liz Corcoran - violin on "Big Apple Graveyard", "Sad Song", "She Sleeps Alone"
  • Natasha McCluney - vocals on "She Sleeps Alone"
  • Henry Olsen - string arrangements
  • Bleddyn Butcher - photography


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Those Who the Gods Love... Epic Soundtracks by Nikki Sudden