"Rise Above 1" - Reeve Carney featuring Bono and The Edge


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Rise Above 1 (Studio Version) – Reeve Carney featuring Bono and The Edge

Background Information

The song “Rise Above 1” was the lead single from the musical soundtrack “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark”. The song is featured in the musical, however, this version of the song was recorded in studio and features Bono and The Edge on vocals along side the musical performer, Reeve Carney. The song was revealed on May 25, 2011 on American Idol with Bono, The Edge, and Carney present to perform the song. The song was made available for sale at 8pm EST that same day as a digital track on iTunes and Amazon. This version of the track was produced by Alex Da Kid, and differs from the version used in the soundtrack, which is released as “Rise Above 2”, and produced by Steve Lillywhite, on the full soundtrack album released on June 14, 2011.

Alex Da Kid is an English producer, who has worked heavily with actus such as Skyler Grey, Nicki Minaj and Rihanna. Alex Da Kid was working in studio with Mark Foster, of Foster the People when the track came in to be polished up. Mark Foster came up with the keyboards during the verses, and performed on the track. Additional bass and guitar was also recorded and mixed into the track by Da Kid.

Initially just a digital single was released, and the single debuted at number 74 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart after its release. However, a run of the single was pressed to CD and has been sold exclusively at the theatre in New York where performances are taking place, as well as through the website which sells merchandise for the theatre show. The CD features just one track, “Rise Above 1”. The cover of the CD and the digital single are the same image of Carney as Spider-Man looking to the right while unmasked. The CD single was stickered to read “From Spider-Man Turn off the Dark. Album available everywhere July 14th, Songs composed by Bono and The Edge”.

Liner Notes

Rise Above 1:
Music and lyrics by Bono and The Edge. Produced by Alex Da Kid for KIDinaKORNER. Additional Vocal production by Steve Lillywhite. Additional Bass and Guitars by J Browz. Additonal Keyboards by Mark Foster. Recorded at MSR Studios, New York. Vocal performance: Reeve Carney featuring Bono and The Edge, with Gerald Avery, Collin Baja, Marcus Bellamy, Emmanuel Brown, Jeb Brown, Matt Caplan, Dwayne Clark, Luther Creek, Craig Hennigsen, Dana Marie Ingraham, Ayo Jackson, Isobel Keating, Natalie Lomonte, Ken Marks, Kristen Martin, Jodi McFadden, Bethany Moore, Kristen Faith Oei, Kyle Post, Brandon Rubendall, Sean Samuels, Dollar Tan, Matthew James Thomas, CHristopher W. Tierney, Laura Beth Wells.

Executive Producers: Bono and The Edge.

Engineers: Lawrence Manchester, Angie Teo. Assitant Engineers: Ryan Kelly, Derik Lee, Gloria Kaba, Peter Wolford. Additional Mixing by: Lawrence Manchester. Mixed by Steve Lillywhite.

Guitars: Zane Carney, Matt Beck, Ben Butler. Additional Guitar: The Edge. Basses: Aiden Moore, Richard Hammond. Keyboards: Billy Jay Stein, Charles duChateau. Drums: Jon Epcor. Percussion: John Clancy. Hammered Dulcimer: Bill Ruyle. Concertmaster: Antoine Silverman. Violin / Viola: Christopher Cardona. Cello: Anja Wood. Trumpets: Don Downs, Tony Kadleck. French Horn: Thersa MacDonnell. Bass Trombone / Tuba: Marcus Rojas. Reeds: Aaron Heick.

Additional Musicians: Additional keyboards / programming: Shea Taylor. Violins: Michael Roth, Matt Lehmann, Entcho Todorov, Laura Frautschi, Lisa Matricardi, Dale Woodiel, Mary Whitaker, Sylvia D’Avanzo, Max Moston, Amy Kauffmann, Hector Falcon, Ann Lehmann, Claire Chan, Suzy Perelman, Louise Owen, Sean Carney. Violas: Hiroko Taguchi, Jonathan Dinklage, David Creswell. Celli: Sarah Carter, Wolfram Koessel, Emily Brausa, David Heiss. Bass: Pete Donovan, Dick Sarpola. French Horn: R.J. Kelley. Tombone / Bass Trombone: Timothy Albright. Trumpet: Michael Leonhurt. Tenor Sax / Alto Flute: David Mann. Baritone Sax: Roger Rosenberg.

Conductor: Kimberly Grigsby. Associate Conductor: Chales duChateau.


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