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The Rising Place
(2002)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:
Conrad Pope

Vocal Performances by:
Jennifer Holliday
Kendall Payne
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Lakeshore Records
(November 5th, 2002)
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Regular U.S. release, though completely out of print as of 2007.
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Buy it... if the melodic sensibilities of Rachel Portman, the soft, whispering tones of The Spitfire Grill, and the parochial flavor of Fried Green Tomatoes all appeal to you.

Avoid it... if you are expecting a piece as original in style as Conrad Pope's superior Pavilion of Women, or if you have adverse reactions to gospel or Southern folk music.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,492
WRITTEN 10/1/03, REVISED 3/3/09
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The Rising Place: (Conrad Pope) For the directorial debut of Tom Rice, The Rising Place is a simple love story set in the deep American South during World War II, with themes of racial relations, religious connections, and sorrowful loss serving to address the environment of an innocent period. Every aspect of the film's production is saturated with all that is Americana, combining several different musical requirements into one little slice of history and location. The film passed without much attention in 2002, as did the score by Conrad Pope. For a long time, Pope had been orchestrating scores for major composers, including John Williams, but he served notice to the film music community in 2001 that he intended to break into the composing business himself in a big way. That unfortunately may not have happened in the long run, and his score for that year's Pavilion of Women went equally unnoticed by many mainstream fans. Those listeners who had the fortune of hearing that work, however, were almost always positive about its orchestral mastery. The equally thoughtful music for The Rising Place marked the second time that a score by Pope had experienced an album release. It features a strong, pastoral effort from the composer and several songs by Grammy award-winning performer Jennifer Holliday, who reportedly wrote her own songs (and performed new ones) only rarely during this time. Used as source pieces in many circumstances, the songs are an integral part of the film; this is, with the exception of the opening piece co-written by Pope, "God Bless the Heartaches," adapting themes heard throughout the score that form the overall work's heart (as well as David Foster's songwriting harmonics), and performed in yearning Country Western format by Kendall Payne. The rest of the vocal performances are by Holliday, whose rich, textured voice best captures the spirit of the South during the era depicted. The songs, spread throughout the score on album, do hinder listeners who are interested in solely focusing on Pope's material, and anyone offended by Gospel songs (which are, in this case, a bit heavy-handed and burdensome in the tiresome topics of God and Jesus Christ) may be frustrated with the listening experience. Many of these performances are, though, effectively solemn reminders of the pains of wartime at home.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 65:09
• 1. God Bless the Heartaches - performed by Kendall Payne (3:47)
• 2. You've Got to Rise Up - performed by Jennifer Holliday (2:57)
• 3. Prologue/Hamilton, MS - performed by Jennifer Holliday (3:45)
• 4. Emily's New Home (2:07)
• 5. Jumpin' at the USO (1:24)
• 6. The Rising Place (2:29)
• 7. Softly and Tenderly - performed by Jennifer Holliday (1:15)
• 8. Three Friends (5:29)
• 9. Melvina's Grill (2:24)
• 10. Wilma's Bicycle (2:00)
• 11. Flyboys at Newbridge (1:32)
• 12. Talk of the Town (4:46)
• 13. Virginia Confesses (3:25)
• 14. We Are One (1:39)
• 15. Summer of '45 (5:07)
• 16. Emily's Green Dress (1:18)
• 17. Hi Jinx (0:57)
• 18. Emily's Theme (0:39)
• 19. The Printing Press (1:08)
• 20. Tragedy at Melvina's (1:52)
• 21. No More Sorrow (1:22)
• 22. Emily Testifies (2:36)
• 23. Finale/No Regrets (3:58)
• 24. You Got to Rise Up (Gospel Version) - performed by Jennifer Holliday (3:22)
• 25. God Bless the Heartaches (Country Version) - performed by Jennifer Holliday (3:39)

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The insert includes a note from director Tom Rice about the score and songs.
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