River Deep, Mountain High (Musical) is the first single to promote the original cast album with music from 'TINA The Tina Turner Musical‘. The song was recorded on January 28, 2019 at Angel Studios in London, produced by the musical supervisor Nicholas Skilbeck. It was released as a digital download and for streaming worldwide from Ghostlight Records on February 05, 2019.
The music video shows Adrienne Warren driving in a taxi to the studio, recording the song together with the orchestra and background singers. The first part of the video is filmed in black & white, but switches to colour at the end, when we see Adrienne on stage of the musical in front of a microphone, singing the last part of the song. The clip was released online via YouTube.
Tina Turner recorded River Deep, Mountain High in 1966, produced by Phil Spector as his ground-breaking masterpiece using his trademark 'Wall of Sound' music technique. Tina would later recall, "I must have sung that 500,000 times. I was drenched with sweat. I had to take my shirt off and stand there in my bra to sing”. George Harrison, who worked with Spector when he later produced „Let It Be“ for the Beatles, would later call it "a perfect record from start to finish".
Tina Turner: “At that very difficult time in my life, recording this song opened my eyes to possibilities. I felt liberated, excited, ready to challenge myself vocally. River Deep - Mountain High introduced me to the way I wanted to sing. I am thrilled that Adrienne has picked up the mantle and not only risen to the challenge but made this moment one of my very favourites in the musical. It is so right that this is the first single to be released from our cast album. She makes me very proud”.
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1. River Deep, Mountain High 3:29
Performed by Adrienne Warren & The Original West End Cast
Written by Phil Spector, Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich / Produced by Nicholas Skilbeck / Musical Director: Tom Kelly / Orchestrator: Ethan Popp / Studio Engineer: Niall Acott / Backing Vocals: Derek Aidoo, Gavin Alex, Tsemaye Bob-Egbe, Pérola Congo, Francesca Jackson, Aisha Jawando, Hannah Jay-Allan, Jammy Kasongo, Sia Kiwa, Kaleigh McKnight, Baker Mukasa / Violins: Cat Parker, Ciara Ismail, Steph Benedetti / Cello: Llinos Richards, Andrea Roche / Tenor Saxophone: Kenji Fenton / Drums: Michael Simmonds / Electric Piano: Tom Kelly / Electric Bass: Oroh Angiama / Electric Guitar: Dave Holmes / Alto Sax: Lisa Grahame / Trumpet: Danny Carpenter / Trombone: Winston Rollins / Recording Band: Oroh Anagiama, Alf Clewlow, Marco Gerace, Lisa Grahame, Dave Holmes, Pete Lewinson, Winston Rollins, Corinna Silvester, Christ Storr