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The Way It Is

Bruce Hornsby Audio CD
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1. BaOn The Western Skyline
2. Every Little Kiss
3. Mandolin Rain
4. The Long Race
5. The Way It Is
6. Down The Road Tonight
7. The Wild Frontier
8. The River Runs Low
9. The Red Plains

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Bruce Hornsby is now best known for his stints playing keyboards with the Grateful Dead and for his involvement in such post-Dead projects as the Further Festival. An incomparable keyboard wizard whose skills are widely admired while his albums are consistently underrated, Hornsby's greatest commercial success is slipping rapidly into the past. His 1986 debut, The Way It Is (recorded with his band, the Range) is the high watermark of his career commercially, having sold several million copies and spawned a trio of hit singles, including "Mandolin Rain," "Every Little Kiss," and of course, the No. 1 smash, "The Way It Is." Overall, it's Hornsby's most tuneful album, though not necessarily his most accomplished work. His is a catalog that is long overdue for reevaluation. --Daniel Durchholz

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Bruce & Ran Hornsby ~ Way It Is

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great heartland pop/rock. Feb. 7 2004
Format:Audio CD
In 1986, Bruce Hornsby somehow managed to mix southern rock, pop/rock, country, and soft rock into one, with great results. If you've only heard the 3 hits, don't stop there. Some of the best tracks are the non-hits.
1. On the Western Skyline -- The perfect album opener with a mid tempo, happy yet restrained pop beat, and lyrics about trying to find love. Even though it wasn't a hit, believe me that it was good enough to be.
2. Every Little Kiss -- The lesser known hit here also happens to be my favorite. Starting with a quiet piano and soon becoming a somewhat rocking, happy pop tune with a slight country sound. Another tune about love and missing it.
3. Mandolin Rain -- A slightly uptempo, very pleasant romantic ballad. Despite its more soft rock sound (even at the time) it's still not wimpy and boring. If I enjoyed it back in 1986/87 at 5 years old, it can't be total adult contemporary, right?
4. The Long Race -- Yet another underrated masterpiece. The southern/country sound returns here with a fun pop/rocker about winning, well, the long race (of life).
5. The Way it is -- This is the still fairly popular song here. I never liked it as much as the others, for whaever reason, but it's still great. A medium pop tune with clever yet serious lyrics, dealing with social issues.
6. Down the Road Tonight -- Even though Bruce is softer than many artists associated with the power ballad genre, it could be the PB of this album. A more lighthearted (possibly autobiographical) look at being younger, meeting a girl and falling in love. A melodic mix of lite southern rock and a pop ballad, which I'm absolutely amazed didn't become a hit.
7. The Wild Frontier -- Probably the most 'rocking' song as well as the most country influenced, which is good but not great.
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By Bricktop TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
I was fortunate enough to pick up copies of both The Way It Is and Scenes From The Southside sealed through the Amazon US marketplace a few years ago. These pressings, despite being very thin (120g?), are immaculate! They are whisper quiet and sibilance is perfect even on the last tracks of each side. I still have my original German BMG Music CD copies of both of these albums and there is no comparison, the vinyl opens up the performance and allows it to breathe. CD mastering wasn't poor by 1988 and the loudness war wasn't ruining much music, particularly in this genre of adult contemporary pop, but seriously folks if you have a nice turntable set up these sealed pressings aren't in demand and can be found for less than $10 each. The ASIN for this one on the Amazon US site is B00126B80W.

This debut album features two of Hornsby's most popular songs, The Way It Is and Mandolin Rain, and is the album that made him a household name in the late 80's. Those tracks are still on the radio today, but the rest of the album is just as good and if you want to hear more of The Range's material check out the first two albums. The piano work is excellent and always at the forefront, while The Range adds competent rhythm and guitar work.

You can hear Bruce's knack for introducing songs that would become more prevalent on Scenes From The Southside in tracks like "Every Little Kiss", where a simple few chords traverses down into a wonderfully grand entrance into a funky piano driven love song, this intro style was perfected later in songs like The Show Goes On.

If you're just getting into vinyl and wondering whether some of your old favourite CD's like The Way It Is are worth picking up, don't hesitate.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ahead Of Its Time May 23 2004
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Format:Audio CD
This album is great. Everything 80's pop could be in the hands of genuine artists. This is Americana before anyone had ever heard of the word. Hornsby writes thoughtful songs and puts them together with wonderfull, magical melodies. This album is so beautiful it has made me cry on any number of occasions. Do yourself a favor and give it a listen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bruce Hornsby and the Range tell you the way it is! March 16 2004
Format:Audio CD
Bruce Hornsby worked with Ambrosia shortly before the group disbanded for seven years. That's how he met Range bassist Joe Puerta. In 1986,four years after the temporary disbanding of Ambrosia,Hornsby,Puerta and the other three Range members(sorry,I don't remember all the names),recorded their debut THE WAY IT IS. It spawned three hits. They are the title track,MANDOLIN RAIN and EVERY LITTLE KISS. Huey Lewis sings background on DOWN THE ROAD TONIGHT. Many BH&TR fans are also fans of Ambrosia and Huey Lewis & the News.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular Song! Dec 23 2003
Format:Audio CD
"The way it is" is the most popular song by Bruce. It is also the best song that I can think of that he performs. It will be on his new release Greatest Radio Hits album.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Album For The Blue Collar Worker April 17 2003
Format:Audio CD
This was a monster hit for Bruce but with several follow ups, he couldn't seem to generate the excitement of this album. Extremely talented songwriter, musician and singer who seems to have been overlooked in recent years. His piano playing is superb. He's assisted here by none other than Huey Lewis. Considering this album was recorded in 1986 the sound quality is crisp and clean.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hornsby's Smashing Debut March 2 2003
Format:Audio CD
Bruce Hornsby exploded onto the pop music scene from out of nowhere with 1986's "The Way it Is." Fittingly, since he had a great sound and was capable of writing songs with strong melodic hooks. Hornsby's voice and keyboard playing are excellent, but it's the songwriting that makes the first half of this album particularly memorable. "On the Western Skyline," "Every Little Kiss" "Mandolin Rain," and the title track all sparkle. The second half of the album is not nearly as good, containing some filler material, but it holds its own well enough to make "The Way it Is" one of the better rock albums released during the 1980s.
Overall, an excellent mainstream rock album that sounds as good today as when it was first released.
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