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.