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The Way It Is
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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|
Japanese only 2009 remastered paper sleeve pressing. Includes two bonus tracks. Sony.
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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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.
EDIT March 2015 - Exhibit Records are reissuing The Way It Is on 180g vinyl on May 12th, 2015, remastered from the original analogue tapes by Kevin Gray @ Cohearant...should be the go to definitive edition of this excelent debut album.
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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The piano players of the world look up to Hornsby as much as they do Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, or Elton John. Few have his technique, and fewer still have displayed it to such good effect as he did on this album. His backing band, the Range, perfectly complement his silky-smooth piano lines; his right-hand trills, comparable in breadth and finesse as any vocal line by Anita or Mariah, hold you spellbound. True, he may not have the best singing voice in pop music -- but with this kind of piano-playing and songwriting skill, who cares?
From "The Way It Is" (a song that was used by the Tupac Shakur as the backing track for his posthumously-released single "Changes", and one which deals similarly with racism & intolerance) to the gentle "Mandolin Rain" to the kicky "Every Little Kiss", Bruce & the boys hardly put a foot wrong.
To sum up: if you want to have one of the best albums of the 1980s, then BUY THIS CD. You will know why the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences honored Bruce Hornsby with a Best New Artist Grammy.
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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. Read morePublished on May 22 2004
Bruce Hornsby worked with Ambrosia shortly before the group disbanded for seven years. That's how he met Range bassist Joe Puerta. Read morePublished on March 16 2004 by andy8047
"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.Published on Dec 23 2003
This was a monster hit for Bruce but with several follow ups, he couldn't seem to generate the excitement of this album. Read morePublished on April 17 2003 by W. Grandy
Bruce Hornsby exploded onto the pop music scene from out of nowhere with 1986's "The Way it Is. Read morePublished on March 2 2003 by Brian D. Rubendall
At a time when drum machines and dance beats ruled the radio, Bruce Hornsby almost single-handedly revived heartland rock with this Appalachian-flavored debut. Read morePublished on July 12 2002 by Steven R. Seim
I can't believe this. The 1980s spawned some truly promising artists. Bruce Hornsby is not one of them. Read morePublished on July 9 2002 by The Groove
"The Way It Is", "Mandolin Rain" and "Every Little Kiss" blared out of my boombox radio when I was a kid, and not until I was in my mid-twenties did I... Read morePublished on May 3 2002
Being the Who fan that I am, I think that it is only fair to suggest the purchase of Pete Townshend albums if you like Bruce Hornsby. Read morePublished on Feb. 7 2002 by Fuamoni