Harbor Lights

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All Music Guide - Skyler Miller
Leaving behind the Range, Bruce Hornsby trades heartland rock for a cooler, jazzier sound with Harbor Lights, an album that nonetheless retains his affinity for sincere portraits of American life, love, and heartache. The title track is a humid, celebratory song that evokes a romantic summer evening in the South, setting the stage for a collection of humanistic songs. If the album has an underlying theme, it's the necessity of seeing yourself and the ones you love through the hard times as well as the good. The purely upbeat songs, like "Rainbow's Cadillac" and "What a Night," are counterbalanced by the sober "Fields of Gray" and "Tide Will Rise," and the cultural ...
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All Music Guide - Skyler Miller
Leaving behind the Range, Bruce Hornsby trades heartland rock for a cooler, jazzier sound with Harbor Lights, an album that nonetheless retains his affinity for sincere portraits of American life, love, and heartache. The title track is a humid, celebratory song that evokes a romantic summer evening in the South, setting the stage for a collection of humanistic songs. If the album has an underlying theme, it's the necessity of seeing yourself and the ones you love through the hard times as well as the good. The purely upbeat songs, like "Rainbow's Cadillac" and "What a Night," are counterbalanced by the sober "Fields of Gray" and "Tide Will Rise," and the cultural commentary of "Talk of the Town." The music is uniformly excellent, with Hornsby's piano work blending seamlessly into the rich arrangements. Each song usually ends with an extended instrumental section, but these flow naturally instead of feeling like tacked-on jam sessions. And Hornsby isn't just showing off here, as he lets other voices, like Branford Marsalis' sax and Pat Metheny's guitar, get their say. In later albums, Hornsby's focus on music would tend to overtake his lyrical content, but Harbor Lights marks the point at which he found the right balance between virtuosic playing and personal storytelling.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/29/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972679129
  • Catalog Number: 726791
  • Sales rank: 12,865

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Harbor Lights (7:11)
  2. 2 Talk of the Town (5:11)
  3. 3 Long Tall Cool One (4:59)
  4. 4 China Doll (5:16)
  5. 5 Fields of Gray (4:52)
  6. 6 Rainbow's Cadillac (4:37)
  7. 7 Passing Through (4:12)
  8. 8 The Tide Will Rise (3:55)
  9. 9 What a Time (4:03)
  10. 10 Pastures of Plenty (6:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bruce Hornsby Primary Artist, Organ, Piano, Accordion, Vocals
Bruce Hornsby & the Range Indexed Contributor
Phil Collins Bongos, Tambourine, Vocals, Background Vocals
Jerry Garcia Guitar
Bonnie Raitt Vocals, Background Vocals
Larry Williams Background Vocals
Omar Hakim Percussion, Drums
Pat Metheny Guitar, Sitar
Jeff Lorber Drums, Loops
John D'earth Horn
Glenn Wilson Horn
Jimmy Haslip Bass
Beverly K. Baker Viola
Tony Berg Guitar
John Bigham Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
William Conita Cello
Lamont Coward Percussion
Laura Cramer-Dunville Background Vocals
George A. Gailes III Horn, Background Vocals
Debra Henry Background Vocals
Phillip Ingram Background Vocals
Branford Marsalis Horn, Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Jean McClain Background Vocals
John McLaughlin Williams Violin
John Molo Drums
Roy Muth Horn, Background Vocals
Laura Roelofs Park Violin, Balloon
Dr. Alex Paterson French Horn
Wayne Pooley Guitar
Laura Satterfield Background Vocals
Tim Streagle Background Vocals
Pauline Wilson Background Vocals
Waddy Wachtel Guitar
George Harple French Horn
Philip Koslow French Horn
Tim Struggle Horn
Adam Lesnick French Horn
Alan B. Paterson French Horn
Will Ross Rhythm Guitar
Technical Credits
Bruce Hornsby Producer, Liner Notes
Jeff Lorber Programming
Tom Lord-Alge Remixing
Dave Duncan Contributor, MIDI
Ron Fair Producer
Debra Henry Contributor
Ted Jensen Mastering
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Wayne Pooley Engineer
Steven Strassman Engineer
Norman Moore Art Direction
Will Grosz Composer
Eddie King Engineer
Steve Strassman Engineer
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