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Here Come the Noise Makers
     

Here Come the Noise Makers

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by Bruce Hornsby
 
Singer/pianist/songwriter Hornsby takes a fairly eclectic route on his first-ever live album, a two-CD, 18-song set at that mixes crowd-pleasing favorites with some less predictable fare that showcases the artist's verve and versatility. Hornsby's hits -- "The Way It Is," "Mandolin Rain," "The Valley Road" -- are here, along with some Hornsby compositions that became

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Singer/pianist/songwriter Hornsby takes a fairly eclectic route on his first-ever live album, a two-CD, 18-song set at that mixes crowd-pleasing favorites with some less predictable fare that showcases the artist's verve and versatility. Hornsby's hits -- "The Way It Is," "Mandolin Rain," "The Valley Road" -- are here, along with some Hornsby compositions that became hits for other artists, namely "The End of the Innocence" (successfully covered by Don Henley, who cowrote it with Hornsby) and "Jacob's Ladder" (Huey Lewis). There's also a selection of compositions by some of Hornsby's favorite composers, including Bob Dylan's "It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry," and Hornsby also honors his jazz idols with sensitive readings of Bill Evans's "Twelve Tone Tune," George Gershwin's "I Loves You Porgy," and Bud Powell's "Tempus Fugit." Even more noteworthy are two numbers by the Grateful Dead, with whom Hornsby toured for awhile as guest keyboardist, "Lady with a Fan" and "Black Muddy River." The wide-ranging, confidently performed set is bound together by the artist's trademark melodic piano runs and relaxed but soulful vocals, resulting in a distinctly likable portrait of Bruce Hornsby as a multifaceted and consistently engaging writer, performer, and musician.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Bruce Hornsby was 32 when "That's the Way It Is" hit number one and made him a star in the winter of 1986-1987, and he has used that stardom differently from the way a 22-year-old might have. You might say he's deliberately dismantled his popularity, gradually dispensing with the Range, the backing band he used to bill on his records, and with his brother John, who used to write his lyrics, while making progressively less song-oriented records that have traced a steadily declining sales curve to the point that his sixth album, the 1998 double-CD Spirit Trail, spent only two weeks in the charts. Or you might say he's used his popularity, spending it on musical legitimacy by turning away from pop music, indulging in side projects such as his part-time membership in the Grateful Dead. Here Come the Noise Makers, a two-CD live album drawn from concerts in 1998-2000, is, he says, a gift to "our fans, our true fans," which is to say those who have stuck with him. His gift includes renditions of his biggest hits, "That's the Way It Is," "Mandolin Rain," and "The Valley Road," as well as hits he wrote, "Jacob's Ladder" and "The End of the Innocence," embedded in lengthy arrangements with lots of invocations of his musical influences -- the Dead, George Gershwin, Samuel Barber, Bill Evans, Bud Powell, and Bob Dylan among them. Hornsby is determined to create a hybrid style that encompasses rock, jazz, and classical music within a jam band mentality. If he doesn't succeed, it may be because there aren't enough "true fans" out there to follow him, or it may be because he is so impressed with his own showoff-ish virtuosity that he hasn't bothered to write music compelling enough to support his goals.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/24/2000
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0078636930824
catalogNumber:
69308
Rank:
54708

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Here Come the Noise Makers 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
glauver More than 1 year ago
I purchased this set several years ago and just listened to it again. Unlike other reviewers, I found the 2 or 3 extra minutes per song to be a net loss. Instead of adding a bit extra energy, Hornsby and band seem to want to show off their jazz chops. Hornsby's stint with the Grateful Dead seems to have dulled his knack for Southern music that echoed artists like The Band. This set is not bad, just not compelling.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great addend to a Hornsby collection. Great traditionals, covers, and commercial favorites redone in longer, fuller versions.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is a must-have for sure. Hornsby delivers. Buy it, you will not be disappointed..
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is Bruce at his best! Come on, anything recorded live is better. He includes tracks from his first album and some of his favorite Dead tunes. Any Hornsby fan will love it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bruce Hornsby is one of the very best live performers still touring and this album is a good sample of his live show. But to really experience Hornsby, you'll need to see one of his shows (or 2 or 3 or 4 -no two are ever the same). Bruce is a master of improvisation and spontenaity and builds most of his show from a stack of requests from the audience. His large band is constantly on their toes, ready for anything, watching Bruce for subtle cues and quick changes. Many of his loyal fans will take to the aisles (or the stage!) by late evening. This album can't quite convey all that but it will get you ready for the next tour. Also pick up the much overlooked and under-rated Spirit Trail, which (inexplicitly) B&N is not currently carrying. That disc contains some of his very best lyric writing. If you need a primer on the native Virginian, Greatest Radio Hits does nicely.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a jazz pianist that grew up listening to people like Billy Joel. Hornsby, in this double-CD set, ties all possible relationships between pop and jazz (with classical and bluegrass) thrown in along the way. His piano playing is astonishing, and the rest of the band (especially JV Collier on bass) are no slouches either. For anyone who likes GOOD music, pick this one up.