Here Come the Noise Makersby 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 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.
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- Piano Intro/Great Divide
- Long Tall Cool One
- The Red Plains
- The Road Not Taken
- The Lady With the Fan
- Stander on the Mountain
- Jacob's Ladder/Blackberry Blossom
- Piano Intro/I Loves You Porgy/Nocturne
- The Way It Is
- Twelve Tone Tune/King of the Hill
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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.
A great addend to a Hornsby collection. Great traditionals, covers, and commercial favorites redone in longer, fuller versions.
This album is a must-have for sure. Hornsby delivers. Buy it, you will not be disappointed..
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!
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.
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.