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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Spirit Trail is a portrait of unchecked self-indulgence; its tracks, with their overly busy arrangements, go on too long, not to mention the extended instrumental piano interludes that suddenly pop up here and there and, for example, the two versions of "Preacher in the Ring," with different music and lyrics, neither of them very interesting. Musically and lyrically, Bruce Hornsby is badly in need of an editor. The music should be cut, and the lyrics to these story songs should be streamlined -- often they do not sit well on the music--- and clarified -- it's usually difficult to tell exactly what he's singing about. But none of this is to criticize Hornsby as a ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Spirit Trail is a portrait of unchecked self-indulgence; its tracks, with their overly busy arrangements, go on too long, not to mention the extended instrumental piano interludes that suddenly pop up here and there and, for example, the two versions of "Preacher in the Ring," with different music and lyrics, neither of them very interesting. Musically and lyrically, Bruce Hornsby is badly in need of an editor. The music should be cut, and the lyrics to these story songs should be streamlined -- often they do not sit well on the music--- and clarified -- it's usually difficult to tell exactly what he's singing about. But none of this is to criticize Hornsby as a player. He may feel compelled to display his picture ID from his days at the Berklee College of Music in the CD booklet, but nobody has ever questioned his technical ability. Maybe, however, it's time for him to go all the way into instrumental jazz or new age music. If the lyrics to the album-closing "Swan Song" are any indication, he has some changes in mind, and not a moment too soon. It's hard to imagine that a major label is going to continue to subsidize records like this for the pop market much longer.
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  • Release Date: 10/13/1998
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 078636746821
  • Catalog Number: 67468

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bruce Hornsby Primary Artist, Organ, Dulcimer, Piano, Vocals, Korg, Casio, Mini Moog
Bruce Hornsby & the Range Indexed Contributor
Jerry Garcia Track Performer
John D'earth Trumpet
David Bendeth Guitar
Matt Chamberlain Percussion, Drums
Debra Henry Background Vocals
David Mansfield Violin
John Molo Percussion, Drums
John Pierce Bass
Wayne Pooley Guitar
Tim Streagle Trombone
John Thomas Organ
Bobby Read Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Joe Lee Background Vocals
Ashley MacIsaac Violin
Matthew Scannell Guitar, Mandolin
Kyle Davis Background Vocals
Skoti Alain Elliott Bass
Adam Larrabee Guitar
Technical Credits
Bruce Hornsby Producer, Art Direction, Wavestation
Dennis Herring Producer
Mark Needham Engineer
Wayne Pooley Engineer
Serban Ghenea Programming
Tom Coyne Mastering
Kim Biggs Art Direction
Sharon Kearney Engineer
Skoti Alain Elliott Engineer
Michael Mangini Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    it's his best

    this is Hornsby's best. The songs work together, the style is right and the man chops those keys incredibly. I disagree with others mediocre reviews and say this cd is what got me going on Bruce. Sad Moon and Fortunate son are classics and almost all the other tunes on the CD are toe tappers that I enjoy listening to over and over again. I guess the only thing I question on the CD is the choice of cover photos....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent double album

    This album is chock full of great songs, with hardly a weak one in the bunch. There are some rockers, some sad songs, a couple of gorgeous instrumentals. Bruce skips straightforward love lyrics in favor of themes of faith, doubt, regret, and hope. There's a little hint of a Motown sound here and there throughout. Totally enjoyable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This album is great!!

    I believe that this is some of the best music Bruce has ever performed. His piano playing just gets more and more lively and inspiring. I love to listen to these CDs again and again. There is not a song on the album that is not enjoyable.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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