Bruce Hornsby And The Range, The Way It Is (1986)
I have this album for one reason. The title track. A perfect piece of pop music that was a breath of fresh air at the time and still works for me when I hear it now; okay there’s some nice stuff on this album but that’s not why I have it. Same deal with Marc Cohn – people listen to him (if they do, or ever did?) for Walking In Memphis. That’s a fact. So I don’t know about his Range, but Bruce Hornsby’s own range stretches out to lots of other work – including helping out The Grateful Dead. I knew this song when it was released – but a few years on (only a couple in fact) I remember seeing a documentary about piano players, part of a series about Rock’n’Roll and it talked about Hornsby as some guy who was bringing back the piano, a hark back to say Billy Joel from the 1970s or whatever. That’s all fair enough (side point: I hate Billy Joel!). But still I think that if Bruce Hornsby And The Range did one thing and they did it right it is the title song from this album. That’s just the way it is. Some things will never change.
Sample Track: On The Western Skyline
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