Greatest Radio Hits

[box]Released January 13 2004. Remastered and rejuvenated![/box]

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Top Track
votes
The Way It Is 130
Mandolin Rain 122
Every Little Kiss 60
Valley Road 71
Look Out Any Window 35
Jacob’s Ladder 13
End of the Innocence 67
Across the River 74
Lost Soul 36
Set Me in Motion 35
Fields of Gray 50
Walk in the Sun 30
See the Same Way 23
The Good Life 10
Go Back To Your Woods 44

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Greatest Radio Hits

Greatest Radio Hits

You can see your favourite tracks listed above from when this record first came out. We’re running the same poll again now to see how tastes have changed over the years… please vote again! See the poll on the right of this page.

Reviews:

Finally, a long overdue collection from vocalist/pianist Bruce Hornsby was issued in 2004. The superb Greatest Radio Hits compiles 15 songs, including his charted singles. Eight Bruce Hornsby & the Range numbers and seven solo tracks are featured. Adding “radio” to the greatest-hits title and Hornsby’s comments in the liner notes indicate a strong belief in the unpredictability of what becomes a hit. Hornsby’s jazz-influenced pop/rock, particularly with the Range, certainly stood out from the rest of the Top 40 pack in the late ’80s. Each of his two finest songs, “The Way It Is” and “The Valley Road,” packed a fine melodic wallop wrapped in socially conscious lyrics. The brilliant classic “The Way It Is” hit number one in 1986 arguably on the strength of its instantly memorable piano hooks, but who could have expected its heartfelt examination of racism, civil rights, and social inequality to top the charts at the height of the Reagan era? “The Valley Road” was an infectiously melodic number five single, yet its melody enveloped subtle lyrics about out-of-wedlock pregnancy, abortion, and class division set in rural, small-town America. Other hits with the Range are “Mandolin Rain,” “Every Little Kiss,” “Look Out Any Window,” “Lost Soul” (with Shawn Colvin on vocals), the underrated “Across the River” (with Jerry Garcia on guitar), and “Set Me in Motion” from the Backdraft soundtrack. Solo songs include “Fields of Gray,” “Walk in the Sun,” “See the Same Way,” “The Good Life,” and three previously unreleased tracks: “Go Back to Your Woods” and fascinating live versions of “Jacob’s Ladder” (which Huey Lewis & the News took to number one) and “The End of the Innocence” (co-written with Don Henley, who had a Top Ten hit with his take). Greatest Radio Hits is destined to be a perennial catalog best-seller, and deservedly so.
–Bret Adams, All-Music Guide

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