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Greatest Radio Hits

Released: January 13 2004. Remastered and rejuvenated!

  1. The Way It Is

    Greatest Radio Hits,
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  2. Mandolin Rain
  3. Every Little Kiss
  4.  Valley Road
  5. Look Out Any Window
  6. Jacob's Ladder
  7. The End of the Innocence
  8. Across the River
  9. Lost Soul
  10. Set Me in Motion
  11. Fields of Gray
  12. Walk in the Sun
  13. See the Same Way
  14. The Good Life
  15. Go Back To Your Woods



AllMusic Guide: 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



Bruce Hornsby, George Marinelli, Joe Puerta, David Mansfield, John Molo, Peter Harris, J.T. Thomas, Bobby Read, J.V. Collier, Doug Derryberry, Sonny Emory, R.S. Hornsby, Bobby Hornsby, Jerry Garcia, Laura Creamer, Shaun Murphy, Shawn Colvin, Jimmy Haslip, Phil Collins, John McLaughlin Williams, Laura Roelofs Park, Beverly K. Baker, William Comita, Lamont Coward, Pat Metheny, David Hollister, Levi Little, John Leventhal, Matt Chamberlain, Colette Coward, Mike Mangini, Michael Baker, Taso Kotsas, Joe Lee


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