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Bruce Hornsby and the Range
The Way It Is

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Config: 180g Vinyl/28 pt. gatefold jacket
double-matte finish
Cat. #: eXLP1-44072
UPC: 780014407216

Bruce Hornsby & The Range

Bruce Hornsby – vocals, piano, synthesizer, hammered dulcimer, accordion
David Mansfield – guitar, mandolin, violin
George Marinelli – acoustic guitar, vocals
John Molo –drums, percussion

Additional personnel:
Huey Lewis – harmonica, backing vocals
John Gilutin, Sean Hopper – additional keyboards

Producers: Bruce Hornsby, Huey Lewis, Elliot Scheiner

Mastered for this LP by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio / Pressed at RTI

Side One:
    On The Western Skyline
    Every Little Kiss
    Mandolin Rain
    The Long Race

Side Two:
    The Way It Is
    Down The Road Tonight
    The Wild Frontier
    The River Runs Low
    The Red Plains

Exhibit Records is proud to present:

"Hornsby's Smashing Debut...An iconic musical Americana...A Perfect Album!"
- Rolling Stone magazine

Bruce Hornsby and the Range made a spectacular musical debut. "The Way It Is" is a poignant, soulful, and powerful album with a flawless tracklist, beautiful melodies, feel-good rock numbers, phenomenal ballads, and socially conscious tunes such as the title track. There isn't a minute of "The Way It Is" that suggests it's a debut album. The album was an instant classic, one of the most complete and cherished recordings of the 1980s that went on to win the 1986 Grammy Award for Best New Artist.

Perhaps it shouldn't be a surprise that the music is so accomplished, Hornsby was already a consummate musician and songwriter when he made it. The record presented a unique, fresh sound, distinguished by Hornsby's remarkable, whimsical piano playing. "The Way It Is" was unlike anything else on the radio at the time, a combination of pop, rock, folk, jazz, classical, bluegrass and country music. The band incorporates a wide range of instruments in the songs to support this mix - mandolin, guitar, violin, piano, and even harmonica. The songwriting is fantastic, Hornsby paints vivid portraits of life in the mountain ranges, winding rivers, jagged coasts, towering forests, and stretching farmlands of his beloved Virginia. He maintains a hopeful outlook for love and happiness even during tough times both emotionally and economically.

Fellow musician Huey Lewis is featured on the album, lending his harmonica and vocal talents to the track, "Down the Road Tonight." Lewis also helped produce the song, along with the tracks, "The Long Race" and "The River Runs Low."

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