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Like other entries in Sony’s Playlist series, this 15-track collection intends to balance hits with album tracks and other oddities, creating more of an overview than a singles collection. In Hornsby’s case, this Playlist runs quite light on the singles — “Every Little Kiss,” “On the Western Skyline,” “Look Out Any Window,” “Across the River,” and “Night on the Town” are all missing; basically any radio staple that isn’t “The Way It Is,” “The Valley Road,” and “Mandolin Rain” isn’t here — in favor of painting a richer portrait of Hornsby’s full scope of talents. This means there are live cuts and tracks with a jazzy swing, so it does indicate Hornsby’s musical range which means it is a good overview…but fans looking for just the hits should stick with the appropriately named Greatest Radio Hits.

Biography

Born: 23 November 1954 in Williamsburg, VA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Possessed of a breezy, nonchalant style that belies his technical gifts, pianist Bruce Hornsby writes powerful songs from the heart that touch on several distinctly American traditions: pop, jazz, bluegrass, and '60s soul. He worked for a while as a studio player and songwriter, and had his first hit in 1986 with the stirring and philosophical "The Way It Is." After that, he continued to release albums that honored his own muse rather than the marketplace, and put together various backing bands to...
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