Night On the Town Bruce Hornsby & The Range

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Album-Release:
1990

HRA-Release:
15.06.2016

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  • 1A Night On the Town04:27
  • 2Carry the Water05:08
  • 3Fire On the Cross04:38
  • 4Barren Ground05:29
  • 5Across the River05:10
  • 6Stranded On Easy Street03:54
  • 7Stander On the Mountain06:09
  • 8Lost Soul05:45
  • 9Another Day04:23
  • 10Special Night04:10
  • 11These Arms of Mine05:54
  • Total Runtime55:07

Info for Night On the Town

„A Night on the Town“ was the third and final album by Bruce Hornsby and the Range. Following albums would be credited to Hornsby alone. A Night on the Town features Hornsby's last significant hit single, 'Across the River', which spent one week at the top of the Billboard Album Rock Tracks chart and peaked at number 18 on the Billboard Hot 100.

„Bruce Hornsby's hardest-rocking album, A Night on the Town announces that he is heading into a different direction in its first few notes. John Mellencamp's producer Don Gehman gives the sound, especially John Molo's drums, a feel reminiscent of Mellencamp's best work. The material here is among Hornsby's best, and guest players include Jerry Garcia, tenor saxman Wayne Shorter, banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck, vocalist Shawn Colvin (before she was known), and jazz bass legend Charlie Haden. The arrangements still include the mix of synthesized and real percussion, and the trademark piano licks are sprinkled abundantly throughout, but the overall feel is much more rock & roll than anything before or since. The songs are great, with a political edge to 'Fire on the Cross' and 'Barren Ground.' The latter features Garcia's lead guitar, the former a fine Shorter sax solo. 'Stander on the Mountain' is a perceptive reflection on a former BMOC, straight out of Hornsby's own attendance at a high school reunion, and 'Lost Soul' is one of the most profound ballads he has composed, sung as a duet with Colvin. The single, 'Across the River,' is a powerful look at the pursuit of one's dreams in the face of local naysayers, and the subsequent return to one's hometown with the resultant 'I-told-you-so's.' With A Night on the Town, Bruce Hornsby achieves a mix of mostly up-tempo rock music, adult lyrical themes, and crisp production values that has seldom been matched by other popular musicians of his generation. Though it only peaked at number 20 (his first two albums had reached the Top Five), it is an artistic high point.“ (Jim Newsom, AMG)

Bruce Hornsby, vocals, piano, synthesizer, accordion
George Marinelli, guitar, mandolin
Joe Puerta, bass, backing vocals
John Molo, drums
Additional musicians:
Charlie Haden, upright bass
David Mansfield, guitar
Jerry Garcia, guitar
Béla Fleck, banjo
Jimmie Wood, harmonica
Wayne Shorter, saxophone
David Mansfield, violin
Laura Creamer, backing vocals
Shaun Murphy, backing vocals
Shawn Colvin, vocals, backing vocals
Bridgette Bryant, backing vocals
David Lasley, backing vocals
Arnold McCuller, backing vocals
Fred White, backing vocals

Recorded at Record One, Kingsound & Larrabee Studios
Mixed and engineered by Ed Thacker
Mixed at Chapel & Larrabee Studios
Mastered at Precision
Produced by Bruce Hornsby, Don Gehman

Digitally remastered


Bruce Hornsby
Since the release of his first album in April of 1986, Bruce Hornsby has created a musical life that has expanded far and wide to include a broad stylistic range of activity and a most impressive list of credits. From his days in the lounges and bars of Virginia to his days in the Los Angeles music studios to his days with The Range to his current status as a solo artist, Hornsby has always brought something unique to his music.

Bruce Hornsby is a nine time Grammy nominee, and has won three...in 1987 with The Range for Best New Artist for their debut LP 'The Way It Is'; in 1989 for Best Bluegrass Recording for his version of his hit 'The Valley Road' which appeared on The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's album 'Will The Circle Be Unbroken, Volume II'; and with Branford Marsalis in 1993 for Best Pop Instrumental Performance for their song for the Barcelona Olympics, 'Barcelona Mona.' Bruce was nominated twice in 1996 for Best Pop Instrumental for his solo piano piece 'Song B,' and with Chaka Khan for Best Song For A Motion Picture for 'Love Me Still' from the soundtrack of Spike Lee's 'Clockers.'

Hornsby's five albums - 'The Way It Is' (1986), 'Scenes From The Southside' (1988), 'A Night On The Town' (1990), 'Harbor Lights' (1993), and 'Hot House' (1995) - have sold more than eight million copies worldwide. The title cut from 'The Way It Is' was the most played song on American radio in 1987, winning ASCAP's Song of the Year award. In Keyboard Magazine's Reader's Poll, Hornsby won six years in a row, including the 1994 award for Best Rock Pianist 'Harbor Lights' was the 1994 winner of the Downbeat Readers' Poll Beyond Album Of The Year.

In addition to his own hit records, Bruce Hornsby has co-authored many hits for other artists, such as 'Jacob's Ladder' for Huey Lewis and 'The End Of The Innocence' for Don Henley. Bruce has played on more than 70 albums in the last eight years, including records by Bob Dylan, Don Henley, The Grateful Dead, Bob Seger, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Bela Fleck, Bonnie Raitt and Shawn Colvin.

Bruce Hornsby was also a part time member of The Grateful Dead from 1990-1992, playing more than one hundred concerts with the band in America and Europe.

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