The Way It Is is Bruce Hornsby and the Range's debut album, released in 1986. Lead by its hit title track, the album went on to achieve multi-platinum status and helped the group to win the Grammy Award for Best New Artist. Other hits from the album include "Mandolin Rain" and "Every Little Kiss". Fellow musician Huey Lewis is also 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 track, "The Long Race" and "The River Runs Low".
The CD cover featured a segment of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel. The vinyl cover featured an impressionistic photograph of Bruce Hornsby playing an accordion.
The opening of "Every Little Kiss" features an extended quotation of Charles Ives' second piano sonata. The original Vinyl release featured a different mix of the entire album than the CD release. In recent interviews Hornsby said he finds this album and the follow up "difficult to listen to."
Live: The Way It Is Tour 1986-87 track listing