Halcyon Days (Bruce Hornsby album)

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Halcyon Days
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 17, 2004
ProducerWayne Pooley, Bruce Hornsby
Bruce Hornsby chronology
Big Swing Face
Halcyon Days
Intersections (1985-2005)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[1]

Halcyon Days is the eighth studio album by American singer and pianist Bruce Hornsby. The album, recorded with his touring band the Noisemakers, was released in 2004. It was Hornsby's first release with Columbia Records. One song, "What The Hell Happened", has been described as a rare example of the use of bitonality in a pop piece.[2]

The album marked a return to a more acoustic, piano-driven sound that reviewers described as "pure Hornsby".[3] Guests included Sting, Elton John and Eric Clapton. The tracks "Gonna Be Some Changes Made," "Candy Mountain Run," "Dreamland," and "Circus On The Moon" became concert staples, each showcasing the diversity of Hornsby's improvisations and the Noisemakers' live sound. Notably, Halcyon Days also includes a suite of solo piano songs—"What The Hell Happened," "Hooray For Tom," and "Heir Gordon"—which all have a "Randy Newman pastiche."[4] Although the album was markedly less-risk-taking than Big Swing Face, it would be well-received as a "winning balance of [Hornsby's] tuneful and adventurous sides."[3]

"Gonna Be Some Changes Made" was used in several Lowe's commercials from 2006.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Bruce Hornsby.

  1. "Gonna Be Some Changes Made"
  2. "Candy Mountain Run" (with Eric Clapton)
  3. "Dreamland" (duet with Elton John)
  4. "Circus on the Moon"
  5. "Halcyon Days" (duet with Sting)
  6. "What the Hell Happened"
  7. "Hooray For Tom"
  8. "Heir Gordon"
  9. "Mirror On The Wall"
  10. "Song F"
  11. "Lost in the Snow"


  • Bruce Hornsbypiano, keyboards, vocals
  • John "J. T." Thomas – organ, orchestra arrangements (on "Lost in the Snow")
  • Eric Claptonguitar (on "Gonna Be Some Changes Made", "Candy Mountain Run" and "Halcyon Days"), vocals (on "Candy Mountain Run")
  • R. S. Hornsby – guitar (on "Candy Mountain Run" and "Mirror on the Wall")
  • Doug Derryberry – guitar (on "Circus on the Moon")
  • Wayne Pooley – guitar (on "Halcyon Days" and "Mirror on the Wall")
  • J. V. Collier – bass
  • Sonny Emorydrums
  • Bonny Bonaparte – percussion (on "Circus on the Moon")
  • Bobby Read – clarinet (on "Circus on the Moon", "What the Hell Happened", "Heir Gordon" and "Lost in the Snow")
  • Peter Harris – orchestra arrangements (on "Dreamland" and "Hooray for Tom")
  • Sting – vocals (on "Gonna Be Some Changes Made" and "Halcyon Days")
  • Elton John – vocals (on "Dreamland")
  • Lloyd Johns – backing vocals (on "Dreamland")
  • Woody Green – backing vocals (on "Dreamland")
  • Ralph Payne – backing vocals (on "Dreamland")
  • Donnie Struckey – backing vocals (on "Dreamland")
Orchestra (on "Dreamland", "Hooray for Tom" and "Lost in the Snow")
  • Double basses – Kurt Muroki and Satosh Okamoto
  • Cellos – Elizabeth Dyson, Jeanne LeBlanc, Elieen Moon and Sarah Seiver.
  • Violas – David Creswell, Karen Dreyfus, Dawn Hannay, Vivek Kamath, Sue Prey and Robert Reinhart.
  • Violins – Duoming Ba, Maryia Borozina, Jeanne Ingraham, Lisa Kim, Myung-Hi Kim, Sarah Kim, Soohyun Kwon, Matt Lehmann, Ayano Ninomiya, Suzanne Ornstein, Sandra Park, Dan Reed, Michael Roth, Laura Seaton, Fiona Simon, Paul Woodiel, Sharon Yamada and Jung Sun Yoo.


  • Producers – Bruce Hornsby and Wayne Pooley
  • A&R – Lennie Meat
  • Production Coordination – Moonie Geiger
  • Engineer – Wayne Pooley
  • Additional Engineering – Simon Climie, Alan Douglas, Brian Garten, Kevin Halpin and Matt Still.
  • Recorded at Tossington Sound (Williamsburg, VA).
  • Additional Recording at Olympic Studios (London, UK), Right Track Recording (New York City, NY) and Silent Sound Studios (Atlanta, GA).
  • Pro Tools at Olympic Studios by Simon Climie.
  • Mixed by Bruce Hornsby and Dagle
  • Additional mixing on "Gonna Be Some Changes Made" by Tony Maserati.
  • Mastered by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound (New York City, NY).
  • Production Assistance – Patti Oates Martin
  • Art Direction – Dave Bett
  • Logo Design – Jay Flom
  • Photography – Sean Smith
  • Management – John Scher
  • Enthusiast – Al Hilbert
  • Cfo – Melissa Reagan
  • Roadcrew – Peter Banta, Gary Chrosniak, Caldwell Gray and Wayne Pooley.


Chart (2004) Peak
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[5] 92
US Billboard 200[6] 86


  1. ^ "Bruce Hornsby: Halcyon Days". Archived from the original on June 27, 2009. Retrieved 2007-05-04.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link), RollingStone.com.
  2. ^ Diton, Robert (September 23, 2011). "Bruce Hornsby to bring the noise to Englewood", Examiner.com.
  3. ^ a b Wild, David (2004-09-02). "Bruce Hornsby: Halcyon Days". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2007-05-04.
  4. ^ Miller, Skyler. "Halcyon Days: Overview". All Media Guide, LLC. Retrieved 2007-05-04.
  5. ^ "Officialcharts.de – Top 100 Longplay". GfK Entertainment Charts.
  6. ^ "Bruce Hornsby Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.