The Way It Is (Bruce Hornsby album)

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The Way It Is
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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 30, 1986
Recorded1985–1986 Rumbo Recorders, Canoga Park; Ocean Way Recording and Capitol Recording Studios, Hollywood; Studio D Recording, Sausalito; King Sound Studios, Hollywood Hills; Village Recorders, Los Angeles.
GenreRock, soft rock
LabelRCA Records
ProducerBruce Hornsby, Huey Lewis, Elliot Scheiner
Bruce Hornsby chronology
The Way It Is
Scenes from the Southside
Alternative cover art
First U.S. release cover
First U.S. release cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauB–[2]

The Way It Is is Bruce Hornsby and the Range's debut album, released in 1986. Led 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". Huey Lewis features on harmonica and vocals on "Down the Road Tonight". Lewis also co-produced the song, along with the tracks "The Long Race" and "The River Runs Low".


The original release of the album featured an impressionistic photograph on the cover of Bruce Hornsby playing an accordion.[3] It was originally targeted at the New Age music market and featured slightly different versions of the songs "Down the Road Tonight" and "The River Runs Low."

Once the album's tracks started to receive regular airplay on Pop Music stations in late 1986, the album was remixed and was re-released with a new sepia-toned cover featuring a photo of the band superimposed over a photo of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

Track listing[edit]

1."On the Western Skyline"4:42
2."Every Little Kiss"5:47
3."Mandolin Rain"5:18
4."The Long Race"4:22
5."The Way It Is"4:56
6."Down the Road Tonight"4:25
7."The Wild Frontier"4:02
8."The River Runs Low"4:26
9."The Red Plains"5:00

Tracks 2 and 5 written by Bruce Hornsby; all other songs written by Bruce Hornsby and John Hornsby. Track times are for the current release of the album. Note: the opening of "Every Little Kiss" features an extended quotation of Charles Ives's Piano Sonata No. 2.

Live: The Way It Is Tour 1986-87 track listing[edit]

1."Every Little Kiss"6:27
2."The Long Race"6:02
3."The Way It Is (Solo Piano Intro)"7:07
4."The Way It Is"6:25
5."Mandolin Rain"6:31
6."The Red Plains"6:44
7."On the Western Skyline"6:19

Produced by DIR Broadcasting for the King Biscuit Flower Hour. Recorded live at The Ritz, New York City, February 2, 1987 by Effanel Music.


Bruce Hornsby & The Range[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Huey Lewis – harmonica, backing vocals on "Down the Road Tonight"
  • John Gilutin and Sean Hopper – synthesizer consultants


  • Executive Producer: Paul Atkinson
  • Tracks #1-3, 5, 7 & 9 produced by Bruce Hornsby and Elliot Scheiner (for Trackman, Inc.); Tracks #4, 6 & 8 produced by Huey Lewis.
  • Recorded and Engineered by Elliot Scheiner (Tracks #1-3, 5, 7 & 9) and Jim Gaines (Tracks #4, 6 & 8).
  • Additional Engineers: Eddie King and Jeff "Nik" Norman
  • Assistant Engineers: Jim "Watts" Vereecke and Lenette Viegas.
  • Mixed by David Luke, Don Smith, Eddie King and Elliot Scheiner.
  • Mixed at Fantasy Studios (Berkley, CA); Conway Studios (Hollywood, CA); The Village Recorder and The Complex (Los Angeles, CA); Rumbo Recorders (Canoga Park, CA).
  • Mastered by Stephen Marcussen at Precision Mastering (Hollywood, CA).
  • Digital Editing by Bob Harlan
  • Production Assistant: Ivy Skoff
  • A&R Coordination: Marge Meoli
  • Art Direction and Design: Ted Raess
  • Art Consultant: Kathy Hornsby
  • Photography: Aaron Rapoport
  • Inner Sleeve Photo: Robert Llewellyn
  • Management: Tim Neece
  • Enforcement: Jeff Gerson

Charts and certifications[edit]


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  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (March 31, 1987). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved April 28, 2013.
  3. ^ "The first U.S. CD issue of Bruce Hornsby and The Range The Way It Is". Keith Hirsch's CD Resource. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
  4. ^ " – Bruce Hornsby and the range – The Way It Is" (in Dutch). Hung Medien.
  5. ^ " – Top 100 Longplay". GfK Entertainment Charts.
  6. ^ " – Bruce Hornsby and the range – The Way It Is". Hung Medien.
  7. ^ " – Bruce Hornsby and the range – The Way It Is". Hung Medien.
  8. ^ " – Bruce Hornsby and the range – The Way It Is". Hung Medien.
  9. ^ "Bruce Hornsby | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart.
  10. ^ "Bruce Hornsby Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.
  11. ^ "Bruce Hornsby Chart History (Top Catalog Albums)". Billboard.
  12. ^ "British album certifications – Bruce Hornsby – The Way It Is". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type The Way It Is in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  13. ^ "American album certifications – Bruce Hornsby – The Way It Is". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.