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"Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers Show True Musicianship".
on May 2, 2011
My first reaction to this fantastic live CD release by Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers, titled 'Bride Of Noisemakers' is a simple WOW! It's no secret that true musicianship (musical ability to play songs well live, great versatility & well orchestrated crowd interaction) by musicians truly shows in live performances & thus relatively very few as such are released (as CD or DVD recordings). But this is it : a great performance in the highest order. Some of the tracks being played in a way (innovation/improvisation) that they 'sound/feel' better than album versions e. g. "Candy Mountain Run" from CD 'Halcyon Days' played very well & is from Disc 2 (first track "The Windup/Big Rock Candy Mountain/Candy Mountain Run") or very close to album version e. g. "Cyclone" from CD 'Levitate', played live very well from Disc 1 (first track). Disc 1 (has 12 tracks), Disc 2 (13 tracks) & MP3 download Disc 3 (has 2 tracks : great live performances of their earlier 2 hits that made Bruce Hornsby famous including winning a Grammy for The Best New Artist "The Way It Is" plays for just over 10 minutes & "Mandolin Rain" playing for just under 7 minutes). The songs in this 3 CD release are a well representation of Bruce Hornsby from the great debut with The Rangers to his wonderful career with The Noisemakers. Disc 1 stand-outs tracks/gems include "Cyclone" (a wonderful deep voice on a great melodical track from the CD 'Levitate'), "Country Doctor" (great keyboard/guitar/violin combination, great melody & vocals from the CD 'Hot House'), "Funhouse", "Defenders Of The Flag" (a beautiful pop/rock track with a great saxophone sound & melody from the CD 'Scences From The South'), "Fortunate Son/Comfortably Numb" (a slow great track from the CD 'Here Come The Noisemakers') & "Little Sadie/White Wheeled Limousine/Just One More" (wonderful keyboard note pickups & great vocals). Disc 2 stand-outs/gems include "The Windup/Big Rock Candy/Candy Mountain Run", "Line In The Dust" (a beautiful pop/rock track with great melody & vocals), "Shadow Hand" (wonderful guitar & vocals), "Michael Raphael" (a slow great track building up to a beautiful 'crescendo'/great melody from the CD 'Levitate'), "Gonna Be Some Changes" (a great uptempo track with great vocals from the CD 'Halcyon Days', "Dreamland" (a slow melodical track with great harmonies from the CD 'Halcyon Days'. The piano & guitar solos in this track as well as vocals are incredible! This song 'literaly' transport you to a wonderful place & is my favourite track from this compilation.), "The Goodlife" (great music, melody & wonderful up-tempo vocals from the CD 'Big Swing Face'), "Swan Song" (beautifully played) & "Standing On The Moon" (unbelievable sound & melody, real knock-out track!). If you attended one of Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers' live performances during their 2007 to 2009 tour (recording of the music in this release), this is to relive the great performances by this very talented band. On overall, this 3 CD release has magnificent live recordings, great sound/mastering, a highly recommended 3 CD release listening!