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4 CD's & Bonus DVD Deluxe Box Set commemorating the 20th Anniversary of Multi Grammy-Winning Pianist, Singer-Songwriter Bruce Hornsby. 53 tracks on 4 CD's (26 previously unreleased) 23 performances on DVD (21 previously unreleased) Collaborations with The Grateful Dead, Shawn Colvin, members of the NY Philharmonic Orchestra, Ricky Skaggs, Ornette Coleman, Bill Evans, Robbie Robertson, Branford Marsalis, Chaka Khan, Roger Waters, Bonnie Raitt, Pat Metheny, Gregory Hines, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and many more! Full Color Booklet includes track-by-track annotations (written by Bruce), rare memorabilia & personal photos from Bruce's collection.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 1 x 10 x 1.1 inches; 1.35 Pounds
- Manufacturer : Legacy
- Original Release Date : 2006
- Run time : 7 hours and 2 minutes
- Date First Available : July 27, 2006
- Label : Legacy
- ASIN : B000G7PN9U
- Number of discs : 5
- Best Sellers Rank: #111,260 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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And for all of us who have been purchasing the original CD's there is lot's of Un-Released Cuts and almost every tune we are already familar with is presented in a Brand New arrangement so that they sound Fresh & New in these new and / or Live Settings.
I Own over 60 Box Sets by a lot of Different Artists, but it is easy to tell you that "Intersections" would place in my Top Five of all the Sets because this Music is Timeless. The Talent of this Great Artist is a 10 on a 10 scale, Jazz, Rock, Bluegrass, Classical, Rag-Time it's all right here in Bruce"s fingertips. This is American Music in the sense that you can HEAR the sound of New Orleans, Wiiliamsburg, New York City, San Francisco and Detroit all in the course of one song and that is the POWER of this music.
From the Range to the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band to the Grateful Dead to Spike Lee, Bruce has covered lot's of ground and on these 4 CD's you get to enjoy the ride of the last 20 years of Music. The Fifth Disc is a DVD of Music Videos and Live Clips and it's packed with 23 cuts and adds extra value to an already Great Package.
BUY THIS NOW...
This is my second introduction to Bruce Hornsby after his Radio Hits. I decided to take the Deep Dive. This musician is phenomenal! It took me a little while to wrap my mind around the fact that Bruce is indeed so unbelievabely talented and yet be part of the popular music scene, but thanks for being there! By himself or with his group of musicians, masterpieces are to be found in this 4 CD mix (plus 1 DVD and 1 booklet w/pictures, details on the songs, articles written about Bruce--one states he's too good for his own good!) The CDs are an eclectic mix of styles and songs--some never before released, and many are live performances that are truly fantastic and astonishing renditions at the very least, and they sound like the very best in studio recordings. Many of them should blow you away, they are that good. There are some piano solos written by Bruce--I REALLY LOVE Song H (a really gorgeous piano melody done with orchestra). I still listen to that song & others during weekends 6 months after my review (I'm adding this observation holiday season 2008). Lots of jazz improvs--he's in his element w/jazz. He's a jazz MASTER. You will REALLY LOVE what Bruce does to it all. Crown of Jewels, White Wheeled Limousine-Long Black Veil (ah, really pay attention from 6.5 minutes until the end as the music INTENSIFIES--I found myself grabbing for tissues--it is TO DIE FOR), Resting Place--Ah!!! These are all absolutely SUPERB--super masterpieces! Listen to his amazing piano in Resting Place between 3.5 and 5 minutes into the song. Sneaking Up On Boo Radley--a truly ASTONISHING soulful jazz song, and Candy Mountain Run (an unbelievably good performance--a super masterpiece) are also AMONG my very favorites. There is a very astonishing version of "King of the Hill" that is comparable to that in Here Come the Noisemakers (CD of live concerts). Bruce just loves to let loose on this particular song, which he does, and he storms into the introduction like a Category F5 tornado or cylone, and his Category F5 skills on the keyboard do not seem to lessen in intensity as he eases into and masters two-handed independence at some point into the song. (Pls correct me if I'm wrong, but I hear two-handed independence at some point). I was really surprised to see that he wrote such masterpieces like Crown of Jewels and Candy Mountain Run (among other pieces). Candy Mountain Run is SO good and sounds just like an authentic traditional southern song passed down through the generations, that I couldn't believe Bruce wrote it!! I had to check it out for myself (in the booklet), and I was surprised he indeed wrote this song! Amazing. This guy is totally amazing. My eyes got moist listening to lots of songs. He's just TOO good. After I listened to all the songs, I decided to watch the DVD & saw Bruce for the very first time ever--I saw a 30+ or so Bruce at the piano, and what a huge SURPRISE I got! (Nothing in the world could have prepared me for this.) Bruce is GORGEOUS! Oh my God! He first plays "The Way It Is," and by the time he finished playing "The Valley Road," you just about had to peel me off the floor!! He plays the original versions of "The Way It Is" and "The Valley Road," and you can see him just having fun--this Virginian--just being one of the guys (this was also a big surprise) and having a great time. He is SO at ease at the piano keyboard, he not only plays the piano with absolute perfection, but he plays WITH it (the keyboard) at certain moments--and not missing a single note or beat.
It's not possible not to find at least some songs that are really worth listening to over and over. Oh well, there were some songs I skipped over that I didn't care for, like Backhand in CD #1, but Bruce didn't write it. CD #1 DOES have some great songs and astonishing renditions such as Valley Road, but from CD #2 on, I found more to choose from. I believe if you are interested in Bruce Hornsby in any way, what difference does it make at what point you dive into his music? I don't believe you have to be a full-fledged fan to fully appreciate much of the work in these CDs. If you weren't a full fledged-fan before, you just might become one. This CD set is a real keeper. Bruce is a GREAT artist. He is PEERLESS.
(yeah, I know he's pop not rock, but "Rock Star" sounds better--the title of my review)
ONE VERY HOT NOTE: The quality of stereo equipment makes all the difference in the music enjoyment. The lesser the quality, the more sounds get shuffled. If you don't have the very best at home, good portable CD players do simulate excellent stereo equipment.
Bruce is truly amazing.
Only one thing: he wrote that he had a Bison head delivered. Oh God I do hope that was not the REAL thing as I am deeply compassionate toward non
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anyone who thinks bruce hornsby was a one hit wonder or thinks that 'manolin rain' and 'the way it is' are representative of Bruce Hornsby needs to spend some money on this incredibly in depth box set.
While the piano sound and voice are unique to bruce Hornsby the styles bridge pop rock jazz the blues and many points in between.
The hits are represented in live versions untill you get to teh DVD where studio versions of the hits appear. Also the DVD has a great selection of live songs done with such diverse people as BB King Roger Waters, Gratefull Dead, Bonnie Raitt
My favorites in this set are the letter tunes on disc 2 instrumental tunes offering a great selection of tunes.
4 CD's 1 DVD some great notes on the songs from Bruce, great pictures and memorobili pictures in a thick booklet.
Box sets dont get much better than this.
There are some tracks that will be familiar to many - studio recordings which appeared on the various albums. However, there is an absolute abundance of new material. New versions of familiar tracks and many live recordings which I have certainly never heard before. The quality of all is excellent and if you are an original fan of Bruce's music or have come across him more recently this is a definite must get item. You will not be disappointed.
The selection of tracks does not just include the more well known songs, but many which are more unfamiliar. Also, the range of other musicians which appear is very large. The dvd is really the icing on the cake. Original videos and later live peformances make this very enjoyable viewing. Again, so many of these I have never seen before. Any complaints - well no except maybe it would be even better to see Bruce playing Comfortably Numb with David Gilmour. The definitive version and so much better than anything Roger Waters and his musicians can come up with!
I first came across his music when teaching tennis at an American Summer Camp in Northern Wisconsin - in the Summer of 1986. Another English staff member had this cassette which he kept playing over and over again. I was struck by the originality of the music and on my return to England I immediately purchased the cd. It was the first album. Since then I have bought all his cds apart from maybe the last 3-4. I was soon complete the collection.
Intersections is an extremely enjoyable and well put together item. It highlights the extreme diversity of a real musical original. The price I paid at just under £20 also makes it a real bargain! Make sure you do get one for yourself!