Bruce Hornsby is sadly mostly remembered for the ubiquitous "The Way It Is", which has been played to death and isn't even one of his better songs. A lot of people are put off by the very mention of that track, but in doing so, they are missing out on a superb musician and live performer. Not many people know that he spent many years playing keyboards for the Grateful Dead, or that his live performances are renowned for their utter spontaneity - he takes requests from the audience, and improvises on the spot. If you love well-written, well-played, classy rock music, you owe it to yourself to explore his catalogue outside of "The Way It Is".
He even understands the Internet - he puts numerous live recordings up for free download as MP3 on his own website, with FLAC available if you want to pay. Given that I've already downloaded all the free shows he makes available, I hesitated before buying this album, but I needn't have worried - as above, he seldom plays the same song the same way twice, and this is a compelling listen even if you've heard these songs before.
The track list is great - very little of the early stuff with The Range, but heavy on the more recent solo and Noisemakers material. Particular highlights are "Circus On The Moon" from Halcyon Days and the medley of "Fortunate Son" with Floyd's "Comfortably Numb", two songs that sound as if they were made to go together - but it's all good. If you're a Hornsby fan - even if you've downloaded all the Free Noise concerts - this is well worth picking up. If you're not a Hornsby fan, give it a listen anyway - it'll probably convert you!