The way it is: BMG Heritage has set a Jan. 13 release for two sets celebrating the career of pianist Bruce Hornsby. The CD “Greatest Radio Hits” is Hornsby’s first greatest-hits package. His first DVD release, the 1990 concert film “A Night on the Town,” will also hit stores that day.
Greatest Radio Hits” sports Hornsby’s best-known tracks, including “Mandolin Rain,” “Look Out Any Window,” “The Valley Road” and his breakthrough hit, “The Way It Is.” The set also features live versions of “The End of the Innocence” and “Jacob’s Ladder,” the former a collaboration with Don Henley that Henley made famous, and the latter a Hornsby compilation that proved a hit for Huey Lewis.
Additionally, the album boasts “Go Back to Your Woods,” a new and previously unreleased collaboration with Robbie Robertson.
As for “A Night on the Town,” it was filmed in 1990 in Los Angeles and features a host of guest artists, including Shawn Colvin, Bela Fleck and Jerry Garcia. Hornsby and his band the Range whip through a bevy of hits and rarities, including a cover of Otis Redding’s “These Arms of Mine.”