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“Obviously, all of Bruce Hornsby’s studio albums are great, but this is one of the best live records ever made. The arrangements are brilliant. He has so many ideas that he totally pulls off, and the instrumentation of the band is really cool. There’s a lot of tricky stuff going on.
“It’s a challenging listen, but it’s not like a riddle. You don’t have to put your thinking cap on when you go through it. You can drift in and out and float with the rhythms.
“When I get into somebody, I check out everything they do. For me, the live stuff is where the story is really told. Even with my one work – the studio recordings are a good starting point, but when you get to the live albums, the songs have been played a hundred times; the material is tested and broken in.
“I came across this record when I was in Barnes & Noble or somewhere like that. I was just looking through the CDs, and there was this album. Sure, I knew Mandolin Rain and the songs Bruce had on the radio, but by the time he did this one, he was almost like a cult artist with a jam band. I put the record on, and I was floored. I was like, ‘Wow, what a band!’”