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Orphans of God

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At the time of his death in 1992, Mark Heard enjoyed a cult following in Christian music circles. By any measure, he was an uncommonly gifted singer/songwriter, known for his striking lyric imagery and Tom Petty-like roots-rock sound. His desire to go beyond spiritual clichés won him the admiration of his peers and an impressive number of them offered their interpretations of his work on Orphans Of God, a 1996 tribute album. The reoccurring themes in Heard’s writing — sympathy for human frailty, anger at modern materialism — are well-represented here. Highlights among the more reflective songs include Bruce Cockburn’s performance of “Strong Hand Of Love” and Ashley Cleveland’s sensitive take of “It’s Not Your Fault.” Heard’s harder-driving side comes through via smoldering renditions of “I Just Wanna Get Warm” (by Dan Russell) and “Freight Train To Nowhere” (by Vigilantes Of Love). Chagall Guevara contributes a ferocious cover of “Treasure Of The Broken Land,” an anthem of resurrection that may be Heard’s greatest song. Whatever one’s faith may or may not be, Mark Heard’s music is well worth discovering — and Orphans Of God is an excellent introduction.

Customer Reviews

Great Compilation

This is a great compilation of songs from all over the place. Lots of different artists--everyone from John Austin to Olivia Newton John. My favorites are Pierce Pettis and Bruce Cockburn. The title track is great as well. It seems to be difficult to purchase right now on iTunes as an album. Maybe you can buy it song by song.

Tone deaf and tripping.

A number of wonderful songs are ruined in this sad tribute to Mark Heard. Many of the artists seem tone deaf--nails-on-chalkboard painful. Then again, where can we find a rare treasure from the inimitable Chagall Guevara? Also a couple of good tracks from Michael Been and Ashley Cleveland. The variety of styles is quite nice, from 80's pop to bluegrass to I Just Fell Off My Pickup and Dropped my Steel Guitar country. It's the vocals you have to watch out for. If you are a fan of Mark's music, you'd be better suited to get an original album. Or pick only the half-dozen or so versions here worth keeping.

WOW, Fantastic buy!

This album kicks some serious hind quarters!!! If you are a fan of mark heard there are some wonderful tracks, and versions that will rock your world. Key tracks: Orphans of God, We Know Too Much, Freight Train To Nowhere, It's Not Your Fault, I Just Wanna Get Warm.

Orphans of God
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  • $17.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: 1996

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