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Grace Of My Heart: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Soundtrack

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A terrific sampler of greatest hits from the heyday of girl groups and the Brill Building--except that none of the songs are actually from that era. What we have here is an incredible simulation--from Allison Anders' unjustly overlooked 1996 movie about the tempestuous life and career of a Carole King- like singer-songwriter (the magnificent Illeana Douglas) who spends years writing for others before finding her own voice. But instead of just licensing the old Shirelles' recordings of Goffin-King hits, the filmmakers came up with the brilliant idea of doing original songs by combining the sensibilities of contemporary artists and their songwriting forebears. So, for example, Elvis Costello and Burt Bacharach teamed up to write and perform the power- ballad "God Give Me Strength" (although I wish they'd also included Douglas's even more moving version from the picture); Leslie Gore teams with Larry Klein and David Baerwald for "My Secret Love" (performed by Miss Lily Banquette of Combustible Edison); Gerry and Louise Goffin team with Baerwald for "Between Two Worlds" (performed by Sean Colvin); J. Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. writes and sings some Brian Wilson/Beach Boys-type stuff ("Take a Run at the Sun," "Don't You Think It's Time"), and so on. Buy the record; see the movie. You won't be disappointed. --Jim Emerson


1. God Give Me Strength - Burt Bacharach And Elvis Costello
2. Love Doesn't Ever Fail Us - The Williams Brothers
3. Take A Run At The Sun - J Mascis
4. I Do - For Real
5. Between Two Worlds - Shawn Colvin
6. My Secret Love - Miss Lily Banquette
7. Man From Mars - Kristen Vigard
8. Born To Love That Boy - For Real
9. Truth Is You Lied - Jill Sobule
10. Unwanted Number - For Real
11. Groovin' On You - Juned
12. In Another World - Portrait
13. Don't You Think It's Time - J Mascis
14. Absence Makes The Heart Grow Fonder - Tiffany Anders And Boyd Rice
15. A Boat On The Sea - Kristen Vigard

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 17, 1996)
  • Original Release Date: September 17, 1996
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: MCA
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • ASIN: B000002P4S
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,954 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 21, 1999
Format: Audio CD
...You won't find it on this CD as so many other reviewers have noted. You *can* get it on a CD called "Love Scene--Romantic Movie Music" that is available through Amazon and other chains. As far as I know that's the only place Kristen Vigard's version is in print. What were they thinking by not including both versions on the soundtrack? Regardless, the soundtrack is a good one, and my favorite tracks are "Boat on the Sea" and "Between Two Worlds." The film is great too--Illeana Douglas is fab!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By DVD buff on April 21, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is by far my favorite movie soundtrack from the 1990s. The combination of songwriting, production, and performance all comes together to create an amazing album. Larry Klein truly captured the spirit of the Brill Building and the flavor of the productions of the '60s in a way that few others have been able to do.

Given that, this is a flawed soundtrack. My reasons for finding it flawed are much the same as the other reviewers here -- there is a lot of material from the movie that is missing from the CD. Kristen Vigard's version of "God Give Me Strength" is the most notable omission, and even though a recording of it can be found on another CD, it is shameful that the most important song of the movie was left off the CD. (On the other side of that, I'm thrilled by Elvis Costello's version, and I'm glad it was included.)

It seems that this soundtrack could be made perfect by issuing a new, 2-CD version of the soundtrack, including all the other music from the film -- most importantly BOTH film versions of "God Give Me Strength," the solo version and full orchestral version.

Even with the flaws, this is still a fantastic soundtrack. The tracks by For Real are especially good, sounding as close to a Motown or Phil Spector production as you could possibly get.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By J. Burns on April 7, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Those of you lamenting the shameful omission of the movie's version of "God Give Me Grace" from this soundtrack can now rejoice. The album "Heart Beats: Love Scene - Romantic Movie Music" not only includes "Denise's" version of this amazing and heartbreaking ballad, but it also has a few gems from other soundtracks, including a couple of one-hit wonders from the 90's that are harder to find. Hope this helps everyone who loves this soundtrack but miss the movie's centerpiece song. Personally, without the signature song, I wondered why a soundtrack was necessary at all.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Bret Silverman on July 21, 2004
Format: Audio CD
There were two releases of this CD--this first time around (MCAD-11510), MCA accidentally released it with Joni Mitchell singing Track #7 "Man From Mars" (possibly a demo recording) instead of Kristen Vigard who is listed as the singer on the jacket. The CD was subsequently re-released with Kristen Vigard singing "Man From Mars" (MCAD-11554). I am not a fan of this CD (not thrilled with most of the material), but it is an interesting find for those who want an unbilled Joni Mitchell performance of her own song--if you are looking for that, you want MCAD-11510 (read the small print on the jacket to make sure).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By RHCountess on January 15, 2002
Format: Audio CD
The music in this soundtrack transports you back perfectly to the 50s and 60s. Meaningful lyrics and lovely harmonies provide perfect musical backdrop for the film. The only glaring omission in the soundtrack is substituting Elvis Costello's version for the lovely rendition by Kristin Vigard of "God Give Me Strength" instead of including both. This singer has a unique style and tone all her own. Her rendering of this one song was enough to make me want to own the soundtrack. ALL the songs on this soundtrack were topnotch and worth the price of purchase.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lover of God on February 5, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I love this soundtrack. The songs were so exceptionally written for the movie. The lyrics and music were so well written to coincide with the era of the movie moving form the late 50's to the early 70's. I grew up on Motown and the sweet ballads of the 60's and 70's that it's hard to believe this music was written in the 90's just for the movie. Excellent job. I will cherish these sounds for a lifetime. i never tire of playing my CD.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 5, 1998
Format: Audio CD
It was a typical Friday night movie rental. "Grace of My Heart," a film that did not claim to be based on anyone in particular, but in fact was basically Carole King's life story (had she married The Beach Boys' Brian Wilson after divorcing Gerry Goffin). Happily, the film was poignant, heartbreaking, and uplifting (all in less than two hours!). And the music was amazing. I had the soundtrack within two weeks, and still listen to it every few weeks. You should too.
The featured song is a collaboration between Elvis Costello and Burt Bacharach on "God Give Me Strength" (also available on their new CD). Although no ballad would run six minutes on Top 40 radio in 1965, Bacharach's arrangements and Costello's wistful vocals make the listener feel the hurt of a lost love to the absolute maximum. 1996 Top 40 radio criminally ignored this masterpiece.
The other songs evoke memories of the era as well. For Real contributes three songs, "I Do," "Born to Love That Boy," and "Unwanted Number," in the style of The Shirelles/Crystals/Ronettes, while J Mascis' two numbers, "Take a Run at the Sun" and "Don't You Think It's Time," evoke early- and middle-era Beach Boys, respectively.
Veteran songwriters of the era contribute to the project. While Carole King wasn't involved, her ex-husband cowrote three songs (one with their daughter Louise). Music Director Larry Klein cowrote six songs, and David Baerwald had a hand in three. Carole Bayer Sager and ex-Eurhythmics head David A. Stewart penned "I Do," "Unwanted Number" was written by Elvis Costello, and Joni Mitchell contributed "Man From Mars.
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