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Grace Of My Heart: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack [Soundtrack]

Larry Klein , Various Artists Audio CD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 17, 1996)
  • Original Release Date: September 17, 1996
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: MCA
  • ASIN: B000002P4S
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,553 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

Editorial Reviews

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

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
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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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, if flawed, soundtrack 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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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I FOUND THE MOVIE VERSION OF GOD GIVE ME STRENGTH 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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mystery resolved for Joni Mitchell Fans 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Grace of My Heart Soundtrack 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Agree September 20, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I agree with the previous poster. I was disapointed to hear the "male" version of "God Give Me Strength". I was fully expecting the Ileana Douglas version. Other than that I really liked the soundtrack, especially "Boat on the Sea".
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Soundtrack with one MAJOR Omission 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Much fun April 25, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
It was a brilliant idea to have new artists and old Brill Building stars to collaborate on the songs for this movie--some of the songs seem as good (if not better) than some of the actual songs from the era. "God Give Me Strength," the Phil Spector-like power ballad, is the real star here (although like most fans of the movie I think it was insane the records' producers didn't include the actual kristen Vigard recording of the song from the movie as well as the Elvis Costello version on this disc), but there are many other treats: Miss Lily Banquette on the Lesley Gore song "My Secret Love," Vigard on "A Boat on the Sea" and Joni Mitchell's "Man from Mars," Juned on "Groovin' on You"--only the J Mascis songs (in imitation of the Beach Boys) aren't up to snuff.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars It's not worth the purchase
One song is from the movie the rest are variations. I wanted this soundtrack for a long time. Quite a disappointment.
Published 1 month ago by Ellen (L) Lampros
2.0 out of 5 stars not the same
i was disappointed that not all songs were sung by the same person as sung in the film..particularly the ones by the lead female character. will not keep this.
Published 8 months ago by Jillian Stuart
2.0 out of 5 stars NOT WHAT WE WERE EXPECTING
My husband watched the movie and really liked the sound track. He said he would like to have it , but when it arrived, it was not the same as the movie. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Marzilla
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this CD
I love the movie and the music. I can listen to them all the time now. This is a hard to find CD unless you go online. It shipped fast and was in very good condition.
Published 12 months ago by Joyce Hughes
4.0 out of 5 stars All but one song...
Being a fan of the movie made for a small step to buy the movie soundtrack. I think the songs for the soundtrack are fantastic. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Daniel W Tuel
4.0 out of 5 stars Love it,but....
I have been "obsessed with this movie since it first came out,so, when I saw the soundtrack, I had to have it ! Read more
Published 14 months ago by Cindy L. Urban
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE DOESN'T EVER FAIL..MUST if you've ever been heart broken
Just listen to the words to the song==Love Doesn't Ever Fail Us.. If you have ever had your heart broken. This song will just kill you. It is so TRUE. Read more
Published on February 7, 2012 by JesusFirstForever
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie for Songwriters, Musicians, or singers
This is a great movie for songwriters and musicians. I came across it by accident. Being a songwriter I loved every minute of it. It's a surprise who wrote the music! Read more
Published on April 28, 2010 by L. Armstrong
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant recreation
As a composer/producer, I can fully appreciate what went into the making of this music. In this day and age of digital hash and sonic assault, this music is a breath of fresh air;... Read more
Published on December 29, 2009 by HUGH H. KIRKPATRICK
1.0 out of 5 stars Not the soundtrack.
I watched the movie for the first time last month, July 09, and loved it. Especially the music. However, when I listened to the CD I had to go to Hulu and watch the movie again... Read more
Published on August 17, 2009 by MLIRSHFL
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