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  • Audio CD (October 10, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Myrrh
  • ASIN: B00000J6ZI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,565 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Strong Hand of Love
2. I just wanna get Warm
3. Look over your Shoulder
4. My Redeemer Lives
5. Another Day in Limbo
6. She's Not Afraid
7. Dry Bones Dance
8. House of Broken Dreams
9. Everything is Allright
10. Hammers & Nails
11. Love is So Blind
12. Nod Over Coffee
13. Love is not the Only Thing
14. No 3:14
15. Shaky Situation
16. Orphans of God
17. What Kind of a Friend
18. Treasure f the Broken Land

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This collection of songs from Mark Heard's last three recordings before his death in August 1992 is a roots-rocker's delight. Electric mandolin, guitar, Chapman Stick, and the occasional accordion and fiddle grind out music that is equal parts rock, Cajun, country, and folk. The real beauty, however, lies in Heard's lyrics, which rise above romance, religion, or politics to address the human condition. Whether it be the lonely despair of "Orphans of God," the confrontation of one's fears in "Look Over Your Shoulder," or the plea for resurrection in "Treasure of the Broken Land," Heard sought out the best and worst in all of us, trying to find the "miraculous circumstance, where the blind ones see and the dry bones dance." --Brad Caviness

About the Artist

Mark Heard- Guitars, accordian, mandolin, harmonica, hammond organ, kalimba
David Raven- Drums
David Miner- Stand-up and electric bass
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 8, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Literate, philosophical, introspective, but sensual and lively, this CD delivers a welcome kick in the head to shallow rock-themes and the morbid, self-absorbed ear-candy passing as folk music. The musical hooks are addictive and creative, often relying on unusally rich combinations of mandolin, guitar, fiddle and accordian; the drum-work on some of the tracks (listen to "Dry Bones Dance") rattles the bones. The arrangements are energetic, spare and honest, and the mood ranges from mournful to jubilant. In short, a thinking manic-depressive's perfect all-purpose disc for both the peaks and valleys.
As good as the music is, it's the lyrics which are too good to just hang in the air: they demand a close hearing, both for the ideas and the poetry.
Too often collection albums do serious injustice to the creative vision of an artist. Not so here. Dan Russell, Mark's friend and a good producer, has pulled together a collection designed both as a tribute to Mark's last three or four albums and as a really worthy offering to the newcomer to Mark's music.
If you want room-noise, go elsewhere. If you love edgy, confident folk-rock and are hungry for meaningful, engaging lyrics, spin this a few dozen times.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Samuel T Mitchell on September 26, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This record is a good place to start if you've never come across any of Mark's music before. You get songs from his last three recordings ('Dry Bones Dance', 'Second Hand' and 'Satellite Sky') plus some unreleased stuff plus a track lifted off the multi-artist 'At the Foot of the Cross' album. This should have been a double album so as to showcase the length and breadth of Mark's talent and sweat-stained recording work. Nevertheless, unlike a lot of artists his later work is just as vital, creative and passionate as any of his earlier stuff. His untimely death in 1992 left a legacy of work that belies his lack of 'success'. Mark's lyrical depth and his commitment to roots music is powerfully displayed by this collection. Musically this record runs the gamut from aching solo-piano-driven balladry ('What Kind of Friend') to rollicking, noisy, full-tilt hillbilly-inspired, country rock ('The Dry Bones Dance'). The songs 'Another Day in Limbo', 'Hammer and Nails', 'Treasure of the Broken Land' (from 'Satellite Sky) and the previously unreleased 'She's Not Afraid' have a 'harder' electric feel, (unfortunatley they seem to have that tinny, treble-friendly sound common to recordings made by sound engineers with hearing damage :-)), and the first three have an almost '80s New Wave edge to them (as bizarre as that might sound!). The use of classic roots music instruments like piano-accordian, harmonica, upright-bass, hammond organ and fiddle flow over a consistently excellent foundation laid by Mark's own great guitar work and the likes of Michael Been ('The Call') on bass and David Raven on drums. This whole delicious, rootsy sound is augmented by kalimba (an African (?Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Cox on December 31, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Mark Heard's music has never lost its freshness or relevance. I have been listening to it since the early eighties, when I first heard "Castaway" on the radio. I find his lyrics coming unbidden to mind in many of the situations life has brought...they are that honest. He was true to his faith in Christ, and true to life, and the world is a lonelier place without him. I believe there are four preeminent Christian artists in the rather short history of "Christian" music...Mark Heard, Phil Keaggy, Rich Mullins, and Fernando Ortega. Mark heads my list, for his lyrical ability (I am a "words" kind of person) as well as his musicianship.
I particularly love the songs, "Nod Over Coffee" (reminiscent of J. Alfred Prufrock!) and "Just Wanna Get Warm." They are so expressive of everyday human experience, Christian or no. "House of Broken Dreams" with its simple chords breaks my heart every time I hear it. I also loved his "Dry Bones Dance" album, with its Louisiana flavor. His lyrics on that album are alternately playful and deftly incisive. However, "High Noon" is a very good introduction to his music. I can't speak highly enough of this artist and the profound effect he's had on my life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. P. Wolfe on July 11, 2001
Format: Audio CD
If you only want to own one Mark Heard CD - shame on you!! Just kidding. But seriously, this CD belongs in every CD collection. Mark was a stellar musician and a gifted songwriter. This is a collection of songs from his later CD's and has a few unreleased gems on it as well. Mark is an artist who deserved a wider listening audience, but died before he could achieve that honor in his lifetime.
All of the songs on this CD are wonderful examples of Marks passion for life and music. His music reflects life as it really is and the joys and heartaches that we all share as human beings. Undergirding all of the songs are Mark's Christian beliefs, probably best illustrated by the song 'Stong Hand of Love'.
"We can laugh, we can cry, and never see the stong hand of love hiding in the shadows".
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