SETTING YESTERDAY FREE
independent 1970 / Spirit Records 1972
Mark's first recording - Setting Yesterday Free - a independent 1970 release with the group Infinity Plus Three. Rereleased again in 1972 on Spirit
Records. Produced by Doug Milheim and Mark Heard. The 1998 CD-reissue includes the following bonus live-tracks: Washed To The Sea/Nothing
Is Bothering Me/With Broken Wings/Rise From The Ruins
Airborn Records 1975
self-titled first solo album (reissued in 1978 as On Turning to Dust). Mark's early work is often compared to James Taylor, and the similarities are obvious on this recording. The 1998 CD-reissue includes the following bonus live-tracks: I'm Crying Again/Stuck In The Middle/The Power Of Love/True Love
ON TURNING TO DUST
AB Records 1978 / Solid Rock Records 1978
Reissue of the 1975-album Mark Heard
Solid Rock Records 1979
Mark's late 70's album Appalachian Melody, released on Larry Norman's Solid Rock Records. Produced by Larry Norman and Mark, Appalachian Melody continues in the acoustic, James Taylorish vein established on Mark's debut album, but with more confidence. A few tracks feature Jon Linn's electric blues guitar, hinting at new musical directions for Mark. With the possible exception of Fingerprint, this is the album that best captures Mark's playful, humorous side. Novelty numbers such as "On the Radio" and "Jonah's Song" provide comic
relief from the deeper, introspective dimensions of "Here I Am (Once Again)" and "Sidewalk Soliloquy."
Palmfrond Records 1980
Mark's European-only release on the Swiss label Palmfrond Records, produced, engineered, and mixed by Mark. Here Mark continues the transition from acoustic music to rock'n'roll, blending his folky sound with a few electric numbers. Both his razor wit and his
sensitive artistry are in full evidence here, and the album contains his first indisputable masterpiece, "All the Sleepless Dreamers."
STOP THE DOMINOES
Home Sweet Home Records 1981
Mark's first release on Chris Christian's Home Sweet Home label.
VICTIMS OF THE AGE
Home Sweet Home Records 1982
This album realized all of Mark's lyrical potential, pounding Francis Schaeffer's pulpit of artistic and poetic honesty in the face of the decline of Western culture ("Victims of the Age," "City Life Won't Let Up") and taking christendom to task for its detachment from the world's problems ("Growing Up Blind," "Dancing at the Policeman's Ball," "Some Folk's World," "Nothing Is Bothering Me"). Modern, relevant, sensitive songwriting. Produced and arranged by Mark.
EYE OF THE STORM
Home Sweet Home Records 1983
Stylistically, this acoustic-oriented release had more in common with Mark's first two albums than with the next three. This recording is consider a little gem, offering laid back songs of biting imagery with a richly textured
accompaniment. Standout tracks include "These Plastic Halos," "The Pain That Plagues Creation," and "He Will Listen to You."
ASHES AND LIGHT
Home Sweet Home Records 1984
Eager to return to rock'n'roll after the acoustic Eye of the Storm, Mark wrote and recorded the Mosaics album. But his label asked him for another acoustic record first, in hopes of capitalizing on the (relative) success of Eye of the Storm. In five weeks, Mark wrote, recorded, and mixed Ashes and Light, working in his new mobile studio, Fingerprint Recorders. The ashes - some of Mark's most incisive, acerbic writing to date ("Threw It Away," "We Believe So Well," "Straw Men") - were mitigated by the occasional hopeful ray of light ("I Know What It's Like to Be Loved," "In Spite of Himself," "Washed to the Sea"). With the support of musicians like David Mansfield and Harry Stinson, Mark created a brilliant album, and a sure classic among his fans. Produced and arranged by Mark.
Home Sweet Home Records 1985
Recorded in 1983-84, but delayed until after Ashes and Light. A decidedly rock album (more so than any up to this point) with a great cover of T-Bone Burnett's "The Power of Love." This was Mark's most focused work of social criticism, and his last studio record for Home Sweet Home Records.
THE BEST OF MARK HEARD - ACOUSTIC
Home Sweet Home 1985
A compilation of acoustic-oriented songs from Mark's Home Sweet Home releases (1981-84), 12 songs included.
THE BEST OF MARK HEARD - ELECTRIC
Home Sweet Home 1985
A compilation of rock-oriented songs from Mark's Home Sweet Home releases (1981-85), 12 songs included.
Is It Any Wonder
What? Records/A&M 1987
Single released on CD as well as vinyl (12," 33 1/3 RPM)
What? Records/A&M 1987
Mark took the pseudonym "iDEoLA" for this rather electronic tour de force on the new What? label (distributed through A&M Records). Heavy on the digital samples, synths, and drum machines, this album sounded nothing like any of his work before or since. Mark had already established a reputation as a formidable songwriter, but on Tribal Opera his skills took a quantum leap forward. It's a must have, with "How to Grow Up Big and Strong," "Hold Back Your Tears," and "Go Ask the Dead Man" leading the pack. Recorded and produced by Mark at Fingerprint LA (Mark apparently renamed his studio after moving it from a mobile unit to a shed behind his house).
Adventures in the Land of Big Beats and Happy Feets
Myrrh Records 1989
Combines remixes of previously recorded Word hits buffed by in-house custom excursions in a60-minute salute featuring the likes of "Wise Up" [Amy Grant], "Svengali" [Steve Taylor],"Cold Rock The Groove" [Randy Stonehill], as well as "Jericho" - a previously unreleased song of iDEoLA.
Re-mixes, Edits and Link Music by Lee Cahuenga (a.k.a. Mark Heard).
DRY BONES DANCE
Fingerprint Records 1990
The first of Mark Heard's final trilogy of albums. His songwriting became as honest, seeking, truthful, and raw as it ever had been on these three
final works. On Dry Bones Dance, he revels in an earthy Americana that borders on twinges of country rock, complimenting the wry honesty of the lyrics. Powerful, emotional, truthful.
Fingerprint Records 1991
Plaintive, passionate, heartbreaking and hopeful music is colored by warm, acoustic production reminiscent of his earlier
recordings, all of which dims in comparison to the lyrics, some of the best pure songwriting ever put on
tape. Includes provocative ballads such as "Nod Over Coffee," "Lonely Moon" and "Look Over Your Shoulder."
Mark Heard "Fingerprints in Dust: A Sampler"
Fingerprint Records 1991? (cassette)
Nod Over Coffee/Satellite Sky (Rough Mix)/Dry Bones Dance/House Of Broken Dreams/Tip Of My Tongue (Rough Mix)/Lonely Moon/Love Is So Blind (Rough Mix)/I Just Wanna Get Warm
Mark's last recording. 15 songs, electrified and heartfelt. Handling his guitar,
accordion and 1939 National Electric Mandolin like they were his last hope for redemption, Mark developed a sound that matched his frenetic lyrics. Produced by Mark Heard, and co-produced by Dan Russell and Jim Scott.
LEGACY II - a collection of singer songwriters
High Street/Windham Hill Records 1992
A collection of 13 songs of various singer-songwriters, including "Look Over
Your Shoulder" taken from Mark Heard's album Second Hand.
REFLECTIONS OF A FORMER LIFE
Home Sweet Home 1993
A compilation of songs from Mark's Home Sweet Home releases (1981-85), 12 songs included.
Myrrh 1993 (CD-single)
Promotion Single including 3 tracks: "My Redeemer Lives," "She's Not Afraid" (duet with Julie Miller) and "Treasure of The Broken Land."
Fingerprint Records/Naked Language 1993
A compilation of songs from Mark's three albums released on Fingerprint Records, including three previously unreleased songs. The recordings include the talents of brilliant musicians such as Buddy and Julie Miller, Sam Phillips, Byron Berline (an associate of the Flying Burrito Brothers), Burleigh Drummond of Ambrosia, stick-player Fergus Jemison Marsh (a long-time associate of Bruce Cockburn) and Michael Been of The Call, as well as many other great musicians. Co-produced by Dan Russell and Buddy Miller.
STRONG HAND OF LOVE
Fingerprint Records/Epic Records 1994
A tribute to Mark Heard - Seventeen artists covering Mark's songs. Billboard Magazine stated: "Taken as a whole, the collection remind us once again what a brilliant poet Heard was, and what a devastating loss his passing has been to music
in general. Unqualified recommendation." The record was nominated for a Grammy in 1994.
STRONG HAND OF LOVE - Long Form Video
Fingerprint Records/Word 1994
This approx. 50 minutes long video contains footage from Mark's last concert on July 4, 1992, and his music
videos for "Is It Any Wonder" [iDEoLA] and "Treasure of the Broken Land." It also features musical performances- such as out-takes from Mark's Fingerprint sessions - and interviews with several artists and friends including Bruce Cockburn, Michael Been, Victoria Williams, Dan Russell, Bill Mallonee of the Vigilantes of Love, Bruce Carroll, Phil Keaggy, Bob Bennett, Buddy and Julie Miller, Pierce Pettis, Steve Taylor, Randy Stonehill and Pat Terry. Excerpts from the Mark Heard Memorial Benefit Concert at Belmont University in Nashville (January 1993) are included as well.
Available at: Paste Music
STRONG HAND OF LOVE - THE RADIO SPECIAL
Fingerprint Records 1994
The Strong Hand of Love Radio Special as aired on WXPN's World Cafe in 1994. This 70 minutes tribute to Mark Heard includes music by
Mark as well as interviews with artists such as Bruce Cockburn, Sam Phillips, Michael Been of The Call and Bill Mallonee of Vigilantes of Love, among
others. Bruce Cockburn's acoustic version of "Closer To The Light," written in memory of Mark, is only available on this disc.
ORPHANS OF GOD
Fingerprint Records 1996
A double disc including 34 of Mark's songs performed by 34 artists including Victoria
Williams, Buddy and Julie Miller, Bruce Cockburn, The Williams Brothers, The Vigilantes of Love, Daniel
Amos and Phil Keaggy. [Note: 14 of the tracks from the Strong Hand of Love album is included on this album as well]
Fingerprint Records 2000
This benefit CD includes two live tracks from Mark's final concert at Cornerstone in 1992 ("Freight Train To Nowhere" and "Orphans of God"), 25 minutes recorded live in concert at Calvary Chapel 1982, as well as 4 demos - the two previously unreleased songs "Mystery Mind" and "Let Freedom Ring" [which of "Mystery Mind" is an instant Heard classics - truly a sparkling gem] as well as "Mercy Of The Flame" and "I Just Wanna Get Warm." The CD
also includes clips from a fascinating interview with Mark. NOTE: Mystery Mind is compiled to benefit the Heard Family Fund - the objective of this project is to generate funds for Mark's family as well as perpetuate
the legacy of his work.
THE MILLENNIUM ARCHIVES - MARK HEARD
Home Sweet Home 2000
This CD includes 13 unreleased tracks from Mark's days at Home Sweet Home Records, digitally remastered. Among the tracks are 3 previously unreleased songs ("Morning Is Gold," "Night to Night" and "Tell Me It's Your Love"), as well as 3 previously unreleased instrumental renditions of Christmas songs. The last track on the CD contains a
Gerry Howser interview with Mark on his 1985 release Mosaics (including audio-excerpts from that album).
THE LAST PERFORMANCEThe title says it all - Mark Heard recorded on what would become his very last performance, at Cornerstone Festival July 4, 1992. Mark had a minor heart attack on stage, but finished the set. Afterwards, Mark was taken to hospital. August 16, 1992, John Mark Heard passed away.
Fingerprint Records 2001
HAMMERS & NAILS
Paste Records 2003
Hammers & Nails was released simultaneously with Matthew Dickerson's book on Mark’s life of the same name. Recorded as demos from 1987-1989 and just prior to Mark’s final series of masterworks, Dry Bones Dance, Second Hand, and Satellite Sky, these songs function as the prequel to his brilliant final chapter and a bridge from his earlier work.