Mark Heard Complete Discography

If you know of anything missing, please send email to Miles O'Neal. I have mentioned the mythical album he recorded in high school, but won't really believe it until I have details (and have preferably heard it and held it - my faith on this issue being weak... 8^)

K. L. Griffin's original remarks

Date: 22 Dec 1994 17:13:22 -0500

``Yes, ladies and gentlemen, here it is, the one, the only, unofficial Mark Heard discography. I believe this is complete. If somebody knows of any other releases, bootlegs, etc., let me know. I've also included my own little summaries for each release, so take them for what they're worth (which probably isn't much). All of them were/are also available in cassette form. I didn't list that under "Format".''

Album Title Year Label Format
Setting Yesterday Free 1972 (As Infinity + 3) LP
Mark Heard 1975 AB Records LP
On Turning To Dust 1978 Solid Rock LP
Appalachian Melody 1979 Solid Rock LP
Fingerprint 1980
Stop the Dominoes 1981 Home Sweet Home LP
Victims Of the Age 1982 Home Sweet Home LP
Eye Of the Storm 1983 Home Sweet Home/Myrrh LP
Ashes and Light 1984 Home Sweet Home/Myrrh LP
Mosaics 1985 Home Sweet Home/Myrrh LP
Best Of - Acoustic 1985 Home Sweet Home/Myrrh LP
Best Of - Electric (aka, The Greatest Hits of Mark Heard) 1985 Home Sweet Home/Myrrh LP
Tribal Opera 1987 What? Records LP/CD
Dry Bones Dance 1990 Fingerprint CD
Second Hand 1991 Fingerprint CD
Satellite Sky 1992 Fingerprint CD
Reflections Of A Former Life 1993 Home Sweet Home CD
High Noon 1993 Myrrh CD
Orphans of God 1996 Fingerprint CD

Setting Yesterday Free

(with Infinity Plus Three)

1972, Spirit Records (V-1111)

Mark's real debut album. Extremely rare.

Side 1 Side 2
All My Trials Presence Of The Lord
Life's Ocean Second Best Friend
You Not Alone
Morning Light A Place Inside
Memory Love

Names from the label provided by Tom Richards.

A full album description is available.

Mark Heard

1975, Airborn Records, LP

On Turning To Dust

1978, Solid Rock, LP (re-release of Mark Heard)

Mark's debut album. Home grown folk. Great stuff. Out of print.

Side 1 Side 2
On Turning To Dust4:20 Solid Rock2:25
Dinner At Grandma's2:45 To Diane3:07
Cabin In Gloryland1:10 Greensleeves0:43
A Friend2:57 There is a Fountain /
Coming on Down the Road
Abba's Lullabye3:20 Passion Chorale0:42

Track times & some names provided by Miles O'Neal.

A full album description is available.

Appalachian Melody

1979, Solid Rock, LP

Produced by Larry Norman. Still folky, but with a bit more rock leanings. From the same era as other Norman-produced projects as Randy Stonehill's Welcome To Paradise and The Sky Is Falling and Daniel Amos' Horrendous Disc. Out of print.

Side 1 Side 2
On the Radio3:38 Appalachian Melody4:17
Castaway3:26 Happy Cornbread Anniversary1:48
Bless My Soul4:04 Two Trusting Jesus4:13
Here I Am (Once Again)3:54 Jonah's Song5:26
With the Setting Sun1:42 Sidewalk Soliloquy3:18
   The Last Time3:16
   The Saints0:22

(Track times courtesy of Glenn Clack.


1980, Palmfrond, LP

A rare import from Switzerland. Recorded during the time Mark spent with the late Francis Schaeffer at the La'Bri fellowship in Switzerland. GREAT folk (ala James Taylor) and great rock tunes as well. Out of print until recently, now available on CD!

Side 1 Side 2
I'm In Chains3:39 Gimme Mine3:23
Nowadays3:25 All the Sleepless Dreamers3:30
One More Time3:02 Negative Charge3:57
Epistle2:50 Brown-Eyed Sue3:20
Just the Same3:19 Es Tut Mir Leid1:55
Well-worn Pages2:52 Remarks To Mr. McLuhan2:05
Intro0:25 Threefold Amen0:23

Track times courtesy of Miles O'Neal.

CD Database entry

Stop the Dominoes

1981, Home Sweet Home, LP

Mark's first project for Home Sweet Home, a label owned by Chris Christian. Intelligent rock and folk. Out of print.

Side 1 Side 2
One Of the Dominoes4:23 Stuck In the Middle4:39
Stranded At the Station3:30 Call Me the Fool3:11
You Could Lie To Me4:02 I'm In Chains3:25
One Night Stand2:52 Lonely One4:35
I'm Crying Again3:29 To See Your Face3:31

*NOTE: This version of "I'm In Chains" is slightly different than the one on the Fingerprint l.p.

Track times courtesy of Miles O'Neal.

A full album description is available.

Insert text courtesy of Mark Mayhle.

Victims Of the Age

1982, Home Sweet Home, LP

Another great intelligent rock and folk album. GREAT songs, including "Heart of Hearts", with BGV's provided by a very young Leslie Phillips, who later covered the song on her debut LP in 1983. (For those who don't know, Leslie did 4 albums for the CCM industry, had a bit of a falling out with that industry - much too complex a story to go into here - married T-Bone Burnett, changed her "recording" name to Sam Phillips and has released three albums since). Out of print.

Side 1 Side 2
Victims Of the Age Growing Up Blind
City Life Won't Let Up Dancing At the Policeman's Ball
Faces In Cabs Everybody Loves a Holy War
Nothing Is Bothering Me Heart Of Hearts
Some Folks' World  

Eye Of the Storm

1983, Home Sweet Home/Myrrh, LP

A special release of some of Mark's acoustic-oriented material written over the previous few years. Great stuff. Out of print.

Side 1 Side 2
Eye Of the Storm In the Gaze Of the Spotlight's Eye
The Pain That Plagues Creation Gimme Mine
Castaway These Plastic Halos
Well-worn Pages No One But You
He Will Listen To You Moonflower

*NOTE: These versions of "Castaway", "Well-worn Pages", and "Gimme Mine" are all different than those that appeared on previous albums.

Insert text courtesy of Mark Mayhle.

Ashes and Light

1984, Home Sweet Home/Myrrh, LP

Another outstanding collection of intelligent rock. Glenn Kaiser and Darrell Mansfield did a cover of "Threw It Away" on their second blues project. Out of print.

Side 1 Side 2
The Winds Of Time3:56 Straw Men3:57
True Confessions3:30 Age Of the Broken Heart4:13
I Know What It's
Like To Be Loved
3:34 Can't See the Light4:56
Washed To the Sea3:18 Threw It Away4:00
We Beleive So Well3:26 In Spite Of Himself3:05

Track times courtesy of Miles O'Neal.

Insert text courtesy of Mark Mayhle.


1985, Home Sweet Home/Myrrh, LP

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". Out of print.

Side 1 Side 2
With Broken Wings The Golden Age
Schizophrenia The Power Of Love
All Is Not Lost I Want You
Heart On the Line It Will Not Be
Like This Forever
He Plays the Game Miracle

Best Of - Acoustic

1985, Home Sweet Home/Myrrh, LP

A good collection of some of Mark's acoustic-oriented songs, but a lame attempt by the record company to milk the record buying public unnecessarily. This was one of those contractual fulfillment obligation type things. Contained one song ("Family Name", written by Bill Batstone) previously unrealesed. Those weasels. Out of print.

Side 1 Side 2
Family Name I'm Crying Again
Eye Of the Storm Some Folks' World
Castaway* Can't See the Light
In the Gaze Of the
Spotlight's Eye
True Confessions
Call Me the Fool Well-worn Pages*
To See Your Face In Spite Of Himself

* These versions taken from the Eye Of the Storm album.

Best Of - Electric


The Greatest Hits of Mark Heard

1985, Home Sweet Home/Myrrh, LP

Same story as above, but with no new songs, so I didn't buy it. Out of print.

``Despite all the whining that people have done about this record, it's better than nothing if you don't have the albums it represents.''

Side 1 Side 2
Heart of Hearts The Golden Age
The Winds of Time One of the Dominoes
Stranded at the Station Dancing at the
Policeman's Ball
Threw It Away One Night Stand
Victims of the Age Nothing Is Bothering Me
Stuck in the Middle Faces in Cabs

Tribal Opera

1987, What? Records, LP/CD

This project was actually released under the name Ideola rather than Mark Heard, although Mark wrote, performed, and produced the entire project. This was sort of an experimental thing for Mark, with lots of digital samples and electronic drums. Once again (and I know you're probably getting tired of hearing this, but it's true), GREAT songs, especially "How To Grow Up Big And Strong". Out of print.

Side 1 Side 2
I Am An Emotional Man Love Is Bigger Than Life
Is It Any Wonder How To Grow Up Big and Strong
Watching the Ship Go Down Everybody Dances
Talk To Me Why Can't We Just Say No
Go Ask the Dead Man Hold Back Your Tears

Dry Bones Dance

1990, Fingerprint, CD

Yea! Mark's return after much too long an absence. This is a great CD of folk rock with a little country and cajun influences thrown in for good measure. In print.

Track List
Rise From the Ruins3:03
The Dry Bones Dance3:49
House Of Broken Dreams4:13
Our Restless Hearts3:43
Nobody's Looking3:27
All She Wanted Was Love4:21
Strong Hand Of Love3:05
How Many Tears3:01
Lonely Road4:13
Waiting For A Reason3:32
Everything Is Alright4:24
Awake In the Nighttime3:30
Mercy Of the Flame4:59

Track times courtesy of Miles O'Neal.

CD Database entry

Second Hand

1991, Fingerprint, CD

Mark's acclaimed follow-up to Dry Bones Dance, with a slightly more acoustic feel overall. There's a cool cover of the old Beatles song, "I'm Looking Through You". The song "Look Over Your Shoulder" made it onto a Windam Hill sampler disk. In print.

Track List
Nod Over Coffee4:37
Lonely Moon4:54
Worry Too Much4:13
Look Over Your Shoulder3:29
She Don't Have A Clue3:46
Talking In Circles4:05
Love Is Not the Only Thing4:58
I Just Wanna Get Warm3:54
Another Good Lie5:39
All Too Soon3:56
It's Not Your Fault3:23
I'm Looking Through You3:40
What Kind Of A Friend2:42
The Way Of Men5:09

Track times courtesy of Miles O'Neal.

CD Database entry

Satellite Sky

1992, Fingerprint, CD

Mark's final "new" release, considered by many to be his best. A great collection of rock and folk tunes. In print.

Track List
Tip Of My Tongue4:22
Satellite Sky3:48
Big Wheels Roll4:02
Orphans Of God6:22
Another Day In Limbo4:31
Language Of Love4:06
Freighttrain To Nowhere4:30
Long Way Down4:42
A Broken Man5:42
Love Is So Blind3:15
Hammers And Nails4:40
We Know Too Much5:58
Lost On Purpose4:20
Nothing But the Wind3:31
Treasure Of the Broken Land6:22

Track times courtesy of Miles O'Neal.

CD Database entry

Reflections Of A Former Life

1993, Home Sweet Home, CD

A recently-released collection of some of Mark's songs from his mid-80's Home Sweet Home days, meaning that decision to release it must have come from Chris Christian, who owns the rights to most of Mark's older material. It apparently was released without any coordination or input from Janet. Some of the editing is sloppy, and it's a poor substitute for the re-release of the old albums in their entirety. Many serious Heard fans boycotted this one. But, for those who just can't wait, it is a way for newer fans to get some of Mark's older material, and it even has a couple of cuts from the Swiss import LP. True Tunes had a deal where if you ordered it from them, they would send some of the money to Janet to help her financial situation since Mark's death. They're probably still doing it, so if you buy it, order it from them. In print.

Track List
Stranded At the Station
Dancing At the Policeman's Ball
Threw It Away
Heart Of Hearts
The Winds Of Time
Stuck In the Middle
Eye Of the Storm
Family Name
One Of the Dominoes
Nothing Is Bothering Me
Carry On*
Brown-Eyed Sue

* Actually, "All the Sleepless Dreamers".

High Noon

1993, Myrrh, CD

A collection of songs from Mark's last three CD's. Originally scheduled to be released on the True North label, this is really a nice collection that also includes Mark's contribution to Steve Hindalong and Derri Daugherty's (of The Choir) At The Foot Of the Cross project, "My Redeemer Lives", as well as 4 previously unreleased songs. In print.

Track List
Strong Hand Of Love
I Just Wanna Get Warm
Look Over Your Shoulder
My Redeemer Lives
Another Day In Limbo
She's Not Afraid*
The Dry Bones Dance
House Of Broken Dreams
Everything Is Alright
Hammers And Nails
Love Is So Blind
Nod Over Coffee
Love Is Not the Only Thing
Shaky Situation*
Orphans Of God
What Kind Of A Friend*
Treasure Of the Broken Land

* Previously unreleased, except for "What Kind Of A Friend", which is a different version.

Orphans of God

1996, Fingerprint, CD

A 2 disc tribute album with various artists covering Mark's songs. A Fingerprint release (the good guys!). In print.

Track List
Disc One
Orphans of GodBuddy and Julie Miller4:21
We Know Too MuchMichael Been5:04
Freight Train to NowhereThe Vigilantes of Love3:54
It's Not Your FaultAshley Cleveland4:00
I Just Wanna Get WarmDan Russell3:40
Satellite SkyKate Taylor4:35
Mercy of the FlamePat Terry5:17
Rise from the RuinsBrooks Williams4:32
Strong Hand of LoveBruce Cockburn3:11
What Kind of FriendVictoria Williams5:25
House of Broken DreamsThe Williams Brothers3:27
Tip of My TongueTom Prasada-Rao6:50
Everything is AlrightPhil Keaggy5:00
Big and StrongOlivia Newton-John4:32
All She Wanted Was LoveBig Faith3:42
Another Good Liehezze5:06
Treasure of the Broken LandChagall Guevara6:04
Disc Two
Lonely MoonKevin Smith5:12
Worry Too MuchHarrod and Funck5:03
Big Wheels RollJohn Austin5:51
Rise from the RuinsParmin Sisters5:00
Watching the Ships Go DownIain5:56
Another Day in LimboTonio K.3:50
Love is so BlindCarolyn Arends3:41
Nod Over CoffeePierce Pettis4:24
Remarks To Mr. McLuhanRamona Silver1:46
Long Way DownSwinging Steaks4:20
Look Over Your ShoulderRandy Stonehill & Kate Miner4:06
Threw It AwayGlen Kaiser4:57
Dry Bones DanceColin Linden4:16
Tip Of My TongueThe Choir4:41
Strong Hand of Loveda3:39
Hammer and NailsMarvin Etzioni7:09

(Tracks & times courtesy of Tom Moellering.

Tom also reviewed this album.

There's also the SHOL video, which has been discussed to death on the Humans list, so I won't go into all of that again. Bad editing, but worthwhile for a couple of gems on it.
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Last updated: 07 September 1999

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