Mark Heard - The Lost Artifacts Of An American Poet: The Original Recordings Of Mark Heard

Published Monday 13th July 2009
Mark Heard - The Lost Artifacts Of An American Poet: The Original Recordings Of Mark Heard
Mark Heard - The Lost Artifacts Of An American Poet: The Original Recordings Of Mark Heard

STYLE: Jesus Music
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 48991-14561
LABEL: Solid Rock SRD-MH001
RRP: £14.69

Reviewed by Lins Honeyman

From the archives of the label run by Larry Norman's family comes a selection of demos recorded between 1975 and 1980 by the late and much lamented US Jesus music pioneer Mark Heard. Whilst the sound quality and delivery are understandably raw, Heard's skill as a songwriter shines through and, coupled with his gentle vocal delivery, this is an endearing collection of songs that glorify the Saviour. With only his guitar for accompaniment, mostly finger picked and occasionally double tracked, songs such as "The Sheep Trust The Shepherd", "Jesus Is My Help Nowadays" and the supreme "Jesus Loves You Just Like You Are" are newfound classics and see Heard in his natural surroundings before he went on to bigger things. A sincere and thought provoking lyricist, Heard was also able to turn his hand to more light hearted numbers in "Missionary Pie" - a tongue-in-cheek song about the perils of overseas evangelism - and the Noah's ark pastiche "Forty Day Cruise" which showcase the man's versatility as a writer. The bonus of this fascinating collection is that the majority of its material has never featured in any form on any of Heard's official albums, making this an even more remarkable release.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Amanda @ 00:32 on Apr 16 2009

I'd like to listen to a song on this that possible? Two Hearts Trusting Jesus.

Posted by Matt in Poole Dorset @ 09:41 on Sep 19 2008

Honestly, if more people were as open and honest and heartfelt as Mark was even at the beginning of his career, then the world might not be such a dull and dark place. You really can see and hear the promise of what was to come from Mark in these beautiful early demos. They actually contain much of his wit and wisdom that is sorely lacking in most other Christian music. You can get a real taste of how things are in Jesus Loves You Just Like You Are and even more frank honesty and insight with the thought provoking Missionary Pie. He Is God is also yet another sample of the title may sound ordinary, but the lyrics flipping aint. The Fourty Day Cruise is another chunk of delight. This album is definitely not long, but its the best 28 mins of music ive heard in ages. This guys faith and song writing put others still to shame even with just this disc.

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