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Grace of My Heart
     

Grace of My Heart

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Allison Anders' film Grace of My Heart told the story of a female songwriter whose career closely resembled that of Carole King's. The film followed her as she worked her way through the Brill Building before going out west to fall in love with a tortured leader of a surf-rock band (a thinly veiled Brian

Overview

Allison Anders' film Grace of My Heart told the story of a female songwriter whose career closely resembled that of Carole King's. The film followed her as she worked her way through the Brill Building before going out west to fall in love with a tortured leader of a surf-rock band (a thinly veiled Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys), and then establishing herself as a solo artist with an album that recalled Tapestry. In order to make the film work, Anders need a collection of new songs that not only recalled classic '60s pop, but also were convincing as hit singles. She assembled an astonishing roster of professional songwriters -- including Burt Bacharach, Gerry Goffin, Elvis Costello, David Baerwald, and J. Mascis -- that managed to fulfill her goal. The majority of Grace of My Heart is astonishing, capturing the feel and sound of classic '60s pop from Phil Spector to the Beach Boys. Occasionally, the lyrics are a little too knowing ("Unwanted Number"), but the songs themselves are wonderful, particularly the Lesley Gore knockoff "My Secret Love" (which was co-written by Gore and sung by Combustible Edison's Diane Dane), Costello and Bacharach's collaboration "God Give Me Strength" and J. Mascis' bright "Take a Run at the Sun." It's a surprisingly successful and fresh collection, one of the rare soundtracks as cohesive as the film itself. And, even more importantly, it's filled with songs that sound like forgotten classics.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/17/1996
Label:
Spectrum Audio Uk
UPC:
0008811155421
catalogNumber:
111554

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Williams Brothers   Track Performer
Shawn Colvin   Track Performer
Elvis Costello   Track Performer
Victoria Williams   Instrumental
Plas Johnson   Instrumental
Rob Mounsey   Instrumental
Lew Soloff   Instrumental
Sal Marquez   Instrumental
Jill Sobule   Track Performer
Kristen Vigard   Track Performer
Burt Bacharach   Track Performer
Boyd Rice   Track Performer
Dave Carey   Instrumental
Portrait   Track Performer
Alex Acuña   Instrumental
Dale Balensiefen   Instrumental
Miss Lily Banquette   Track Performer
Chuck Berghofer   Instrumental
Jim Cox   Instrumental
Randy Crenshaw   Instrumental
Donna Davidson   Instrumental
Lawrence Feldman   Instrumental
Michael Fischer   Instrumental
Flea   Instrumental
Steve Foreman   Instrumental
Tommy Funderburk   Instrumental
Dominic Genova   Instrumental
Ed Greene   Instrumental
John Guerin   Instrumental
Jim Haas   Instrumental
Dan Higgins   Instrumental
Leslie Johnson   Instrumental
Raven Kane   Instrumental
Larry Klein   Instrumental
Greg Kurstin   Instrumental
Greg Leisz   Instrumental
Steve Lindsey   Instrumental
Mike Melvoin   Instrumental
Bobbi Page   Instrumental
Chris Parker   Instrumental
Dean Parks   Instrumental
Herb Pedersen   Instrumental
Chad Smith   Instrumental
David Spinozza   Instrumental
Doug Webb   Instrumental
For Real   Track Performer
Tiffany Anders   Track Performer
Juned   Track Performer
Freddie "Ready Freddie" Washington   Instrumental
Claudia Groom   Instrumental
Lynette Rennells   Instrumental
Lloyd Stripling   Instrumental
Robert Brunner   Instrumental
T-Bone Wolk   Instrumental
Rich Logan   Instrumental

Technical Credits

Elvis Costello   Producer
Burt Bacharach   Arranger,Producer,Orchestration
Gene Page   Arranger,Orchestration
Elena Barere   Arranger,Orchestration
David Campbell   Arranger,Orchestration
Michael Convertino   Composer
Jim Cox   Arranger,Orchestration
Jimmie Haskell   Arranger,Orchestration
Larry Hirsch   Engineer
Leslie Ann Jones   Engineer
Eddie Karam   Arranger,Orchestration
Larry Klein   Producer
Julie Last   Engineer
Dan Marnien   Engineer
J Mascis   Composer,Producer
Charles Paakkari   Engineer
Tony Phillips   Engineer
Karyn Rachtman   Executive Producer
Andrew Williams   Producer
Mary Ramos   Pre-production Coordinator
Allison Anders   Executive Producer

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Grace of My Heart 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the music in this movie, especially &quot God Give me Strength&quot Kristen Vigard sang it so beautifully that it was the focal point of the movie. I was so disappointed her rendition was left off the CD that I did not purchase it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
''God Give Me Strength'' has haunted me ever since I saw this movie years ago; It was not until I came across this B&N listing of the movie that my obscure memory of the lyrics and melody has finally been indulged. I share the same disappointed sentiment, however, about finding E. Costello's voice instead of the woman's whom I thought all along was I. Douglas! Nevertheless, Costello's version of ''God Give Me Strength'' & tracks like ''A Boat on the Sea'' will leave you falling in love with tragedy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I fell totally in love with this movie. The music was so well-done! I knew that Illiana Douglas didn't do the singing, so I wanted to find out who did. I went to buy the CD and see who did the songs, specifically, ''God Give Me Strength'' since it was a fabulous song. To my dismay, I found the CD and found that the person who sang the song in the movie, Kristen Vigard, was not the one who sang it on the soundtrack. It was sung my Elvis Costello. Bad choice. I was very disappointed and did not buy the album as a result.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just love this album and mowie.If you really love and feel music than this is something for you.