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Orphans of God: A Tribute to Mark Heard

Year: 1996
Genre: Americana / Folk Rock / Alternative Rock
Label: Fingerprint Records (FCD 9601)
Producer: Dan Russell

Orphans of God is a 1996 two-CD compilation of songs performed by various artists in tribute to songwriter Mark Heard. Recorded and released after Heard's death in 1992, proceeds from the album benefit the Heard Family Fund. This album was listed at #25 in the book, CCM Presents: The 100 Greatest Albums in Christian Music.

Some of the tracks had been released in 1994 as part of the single disc collection Strong Hand of Love. One song from that album, Phil Keaggy's version of “I Always Do,” was replaced by his version of “Everything is Alright.” Two tracks were dropped: “Castaway” by Bruce Carroll and “How to Grow Up Big and Strong” by Rich Mullins.

Track Listing

Disc One
  1. Buddy and Julie Miller - “Orphans of God” (*)
  2. Michael Been - “We Know Too Much” (*)
  3. Vigilantes of Love - “Freight Train To Nowhere” (*)
  4. Ashley Cleveland - “It's Not Your Fault” (*)
  5. Dan Russell - “I Just Wanna Get Warm” (*)
  6. Kate Taylor - “Satellite Sky” (*)
  7. Pat Terry - “Mercy of the Flame”
  8. Brooks Williams - “Rise From The Ruins”
  9. Bruce Cockburn - “Strong Hand of Love” (*)
  10. Victoria Williams - “What Kind of Friend” (*)
  11. The Williams Brothers - “House of Broken Dreams”
  12. Tom Prasada-Rao - “Tip of My Tongue”
  13. Phil Keaggy - “Everything is Alright”
  14. Olivia Newton-John - “How To Grow Up Big and Strong”
  15. Big Faith - “All She Wanted Was Love”
  16. Hezze - “Another Good Lie”
  17. Chagall Guevara - “Treasure of the Broken Land” (*)
Disc Two
  1. Kevin Max - “Lonely Moon” (*)
  2. Harrod and Funck - “Worry Too Much”
  3. Bob - “Fire”
  4. John Austin - “Big Wheels Roll”
  5. Parmin Sisters - “Rise From The Ruins”
  6. Iain - “Watching the Ships Go Down”
  7. Tonio K - “Another Day In Limbo” (*)
  8. Carolyn Arends - “Love Is So Blind”
  9. Pierce Pettis - “Nod Over Coffee” (*)
  10. Ramona Silver - “Remarks To Mr. McLuhan”
  11. Swinging Steaks - “Long Way Down”
  12. Randy Stonehill & Pam Dwinell Miner - “Look Over Your Shoulder” (*)
  13. Glenn Kaiser - “Threw It Away”
  14. Colin Linden - “Dry Bones Dance”
  15. The Choir - “Tip of My Tongue” (*)
  16. Daniel Amos - “Strong Hand of Love”
  17. Marvin Etzioni formerly of Lone Justice - “Hammer and Nails”

(*) Tracks that had appeared on 1994's Strong Hand of Love.