Hearts of Fire. Soundtrack Tape cassette 1987 RARE. Fiona, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton. One of the rarest soundtracks. Check audio


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One of the rarest soundtracks around!, CD copies go for up to $ 200!!!
Hearts of Fire is a very rare soundtrack to the film Hearts of Fire. Columbia released the soundtrack October 20th, 1987, with the record number SC 40870. It was recorded in August 26 and 27th in London in 1986.
The album features three artists. Bob Dylan has three songs, Fiona has 4 songs, and Rupert Everett contributes three songs.
The three Bob Dylan songs have never been released on any other commercial project or album by Dylan, making this record a sought-after purchase for some collectors. “”The Usual”” is a John Hiatt cover. “”Night After Night”” and “”Had a Dream About You Baby”” are originals. An alternate mix of the latter appeared on his 1988 album, Down in the Groove

Track Listing


1. Hearts of Fire 3:45 – Fiona
2. The Usual 3:33 – Bob Dylan
3. I’m In It For Love 4:01 – Fiona
4. Tainted Love 3:09 – Rupert Everett
5. Hair of the Dog (That Bit You) 3:34 – Fiona


1. Night After Night 2:50 – Bob Dylan
2. In My Heart 3:20 – Rupert Everett
3. The Night We Spent on Earth 4:28 – Fiona
4. Had a Dream About You Baby 2:36 – Bob Dylan
5. Let the Good Times Roll 3:30 – Rupert Everett

If like me you believe Bob Dylan’s 1987 album, ‘Down In The Groove’, to be in dire need of re-evaluation then get a copy of this soundtrack release to the bizarre film of that same year, ‘Hearts of Fire’, starring none other than Bob Dylan and featuring his music. Hearts of Fire 
This album contains the best track from those ‘Down In The Groove’/’Hearts of Fire’ soundtrack sessions, a cover of John Hiatt’s ‘The Usual’ that is superior to the Wilbert Harrison cover, ‘Let’s Stick Together’, that opens ‘Down In The Groove’. It helps that Hiatt’s song is such a great one but Dylan’s performance here is energised and powerful and bears comparison with any of the great vocal performances he was giving with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers a little earlier.
The second track that is gold here is ‘Night After Night’, a Dylan original that has the big band feel of the sessions that made up ‘Knocked Out Loaded’. A tortured love song (“Night after night another bottle finds a bed”) against a backdrop of global turmoil (“Night after night another plan to blow up the world”), it nevertheless bounces and dances with the most infectious of Stax-Volt style horn riffs.
A third treat on this rare gem of a CD is an alternative take of Down In The Groove’s ‘Had A Dream About You, Baby’, featuring Eric Clapton’s chunky rhythm guitar. Much maligned by the critics and commentators, this song has to be one of Dylan’s great lost pop songs. With its cheeky blues-rock structure and tragi-comic lyrics (with the yearning “Late last night you were rolling across my mind”)this song is possibly waiting for its definitive version (Joe Cocker please consider). But I have always loved the slightly chaotic, slightly throwaway bar-band feel of the rock tracks on ‘Down In The Groove’ and this alternative take with its varied vocal mannerisms is a genuine pleasure.
By adding these three tracks and then sourcing some of the bootleg recordings from these sessions like, for example, the gorgeous cover of Gene Vincent’s ‘Important Words’, or Slim Harpo’s ‘Got Love If You Want It’, and ditching the ‘Infidels’ derived ‘Death Is Not the End’, it is possible to begin to hear the ‘Down In The Groove’ album as it should be heard: a seminal collection of great interpretations, with some originals thrown in, experimenting with a vast range of musical styles from grungy bar rock to narrative Western (‘Silvio’) to 50’s pop to exquisite covers of folk standards (‘Shenandoah’) and Appalachian Mountain music (‘Rank Strangers’).
This ‘Hearts of Fire’ soundtrack album gets three stars from me, one for each Dylan track. Where is the other great Dylan cover that appears in the film – Shel Silverstein’s ‘A couple More Years’?
Please Sony, dust off the boxes of tapes and give us some more of this rich material on the next Bootleg series release so the world can hear ‘Down In The Groove’ for what it should have been all along.
the soundtrack is an undiscovered gem. If you can find it, it’s worth the money just for Dylan’s phenomenal version of John Hiatt’s “The Usual”. Hope someone (Rhino?) remaster and reissue it as the sound probably needs tweaking and there are sure to be a few discarded tracks that could be added as bonuses. Richard Marquand’s last film. He died not longer after filming was wrapped up.

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