Heaven Help the Fool

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Issued half a decade after his first solo LP, Ace 1972, Heaven Help the Fool is the antithesis of Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir's debut effort. Although initially dismissed by critics and Deadheads alike as a slick, soulless, L.A.-sounding disc, the passage of time has somewhat mitigated that assessment -- but not by very much. One of the primary factors in the decidedly over-produced and at times uncomfortable-sounding approach can be directly attributed to the absence of his Grateful Dead bandmates. This is in direct contrast to Ace -- which was, in reality, a full-blown Dead album in disguise. Another common thread is producer Keith Olsen. As he had done with the ...
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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Issued half a decade after his first solo LP, Ace 1972, Heaven Help the Fool is the antithesis of Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir's debut effort. Although initially dismissed by critics and Deadheads alike as a slick, soulless, L.A.-sounding disc, the passage of time has somewhat mitigated that assessment -- but not by very much. One of the primary factors in the decidedly over-produced and at times uncomfortable-sounding approach can be directly attributed to the absence of his Grateful Dead bandmates. This is in direct contrast to Ace -- which was, in reality, a full-blown Dead album in disguise. Another common thread is producer Keith Olsen. As he had done with the Dead's Terrapin Station 1977 long-player the previous year, Olsen obscures some uniformly interesting melodies with disco-laden arrangements, the most blatant offenders being "Wrong Way Feelin'" and a reworking of Marvin Gaye's "I'll Be Doggone." They're abused with synthesizer-drenched rhythms and disposable, generic backing vocals. Even the array of studio talent -- which includes Waddy Wachtel guitar, David Foster keyboards, fellow Bay Area Sons of Champlin-founder Bill Champlin keyboards, Mike Porcaro bass, Tom Scott woodwinds, and former Elton John bandmembers Nigel Olsson drums and Dee Murray bass -- is unable to salvage a majority of the material on Heaven Help the Fool. However, it is Weir's uniformly strong original compositions -- penned with longtime lyrical collaborator John Barlow -- and well-conceived choice of cover tunes which suffer the most. Those wishing to hear infinitely more tolerable interpretations of tracks such as "Bombs Away," "This Time Forever," "Shade of Grey," and Lowell George's "Easy to Slip" should seek out Weir/Wasserman Live 1998. Likewise, the more industrious enthusiast might even wish to locate the Grateful Dead's very occasional live versions of "Heaven Help the Fool" and "Salt Lake City."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Arista
  • UPC: 078221816526
  • Catalog Number: 8165

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bombs Away (5:10)
  2. 2 Easy to Slip (3:07)
  3. 3 Salt Lake City (4:04)
  4. 4 Shade of Grey (4:30)
  5. 5 Heaven Help the Fool (5:33)
  6. 6 This Time Forever (4:12)
  7. 7 I'll Be Doggone (3:10)
  8. 8 Wrong Way Feelin' (5:12)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bob Weir Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Tom Scott Wind, Woodwind
David Foster Keyboards
Bill Champlin Organ, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
Michael Baird Drums
Mike Baird Drums
Venette Gloud Vocals
Lynette Gloud Keyboards, Background Vocals
Tom Kelly Vocals, Background Vocals
Dee Murray Bass, Bass Guitar
Nigel Olsson Drums
David Paich Keyboards
Mike Porcaro Bass, Bass Guitar
Peggy Sandvig Keyboards
Carmen Twillie Vocals, Background Vocals
Richard Wachtel Guitar, Guitar
Carmen Twilley Background Vocals
Technical Credits
David DeVore Engineer
Joe Gastwirt Mastering
Keith Olsen Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Ria Lewerke Art Direction
Warren Moore Composer
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