Bob Weir Heaven Help The Fool
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- Released: March 16, 2015
- Originally Released: 2005
- Label: Grateful Dead / WEA
- 1.Bombs Away
- 2.Easy To Slip
- 3.Salt Lake City
- 4.Shade Of Grey
- 5.Heaven Help The Fool
- 6.This Time Forever
- 7.I'll Be Doggone
- 8.Wrong Way Feelin'
Personnel: Bob Weir (vocals, guitar); Waddy Wachtel (guitar); Bill Champlin (organ, keyboards, background vocals); David Paich, Peggy Sandvig, David Foster (keyboards); Mike Porcaro, Dee Murray (bass guitar); Mike Baird, Nigel Olsson (drums); Tom Scott (wind); Tom Kelly , Lynette Gloud, Carmen Twillie (background vocals).
All tracks have been digitally mastered using HDCD technology.
Six years separate Bob Weir's second solo album, HEAVEN HELP THE FOOL, from its 1972 predecessor, so he was apparently not chomping at the bit to break his Grateful Dead shackles in the interim. Accordingly, this is a much more laid-back endeavor than ACE, and has much less (read: absolutely no) Dead involvement. Instead of backing himself with his old pals as he did on ACE, Weir surrounds himself with first-call LA session musicians here. Consequently, the sound is much slicker and more polished. The rough-around-the-edges, rootsy sound of ACE is supplanted by a smooth, pop-oriented sound more akin to the contemporaneous work of Jackson Browne or Boz Scaggs (with whom FOOL shares some musicians). While most of the material was written by Weir with his longtime lyricist John Barlow, the Dead singer/guitarist does nod to his roots with covers of Lowell George's "Easy to Slip" and the Smokey Robinson-penned R&B classic "I'll Be Doggone."
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