Heaven Help the Fool

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Heaven Help The Fool
Studio album by Bob Weir
Released January 13, 1978
Recorded 1977
Genre Rock, Country, Folk
Length 34:43
Label Arista
Producer Keith Olsen
Bob Weir chronology
Live 'n' Kickin'
(1977)Live 'n' Kickin'1977
Heaven Help The Fool
Bobby and the Midnites
(1981)Bobby and the Midnites1981
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Review scores
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Allmusic 1.5/5 stars [1]

Heaven Help The Fool was the second solo album by Grateful Dead rhythm guitarist Bob Weir, released in 1978. It was recorded during time off from touring, in the summer of 1977, while Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart recovered from injuries sustained in a vehicular accident. Weir returned to the studio with Keith Olsen, having recorded Terrapin Station with the producer earlier in the year. Several well-known studio musicians were hired for the project, including widely used session player Waddy Wachtel and Toto members David Paich and Mike Porcaro.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Bombs Away" (John Perry Barlow, Bob Weir) – 5:06
  2. "Easy to Slip" (Lowell George, Martin Kibbee) – 3:05
  3. "Salt Lake City" (Barlow, Weir) – 4:04
  4. "Shade of Grey" (Barlow, Weir) – 4:30
  5. "Heaven Help the Fool" (Barlow, Weir) – 5:30
  6. "This Time Forever" (Barlow, Weir) – 4:09
  7. "I'll Be Doggone" (Warren Moore, Smokey Robinson, Marv Tarplin) – 3:07
  8. "Wrong Way Feelin'" (Barlow, Weir) – 5:12




  • Producer – Keith Olsen
  • Engineers – David de Vore and Keith Olsen
  • Art direction – Ria Lewerke
  • Photography – Richard Avedon

Performance history[edit]

Unlike Weir's previous solo album (Ace), none of the songs entered Grateful Dead set lists – except the title track, which was briefly played as an instrumental version in the Fall of 1980. Those performances were at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco (nine performances in September and October), twice at the Saenger Performing Arts Center in New Orleans, and six times at Radio City Music Hall in New York City (all in October).

Additionally, "Salt Lake City" was played at one Grateful Dead concert, in Salt Lake City, at the Delta Center, February 21, 1995.


  1. ^ Planer, Lindsay. Heaven Help the Fool at AllMusic