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'
Heaven Help The Fool
Bobby and the Midnites
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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 an enforced vacation in the summer of 1977, when Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart was injured in a car crash. Weir recruited some well-known studio musicians for the project including 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]

The title track of the album was played at 17 Grateful Dead concerts, all in 1980 (A year in Grateful Dead history famous for its acoustic sets ). The performances were at concerts at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco (9 performances), twice at the Saenger Performing Arts Center in New Orleans, and 6 times at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Since the vocal personnel who recorded "Heaven Help the Fool" in the studio weren't present in the Grateful Dead's touring company, the Dead instead opted to perform "Heaven Help the Fool" as a jazz instrumental , without the Bob Weir lead vocal present on the album.

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


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