Where Angels Fear to Tread (Mink DeVille album)

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Where Angels Fear to Tread
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Studio album by Mink DeVille
Released 1983
Recorded Criteria Recording Studios, Miami
Genre Rock, Soul, Latin
Length 35:40
Label Atlantic
Producer Howard Albert, Ron Albert
Mink DeVille chronology
Coup de Grâce
Where Angels Fear to Tread
Sportin’ Life

Where Angels Fear to Tread, issued in 1983, is the fifth album by the rock band Mink DeVille. It was the second album Mink DeVille recorded for Atlantic Records, and Atlantic brought in two in-house producers, Howard Albert and Ron Albert, to produce the album.

Mink DeVille as a rock group had effectively ceased to exist as a band; only lead singer Willy DeVille remained from the original band. For this album, Willy DeVille reached deeper into his Latin roots, even recording a salsa number, "Demasiado Corazon." A single, “Each Word’s a Beat of My Heart,” reached number 89 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. Two percussionists from the Latin dance/disco band Foxy, Richie Puente and Joe Galdo, played on the album. A recording of "Stand by Me" was made at this session and released on a 7-inch single along with “Demasiado Corazon” and “Are You Lonely Tonight?”


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Trouser Press said about the album, “This uncluttered and uncomplicated tribute to DeVille's chosen forebears — Sam Cooke, Phil Spector, the Drifters, Joe Tex, James Brown — also includes forays into Spanish Harlem and other wondrously nostalgic time warps. DeVille's songwriting and singing have returned to top strength, and the record burns with sincerity and warmth. Simply, elegantly excellent.”[2]

Allmusic said about Where Angels Fear to Tread, “DeVille and his band were burning through the pages of rock and R&B history (there are a couple of doo wop- and New Orleans-flavored cuts as well) with raw swagger and astonishing musicianship. Why they didn't catch on and George Thorogood did is a mystery that will be up to '80s historians to figure out.”[3]

Other information[edit]

Boris Kinberg, a percussionist in The Mink DeVille Band, considered "Lilly's Daddy's Cadillac" one of the best songs Willy DeVille ever wrote. "It's a brilliant song. It’s a mini-film. In a three-minute song you have an hour and a half movie. It’s about drug deal gone bad."[4]

Background singers Margaret Reynolds and Beverly Champion had sung with KC and the Sunshine Band and in 1985 would, under the name Margaret Reynolds and Girlfriends, record the Dubwise 12-inch single "Three Steps from True Love."

Willy DeVille recorded "The Moonlight Let Me Down" a second time in 1996 for a CD single. The single included a radio version and extended version of the song as well as "Ballad of the Hoodlum Priest" (from DeVille's Loup Garou).

The album’s title comes from the Johnny Mercer song “Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear to Tread),” not from the novel by that title written by E. M. Forster.

Track listing[edit]

Unless otherwise noted, all songs by Willy DeVille.

  1. “Each Word's a Beat of My Heart" - 3:24
  2. “River of Tears” – 3:18
  3. “Demasiado Corazon (Too Much Heart)” - 3:33
  4. “Lilly's Daddy's Cadillac” - 2:52
  5. “Around the Corner” (Carl Sigman, Ezio Leoni, Vito Pallazicini) - 2:30
  6. “Pick Up the Pieces” - 3:20
  7. “Love's Got a Hold on Me” - 4:33
  8. “Keep Your Monkey Away from My Door” - 3:08
  9. “Are You Lonely Tonight?” - 3:00
  10. “The Moonlight Let Me Down” - 5:23




  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Editors (2006) “Mink Deville/Willy Deville.” Trouser Press. (Retrieved 3-30-08.)
  3. ^ Jurek, Thom (2007) “Review: Where Angels Fear to Tread.” AllMusic. (Retrieved 3-30-08.)
  4. ^ See interviews on the Live in the Lowlands DVD (2006; Eagle Rock).