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Heaven Help The Fool [Us Import] [Import]

Bob Weir Audio CD

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6. This Time Forever
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Different Sound, but Outstanding! 1 Sep 2005
By John Welsh - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I was never really a die-hard Grateful Dead fan, though I appreciated their zest and their better-known tunes. But late one night back when AOR was still alive (circa 1979), this amazing song came on the FM radio. I was floored--it was incredibly well done, great arrangement and musicianship, wonderful musical textures, flavorful, highly melodic. WOW! Here was rock & roll that was highly musical, tasty, lots of depth. The DJ said it was Bob Weir, a guitarist for the Dead. I didn't know BW from Adam, but in any case, bought the album (vinyl LP). This album shows true range, great textures, VERY strong compositionallly (not your standard r&r), and if you like the classic Hammond sound when used in rock correctly (narly one moment, transcendant the next), you will especially love it here. And Bob's soloing is first-rate, strong in quality, musical. Lyrics are pretty good too. I have the original LP and was searching Amazon on a lark to see if this album was even available on CD, doubting, and was stoked to find it is. I'm not a real expert on the Dead, but if you like them, and appreciate their musical range, I would guess you'll like this. BUT THIS I GUARANTEE: If you're well beyond the typical crap on the radio and truly dug the days of real AOR FM--like, back in the early days of KNAC in Long Beach (CA) and the great stuff they played, you will really like this album. (It's a shame the cuts listed above don't have clickable samples to play, or you could hear what I'm talking about!) WELL WORTH THE INVESTMENT!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great non-Deadish Bob 12 Aug 2010
By anonymous - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This has been my favorite Bobby solo album for decades. Yeah, you could say Ace, but that's pretty much a Dead album, and most of those tunes did in fact become show staples. OTOH, none of the tunes on Heaven Help the Fool ever really made it into the Dead's rotation, although they flirted with the title track several times as an acoustic instrumental in 1980, tried out This Time Forever once in 78 acoustically, and did Salt Lake City in SLC some time in the late 80s/early 90s.

This is a very "polished" album, not surprising since Keith Olsen, the producer for the Dead's Terrapin Station, did the chores for this album as well. I think the results are far more successful in Bobby's case because the polish, southern LA studio sound really suits this set of songs. And BTW, he gets some great LA session musicians to back him and the results are pretty impressive. BTW--Billy Cobham just doesn't do "mediocre."

Sure it's a lot of cheesy 70s singer-songwriter "angst." Some of us geezers who were around for the 70s actually like that. Like every Van Morrison album from that era, Blood on the Tracks, early (good) Springsteen--those are all 70s "singer-songwriter" albums. It definitely won't appeal to certain heads who have a pretty set idea of what Bob should sound like, but it's not nearly as bad as the negative reviewer below believes it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No Fooling Here 22 Jan 2013
By DonkeyOdie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
There is not a bad song on this record. Anyone who listens to the Grateful Dead Channel on Sirius/XM radio knows these songs as they are in constant rotation, and there is a reason for that. Jazzy in places, soft and smooth in others. Out of the ordinary for the Grateful Dead's co-founder, but easier for the uninitiated to absorb without losing the trademark oddity that Weir has always displayed. Top-notch stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Weir album 8 April 2011
By MadMarkus - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Bob, though not the face of the Dead, was the heart that gave the Dead it's unique sound. This album is not a reflection of the Dead, but showcases the special flavor that Weir added to Jerry's genius, where 2 identities blend effortlessly. Dead fans may not like Weir alone, but many Dead Heads don't appreciate the Pizza Tapes either.
4.0 out of 5 stars Yep, this is it . . . 27 Feb 2014
By Loren Haas - Published on Amazon.com
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The songs are just as I remembered. Loved the performances . . . mix could be a lot better. If you had this, you'll enjoy it though it may not see too many plays.
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