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The Doobie Brothers – What A Fool Believes (US 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on June 7th, 2013

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1978

Side A

DISCO FRIDAY!

Re-Rip Remaster

Originally I posted this one on December 15, 2010. But for those who may have missed it or if you are a new reader just discovering BTG. I decided to give this one a new rip with my newer Ortofon 30 stylus. This 12″ is also being posted in 24 bit flac for the very first time!

“What a Fool Believes” is a song written by Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins. The best known version was recorded by The Doobie Brothers for their 1978 album Minute by Minute (with McDonald singing lead vocals and Michael Jackson backing voice). The single reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on April 14, 1979, remaining in that position for one week. The song received Grammy Awards in 1980 for both Song of the Year and Record of the Year.

“What a Fool Believes” was one of the few non-disco No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 during 1979. The song lyrics tell a story of a man who is reunited with a former lover and attempts to rekindle the relationship with her, only to realize she never really loved him and shows no interest in continuing an affair with him.

Michael Jackson claimed to have contributed at least one backing track to the original Doobie Brothers recording, but was not credited for having done so.

SIDE A:
What A Fool Believes (Disco Mix)  5:25
Engineer [Remix] – Andy Abrahms*
Percussion – James Maelen*
Remix – Jim Burgess
Written-By – Kenny Loggins , Michael McDonald

SIDE B:
Don’t Stop To Watch The Wheels 3:28
Written-By – Jeff Baxter , Michael Ebert , Patrick Simmons

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Cover: Near Mint (generic)

CHART HISTORY:

Year Single Chart Position
1979 What A Fool Believes U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #1
1979 What A Fool Believes U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary #22
1979 What A Fool Believes U.S. Billboard Hot Dance/Disco #72
1979 What A Fool Believes U.S. Billboard Hot Black Singles #2

 

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: Warner Bros. Records
Catalog#: WBSD 8778
Format: Vinyl, 12″, Single
Country: US
Released: 1978
Genre: Electronic, Funk / Soul, Pop
Style: Pop Rock, Disco
Credits: Engineer – Don Landee*
Producer – Ted Templeman

NOTES:
Side A Remixed from the LP version, as indicated by Remix Engineer credit.
“A Jim Burgess Mix”

“From the Warner Bros. Album BSK 3193
“MINUTE BY MINUTE”
Track times are incorrect on labels.

Find The 12″ On DISCOGS

Side B

EQUIPMENT USED:
Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

SOFTWARE USED:
Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Adobe Photoshop CS5
ClickRepair
dBpoweramp
Playlist Creator

RESTORATION NOTES:
All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
Downsampled to 24bit/96kHz and16bit /44kHz using iZotope RX Advanced 2
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

PW: burningtheground

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26 Responses to “The Doobie Brothers – What A Fool Believes (US 12″)”

  1. antbee Says:

    Thank you, Paul! I probably have the original rip of yours, but I will take this newly minted one!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Antbee 🙂

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  2. Ray Fisher Says:

    The Re-Rip sounds amazing Paul! Thanks as always

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Ray appreciate the comment 🙂

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  3. ric Says:

    Hi Paul,
    Sorry for not having the time to reply the past week. But your week’s worth of posts are amazing!!!
    Love it when you do your re-rips, more so as this is one of my favourite singles of the 70s!

    Michael McDonald actually came up with the storyline for the song on board a flight to LA. When he got back home, he started working on the melody but got stuck at the bridge. He played the song to producer Ted Templeman who loved it, and told him to complete the song. But Michael simply couldn’t. He had no idea where to go from there.
    Dobbie’s bassists Tiran Porter suggested Michael get together with his friend Kenny Loggins to see what they could come up with. A “blind date” was set up at Michael’s place.
    That afternoon, Michael was nervous as he has never met Kenny before, so he started playing on the piano some unfinished demos he’d been working on to his sister Maureen. Just then, Kenny arrived outside his home and heard piano music coming through the door. He stood there and listened. Michael was playing the unfinished “What A Fool Believes” at that time, and he stopped before getting to the bridge of the song. Kenny’s mind kept going and his imagination heard the bridge section. So the two were actually writing before they even met!!! After the knock on the door and the exchange of pleasantries, Kenny shared his “imagination” with Michael, and a few days and tele-conversations later, the classic was completed!
    By the way, the record also won a third Grammy that year, for Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists.

    Happy Disco Friday Paul!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Ric always a pleasure reading your comments. Happy weekend my friend 🙂

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  4. carmatope Says:

    A real jewel. Thank you

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Carmatope 🙂

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  5. Louie Says:

    THANK YOU!

    I’ve been wanting this in 24/96 since I saw it on your list but only as 16/44.

    WONDERFUL!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re very welcome Louie 🙂

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  6. Mike Says:

    Great tune. Like many of your disco friday posts, it makes me wish I’d been born about 2 decades earlier.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Enjoy Mike 🙂

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  7. dazz22 Says:

    another great rip and track keep them coming hopefully someday you can re rip the older ones that dont work anymore

    do you have malcom mclaren and waltz darling by any chance?

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    That will be a big project Dazz22.

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  8. Stefano Says:

    Love that song.
    Everytime I hear this mix I think the additional percussion is a bit out of synch. What do you think Paul?

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    The Doctor Reply:

    In a way, you’re right. The wood block “clicks” are just slightly, but definitely, lagged just a hair or two behind the rest of the percussion. However, after giving it a couple of listen-throughs, I think it’s deliberate. It does give the impression of the percussion being slightly de-synced if you’re not paying attention to exactly which instrument is lagging behind, though.

    I had no idea a “disco” version of this even existed. Where do you find these things, Paul? 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    I agree with you doctor it does lag a bit but as you said I think it was intentional. Where do I find this stuff? I am just constantly looking at music on Discogs etc. I also hear about things from my readers 🙂

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    The Doctor Reply:

    Ha! That was a partly rhetorical question, to be sure. 🙂 I get similar reactions when I play a lot of things during my Second Life streams. A big part of the fun of it is getting that “OMG I haven’t heard this in years!” or “Wow, where did you find this?” reaction when I pull out some non-album “B”-side track, or an obscure one-hit wonder, or an alternate 12″ mix, instead of just streaming the same stuff everyone else plays.

    You have to admit, though, “The Doobie Brothers” is not exactly the first name that comes to mind when you think “Disco”. 😀

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    Mike Reply:

    Paul, I guess I was under the impression that most of the stuff you post was from your vinyl collection back in the day. How much of it is from the 70s/80s versus stuff you’ve bought in the past few years? Just curious.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Hi Mike about 60 to 70 percent is originally from the 70’s and 80’s but I keep adding to it even now and I have had to replace some things that I have lost over the years 🙂

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  9. MESS Says:

    Gratitude and respect. Thank you for your hard work

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  10. scot Says:

    been waitin for this one! thanks

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  11. tdrcau Says:

    thank you !

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  13. Brian Says:

    Looking forward to this one. I LOVE this song!
    Thank you for the post

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  14. Dan Says:

    Thank you, Paul. I have a near mint 12″ of this but my rip doesn’t sound nearly as good as yours.

    thanks again,
    Dan

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