Gus Dudgeon, known for his work with Elton John, produced this track and the rest of the Whatever Happened to Benny Santini?
album. Dudgeon gave the song the contemporary hit sound the record company was looking for, but Rea felt hijacked, as he thought of the song as a soul number.
In a 2017 Songfacts interview with Rea
, he said: "I did as I was told by a huge producer, and he'd been told by the record company to turn me into the next Elton John, which couldn't be further away from what I was. But they had decided that's what he was going to do. They didn't want me to sing low because that wasn't commercial. That is all, thankfully, just gone now, which is great.
I've still got a piece of paper and on the original lyrics it says: ''Fool (If You Think It's Over).' Song for Al Green. 96 beats per minute. Al Jackson, drums.' And that's what 'Fool' was always meant to be. So, I don't know where that rhythm box came from. But we survived that."