ARTIST: Rick Derringer
TITLE: Playlist: The Very Best of Rick Derringer
YEAR RELEASED: Compilation
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: Charting: Hang on Sloopy (#1 US, #5 UK), Rock and Roll, Hootchie Koo (#23 US), Teenage Love Affair (#80 US), Let Me In (#86)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Still Alive and Well
LINEUP: Rick Derringer and various session people, plus his own group called Derringer, which existed in the mid-70’s
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Guitarist and vocalist for the McCoys, Johnny Winter, and Edgar Winter’s solo career is compiled in a single disc that illustrates the problems he had sustaining a solo career.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: There’s no doubt Rick Derringer’s a good wingman, as his worth with both Winter brothers and Weird Al show. He’s also got a good rock-and-roll voice. But as a songwriter, he’s got few highlights outside of “Rock and Roll, Hootchie Koo”.
“Still Alive and Well” works well, and various dribs and drabs from his group Derringer are decent enough. But his 70’s solo albums found him straddling glam and hard rock, with no real purpose, and some of his tracks are just cringeworthy (who the hell thought “If I Weren’t So Romantic, I’d Shoot You” was a song title that would be both a single AND the title of an album???)
I was quite disappointed here – but it illustrates why you’ve not heard much besides his big solo hit.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: He recorded a version of “Real American” for Alex Jones’ show. I don’t need to say more.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: C: Many tracks exiled. Just not great