What does it sound like?:
Rick Derringer is a name that doesn’t mean too much in the UK. If he’s known at all, it’s for the band albums he made under the ‘Derringer’ brand name. However, the albums here are all solo efforts, made both before and after his group phase. So what’s the difference – well, in reality, not that much really, These four albums do though have a more commercial, less hard rock sound, of the sort you can imagine rock stations in the USA picking up on.
The first, 1973’s All American Boy, is the best of the bunch, featuring his most well known song Rock n Roll Hoochie Coo, as well as, bizarrely, a co-write with the then unknown Patti Smith. It also has guest turns by Joe Walsh and Edgar Winter, and overall is a very listenable album, including his signature instrumental Joy Ride.
The follow up, Spring Fever, is less good. Even guests such as Chick Corea and David Johansen don’t add much spice to the proceedings in what is a pretty run of the mill pop/rock effort. Quite a bland effort, but one that you could understand going down well Stateside, as indeed it did.
After a four year gap, while Derringer concentrated on his band, he returned with a further two solo efforts. 1979’s Todd Rundgren produced Guitars and Women is an odd mixture – some songs are almost pop music, while others verge on heavy metal – a strange and not altogether successful combination. The weakest of these four albums is the final one, Face to Face, again following the commercial AOR route, but with songs that aren’t really up to it. Forgettable.
What does it all *mean*?
Overall, one and half good albums out of four, the rest is pretty generic and disposable
Goes well with…
Fizzy American beer and hot dogs.
Might suit people who like…