Rick Der­ringer

Joy Ride – Solo Al­bums 1973-1980

Classic Rock - - The Hard Stuff - Paul Lester

Four-CD box set of cel­e­brated singer/writer/pro­ducer. Rick Der­ringer was the Alex Chilton-style teen prodigy

– he was 17 when he sang The McCoys’ 1965 US No.1 Hang On Sloopy – who man­aged to forge a suc­cess­ful 70s ca­reer. Look­ing like a hard rock David Cas­sidy, he could have been a pop star but he had other plans, like be­ing a blis­ter­ing gui­tar-slinger for hire on a lot of your favourite records by Steely Dan, Todd Rund­gren, Alice Cooper and Johnny and Edgar Win­ter.

He was more than just a flashy side­kick, though, as his solo de­but All Amer­i­can Boy (1973) proved. An un­der­ap­pre­ci­ated gem, this time Der­ringer was the cen­tre of at­ten­tion with the il­lus­tri­ous guests (Joe

Walsh, David Bromberg), and it’s a mea­sure of his abil­ity to strad­dle the cool/com­mer­cial di­vide that it fea­tured both Suzi Qu­a­tro and a co-write with

Patti Smith (the fab Hold). His strong­est col­lec­tion, it ranged from his big­gest hit, the hard­kick­ing boo­gie of Rock And Roll, Hoochie Coo, to lachry­mose tongue-in-cheek bal­lad The Air­port Giveth (The Air­port Taketh Away). Spring Fever (1975) came with a cover of Ru­fus Thomas’s

clas­sic Walkin’ The Dog as well as Chick Corea on Moog and David Jo­hansen on elec­tric har­mon­ica. Gui­tar And Women (1979) was given a power pop punch and sheen by co-pro­ducer Rund­gren and fea­tured two tracks writ­ten by Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen, then in his Dream Po­lice pomp. Com­plet­ing this four-CD set is Face To Face (1980), in­clud­ing a cover of Neil Young’s My My, Hey Hey (Out Of The Blue).

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