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It seems like Rick Derringer has been on the rock & roll scene forever -- actually, it's only been since 1965, which makes him one of the more enduring veterans of his generation. Derringer's work with his band the McCoys in his midteens, highlighted by the bubblegum anthem "Hang On Sloopy," gave him a claim to low-level rock & roll immortality, and his subsequent ... Read more in Amazon's Rick Derringer Store

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  • Audio CD (March 1, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • ASIN: B0012GN076
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,982 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Rock & Roll, Hoochie Koo
2. Joy Ride [Instrumental]
3. Teenage Queen
4. Cheap Tequila
5. Uncomplicated
6. Hold
7. The Airport Giveth (The Airport Taketh Away)
8. Teenage Love Affair
9. It's Raining
10. Time Warp [Instrumental]
11. Slide on over Slinky
12. Jump, Jump, Jump

Editorial Reviews

The revered guitarist/producer's most successful LP, thanks to the classic rock hits Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo and Teenage Love Affair . Derringer blazes through the instrumentals Joy Ride and Time Warp , too

Customer Reviews

I like it, this brought back some memories for me.
Steve
Lots of great songs plus Joe Walsh and his band and Edgar Winter.
T. J. Radak
He did a great instrumental version on the Free Ride record.
OLD GUY.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By hyperbolium on November 9, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Having broken into the music business in 1965 with the McCoys, and honed his guitar playing skills in both Johnny and Edgar Winter's bands, Derringer was ripe for this solo debut. Released in 1974 (essentially on a short hiatus from the Winter brothers bands), it combined the guitar skills he'd developed with impressive songwriting and production skills. The glam-rock cover photo provides a hint as to some of the lyrics free-wheeling attitude, but not to the quality of the playing.

The hit single "Rock 'n' Roll Hoochie Koo" is only the start of this LPs story. Derringer's multi-instrumental talents carry the rockers and ballads, with a little help from the likes of Joe Walsh (who was recording solo between his gigs with the James Gang and the Eagles) to great heights. Nothing he recorded with the Winters, or on his subsequent solo LPs could match the focus and drive on this debut. 12 excellent original tracks make this album anything but a one-hit wonder.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By bill smith on August 18, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This album never turned Rick Derringer into a superstar but it should have!

The songs on this album MAKE you want to catch a Rick Derringer concert.All the firepower of a Derringer concert is captured on this studio CD.

It starts off with Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo which has become such a classic it has been played on the radio more than 1 million times!

Two insturmentals are on this album;Joy Ride and Time Warp.Neither of them diappoints.Rick has always had a special knack for writing these kinds of songs.

Another charted song Teenage Love Affair is here as well and years later it still sounds invigorating and fresh.

The thoughtfulness of Hold,the class of Jump Jump Jump,the atmosphere of It's Raining...it's all here folks.

A person could go on describing this album forever and a day.It is one of those albums which captures exactly the musical vibe that was going on in the 70's.

Gemstone after gemstone with a special mention going to Slide On Over Slinky which can only be described as a mature version of Hang On Sloopy.

If you want to know what Rock and Roll is all about buy this album!!!!!!!!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Brian D. Rubendall HALL OF FAME on March 2, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Rick Derringer's quite sporadic career reached a high point with the 1973 release of his first solo album. "All American Boy," remains his best album and most vital work, and also contains his biggest solo single, "Rock and Roll, Hootchie Coo." Derringer's sound is quite similar to contemporary Edgar Winter, whose band he also played in. Other highlights include "Teenage Queen," "Teenage Love Affair" and the delightfuly titled "The Airport Giveth (The Airport Taketh Away). This is hard rock with a sense of melody and a sense of humor, both of which help the album stand out from others of its era.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By wildwielder on June 13, 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is one of those great, underrated classic rock albums that should have been given more of a chance. Like Head East's "Flat as a Pancake" and Red Rider's "As Far as Siam," people that don't know any better tend to dismiss this album as good for only that one song-- in this case, "Rock and Roll Hootchie-Coo"-- and proceed to categorize the artist as a one-hit wonder. But this is simply not fair. There's plenty of other strong tracks and classic moments here: Such as how the excellent instrumental "Joy Ride" segues perfectly into the tragic ballad "Teenage Queen." Or the sloppy party-rocker "Uncomplicated." We have another great instrumental in "Time Warp" and an absolutely perfect, if not slightly too short, Motown-like pop tune in "It's Raining." And though dated-sounding, "The Airport Giveth (The Airport Taketh Away)" is just too cleverly written to not be a favorite guilty pleasure.
Granted, this album is not perfect. Some of it is too rooted in the trends of it's time to escape irrelevance. There's also a lot of cliche, both musically and lyrically. Like in the lyrics to the aforementioned "Teenage Queen"-- the story's over-similar to "Last Kiss." And "Teenage Love Affair" comes across a little too goofy for my tastes.
But negatives aside, as a whole this is a great album for any classic rock fan's collection. It's variety in style from track to track, clever production and Derringer's top-notch musician-ship, as well as some great guest appearances from Joe Walsh and Edgar Winter make it well-worth the price. Here we see an artist who is versatile and talented-- a thing that is becoming, sadly, less and less common.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By john thomas engel on July 22, 2002
Format: Audio CD
When I was 13, I picked up this album, along with Led Zeppelin II. Climbing out of the ashes of the Partridge Family, this was a revelation of sorts. The Beatles I always knew. Since 5 years old. But All American Boy stirred your senses. The mega-hit of Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo, was as much a part of me as Whole Lotta Love. What a classic album. Very diverse in it's song writing. He hits teenage drama with Teenage love affair. Slide on over Slinky funked out all over the place, a modern version of Hang on Sloopy. A Rick Derringer Classic.
While taking Jump, Jump, Jump to despair. Uncomplicated, with Joe Walsh was a was well written view on humans as sheep and to be different. But said things aside, the musicianship was skilled. Bobby Caldwell, I believe was the greatest rock drummer of all time,(check out Armaggedon). And Rick was fortunate to do battle with him on the frontlines. This was his swansong. Spring Fever waned some by comparison. Still for me, a great record as well. They should be purchased back to back. Unfortunately Rick got a full-time band in the end. All American Boy is it. For 70's rock, this is a top ten purchase. Rick has certainly shown me why I needed to buy a guitar at an early age. This was great stuff. Highschool memories abound.
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