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Album Review

Fresh from stints in the McCoys and Johnny Winter Band, All American Boy was supposed to be Rick Derringer's breakthrough solo album. For years, it was argued that the frightfully touched-up cover photo of Derringer sank the album before anyone heard it. If that's true, it's a shame, because this is simply Rick Derringer's most focused and cohesive album, a marvelous blend of rockers, ballads, and atmospheric instrumentals. Joe Walsh helps out on a couple of tracks, but mostly it's Derringer's show — multi-instrumental virtuosity in a number of styles. Consider this one of the great albums of the '70s that fell between the cracks.

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great album!! " ricks white diamond"

how many people have forgotten that rick is what made the "edgar" winter days so great! his best work is on 'SHOCK TREATMENT" made edgars sales peak. rick has allways been kind of "glam" so to speak in most pics, but those who have heard him know he is a great guitarist! this album is his must have.

If I remember right... I had this is Quadrophonic when it first came out

This was one kick butt LP... I actually met Rick about a year after it's release when attending Ball State Univeristy in Muncie, Indiana. One of the guys I became friends with in our dorm grew up with Rick in Indiana. When Rick was in the area he stopped by to spend the day... and night... visiting some Clubs around the Muncie area. He was a really nice guy and very down to earth. I remember telling him how much I liked "All American Boy" and his use of the famous silver gloves. He laughed and said it was all part of the "program". It was an honor meeting him all those years ago. But I think "All American Boy" was a great all around LP that hit on straight forward rock and roll and some techno effects, ala Edgar Winter, for style purposes. I have always like this LP and continue to play it today... just great All American Music!

Joy Ride Indeed!!!

This first (and best) offering from former teen idol (The McCoys) and Johnny/Edgar Winter mentor Rick Derringer, is solid, and often exceptional, through and through. Later releases lacked the consistency of this album even though they benefitted from Rick's superb production skills and musicianship (possibly the most under heralded guitar virtuoso of all). In my teens, Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo is the one song that broadened my musical perspective forever. Before that, "Band on the Run" was rock to me (uuuugh!!!).


Born: August 5, 1947 in Celina, OH

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

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 playing with Johnny (and later Edgar) Winter provided him with a degree of credibility that a lot of guitar players can only envy, especially...
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