Required Rocking is a quick and unsatisfying peek at a small slice of Rick Derringer's back catalog. Kicking off with the diminutive guitarist's only real hit, the incendiary "Rock & Roll, Hootchie Koo," makes sense in some respects, but it also casts the rest of the disc into shadow. In fact the rest of the disc doesn't do much to live up to the title as only a couple of the songs could be considered among Derringer's best (the funky "Still Alive and Well," the country-ish ballad "Cheap Tequila," the cod reggae revamp of "Hang On Sloopy") and many don't even rock (the limp '80s power ballad "Something Warm," the overcooked "Sweet Evil"). Better to spend a few more bucks and get the excellent Rock and Roll Hoochie Coo: The Best of Rick Derringer collection or even Derringer's first album, the underrated All American Boy.
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AllMusic Review by Tim Sendra