Rick Derringer

Rock 'N' Roll Hoochie Koo

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Don't be fooled by the title of Rick Derringer's 2005 release Rock and Roll Hoochie Coo: The Best Of into thinking that the disc is a trip through Derringer's underrated career with stops at his days with '60s wonders the McCoys and his early-'70s solo endeavors. No; check the fine print on the back of the package (the front sports a shot of Derringer in the early '70s) and you'll find that the disc is made up of recent re-recordings of classics like "Hang on Sloopy" and "Rock and Roll Hoochie Coo." Derringer is joined by a (nameless) small group throughout (and Pat Travers, Carmine Appice, and Cherie Currie on some "bonus" tracks), and while they aren't terrible, they never rise above the level of a competent bar band and Derringer plays and sings like a guy waiting for a bus (and a paycheck). The whole collection seems to exist just to con a few people too busy to check the details out of their hard-earned cash; it is truly a shame that artists like Derringer need to resort to efforts like this to keep themselves fed.

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