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All American Boy / Spring Fever Original recording remastered


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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 (8 Dec 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: BGO Records
  • ASIN: B0000640AV
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,260 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By forbes walker on 20 Sep 2003
Format: Audio CD
This collection has to be the greatest value for money for anyone looking to start collecting Rick Derringer material. The McCoys frontman stepped into the studio in his own right with All American Boy proving he was more than a sideman to Johnny Winter - the maturing McCoys having become the Texan albino's band. Rick also worked extensively with Johnny's albino brother, sax and keyboard king Edgar Winter and here Rick showcases his songwriting abilities as well as his vocal and guitar playing talents. Both Rock n' Roll Hoochie Koo and Cheap Tequila were also recorded by Johnny but Rick's treatments here of his own compositions are different and well worth a listen. Joyride is reminiscent of Edgar and leads nicely on to Teenage Queen - a sad story about a fatal RTA . There are good guitar workouts and then we reach the absolutely class It's Raining featuring the legendary Toots Thielmans on harmonica. This has to be one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard. Jump, Jump, Jump is equally brilliant if a little sad and suicidal. ' I'm thinking of jumping off a bridge 'cause life has got me down'.... but the orchestration and guitar workout is a joy to behold.... Great album even after all these years and even more in the package yet!
Yes! Spring Fever, his second solo album features great guests like Johnny Winter and Paul Prestopino. This is the album where Rick tries to exorcise Hang On Sloopy from his psyche by doing it Caribbean-style with steel drums! Once more there is a Johnny Winter track. Rick wrote Still Alive And Well for Johnny when he came back to the studios after being out of commission for around two years due to drug abuse and is the title track of one of his own albums.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Great album, bad remaster 6 Sep 2005
By hyperbolium - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Though Derringer's 1974 solo debut "All American Boy" was commercially overshadowed by its anthemic hit "Rock and Roll, Hootchie Koo," the album is as memorable as the single. Derringer brought his pop and garage sensibilities with him from The McCoys, and his singing, guitar playing, songwriting, bandleading and production talents only got stronger in his associations with Edgar and Johnny Winter. The years spent playing in the brothers' bands (particularly Edgar's White Trash) gave Derringer's music a lot of muscle, which combined nicely with the mid-70s vibe he'd found for Edgar Winter's "They Only Come Out at Night."

The follow-up, 1975's "Spring Fever," features a similar mix of guitar-led rockers and mid-70s styled pop, but it doesn't come close to the inspired level of the debut. Highlights include "Still Alive and Well" (which was recorded more successfully in a live setting on Edgar Winter's "Roadwork" LP), the synth-based rocker, "Rock," a faux-reggae-and-steel-drum arrangement of The McCoy's signature "Hang On Sloopy," and a soulful falsetto take of Rufus Thomas' "Walking the Dog."

Both of these albums are presented on this 2-fer CD reissue in surprisingly mediocre fidelity. This digital rendition of "All American Boy" compares unfavorably to the original vinyl, which suggests that BGO either started with a poor source, or they (unusually for BGO, in my experience) botched the transfer. Either way, this is a disappointment that's only to be purchased if you can't find a better rendition of "All American Boy." All American Boy: 5 stars. Spring Fever: 3-1/2 stars. Digital transfer: 2 stars. [2005 hyperbolium dot com]
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Good Early Derringer - REALLY BAD REMASTER 27 Aug 2005
By Alright Kid - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
A HUGE Johnny Winter fan, I also listened to some of Derringer's and Edgar Winter's stuff in the 70's. I purchased this CD primarily for the All American Boy tracks, the fact that it was "re-mastered" and saw the Spring Fever tracks as a bonus. The All American Boy album has great Rick Derringer guitar work and the tunes are heavily influenced by the Dan Hartman/Edgar Winter sound of the era, The Spring Fever album is how I remembered it; definitely not as strong as All American Boy. Spring Fever is very indicitive of Rick Derringer's lifelong inability to find his own sound/style. Derringer was at his best writing and performing simple pop rock n' roll tunes sprinkled with his fine guitar work.

NOW HEAR THIS!!! This CD is NO "re-master". This is the second import from Britain that I haved purchased that was supposedly re-mastered. The sound quality on this CD is incredibly bad. The LP sounded better. The Winter brothers and Derringer studio LPs were always produced very well with impeccable sound. Fortunately I have an EQ and with RADICAL adjustment I can make this CD bearable.

I recommend NOT buying this CD. The All American Boy CD by itself has to sound better than this and is alot less money.
Rick Derringer's Strongest Studio Efforts 14 April 2014
By Michael J. Zeno - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
These were a couple of my favorite albums back in their day. I hadn't seen Spring Fever as a CD until very recently, so I bought this one disk collection to acquire it. Lots of good music here: "Rock and Roll Hoochie Coo", "Cheap Tequila", "Uncomplicated", "Maybe Tomorrow", "Still Alive and Well", "Roll With Me" and the immortally nasty "Slide on Over Slinky". I gave it four stars because even with the amount of treasures to be found here, there is a certain amount of filler material that doesn't do it for me. Mostly the slow songs. Your mileage may vary.
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