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Derringer - 1977 Sweet Evil

ARTIST: Derringer
ALBUM: Sweet Evil
LABEL: Blue Sky
SERIAL: PZ 34470
YEAR: 1977
CD REISSUE: 2004, Beat Goes On (BGO), BGOCD586 (2 on1 with 'Derringer') * 2013, Rock Candy Records (UK), CANDY156
SPONSOR: Rock Candy Records


LINEUP: Rick Derringer - vocals, guitars * Danny Johnson - guitars, vocals * Kenny Aaronson - bass, vocals * Vinnie Appice - drums, vocals

Guests: Edgar Winter - piano * Maretha Stewart, Ray Simpson, Tasha Thomas - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Don't Stop Loving Me * 02 Sittin' By The Pool * 03 Keep On Makin' Love * 04 One Eyed Jack * 05 Let's Make It * 06 Sweet Evil * 07 Drivin' Sideways * 08 I Didn't Ask To Be Born


Guitarist Rick Derringer led a busy career during the mid 70's. The former Mc Coys and Edgar Winter guitarist actually had two career-paths; his solo career under the Rick Derringer banner, plus the band Derringer, which released three studio albums between 1976 and 1978. This band was a bit of a supergroup for its time, featuring Vinnie Appice, Kenny Aaronson (Dust) and Danny Johnson, though Appice and Johnson would find fame later on in the 80's with their involvement in several bands. 'Sweet Evil' was Derringer's second LP, nestled in-between the 1976 debut and 1978's 'If I Weren't So Romantic, I'd Shoot You'.

The Songs
'Don't Stop Loving Me' is a meek lead-off track for this bunch of hard-edged rockers when you think about it. The style is a form of radio rock meeting mid 70's power-pop. Derringer take it up a notch on 'Sittin' By The Pool', the coarse guitar lines rather raw in the mix, the edgy delivery lifting the energy substantially. 'Keep On Makin' Love' is the album's Led Zeppelin moment, big back-beats full of Bonham like fills and a very bluesy approach. 'One Eyed Jack' keeps to a mid-tempo regime, while 'Let's Make It' sees Derringer pick up the pace on this jaunty rocker. 'Sweet Evil' is mostly an acoustic track, but toward the end, the shackles are kicked off, and Derringer turn this into a manic romp. 'Drivin' Sideways' is a restrained funky rocker, so too 'I Didn't Ask To Be Born' which could be a throwback to Rick's Edgar Winter period.

In Summary
I don't recall seeing any chart figures for this album, and I have doubts about its success or popularity at the time. Johnson and Appice would go on to Axis and Rick would release the third of the Derringer LP's with 'If I Weren't So Romantic, I'd Shoot You', which included Aaronson and new drummer Myron Grombacher, and then return to his solo career in 1979 with the release of 'Guitars And Women', his first solo effort since the pairing of 'All American Boy' and 'Spring Fever' back in 1974 and 1975. 'Sweet Evil' did see a 2 on 1 CD reissue in 2004 from BGO (with 1976's 'Derringer'), plus there was the Rock Candy reissue from 2013. There's plenty to choose from with the Derringer/Rick Derringer back catalogue, all of which are relatively easy to pick up on CD.

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