Showing 0 comments. There was a problem loading comments right now. Rick Derringer is one of my favorite guitar players, but these two "experimental" pop albums just didn't do anything for me. There is one good track Human Ball Blues that has some lightning fast playing. I skip all the rest.
I received the cd and song 2 on disc 1 skipped, then I exchanged it and the 2nd one skipped in the same place, must be something with the pressing. Just thought I'd give a heads-up. Infinite and Human Ball by the McCoys, from and '69, are not the psychedelic lab rats their covers may lead you to think. A lot of albums from this era came in acid party favor packaging only to play as workman's rock and roll.
Human Ball works along the same line: a great rock album that branches--listen to the beautiful Bossa, "Epilouge. He was ready for Steely Dan before Dan existed, playing with jazz fluid while most axeman thought jazz was hitting the E-sting with a machine gun pick.
If you want to hear albums that smartly took the experimental mandate Beatles Sgt. Pepper in spirit instead of trying to recreate its sound, check both these McCoy''s albums out. The McCoys are generally written off by the classic rock fan as those 'Hang On Sloopy' one-hit wonders, but that does them a bit of an injustice as these two albums show.
By this stage of their career they had opted for albums of more serious musicianship, and there's little here that is specifically top ten material. Introspection Late Night Partying. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip.
Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. Articles Features Interviews Lists. The McCoys were being labeled as a bubblegum pop act, much to the disdain of the band. They ended up signing a deal with Mercury Records and recorded their last two records, Infinite McCoys , and Human Ball for the label. The albums were The McCoys' attempt at making psychedelic music that would appeal to the mature listeners of that time.
Both were commercial failures and did not chart anywhere. Hobbs died of drug-related heart failure on 5 August Derringer's birthday at the age of Human Ball Blues.
Only Human. All Over You. Bob Dylan. It Really Doesn't Matter. Love Don't Stop. Clergy Lies. Stormy Monday Blues.
T-Bone Walker. Produced by Derringer and featuring the Blood, Sweat and Tears brass section, it tackled the psychedelic trend of the day. Derringer's guitar work was brilliant and expressionistic, but hit records were still the name of the game, and only "Jesse Brady" scraped the bottom of the charts.
With the landscape of pop music changing rapidly and the group no longer in demand for high profile tours, the McCoys became the resident band at Steve Paul's Scene in New York City. During that time they released their second Mercury album, Human Ball. More eclectic and jazz-based than the first, it featured frequent interplay between guitar and keyboards, and lengthy Hendrix-inspired jams by Derringer.
Yet like its predecessor, it couldn't find an audience, and the McCoys were looking for meaningful work for the first time since their high school days. After keyboardist Peterson departed, help came in the form of albino blues-rock legend Johnny Winter. Nightclub owner Steve Paul, who also managed Winter, put the two acts together when Winter needed a backing band.
Playing with taste and fire, the group collaborated on 's Johnny Winter And , a title that left the McCoys apparently uncredited. The band played behind Winter in various configurations, both live and on four albums, but in the McCoys unofficially drifted apart. Various incarnations would pop up as a country bar band and an oldies act in the decades to follow, but they would no longer reach the commercial heights of their s work or the artistic integrity of their s backing sessions.
Members have included Ronnie Brandon group member, c. It was another story for Derringer, who joined Edgar Winter's White Trash and produced his number one hit "Frankenstein. A great strength of his is his versatility. He was able to blend a solid career as a solo artist—launched with the top 20 hit "Rock 'n' Roll Hootchie Koo"—with that of a successful producer and session player.
He produced five of song parodist Weird Al Yankovic 's most popular albums, effortlessly allowing the comedian to ape any pop or rock style he chose. He has continued to play live show dates, seldom straying very far from his roots.
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