Yancy Derringer hailed from the Wisconsin area. They cut their
album Openers in 1975. The first 1,000 copies gathered some momentum
for the group and as the band waited for the second shipment to arrive,
it never did because their manager never placed the order. Therefore,
another story of a promising rock n roll band that had their hopes
dashed quickly and a short-lived career became a part of music history.
Thanks to the caring and persistence of Gear Fab head honcho Roger
Maglio; this album is once again available to the masses for consumption.
This album had a 70s classic rock sound that other bands would eventually
develop further in that period. Although it is basic rock with generally
the same backbeat in every song, there are flashes of guitar brilliance
and Moog synthesizer embellishments that I appreciated. The first
two songs on side two, Welcome On and Standing on the Edge, are probably
the best examples of those musical advances. Actually, the second
song borders on the edge of progressive rock; if they had pushed the
musical envelope a little further, they would have reached that level.
Just as there is A passage of whirling keyboards for a few minutes
that leads you to believe there was more to this group then you thought,
it drops off and the basic beat comes to the forefront once again
leaving you wondering what could have been if things had worked out
and they had continued to record.
This is great party music, with summer just around the corner all
of you old classic rockers may want to check this out and give it
a spin to bring back the glory days of your youth. While I felt this
was not anything special musically, it sure was a lot of fun to hear.
1. Pass the Wine (Kuchler) - 4:43
2. Rocket Roll (Williamson) - 5:15
3. Aero Plane (King/Kuchler) - 3:33
4. I Thought Alot Today (Kuchler) - 6:30
1. Welcome On 6:52 (Berrafato/Gnatzig/Kuchler/Williamson) - 6:52
2. Standing on the Edge (Berrafato/Gnatzig/Kuchler/Williamson) - 6:56
3. Weedburner (Williamson) - 7:28