Of all the guitar tab books, why study Steve Cropper?
Because he always cuts through the mix, with few overdubs or effects. Steve's chunky, middle-of-the-neck Tele sound is always present, allowing you to hear nuances in his playing, even on studio versions of songs.
Because his playing is always tasteful- he weaves in and out of the lead singer's phrases, leaving plenty of space in the space on the arrangement, building anticipation. It's very subtle, and therefore helpful to have exact sheet music. He will show you when NOT to play!
Because he played on incredible, all-time-classic recordings that are tons of fun to play along with.
I subtracted one star because there are a few duds among the songs: In the Midnight Hour, Dreams to Remember, Lover's Prayer, and Mr. Pitiful are all fantastic songs to listen to, but the guitar parts are not interesting or complicated enough to merit sheet music. R&B guitar is all about the fills and the syncopated rhythms, and those songs are played straight. Compare them to Direct Me, Knock on Wood, or Ole Man Trouble, which are dig in, play a million times, live-in-the-backbeat kind of songs.