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Dedicated: A Salute to the 5 Royales
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 6 September 2011
[ASIN:B004ZQBP0O Dedicated: A Salute to the 5 Royales] This is a great tribute album, I don't know what the previous reviewer was listening to but Cropper is all over this album like a rash! On virtually every track his playing is his usual blend of wonderful rhythm guitar, lovely licks & inventive fills that his mentor Lowman Pauling would be proud of. There are too many terrific performances by all the artists to pick out individual favourites suffice to say they all sound as though they had a ball!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 June 2012
How much better digipaks are than jewel cases which pick up smears and many times are cracked-even sealed ones.
And with no end of tribute albums nowadays here's one of a doowop group who were better known for songs recorded by the Shirelles,James Brown and Ray Charles than the hits they had on the R & B chart in the 50s.
I don't think the name was even known in the U K till the 60s when Dedicated To The One I Love hit twice in different versions
As for Steve Cropper those most likely to know the name would be Mods who latched on to Booker T & the MGs.
Cropper played on hundreds of hit singles in the 60s without anything more than a cult following
By 1966 the Beatles were thinking of recording their next album at the Stax studios where Steve Cropper was a musician but ran into a few problems.
Maybe it was as well as Taxman could have been Staxman!
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on 4 October 2013
Why do I like this? It's like someone asking what did the Romans do for us. Also, why do I keep playing it in preference to other great albums? All I know is it makes me feel happy when I play it and I play it most days and sometimes twice+ over - on the train, in the car, on my CD player and BIG speakers. It harks back to an era when Elvis was BIG but before global 'popular' music had really started, 5 years before the Beatles released their first album, when Steve first saw the 5 Royales and REALLY liked Lowman Pauling - the guitarist, who had nothing to copy so these songs were his inspiration. For track assessments read the other reviews but it's clear to anyone that Steve is an amazing guitarist with a very good ear for a good song and a great arranger. I realise now that Lowman Pauling is sadly not recognised as a gifted composer and I confess I always assumed it was 'Mamas & Papas' who wrote 'Dedicated' - but then their version is probably the best. Anyway, Steve plays sparingly on every track and every note counts - and they are all just beautifully soulful. I do like Lucinda Williams from her solo albums so was prepared for her slurred delivery of 'dedicated'. Confess I did NOT like her delivery initially but with a few plays I do really like how she does it. Of course Betty LaVette is also amazing and Brian May's performance of 'I Do' is joyful and yet more great BM guitar. Anyway, just buy it.
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on 1 May 2012
The opening track, 'Thirty Second Lover', is sublime: so cool, so slick, so rocking, so perfectly controlled. Bliss. The next three or four tracks are almost as good. A couple of numbers don't do it for me - too samey 1950s pop/novelty (e.g. The Slummer the Slum), but that is a minor quibble. It's been a long time since I picked up an album that didn't have a couple of forgetable tracks. The guests all deliver, and sound as if they were enjoying the gig rather than picking up a paycheck. A few seconds of Queen-like harmony right at the end of Brian Mays's track will put a smile on your face. Perfect for playing in the garden over a barbecue.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 12 September 2011
Steve knows his heroes. With the help of numerous celebrities. But still an unity. Brings old fashioned music up-to-date. If you like old fashioned r&b you can go wrong. Proves how great a guitarist Steve is.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
This Steve Cropper and friends album is a tribute to the 50s vocal group the 5 Royales, unfortunately apart from 'Dedicated to the one I love' I'm not really aware of any 5 Royales' songs and for me that is the problem here, the songs just aren't memorable enough. This version of 'Dedicated to the one I love' features Lucinda Williams and Steve Winwood, on paper a very interesting combination but in the studio a train wreck, Lucinda's other contribution 'When I get like this' is also pretty bad. Most of the other tracks are just about OK, if a little dull, although some singers do manage to rise above the average songs by imposing their personality. Both Bettye Lavette and Sharon Jones turn in great vocal performances which also fit with the period songs, I also liked the contributions from Steve Winwood, Dan Penn and John Popper. For me the best track is 'Baby don't do it' by B.B. King and Shemekia Copeland, which features great vocals from these two wonderful singers and also great guitar from BB.

Steve Cropper himself is fairly annonymous, playing rhythm guitar in the background on most of the tracks but his two instrumentals 'Help me somebody' and 'Think' allow him to step out front and I particularly liked the restrained Stax-style 'Help me somebody'.
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on 27 June 2015
All the best
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