2011 album from the veteran guitar slinger. As the original guitarist of Stax Records house band Booker T. & The M.G.'s., Steve Cropper has had a storied career. Voted #36 on Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Guitarists Of All Time, Cropper has worked with Blues legends such as Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, and the Blues Brothers Band. Dedicated is a tribute to R&B and Doo Wop act, The 5 Royales. The collection features reworked versions of the groups most enduring songs, and includes duets with Steve Winwood, Lucinda Williams, Bettye LaVette, John Popper, Sharon Jones, and others.
"4 Stars" -- Mojo Magazine
"Dedicated shines a light on an unjustly forgotten figure in R&B, and reminds us just how much class Steve Cropper has." Jeff Tamarkin, Mojo "Mr. Cropper has remade an album's worth of "5" Royales songs with various singers and guest players on "Dedicated" (429 Records), and it's a good platform for his playing, whether he's seizing Pauling's licks or, in "Help Me Somebody," replacing the vocal line with sighing lead guitar." -- Jon Pareles, NY Times
"Given what a mixed bag tribute albums usually are, Dedicated is not only a surprise for its consistency, but a shining example of what they can -- and should -- be. -- Thom Jurek, AMG
"In a collection of standouts, the Cropper/Winwood pairing in "Thirty Second Lover" is the song that stops you and makes you say, "Wow!" Stevie W. gets gritty in his vocals (as if he's singing for the Spencer Davis Group again), and Stevie C. lays down flowing, liquid guitar riffs and full, round notes that he bends on the guitar strings with the ease of Superman twisting iron bars.
Also notable is Williams' bluesy take on the Royales' original "Dedicated to the One I Love." On "My Sugar Sugar," vocalist Sharon Jones is wonderful in capturing a '50s sound, and Blues Traveler harmonicat John Popper adds very nice blues harp accents." -- Dan Aquilante, NY Post
3 1/2 Stars (out of four)
The storied guitarist for Stax band Booker T. & The MG's has crafted a loving tribute to The "5" Royales, specifically his hero, songwriter/guitarist Lowman Pauling. Cropper and co-producer Jon Tiven honor the bygone '50s R&B group and a golden era with 14 feisty, soulful tracks sung by such guests as Delbert McClinton,Lucinda Williams, Bettye LaVette, B.B. King, Sharon Copeland and Steve Winwood. A fine Royale treatment. -- Edna Gundersen, USA Today