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Steve CropperAudio CD
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Dedicated, the title of Steve Cropper’s exhilarating all-star celebration of seminal soul guitarist Lowman “Pete” Pauling and his 50s-early 60s group The “5” Royales, says it all about the legendary Stax musician’s lifelong devotion to the life transforming power of soul music.

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  • Audio CD (August 9, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 429 Records
  • ASIN: B004ZQBP0O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,842 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Thirty Second Lover
2. Don't Be Ashamed
3. Baby Don't Do It
4. Dedicated to the One I Love
5. My Sugar Sugar
6. Right Around the Corner
7. Help Me Somebody
8. I Do
9. Messin' Up
10. Say It
11. The Slummer the Slum
12. Someone Made You for Me
13. Think
14. Come On & Save Me
15. When I Get Like This

Editorial Reviews


"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

Product Description

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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing guitar player shares his influences August 9, 2011
Format:Audio CD
"Dedicated" is Steve Cropper's debut project on 429 Records. For those of you unfamiliar with Cropper's track record, he has an impressive resume: a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the staff song writer and in-house guitarist on Stax Records staff, and a member of Booker T & the MGs. He also is credited with writing some true R&B classics: "Knock on Wood," "In the Midnight Hour" and "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay." "Dedicated" is a tribute to guitar player Pete Pauling and his band of the Five Royales, one of Cropper's biggest influences, and named after the 5 Royales's hit "Dedicated To The One I Love." Aside from Cropper's guitar playing, the album features an amazing set of musicians which includes bassist David Hood (Muscle Shoals sideman), keyboardist Spooner Oldham (Fame Studios sideman and top notch song writer who has also played with Neil Young), Dap-Kings saxman Neal Sugarman, drummer Steve Farone, and drummer Steve Jordan. There's also an all star line up of special guests: Steve Winwood, B.B. King, Shemekia Copeland, Delbert McClinton, Lucinda Williams, Queen guitarist Brian May, and singers Sharon Jones and Bettye LaVette. Cropper's playing on "Dedicated" is classic; his rhythms are tight, his fills original and unique, and it's easy to see why he's one of the best guitar players of all time. The best part of these songs is that they are straight from his heart, something you can easily feel from your first listen. If you want to hear some incredible re-makes of classic songs that feature a phenomenal list of musicians, look no farther. You've found it here!
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5.0 out of 5 stars SONGS FOR AN INSTANT ATMOSPHERE August 10, 2011
Format:Audio CD
Dear Music Appreciator,

These are the kinds of songs that can add instant, classic atmosphere wherever they're played - partytime, workytime, or sexytime. These are soulful, rockin', rhythm and blues sounds coming at you straight out of the 1950's through the fabulous 21st century filter of the great Steve Cropper, a crack studio band, and a litany of guest stars including the incomparable Lucinda Williams.

If you're not familiar with the work of the highly influential group The 5 Royales or soul guitar god Steve Cropper, turn on the Amazon samples for a listen while you look these guys up on Wikipedia or AllMusic or something.

Lucinda Williams fans should take particular notice here for her lead vocals on the classic hit "Dedicated to the One I Love," and the highly emotional "When I Get Like This."

Buy this, and add a little more atmosphere to your life.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Things have come full circle. August 10, 2011
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It was one of those seminal moments in music history. The 5 Royales had just finished a performance at the Tropicana in Memphis when guitarist Lowman Pauling was approached by a tall young white boy. This was unusual for the time; the only white people who met the band backstage were promoters or record executives. The young Steve Cropper wanted Lowman to show him how to "make that guitar stomp." In an impromptu peformance, the guitarist showed his stuff for Cropper and his best friend, Donald "Duck" Dunn.

Over fifty years later, things have definitely come full circle. In the liner notes to the Royales' "It's Hard But It's Fair", Steve credits Pauling for influencing his style of playing. With "Dedicated", Cropper not only pays tribute to the 5 Royales, but he's made it his mission to educate the public about his favorite band. In the booklet for "Dedicated", Cropper writes "If I can educate these young ears as to where the music started, because they're always asking, and if I can get them interested in the 5 Royales, then I've done something."

"Dedicated" is the brainchild of songwriter/producer Jon Tiven. A veteran producer, he shares tenor sax duties with Dap-King member Neal Sugarman. The guest vocalists are a who's who of roots musicians: Lucinda Williams and Dan Penn duet on "Dedicated to the One I Love" and Williams ACHES on "When I Get Like This". "Messin' Up" with Sharon Jones and "Say It" with Betty La Vette are back to back modern soul gems. As for the guys, Steve Winwood on "Thirty Second Lover" and Delbert McClinton on "Right Around The Corner" prove that some veteran singers do age like fine wine.

I'm a bit puzzled with the choice of Buddy Miller as the lead for "Slummer The Slum.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Best CD of 21st century" August 10, 2011
Format:Audio CD
Read the above quote,"Best CD of 21st century from Frank Palamara a DJ on Princeton radio & I must agree,this CD is nothing short of GREAT, I've listened to it over & over.Steve Cropper pays tribute to a group,the 5 Royales that I really did not know about,but do know,because of Steve's great interpatations I went out & bought a couple of 5 Royale CD's..Steve's album Dedicated has 15 great songs,all from before 1958.. I give this album 5 huge stars & again must agree with above quote & also say this is so far the best album to come out in the 21st century & already one of my all time favorite listens, I hope this CD sells because the record company that put this out did a great service & we need to let them know so they can continue to put out some more great music... Congrates Steve on a GREAT album
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good listen
Good collection of diverse musicians make for a great CD. Guitar work by Steve Cropper and his friends is superb.
Published 7 months ago by Carol L.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great but...
two songs are ruined by an otherwise excellent songwriter who unfortunately doesn't have vocal chops to match the band or material being covered.
Published 7 months ago by KTD
5.0 out of 5 stars The Colonel!
Great liner notes to give us some history on what makes this legendary guitarist SOOOOOOOOOOOOO good! He's an icon! Great CD
Published 9 months ago by Scott T Christiansen
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this CD!
What a great album by one of the most important guitar players ever. Excellent production and song choices. Lucinda Williams track is outstanding. Read more
Published 9 months ago by arthur a. kushner
4.0 out of 5 stars Drink It Down
Steve Cropper's "Dedicated" is a great disc that blasts the music of the Five Royals into the present. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Lee Armstrong
5.0 out of 5 stars New take on some great old tunes
I love this CD and can't believe I missed it when it first came out. Cropper's guitar playing is clean and precise and the songs are wonderful. Read more
Published 16 months ago by R. Alexander
5.0 out of 5 stars "Dedicated"--Steve Crooper--5 Royals Tribute.
Because of Steve Crooper's name--co writer/writer (Sittin on the Dock of the Bay)/Booker T & the MG's. Stax Records. Producer/Blues Brothers--Guitar Player--etc. Read more
Published 16 months ago by pawnshop
4.0 out of 5 stars Doo Wop tribute
Staxs meets the street corner. Doo Wop was a little before my time (not by much) but this helps me appreciate it a whole lot more.
Published 20 months ago by Ed Stofko
4.0 out of 5 stars ROYALE FLUSH
STEVE CROPPER-DEDICATED/A SALUTE TO THE FIVE ROYALES: Memphis guitar hero STEVE "THE COLONEL" CROPPER's lengthy soul pedigree includes being a founding member of beloved... Read more
Published on June 29, 2012 by Jukebox Dave
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellence
A definite must for any fan of good rock'nroll. Mr. Cropper is a master technician. His friends are superb. The arrangements of these hits are right on. I love the horns!!!
Published on May 20, 2012 by Mark F
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