Steve Cropper
Dedicated
A Tribute To The 5 Royales
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"* * * ½" (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

"****" - Mojo
"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

“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

 
"The Greatest Living Guitar Player"

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. His debut album on 429 Records 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 Lucinda Williams, Bettye LaVette, John Popper, Sharon Jones, and others

 
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