Dedicated: A Salute to the 5 Royales Image
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  • Summary: The guitarist best known for working with Booker T & the M.G.'s releases a tribute album to the R&B band The 5 Royales.
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
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  1. Sep 15, 2011
    80
    Dedicated serves not only as an introduction to a criminally overlooked, pioneering pre-R&R group but also as a reminder of why Cropper remains so well respected.
  2. Sep 15, 2011
    80
    There are 13 terrific cuts out of 15, and the album does it's job of demonstrating that the 5 Royales deserve reconsideration.
  3. Sep 15, 2011
    80
    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.
  4. 60
    Cropper's needle-sharp guitar fills best demonstrate the immense debt the MGs man owes to the 5 Royales songwriter and guitarist Lowman Pauling.
  5. Sep 23, 2011
    60
    Cropper stays fairly faithful to the originals. [Oct 2011, p.83]
  6. Sep 27, 2011
    60
    The album itself isn't especially surprising (aside from a few vocalist choices that work out). If you're familiar with Cropper and with the "5" Royales, Dedicated is probably what you would expect to hear.

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