Dedication [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Dave Thompson
The first Bay City Rollers album to see simultaneous world-wide release was also, in the eyes of the tartan faithful, the first to reveal a serious crack in the band's hitherto impregnable armor. Founder Alan Longmuir had been eased out in favor of teenage wunderkind Ian Mitchell, songwriters Bill Martin and Phil Coulter had moved on to groom other would-be teeny bop idols, and Dedication was the Rollers giant step toward both musical and critical credibility. They could have pulled it off as well. At least two of the songs, the Beach Boys' "Don't Worry Baby" and Harry Vanda/George Young's "Yesterday's Hero," offer up more or less definitive versions of their subjects, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Dave Thompson
The first Bay City Rollers album to see simultaneous world-wide release was also, in the eyes of the tartan faithful, the first to reveal a serious crack in the band's hitherto impregnable armor. Founder Alan Longmuir had been eased out in favor of teenage wunderkind Ian Mitchell, songwriters Bill Martin and Phil Coulter had moved on to groom other would-be teeny bop idols, and Dedication was the Rollers giant step toward both musical and critical credibility. They could have pulled it off as well. At least two of the songs, the Beach Boys' "Don't Worry Baby" and Harry Vanda/George Young's "Yesterday's Hero," offer up more or less definitive versions of their subjects, with the latter taking added poignancy from the inclusion of off-stage action from a riot-torn Rollers' gig in Canada. A cover of Eric Carmen's "Let's Pretend," meanwhile, certainly signposts the directions in which the group's own songwriters, Eric Faulkner and Stuart Wood, saw themselves moving, a point proven by their own "You're a Woman." And the closing title track allows the new boy to ingratiate himself with Rollergirls everywhere, with a so-sad-and-sweet monologue over a weeping late-night ballad. Yet Dedication isn't the strongest album that the Rollers could have released at this point in time, a point proven by its British counterpart. There, the gutbucket rocker "Money Honey," and a fabulous version of Tim Moore's "Rock and Roll Love Letter" replace the American version's "Are You Cuckoo?" and the hit "I Only Want to Be with You," with the former, at least, no loss whatsoever. Either (or both) of those absentees would have pumped Dedication up to classic proportions; as it stands, it is merely the Rollers' masterpiece. [The bonus tracks constitute the heart of an amazing standalone album, as the singles "Love Me Like I Love You" and an amazing retread of "I Only Wanna Be with You" line up alongside the B-sides "Mama Li" and "MaryAnne," (plus a single edit of "Dedication").]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/3/2004
  • Label: Sony/Bmg Int'l
  • UPC: 828766085525
  • Catalog Number: 660855

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Let's Pretend (3:31)
  2. 2 You're a Woman (4:16)
  3. 3 Rock 'N Roller (3:35)
  4. 4 Don't Worry Baby (3:08)
  5. 5 Yesterday's Hero (4:34)
  6. 6 My Lisa (3:36)
  7. 7 Money Honey (3:19)
  8. 8 Rock 'N Roll Love Letter (2:58)
  9. 9 Write a Letter (3:51)
  10. 10 Dedication (3:56)
  11. 11 I Only Wanna Be With You (3:40)
  12. 12 Love Me Like I Love You (3:22)
  13. 13 Mama Li (3:17)
  14. 14 Maryanne (2:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bay City Rollers Primary Artist
Ian Mitchell Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Eric Faulkner Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Derek Longmuir Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Leslie McKeown Vocals, Background Vocals
Stuart "Woody" Wood Bass, Vocals
Technical Credits
Eric Carmen Composer
Brian Wilson Composer
Ian Mitchell Composer
Tim Moore Composer
George Andrews Programming, String Arrangements
Greg Calbi Engineer
Eric Faulkner Composer
Guy Fletcher Composer
Colin Fretcher Producer
Jimmy Ienner Producer
Ivor Raymond Composer
Harry Vanda Composer
Phil Wainman Producer
Tony Sciuto Composer
Doug Flett Composer
Leslie McKeown Composer
Stuart "Woody" Wood Composer
Sammy Egorin Composer
Allan Ballard Cover Photo
Dave Palmer Engineer
Michael Hawker Composer
Roger Christian Composer
Brendon Griffin Sleeve Notes
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