“Dedication” by Bay City Rollers - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1976Album Chart of the Decade: 1970s

TJR says

Following on from consecutive #1 hit singles in '75 with “Bye, Bye, Baby” and “Give A Little Love”, the heat of the supertrouper proved to be too much for founding member and bass player Alan Longmuir, and he was replaced by 17-year-old Northern Irishman Ian Mitchell (who only lasted seven months). You get an idea of the group's popularity by an anecdote from their 1976 appearance on the Australian TV pop show, Countdown. Wikipedia recalls an account from Director Ted Emery: “There were thousands of kids done up in tartan pants that didn't reach the top of their shoes, constantly bashing on the plexiglas doors. They would do anything… to get into that television studio. There's 200 kids bashing on the door and a total eclipse of the sun occurred. I'd never seen one. On this day we all stopped in the studio and the Rollers went up on the roof. We stood out there and watched the flowers close up and all the automatic street lighting come on. It was chilling, the most fantastic thing you'd ever see. Downstairs the kids never turned around, staring into the plexiglas waiting to see the Rollers come out of the studio, go down the corridor and into the canteen. They never noticed the total eclipse of the sun!” It seems to me that they were unable to live up to the expectation; the title-track’s about the only thing to show some quality/integrity on this exceptionally poor record. Although it reached #4 in the UK, there were no hit singles. The decline in popularity starts with this stinker.

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A1 [03:31] 0.4.png Bay City Rollers - Let’s Pretend (Eric Carmen) Pop
A2 [04:15] 0.2.png Bay City Rollers - You’re A Woman (Eric Faulkner, Stuart Wood) Pop Ballad
A3 [03:30] 0.5.png Bay City Rollers - Rock ‘n’ Roller (Eric Faulkner, Stuart Wood) Pop
A4 [03:03] 1.7.png Bay City Rollers - Don’t Worry Baby (Brian Wilson, Roger Christian) Pop
A5 [04:33] 2.1.png Bay City Rollers - Yesterday’s Hero (Harry Vanda, George Young) Pop
B1 [03:35] 0.3.png Bay City Rollers - My Lisa (Tony Scutio, Sam Egorin) Pop Ballad
B2 [03:08] 1.0.png Bay City Rollers - Money Honey (Eric Faulkner, Stuart Wood) Soft Rock / A.O.R.
B3 [02:52] 0.8.png Bay City Rollers - Rock ‘n’ Roll Love Letter (Tim Moore) Pop
B4 [03:47] 0.6.png Bay City Rollers - Write A Letter (Stuart Wood, Les McKeown, Ian Mitchell) Pop Ballad
B5 [03:54] 3.4.png Bay City Rollers - Dedication (Guy Fletcher, Doug Flett) Pop Ballad

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