Bay City Rollers - Dedication
Dedication is an album by the Bay City Rollers, issued in fall 1976. It was the band's fourth original studio album, and the first new album to be released in the wake of their enormous worldwide success of early 1976. Founding group member Alan Longmuir had been replaced by Ian Mitchell prior to the recording sessions. Upon the switch, Mitchell was slotted as rhythm guitarist; Stuart Wood moved from rhythm guitar to bass. Mitchell also provided the lead vocal for the title track. However, when he left the band later that year, a version of "Dedication" featuring a Les McKeown vocal was cut for subsequent pressings of the LP and was in fact released as a single. Review by 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.