Dedication (Gary U.S. Bonds album)

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Studio album by Gary U.S. Bonds
Released April, 1981
Genre Rock, pop
Length 41:30
Label EMI America Records
Razor & Tie
BGO Records
Producer Steven Van Zandt
Bruce Springsteen
Gary U.S. Bonds
Gary U.S. Bonds chronology
Twist Up Calypso
(1962)Twist Up Calypso1962
On the Line
(1982)On the Line1982
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone Record Guide (1983) 4/5 stars[2]

Dedication is an album released by Gary U.S. Bonds in 1981, the first of two on which he collaborated with Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, the second being On the Line, released the following year, 1982. The musicians accompanying Bonds on the album include many members of the E Street Band and the Asbury Jukes.[3] The album includes three songs written by Bruce Springsteen, one written by Steve Van Zandt, and several covers of songs from the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne, and others. It also features a duet between Bonds and Springsteen on the track "Jole Blon". Bonds' early 1960s sound had been a major influence on both Springsteen and Van Zandt.[2] The songs written by Springsteen, including the cover of "Jole Blon", were originally intended for his 1980 album, The River, but he felt they fitted better with Bonds and his versions of them have never been released although he has performed most of them live, often featuring Bonds as a special guest.[4]

The album produced several singles. The Springsteen-penned "This Little Girl" was a major success, peaking at #7 in Cash Box and at #11 on the Billboard pop chart. It also reached #5 on the mainstream rock chart, as well as the Cajun traditional "Jole Blon",[5][6] which garnered some album-oriented rock airplay. The album itself reached #27 on the pop album chart and #34 on the R&B album chart. Music writer Dave Marsh called Dedication "one of the most successful comeback albums in rock & roll history".[2]

The album was re-released in 1994 on the Razor Edge label of Razor & Tie music, and then again in 2009 on BGO Records, paired with On the Line.

In a 2016 career retrospective interview with Pods & Sods, Gary revealed that a few additional songs and outtakes recorded during this time may eventually be released. [7]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Jole Blon" (Traditional; arranged Michael Hurley and Moon Mullican) - 3:25
  2. "This Little Girl" (Bruce Springsteen) - 3:42
  3. "Your Love" (Bruce Springsteen) - 3:28
  4. "Dedication" (Bruce Springsteen) - 3:11
  5. "Daddy's Come Home" (Steven Van Zandt) - 6:22
  6. "It's Only Love" (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) - 3:04
  7. "The Pretender" (Jackson Browne) - 6:12
  8. "Way Back When" (Gary U.S. Bonds, George Bruno) - 3:58
  9. "From a Buick 6" (Bob Dylan) - 4:25
  10. "Just Like a Child" (Leroy Anderson, John Clemente, Lou Conte) - 3:43




  • Gary U.S. Bonds - Producer
  • Bruce Springsteen - Producer
  • Steven Van Zandt - Producer
  • Larry Alexander - Engineer
  • Tony Bongiovi - Engineer
  • Bob Clearmountain - Engineer
  • Neil Dorfsman - Engineer
  • Larry Emerine - Mastering
  • Lanny Lambert - Producer
  • Stephen Marcussen - Mastering
  • Rob Parissi - Producer
  • Garry Rindfuss - Assistant Engineer
  • Bill Scheniman - Engineer
  • Garry Tallent - Producer, Associate Producer
  • Raymond Willhard - Assistant Engineer
  • Dave Greenberg - Assistant Engineer
  • Jimmy Wachtel - Design, Photography
  • Jeffry Hendirkcson - Assistant Engineer
  • Gloria Von Jansky - Hand Lettering
  • Dane Lawing - Art Direction