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Producer Don Was draws on the classic Stax and Muscle Shoals sounds, using keyboards and guitars--the latter played by Ray Parker Jr. and Shoals veteran Reggie Young--to underscore Burke's powerful vocal melodies. And the bloodlines of classic Memphis propulsion run through drummer James Gadson's veins. With such superb accomplices Burke doesn't just make do... he makes great music. --Ted Drozdowski
The vocal performances are peerless and heartfelt as they could be throughout.
It's hard to believe after the excellent "Don't Give Up on Me" (5 stars), anyone could make a Solomon Burke CD this bad.
Solomon Burke is my favorite singer and has been practically all my life since we are about the same age.
This old guy definitely can sing. However, this CD miss the freshness and intensity of the predesessor, his comeback CD Don't Give Up On MePublished on August 19, 2008 by P. Smidt
You can teach a bear to dance, but don't expect him to enjoy it or look good doing it. It's hard to believe after the excellent "Don't Give Up on Me" (5 stars), anyone could make a... Read morePublished on January 19, 2008 by "Panama Mike"
The errors on "Make Do With What You Got" start with Don Was and Ray Parker Jr. Was' production and Ray's guitar are precisely the kind of abominations that may have prompted Burke... Read morePublished on May 14, 2007 by Cromulus
There is nothing like "Old School.recording Artist to make a play to renew real music.Published on March 9, 2006 by Lewis C. Barrow
Solomon Burke sings to your soul. You don't just hear his music, you feel it with everything in you as he bares his soul to you. Read morePublished on December 8, 2005 by C. Terry
Solomon Burke is an American original. He is nearly 70 years old now and I am here to tell you that his latest release "Make Do With What You Got" sounds every bit as good to me as... Read morePublished on October 24, 2005 by Paul Tognetti
The last cd was better. But if the last cd was a five star and this one four stars. They are still better than 90% of the trash you hear on the radio. Read morePublished on September 6, 2005 by John Wallingford
Solomon Burke is my favorite singer and has been practically all my life since we are about the same age. Read morePublished on April 27, 2005 by hbdawg
A pleasant surprise. Given the variety of songs and stunning vocals on his last Album, Don't Give Up on Me, I wasn't sure what the King would do as a follow up. Read morePublished on April 2, 2005 by Bruce Wittenberg