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The self-proclaimed "King of Rock 'n' Soul" upholds his title on this follow-up to his 2002 Grammy-winning comeback, Don't Give Up on Me. At 64, Solomon Burke's voice still has an electric crackle. Every low purr and keening near-falsetto that he applied to a string of hits between 1961 and 1968 that helped build Atlantic Records remains intact. In fact, if anything, he's more persuasive and versatile today. Burke breathes zestful life into material as diverse as the opening stomp, "I Need Your Love in My Life," the testifying "Let Somebody Love Me," a sweet reading of the Band's "It Makes No Difference," and Hank Williams Sr.'s country-gospel "Wealth Won't Save Your Soul"--the latter of which Burke, who's an ordained bishop, takes to church with a soaring organ-driven arrangement.

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

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  • Audio CD (March 1, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • ASIN: B0007ACS5I
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Thomas D. Ryan on November 5, 2005
Format: Audio CD
It's crazy that Solomon Burke has been absent from the music scene for as long as he has. Or more accurately, it's a crime that we have been ignoring him for all these years. Burke is a soul singer of the same stature as Percy Sledge (another criminally neglected artist who is still releasing new material), or Wilson Pickett, but our collective indifference/negligence for the past three decades has rendered him obsolete, at least in a commercial sense. 2002's "Don't Give Up On Me" was an aptly titled `comeback' album of Burke's that served notice, reminding us that after all these years, Solomon Burke still possesses a powerhouse of a voice, not to mention excellent taste. "Make Do With What You Got" is further evidence that Burke is back, and he is here for the long haul.

Burke is a soul singer in the truest sense of the word, but he also an artist willing to take risks and stretch himself toward new territories. "I Need Your Love in My Life" opens the album, and it is uncanny how much it rocks like a long-lost Big Star track, only with Burke's authoritative presence replacing Alex Chilton's keening tenor. A few familiar tunes appear here, but all are reformulated into something surprising and original. Bob Dylan's "What Good Am I?" (from Dylan's excellent "Oh Mercy" album) is especially surprising, wrapped in a funky shuffle that manages to suggest Jean Knight's "Mr. Big Stuff", while adding a lighter shade to one of Dylan's more pensive compositions. Rick Danko's (another keening tenor) interpretation of Robbie Robertson's "It Makes No Difference" will always remain definitive, but Burke's powerful interpretation brings the song into a new light, bringing gospel overtones that Danko never could have suggested.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By M. K. LEVINE on March 7, 2005
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The real deal from an old master. These songs could've been twirling around an old record player in a railroad flat. Solomon Burke delivers an album sparer and stronger than his politely respectable comeback album. Here he's 65 years old and pining to the moon. How about the soulful ode to an old life-weary love? This is more than survival. The beseeching organ makes it lonesome and longing like human beings get.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Uncle Henry on March 23, 2005
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I agree with Billboard magazine's assessment - this CD is "a soul classic". The songs are smart & possess quite a kick, and Solomon throws himself into each one - as if he knew how to sing a song any other way. What's especially gratifying is that this is the type of album that gets made so rarely these days. First, it's old-school soul music - 'comfort music' of the first order if you were born anytime from 1950 to 1960. Think Stax, Hi Records, Muscle Shoals - you get the picture. Slippery Hammond B3 organ, snakey rhythmn guitar, tight bursts from the horn section, slammin' drums, all hanging on Rev. Burke's every sung word. Second, it would seem that it was recorded pretty 'live' in the studio, although the performances are all spot-on. In other words, this is a guy who can get it right the first time - he knows what he's doing from note-one to note-last (as he proved on recent appearances on Letterman and Conan). The producer, players, and songwriters are all A-team, but all in the service of bringing the best qualities of the star to the forefront. Dylan, Robbie Robertson, and Dr. John are not only great songwriters, but "What Good Am I?", "It Makes No Difference" and "Make Do With What You Got" are among the best songs they ever wrote. Plus it's a kick to hear him lay into the Stones' "I Got The Blues". Long story short, this is an extraordinary album of great songs, great arrangements, and stirring performances. Buy one for yourself, and another for someone you know who needs a lift. A increasingly-rare slice of funk, fun, and feeling.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Andi Gisler on March 1, 2005
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This album is a total joy, kudos to producer Don Was for resisting any 'modernization' attempts or 'celebitry duets' and letting the man just do what he does best and better than the rest: Singing his heart out with that amazing voice that's lost none of its range or power of expression in 40 years of showbiz.

So how does 'Make do with what you got' compare to Mr. Burke's acclaimed last album 'Don't give up on me'? Well, 'Don't give up' was Burke's long-overdue return to the pop mainstream and featured an innovative, if somewhat too thought-out concept of using only new or unrecorded songs by some of today's most celebrated writers like Dylan, Waits, Costello, Wilson, etc. Though there were some great moments, I wasn't really happy with the production approach taken by Joe Henry. For example, the concept of NOT using any horns-because that's what you would expect-backfired in my opinion. When listening to 'Don't give up on me' I hear the horns in my mind anyway, only that they're not there on the recording. The whole approach made Solomon Burke sound a bit too restrained at times.

Not so on this record. The vocal performances are peerless and heartfelt as they could be throughout. Horns are used sparingly and just in the right places. The material is well chosen mix between new songs by the likes of Dr. John and some reinterpretations of well-known rock classics that sound like they could have been written for Solomon originally.

Robbie Robertson's 'It makes no difference' is every bit as great but different than the original Band version sung by the late, great Richard Manuel. For me though, the real showstopper is Burke's take on Jagger/Richards 'I got the blues'. A TOTAL killer and destined to become a classic performance.
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