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Solomon Burke: Make Do With What You Got

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) 12.17.2004: R&B heavyweight Solomon Burke, who co-wrote the early Rolling Stones concert staple "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love," has returned the favor by recording the group's soulful ballad "I Got the Blues" for his next album, his spokeswoman said on Wednesday. The Stax-infused tune, which originally appeared on the 1971 Stones album "Sticky Fingers," joins tracks written by the likes of Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Robbie Robertson and Hank Williams on Make Do With What You Got.
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Solomon Burke with Tom Jones and Robert Plant, 2003

The Don Was-produced effort will be released in the United States by indie label Shout! Factory on March 1, 2005, shortly before Burke's 65th birthday.

Burke's last album, the critically acclaimed Don't Give Up On Me, was released through Fat Possum Records in 2002. Produced by Joe Henry, it won Burke his first Grammy, for contemporary blues album.

The title track for the new album was written especially for Burke by pianist "Mac" Rebennack (a.k.a. Dr. John).

Both Dylan and Morrison placed songs on "Don't Give Up On Me." This time, Dylan is represented by "What Good Am I?" (from 1989's Oh Mercy), while Morrison wrote a new song, "At the Crossroads," and also penned the liner notes.

Burke also covers Robertson's "It Makes No Difference" (from his former combo The Band's 1975 album Northern Lights -- Southern Cross) and Williams' "Wealth Won't Save Your Soul."

Burke sent a half-dozen songs into the top-10 of the R&B charts during the 1960s, including "Cry To Me," "If You Need Me" and the 1965 chart-topper "Got To Get You Off My Mind." An ordained minister, he was almost as well known for siring 21 children and for his entrepreneurial exploits, such as catering his concerts and running a funeral parlor. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.


  1. I Need Your Love in My Life (Montoya, Steen)
  2. What Good Am I? (Dylan)
  3. It Makes No Difference (Robertson) MPEG file (740K)
  4. Let Somebody Love Me (Bullock, Gorman, Hunter)
  5. After All These Years (Burke, Towns)
  6. Fading Footsteps (Egan)
  7. At the Crossroads (Morrison)
  8. I Got the Blues (Jagger, Richards)
  9. Make Do With What You Got (Rebennack, Yellin)
  10. Wealth Won't Save Your Soul (Williams)

Solomon Burke - Make Do With What You Got - 2005 - Sony/Shout! Factory 34072

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