Bread

Make It with You

Composed by David Gates

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After a promising but commercially unsuccessful debut, Bread returned the next year with an equally polished follow-up, On the Waters, that gave the group its first hit single in "Make It With You." This mellow David Gates composition downplayed the folk-ish rock edge present in their other material to create a lush, intimate ballad that set a template for many future ballad-styled Bread hits. The title sounds like an amorous come-on but the lyrics are a much sweeter, more romantic affair: "If I choose the one to help me through/I'd like to make it with you/I really think that we can make it, girl." The music echoes this sweetly seductive tone by matching yearning verse melodies full of ascending notes with a lower chorus that lends itself to silky crooning. Bread's recording of "Make It With You" lives up to the elegance of the song thanks to arrangement that layers dreamy strings over a soft rock arrangement highlighted by the country-flavored twang of its guitars and a gentle yet fluid vocal delivery from David Gates. The result was perfect slow-dance music for a romantic encounter and this quality helped "Make It With You" become a number one hit. The soulful quality of the song also made it a staple cover for R&B performers, inspiring versions by artists like Aretha Franklin and Earth, Wind & Fire.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
On the Waters 1970 Rhino 3:18
The Best of Bread 1973 Rhino 3:14
The Sound of Bread 1977 WEA International 3:11
Anthology of Bread 1985 Elektra 3:15
AM Gold: 1970 1990
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:12
Best Love Songs, Vol. 4 1993
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 3:10
Superstars Best Love Songs, Vol. 3-4 1994
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 3:10
Open Top Cars & Girls in T-Shirts, Vol. 3 1995
Various Artists
Temple
Only Love: 1970-1974 1995
Various Artists
Rhino / JCI Associated Labels 3:11
Retrospective 1996 Rhino 3:15
25 Years of Number 1 Hits, Vol. 1 (1970-1971) 1996
Various Artists
Connoisseur
Rock 'N Roll Relix: 1970-1971 1997
Various Artists
BCI-Eclipse Distribution / Eclipse Music Group 3:10
Rock 'N Roll Relix: 1970-1978 1997
Various Artists
BCI-Eclipse Distribution / Eclipse Music Group 3:10
Essentials 1997 Elektra 3:16
One and Only Love Album 1998
Various Artists
Polydor / Polygram 3:15
No Image 1998
Various Artists
Razor & Tie 3:14
No Image 1998
Various Artists
Razor & Tie
Greatest Hits of the 70's, Vol. 4 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 3:11
The Greatest Hits of the 70s [Box Set #1] 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 3:11
Best of the Best: 70's Pop & Rock, Vol. 2 1999
Various Artists
Primary Colors 3:11
Casey Kasem Presents: Number One Hits-The Love Songs 2000
Various Artists
Top Sail Productions 3:12
Guitar Man [2000] 2000 Bianco 3:44
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Warner Bros. 3:10
Sunday Love Songs 2001
Various Artists
Universal International 3:07
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:11
Time in a Bottle: The Best of Mellow Rock 2002
Various Artists
Flashback Gold / Rhino 3:15
Billboard #1 Hits of the '70s 2003
Various Artists
Rhino Flashback 3:15
Make It with You and Other Hits 2003 Flashback Records / Rhino Flashback 3:15
Retro '70s 2004
Various Artists
Madacy 3:16
VH1: I Love the '70s 2004
Various Artists
Rhino 3:14
Straight from the Heart [Box Set] 2004
Various Artists
Universal Special Products 3:12
Make It with You: The Platinum Collection 2005 WEA International 3:13
Ultimate 16: Lite FM Best of the '70s 2005
Various Artists
Madacy 3:16
Definitive Collection 2006 Rhino 3:15
Casey Kasem: Driving in the 70s 2006
Various Artists
Top Sail Productions 3:12
Billboard #1s: The '70s 2006
Various Artists
Rhino 3:15
No Image 2009
Various Artists
Rhino 3:18
Jewel: Unforgettable Hits, Vol. 2 2009
Various Artists
Showstopping 3:12
Original Album Series 2010 Rhino / Warner Bros. 3:17
Jackie: Love Songs [2010] 2010
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution / UMTV 3:08
Singers & Songwriters: Troubadours 2010
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:11
Love Songs: The Collection 2015
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Music 3:15
Good Morning, Vietnam
Various Artists
Disky
Mum: The Collection
Various Artists
Rhino 3:12
Road Trip
Various Artists
Rhino 3:12
Rock & Romance Collection
Various Artists
Time Life 3:11
Romantically Yours
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:13
Top Hits/70's Only Number 1's
Various Artists
Warner Music 3:18