20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Billy Preston
Performer: Billy Preston
Artist: Syreeta; George Harrison
Distributor: Universal Distribution
Notes: Personnel includes: Billy Preston (vocals, piano, organ, keyboards, synthesizer); Syreeta (vocals); George Harrison (slide guitar). Producers include: Billy Preston, James Di Pasquale, David Shire. Compilation producer: Mike Ragogna. Recorded between 1972 and 1979. Includes liner notes by Bill DeYoung. All tracks have been digitally remastered. This is part of A & M's "20th Century Masters The Millenium Collection" series. Liner Note Author: Bill DeYoung. After his work with the Beatles on LET IT BE brought his name to the wider rock audience, R&B stalwart Billy Preston became one of the hottest names in 1970s funk. Like Stevie Wonder, Parliament's Bernie Worrell, and Traffic's Steve Winwood, Preston's core instrument was the electric organ, but he also experimented enthusiastically with synthesizers on instrumental hits such as "Outa-Space," "Struttin,'" and "Space Race." Those giddy, playful funk-pop tunes are a delightful addition to Preston's entry in the budget-line 20TH CENTURY MASTERS: THE MILLENNIUM COLLECTION series, but the meat of the 11-track collection is in the classic funky hits "Nothing From Nothing," "That's The Way God Planned It," and "Will It Go Round In Circles."
Keyboardist Billy Preston had the distinction of being a hit-making solo artist (scoring Billboard number ones in 1973 and '74), songwriter ("You are So Beautiful"), and one of the most celebrated sidemen of the '60s and '70s, famously collaborating with Little Richard, the Beatles, the Stones, and Eric Clapton, among others. His elegant, gospel-inflected piano and organ playing--honed by early stints with Mahalia Jackson, Ray Charles, and the Rev. James Cleveland--elevated him from mere session player to "Fifth Beatle," "Sixth Stone," and "nth" whoever else he played with. After a life-long battle with drugs, Preston died of a kidney-related ailment in 2006.
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