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That's The Way God Planned It [Original recording remastered, Extra tracks]

Billy Preston Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (25 Oct 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Apple/EMI
  • ASIN: B003XSSRBK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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2010 digital remaster of the classic album from Billy Preston.

Billy Preston was a unique talent and it was no surprise that following his work with The Beatles on the sessions for both the Let It Be and Abbey Road albums that he was invited to record for the Apple Records label.

Billy's debut album for the label was first released in August, 1969 following the release of the hit single of the same name in June. All of the tracks were produced by George Harrison except for three produced by Wayne Schuler. A host of superstars were present on the sessions including Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Ginger Baker and Richie Havens.
As well as three bonus tracks included on previous CD releases--"Through All Times", "As I Get Older" and "That's The Way God Planned It" (alternative version)-- this 2010 edition includes one further bonus track: the previously unreleased "Something's Got To Change" which Billy co-wrote and which had originally been recorded by Ray Charles in 1967.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Mark Barry HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Monday 25 October 2010 has seen 14 of the 'Apple' label albums remastered and reissued alongside "Come And Get It" - a first-time-ever label 'Best Of'. This reissue is one of them.

"That's The Way God Planned It" was the first of two outings for long-time friend and sometimes collaborator with The Beatles - American keyboardist and Soul Singer Billy Preston. And along with its superb 1970 follow up LP "Encouraging Words" - it's one of the labels better offerings.

Apple/EMI 5099990824128 breaks down as follows (53:52 minutes):
Tracks 1 to 12 are the LP "That's The Way God Planned It" released 22 August 1969 in the UK on Apple SAPCOR 9 (Stereo only) and on Apple/Capitol ST-3359 in the USA.

Tracks 13 to 15 are the 3 bonus tracks given with the 1991 reissue - "Through All Times", "As I Get Older" and "That's The Way God Planned It (Alternative Version)". The writer of "Through All Times" is unknown, "As I Get Older" is an instrumental co-written with Sylvester 'Sly Stone' Stewart and produced by Ray Charles - while Eric Clapton plays guitar on the Alternate Take of the Title Track.

Track 16 is a new bonus track for this 2010 issue - the previously unreleased fully formed song - "Something's Got To Change"

Two UK singles came off the album with one non-album 7" that followed:
1. "That's The Way God Planned It" b/w "What About You"
(Released 25 June 1969 in the UK on Apple APPLE 12 - it reached number 11 in July 1969 on the UK pop charts)
2. "Everything's All Right" b/w "I Want To Thank You"
(Released 17 October 1969 in the UK on Apple APPLE 19)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Remembering Billy Preston 30 Jun 2006
Format:Audio CD
The recent death of Billy Preston has prompted the reissue of this memento of his short stay with the Beatles' Apple label from 1969. This was the bigger seller of two LPs he recorded for them, largely on the back his input to the Fabs' Let It Be album and Get Back single, and of the gospel flavoured title track, which was a hit single here but not, despite heavy airplay, in the States.

As was usually the case with Apple releases the hit, together with its B-side "What About You" are the most commercial songs on the album, with the exception of "Hey Brother", which is a dead ringer for Hendrix's "Hey Joe". Preston had been a protege of Ray Charles, and the influence is evident throughout the mostly gospel tinged soul tracks. Most of them were produced by George Harrison, with E Clapton, R Haven, R Wood and G Baker adding their two-pennyworth, particularly on the "Part 2" coda to the title track.

In common with other CD issues of Apple albums (Jackie Lomax, Badfinger) you need to give the volume control some welly to get the full benefit of Billy's vocals and the band's undoubted quality musicianship. This is down to the relatively primitive recording technology of the time and the reluctance to mess around too much with the original tapes (ie digitally remaster them) for the transfer to CD.

After his spell with the fab four Preston went back home and joined Herb Alpert's A&M label, for whom he had more mainstream success. This album reflects both his gospel roots and a move towards that mainstream and its re-issue now is a fine tribute to his memory.
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5.0 out of 5 stars that's the way Apple 2010 re-master 29 Jan 2013
By gerrard
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There's a reason The Beatles asked Billy to play on their later recordings, he was so damn good.
great funky soulful music with superb vocals piano and Hammond playing.if That's The Way God Planned It doesn't have you dancing around the room like a dervish then brother or sister you're already dead.This just has the edge on the follow up Encouraging Words as it features more of Billy's own songs and has a harder funkier over all sound though in truth both are essential listening.very highly recommended
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "...Don't Put Off Tomorrow...What You Can Do Today..." 28 Oct 2010
By Mark Barry - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Monday 25 October 2010 has seen 14 of the 'Apple' label albums remastered and reissued alongside "Come And Get It" - a first-time-ever label 'Best Of'. This reissue is one of them.

"That's The Way God Planned It" was the first of two outings for long-time friend and sometimes collaborator with The Beatles - American keyboardist and Soul Singer Billy Preston. And along with its superb 1970 follow up LP "Encouraging Words" (see separate review) - it's one of the labels better offerings.

Apple/EMI 5099990824128 breaks down as follows (53:52 minutes):
Tracks 1 to 12 are the LP "That's The Way God Planned It" released 22 August 1969 in the UK on Apple SAPCOR 9 (Stereo only) and on Apple/Capitol ST-3359 in the USA.

Tracks 13 to 15 are the 3 bonus tracks given with the 1991 reissue - "Through All Times", "As I Get Older" and "That's The Way God Planned It (Alternative Version)". The writer of "Through All Times" is unknown, "As I Get Older" is an instrumental co-written with Sylvester 'Sly Stone' Stewart and produced by Ray Charles and Eric Clapton plays guitar on the Alternate Take of the Title Track.

Track 16 is a new bonus track for this 2010 issue - the previously unreleased fully formed song - "Something's Got To Change"

Two UK singles came off the album with one non-album 7" that followed:
1. "That's The Way God Planned It" b/w "What About You"
(Released 25 June 1969 in the UK on Apple APPLE 12 - it reached number 11 in July 1969 on the UK pop charts)
2. "Everything's All Right" b/w "I Want To Thank You"
(Released 17 October 1969 in the UK on Apple APPLE 19)
3. "All That I Got (I'm Gonna Give It To You)" b/w "As I Get Older"
(Released 30 January 1970 in the UK on Apple APPLE 21 - the A-side is on the "Encouraging Words" reissue as a bonus (Track 15), the B-side is Track 14 on here; both songs were non-album at the time of release)

BOOKLET/PACKAGING:
Noted writer and music lover ANDY DAVIS does the new liner notes for the disappointingly weedy 12-page booklet (EMI pushes the boat out again people). But with what little text he has been afforded, Davis does at least fill it with properly informative details - and it's peppered with some very tasty colour photos of Harrison and Preston in the studio. Derek Taylor's original LP sleeve notes are taken off the back cover artwork and placed inside the inner gatefold of the card - the collage of 6 black and white photos on the rear sleeve stay on the back.

PLAYERS:
The cast of musicians involved is impressive - KEITH RICHARDS on Bass, GINGER BAKER on Drums, ERIC CLAPTON and GEORGE HARRISON on Guitars with both MADELINE BELL and DORIS TROY providing beautiful soulful backing vocals (Doris Troy was in fact signed to the label on the strength of her work here). George Harrison handled all Producing except "Hey Brother" and Keep It To Yourself", which along with the B-side "Through All Times" were done by Wayne Schuler.

CONTENT:
Six of the 12 are Billy Preston originals with "Hey Brother" (a derivative of "Hey Joe") being co-written with Jesse Kirkland. Three others are co-writes too, this time with soon-to-be label mate Doris Troy - "Everything's All Right", "This Is It" and "Let Us All Get Together Right Now". Which leaves two cover versions - Bob Dylan's "She Belongs To Me" and "Morning Star" by American Blues founder father W.C. Handy. Unlike some of the other Apple issues, there are no extra tracks via download. But the really big news is the sound...

SOUND:
The same team that handled the much-praised 09/09/09 Beatles remasters have done this - GUY MASSEY, STEVE ROOKES, PHIL HICKS and SIMON GIBSON. I always though the initial 1991 reissue was dull-as-dishwater soundwise - well not so now because the audio quality here is BEAUTIFUL - a massive improvement. The kick off the drums and vocals is fantastic - the piano intro on "Let Us All Get Together Right Now" is stunning (lyrics above). It makes you reassess a lot of the songs and appreciate more Harrison's excellent production contributions.

Highlights for me include the wonderfully uptempo "I Want To Thank You" which feels like it stepped right out of a 1968 Northern Soul session - and the almost Aretha Franklin gospel vibe of "Let's Us All Get Together Right Now". The irresistible dancer beat and cautionary lyrics about keeping your trap shut when it comes to matters of love in "Keep It To Yourself" are so Motown - great stuff. But the best is kept until last. While the initial 3 bonus tracks are ok - not so the newly found "Something's Got To Change" - it's shockingly good. The closest approximation would be "I Want To Thank You" - the new song is a brass-laden dancer with male backing vocals - and it's that rarest of things, a genuine must-have bonus track.

Niggles - the gatefold card sleeve is nice to look at for sure, but the booklet and overall packaging feel lightweight (what EMI could get away with). The CD should have one of those gauze inner bags to protect it - a problem that no record company seems to want to acknowledge (scuffing and damage). And like so many of the LPs on this erratic vanity label - it's a good record rather than a great one.

To sum up - fans will love it, while sceptics may have to rethink this underrated LP and artist.

Recommended - especially given the massive improvement in sound quality and that great bonus track.

PS: see also my reviews for other releases in this October 2010 series - Billy Preston's "Encouraging Words" (1970), "Doris Troy" (1970), "Is This What You Want?" by Jackie Lomax (1969) and "James Taylor" (1968)
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Was a Collector's Item - available again! 25 May 2003
By GarBearSJ - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This CD was 75% produced by George Harrison and originally released by Apple Records in 1969, along with debuts by James Taylor, Jackie Lomax (see Is This What You Want - also produced by Harrison) & Mary Hopkin. Liner notes list Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker & Keith Richards among the players on this gem.
A must for Beatles completists!!
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't throw away your vinyl LP yet... 28 Oct 2010
By James Zinn - Published on Amazon.com
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Note: This review has mostly to do with sound quality of the new remastered release rather than the quality of the music itself.

I have been holding out to buy this CD and other Apple records releases (like Badfinger) until a "proper" modern remastering comes out.

Unfortunately I found this new remaster to have less than stellar remastering and sound quality. I have owned the original Apple LP since the 1970s.

Don't get me wrong. I was actually excited to buy this newly remastered generation release. I put it into my pretty good car stereo when I left the CD store and it immediately distorted so bad, I had to re-adjust all the audio parameters and it still distorted and was harsh and compressed. Then I put it into my pretty good home stereo and it only slightly improved.

I actually like this album and the bonus tracks are mostly at least as good as the original LP tracks. The alternate take of "That's The Way God Planned It" doesn't add much value. The live version from the "Best Of" CD from the 1980s was better than that (but that was on A&M).

If you care about sound quality, trust me, you will not be able to listen to this "remastered" CD at any kind of volume. It just distorts too much. There is no bottom end, no top end, and the mix is muddy and compressed. No particular instrument or voice stands out, or even sounds as good as it should.

I can only hope the other newly remastered Apple Records CDs don't sound this harsh, compressed, and distorted. I realize the era this was recorded was the era of compression but that's not a good excuse. Was the original master tape not available or had degraded? Was the original mix targeted only for AM radio?

Don't waste your money unless you really want this for the digital age.

REVIEW UPDATE: I have now purchased several other of the newly remastered Apple releases including 3 of the Badfinger ones and the Billy Preston "Encouraging Words", and I have concluded that "That's The Way God Planned It" is the poorest sounding one so far. In fact, all the others I've bought have improved on both the original vinyl and the original 1990s CD releases that I own. Puzzling why this one would be inferior as such.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great ALBUM 19 Mar 2013
By becool202 - Published on Amazon.com
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Rare to find, really glad I found it! Great Organist and Pianist. One of the greatest artists, that must be heard! A true musician with an abundent amound of art!
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 15 Mar 2013
By purplepoet - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I am so glad that I purchased this CD. I had never heard of this CD by Billy Preston, until a professor told me about it. I am glad I took her advice, and found a copy of the CD. I love the organ on some of the tracks. I am going to purchase another copy to give as a gift to a friend.
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