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Album Review

Hip-O's Ultimate Collection may not have the original hit recording of "That's the Way God Planned It," due to licensing restrictions (it was recorded for the Beatles ill-fated label, Apple), but that's about the only thing missing from this near-definitive single-disc set. Over the course of 20 tracks, the collection chronicles every one of Preston's hits, from the funky "Outa-Space," "Slaughter," and "Will It Go Round in Circles" to the smooth, quiet storm soul of his duets with Syreeta ("With You I'm Born Again," "Go for It," "One More Time for Love"). Since it's quite a transition between the two extremes, fans of either side of the spectrum may not enjoy everything here, but it's nevertheless a nearly flawless collection, providing an accurate portrait of Preston's career. It is true that the lesser-known hits aren't as compelling as the smash singles, but this is still an entertaining collection, regardless.

Customer Reviews

Billy Preston Ultimate Collection

This album rocks. It has all of Prestons big jams. No one rocks the keys like he did back in the day. This album will take you round in circles. It will be hard to get past that first track without wanting to keep hearing it again. If you like Billy Preston, get this, you can't go wrong.

Billy Preston

Billy Preston was an amazing artist. On the "Blackbird" cover, he chose the exact sound that was perfect for the song. This is an amazing collection of all his amazing hits. Rest in peace Billy Preston, The 5th Beatle.

Great collection of spanning career

This album is a wonderful documentary of Billy Preston's career in music, spanning from his funk singles, to gospel and collaborations with Syreeta. Its much better than the 20th Century Master "greatest hits" since that only has 11 songs and this has 20! Great r&b, gospel and funk pianist, singer, keyboardist.


Born: September 2, 1946 in Houston, TX

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

It's advantageous to get an early start on your chosen career, but Billy Preston took the concept to extremes. By age ten he was playing keyboards with gospel diva Mahalia Jackson, and two years later, in 1958, he was featured in Hollywood's film bio of W.C. Handy, St. Louis Blues, as young Handy himself. Preston was a prodigy on organ and piano, recording during the early '60s for Vee-Jay and touring with Little Richard. He was a loose-limbed regular on the mid-'60s ABC TV series Shindig, proving...
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  • $6.99
  • Genres: R&B/Soul, Music, Soul, Funk, Rock
  • Released: Mar 21, 2000

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