Billy Preston - Encouraging Words

Limited Edition 180 Gram Black Vinyl LP Record, Remaster

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Encouraging Words is fifth studio album by American soul musician Billy Preston, originally released in September 1970 via Apple Records.

To celebrate Billy Preston’s induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in October 2021 Apple Records and Universal Music Catalogue have reissued Billy’s highly regarded 1970 album ‘Encouraging Words’ available on vinyl for a limited period.

First released in the UK on 11 September 1970 the album was co-produced by Billy and George Harrison, with two of George’s songs - ‘All Things Must Pass’ and ‘My Sweet Lord’ - issued here for the first time, two months before his own recordings appeared on the triple album 'All Things Must Pass'.

In 2010 Record Collector magazine described 'Encouraging Words' as "one of the finest titles in the Apple Records catalogue", while virtuoso keyboard player Rick Wakeman told BBC Radio 4's John Wilson he considered Preston's two Apple albums "absolute gems – a perfect combination of gospel and funk."

The album was last released on vinyl in 1992. The original album credits did not include details of contributing musicians, though the sleeve notes of the 2010 CD reissue included Eric Clapton, Klaus Voormann, Ringo Starr, Bobby Keys and the Edwin Hawkins Singers.

As a child prodigy, Billy played organ for the Gospel great Mahalia Jackson, and in 1957 at the age of ten he performed a vocal and organ duet with Nat ‘King’ Cole on his US television show. In 1962, aged 16 years-old, Billy joined Little Richard’s touring band with live dates including a performance in Liverpool, with The Beatles as the opening act.

In 1969 Billy worked with The Beatles once more, playing Hammond organ on the ‘Abbey Road’ album (the songs ‘Something’ and ‘I Want You (She’s So Heavy)’) and on their final studio album ‘Let It Be’ (on ‘Dig a Pony’, ‘I've Got a Feeling’, ‘One After 909’, ‘The Long and Winding Road’, ‘Dig It’, ‘Let It Be’ and ‘Get Back’). When ‘Get Back’ was released as a single in April 1969 it was credited to The Beatles with Billy Preston, the only occasion when a fifth musician’s name appeared on the record label.

On 30 January 1969, Billy performed with The Beatles at their famous ‘rooftop concert’ at the Apple Corps headquarters in London. The event was filmed for the 1970 documentary film Let It Be, while Billy’s profile looks set increase further when he appears in the forthcoming and much anticipated Peter Jackson documentary The Beatles: Get Back.

This album is a 2021 reissue on 180 gram heavyweight black vinyl housed in a single pocket sleeve with plain poly lined inner sleeve and remastered audio, pressed in Europe via Apple Records.

(13567)

Tracklisting:

 

No.

Track

Time

A1

Right Now

3:13

A2

Little Girl

3:28

A3

Use What You've Got

4:21

A4

My Sweet Lord

3:21

A5

Let The Music Play

2:42

A6

The Same Thing Again

4:32

B1

I've Got A Feeling

2:49

B2

Sing One For The Lord

3:47

B3

When You Are Mine

2:44

B4

I Don't Want You To Pretend

2:35

B5

Encouraging Words

3:32

B6

All Things Must Pass

3:38

B7

You've Been Acting Strange

3:20

SKU 13567
Record Label Apple Records
Label / Model # Universal
Catalogue Number 0602438530267
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 29 October 2021
Original Release Date (Year) 11 September 1970
Barcode # 602438530267
Shipping Weight 0.2800kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000986000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, 180 Gram Black Vinyl, Single Pocket Sleeve, Plain Poly Lined Inner Sleeve, Remastered Audio, Reissue
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Funk & Soul
Format VINYL LP

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