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Ultimate Collection

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Billy Preston 3/21/2000

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. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Will It Go Round in Circles Billy Preston 4:25
  3. 2 Outa-Space Billy Preston 4:7
  4. 3 Slaughter Billy Preston 2:43
  5. 4 I Wrote a Simple Song Billy Preston 3:21
  6. 5 That's the Way God Planned It Billy Preston 4:6
  7. 6 Struttin' Billy Preston 2:34
  8. 7 Fancy Lady Billy Preston 5:45
  9. 8 You're So Unique Billy Preston 3:16
  10. 9 Space Race Billy Preston 3:26
  11. 10 Get Back Billy Preston 3:7
  12. 11 Blackbird Billy Preston 2:44
  13. 12 Wide Stride Billy Preston 3:15
  14. 13 Nothing from Nothing Billy Preston 2:36
  15. 14 I'm Really Gonna Miss You Billy Preston 3:47
  16. 15 You Are So Beautiful Billy Preston 4:48
  17. 16 With You I'm Born Again Billy Preston 3:36
  18. 17 Since I Held You Close Billy Preston 4:46
  19. 18 Go for It Billy Preston 3:45
  20. 19 One More Time for Love Billy Preston 3:51
  21. 20 I'm Never Gonna Say Goodbye Billy Preston 3:39

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