Michael Lodahl | San Diego, CA United States | 06/01/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This 2001 album demonstrates that Billy Preston still has soul! I go back to his contributions to the disintegrating Beatles, and his early A & M albums -- and find on this pure gospel project pretty much the same Billy, even if a little less synthesizer-driven (and with a lot less hair than the days of his very large Afro!).He doesn't ever really let loose like the days of "Nothin' from Nothin'" and "Will it Go Round in Circles?" But the music is solid and, after a listen or two, surprisingly catchy. Frankly, I've been playing this CD nonstop in my car for more than a week now. There are just some great hooks on this album.With the first reviewer, I also would love to see some of Billy's 70s material re-issued whole on CD, rather than these various "best of" offerings. "Music is My Life," for example, is just a great album all the way through, and had a couple of fabulous gospel songs (including the title song) that just don't show up on hits collections.Also...if anyone out there knows anything about any way I might get my hands on Billy's late 70s gospel album on Word/Myrrh ("contemporary Christian" label), I'm all ears. That was a tremendous album that I lost track of somewhere along the way.Billy Preston truly is a shining star. Give him a listen."
Billy returns to his roots.
J. Moore | Grenada, MS United States | 11/11/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It's probably not widely known that Billy Preston used to play with Andrae Crouch many moons ago and in this release you see many 'old school' nods both lyrically and musically to that genre of gospel music. Of course Billy's keyboard work is exceptional, especially the organ work, (check out his stellar work on the latest Ray Charles album).Every track has great feel and groove to it with the inclusion of Blessed Assurance, taking us right back up in the Church house. Vocally, Billy's voice has aged well but the timbre and depth is still there(try comparing it with his performance on 'With You I'm Born Again'). The lyrics may be standard gospel fodda but sung through the depth of life experience takes this project to another level. This is a rare find...pick up this Cd when and wherever you can!"
Billy's back again
J. Moore | 08/27/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"It's great to hear Billy Preston again. I'm still waiting for his classic albums to become available on CD. The music is this new CD is really good. He still knows how to play that organ. The vocals are a little slurred at times which slightly take away from the over all effect. Still a good effort after being away for so long. PS Get those other alblums converted to CD's for us."