Sunday, September 21, 2008

The 5th Beatle (Not Eddie Murphy)


Billy Preston's biggest claim to fame was certainly his connection with the Beatles (he's one of only two outside musicians to get his name listed as a performer on their albums), but he's got a lot more to offer than that. Preston was playing with Mahalia Jackson when he was ten, and his skills at the organ prove it.

This post is actually a guest post sent my way by my dear friend EP over at Between Sun and Sea (we actually know each other in the physical realm too!). EP's a composer of some very strange and beautiful music (and he makes a mean mix), but he works in the film industry to pay the bills. He came across this great Preston recording while looking for soundtrack music to use in a film on which he was working. Hymns Speak from the Organ is Preston basically puttin' the church on tape; it's about as sanctified as soul can get.

Hope you dig it! Link in Comments.

10 comments:

B3 said...

http://rapidshare.com/files/144025287/BillyPreston_HymnsSpeakFromTheOrgan.zip.html

Vinylieur said...

What makes B.P. even more unique as an artist is, that he was likely the only musician ever to perform with the Beatles AND with the Rolling Stones... (albeit not at the same time, of course)

B3 said...

You know a good friend of mine recently did several gigs in the opening band for the Stones. He said that the Stones have like 5 more musicians behind a black screen that no one can see playing guitar and keys and filling the whole thing out. Pretty hilarious.

E.P. said...

thanks for the shout out, I'll have to return the favor. One thing though, the link goes to a different blog with the same name as mine but about bipolar disorder. Here's my link:
http://between-sun-and-sea.blogspot.com/

B3 said...

Whoa, sorry about that EP - I just typed it in because I thought I knew it was right! My bad! It's fixed now.

Anonymous said...

For those of us that believe God plays a B-3 w/ a Leslie, this record - coupled with Jimmy Smith's "Prayer Mettin'" makes for perfect Sunday morning listening in lieu of going to church...a big THANK YOU for the upload!!

Anonymous said...

...D'OH!...sorry for the typo - i meant Jimmy Smith's "Prayer Meetin'"...

avocado kid said...

awww yeah! Really looking forward to this one. Love the vintage keys, love Billy P, love gospel... something tells me I'm going to love this one! Now who's got Prayer Meetin?

avocado kid said...

oops. Looks like I actually DO have Prayer Meetin!!! hard to keep up with the ever-growing library sometimes...

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