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Published on Sep 18, 2013
During the Rolling Stones European Tour 1973 Billy Preston was the main support act. Not in the last place because of the fact that Rolling Stone Mick Taylor joined him. Excellent performance in an outstanding sound quality: 1. Day Tripper (0:20) 2. The Bus (2:07) 3. Let It Be (13:10) 4 Will It Go Round In Circles (15:38) 5. Let's Go Get Stoned (19:24) 6. Space Race (21:05) 7. Amazing Grace (23:05) 8. That's The Way God Planned It (27:45) 9. Outta-Space/Higher (31:40) 10. Band Introduction/Higher (37:30) 11. Day Tripper (40:35) 12. The Bus (42:40) 13. Let It Be (53:10) 14. Let's Go Get Stoned (56:05) 15. Billy's Bag (57:10) 16. Will It Go Round In Circles (1:00:20) 17. "Outa-Space (1:04:15) 18. Higher (1:08:10) 19. Band Introduction (1:14:05) 20. Get Back/Higher (1:14:55)
Review by Bruce Eder
In the mid-'70s, A&M Records began releasing live albums by many of its key rock artists (Peter Frampton, Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Flying Burrito Brothers, etc.). Billy Preston's, recorded along his 1973 European tour with a band that included Mick Taylor -- moonlighting from the Rolling Stones (from whose lineup he was soon to be liberated) -- might be the most impressive of them all, capturing a funky, soulful, soaring, and overall spellbinding performance that embraced just about every side of his work. Preston's rendition of "Let It Be" is the only one this reviewer has ever heard that could challenge the original on its own ground, and Preston also turns in killer renditions of his own hits "Will It Go Round in Circles" and "That's the Way God Planned It," a gorgeous organ instrumental version of "Amazing Grace," and a scintillating performance of "Let's Go Get Stoned" (where he gives a loving homage to Ray Charles). The obligatory "Space Race" and "Outa-Space" are also present, the latter expanded into an eight-minute jam that leaves it not too recognizable but still a fair amount of fun as a finale. The sound is excellent.
* Billy Preston: All keyboards, melodica, lead vocals. * Mick Taylor: Guitars, backing vocals. * Hubert Heard: Keyboards. * Kenneth Lupper: Keyboards. * Manuel Kellough: Drums, percussion.