That's the Way God Planned It

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That's the Way God Planned It
Studio album by Billy Preston
Released 22 August 1969 (UK)
10 September 1969 (US)
Recorded late 1968; April−July 1969
undisclosed studio, Los Angeles; Abbey Road Studios, London; Olympic Studios, London
Genre Soul, rock, gospel
Length 44.29
Label Apple
Producer George Harrison; Wayne Shuler
Billy Preston chronology
Club Meeting
That's the Way God Planned It
Encouraging Words
Singles from That's the Way God Planned It
  1. "Hey Brother 19 October 1968[1]"
  2. "That's the Way God Planned It"
    Released: 27 June 1969 (UK); 7 July 1969 (US)
  3. "Everything's All Right"
    Released: 17 October 1969 (UK); 24 October 1969 (US)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [2]

That's The Way God Planned It is the fourth studio album by Billy Preston, released in 1969 on Apple Records, and also the title track from that album, which had previously been released as a single. George Harrison, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton and other guests appear on the album.

1969 liner notes[edit]

Derek Taylor's sleevenotes to the original Apple release praised Preston as a wonderful new signing. "Billy Preston is the best thing to happen to Apple this year. He’s young and beautiful and kind and he sings and plays like the son of God."

Preston himself wrote in the notes:

Music is my life and every day I live it, and it’s a good life to everything I want to say through music it gets to you. I may not be the best around but I’m surely not the worst. I learned to play and sing since the age of three, you don’t know how glad I am God laid his hands on me. Apple is the Company for all people that know where it’s at and love love peace love joy and all mankind. I am very grateful to be a part of it. It won’t be long before we change the whole system that holds and keeps the artist’s mind messed up. All thanks must be given to the fab Beatles. People should realize that what they have gone through has not been in vain and they are using it to the best of their ability.

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Billy Preston, except where noted.

Side one[edit]

  1. "Do What You Want" – 3:44
  2. "I Want to Thank You" – 3:13
  3. "Everything's Alright" (Preston, Doris Troy) – 2:44
  4. "She Belongs to Me" (Bob Dylan) – 4:09
  5. "It Doesn't Matter" – 2:41
  6. "Morning Star" (W.C Handy, Mack David) – 3:20

Side two[edit]

  1. "Hey Brother" (Preston, Jesse Kirkland) – 2:34
  2. "What About You" – 2:10
  3. "Let Us All Get Together (Right Now)" (Preston, Troy) – 4:06
  4. "This Is It" (Preston, Troy) – 2:45
  5. "Keep It to Yourself" – 2:47
  6. "That's the Way God Planned It" (Parts 1 & 2) – 5:34

CD bonus tracks (1991 and 2010 remasters)[edit]

  1. "Through All Times" – 3:58
  2. "As I Get Older" (Preston, Sly Stone) – 3:42
  3. "That's the Way God Planned it" (alternate, previously unreleased version) – 4:13

New bonus track (added to 2010 remaster)[edit]

  1. "Something's Got to Change" (Preston, Arthur Fullilove, Melvin Ray Jernigan) – 2:12



  1. ^ Billboard 19 Oct 1968 - Page 82 "expected to reach the R&B SINGLES Chart BILLY PRESTON-Hey Brother (Beechwood, BMI). CAPITOL 2309 "
  2. ^ Eder, Bruce. That's the Way God Planned It at AllMusic. Retrieved July 17, 2012.