Billy Preston (album)

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Billy Preston
Billy Preston Album.jpg
Studio album by Billy Preston
Released 19 November 1976
Recorded March 1976
Studio Indigo Ranch, Malibu with the Record Plant Mobile[1]
Genre Soul, rock
Length 36:02
Label A&M
Producer Billy Preston, Robert Margouleff
Billy Preston chronology
It's My Pleasure
Billy Preston
A Whole New Thing
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[2]

Billy Preston (sometimes referred to Do What You Want) is the eleventh studio album by American soul musician Billy Preston, released in 1976 on A&M Records. It includes the singles "I've Got the Spirit" and "Girl", both of which were top 50 hits on Billboard's Soul Singles chart in the US. Preston recorded the album in Malibu, California in March 1976, shortly before joining the Rolling Stones on their two-month European tour.

The song "Do What You Want" is a remake of the 1969 original from Preston's debut album for Apple Records, That's the Way God Planned It.[3] Two other tracks, "Let the Music Play" and "When You Are Mine", are re-recordings of songs that appeared on Preston's 1970 album Encouraging Words.[4] In a 1974 interview for the NME, Preston said that he and George Harrison, his former producer, were "both convinced that some of those Apple cuts were among the best I've ever done and could still have a chance of being hits. They missed out first time around largely because of the internal dissension at Apple."[5]

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Billy Preston, except where noted.

Side one

  1. "Do What You Want" – 2:56
  2. "Girl" (Preston, Bruce Fisher) – 3:15
  3. "Bells" (Preston, Fisher) – 3:20
  4. "I've Got the Spirit" (Preston, Doug Jones) – 3:57
  5. "When You Are Mine" – 2:48

Side two

  1. "Bad Case of Ego" – 2:56
  2. "Take Time to Figure It Out" (Preston, Jones) – 3:14
  3. "Let the Music Play" (Preston, Jesse Kirkland) – 3:00
  4. "Simplify Your Life" (George Johnson, Louis Johnson) – 3:46
  5. "Let's Make Love" (Preston, Fisher) – 2:46
  6. "Ecstasy" – 4:04


Greg Adams: Flugelhorn and Trumpet
Emilio Castillo: Tenor Saxophone
Mic Gillette: Flugelhorn, Trumpet and Piccolo
Steve Kupka: Baritone Saxophone
Lenny Pickett: Tenor Saxophone


  1. ^
  2. ^ Billy Preston at AllMusic
  3. ^ Davis, Andy (2010). That's the Way God Planned It (CD booklet). Billy Preston. Apple Records – via 
  4. ^ Davis, Andy (2010). Encouraging Words (CD booklet). Billy Preston. Apple Records – via 
  5. ^ St. Pierre, Roger (14 September 1974). "Billy Preston: The Busiest Soul In Showbusiness". NME.  Available at Rock's Backpages (subscription required).