The Kids & Me

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The Kids & Me
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Studio album by Billy Preston
Released May 5, 1974
Recorded October 1973 at The Record Plant, Los Angeles; mixed at Westlake Audio, Hollywood, California & A&M Recording Studios, Los Angeles, California
Genre Soul, rock
Length 32:48
Label A&M
Producer Billy Preston
Billy Preston chronology
Live European Tour 1973
(1974)Live European Tour 19731974
The Kids & Me
It's My Pleasure
(1975)It's My Pleasure1975
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Review scores
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Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]

The Kids & Me is the ninth studio album by Billy Preston, released in 1974, after his famous tour in Europe. This album included "You Are So Beautiful", later covered by Joe Cocker, and the hit single "Nothing From Nothing".

The first track, "Tell Me You Need My Loving," contains the first four measures of keyboard verse from an earlier Preston song: "All That I've Got"—a bonus cut from the import version of his Encouraging Words (1970) album for Apple Records—transposed from the key of C to B. The bridge of "All That I've Got" is also revived untransposed and with identical lyrics in "Sometimes I Love You."

The album's dedication, reflected in the title, was to St. Elmo's Village, an inner-city children's recreation centre, located in mid-city Los Angeles.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Billy Preston and Bruce Fisher; except where indicated

Side One

  1. "Tell Me You Need My Loving" – 2:42
  2. "Nothing from Nothing" – 2:33
  3. "Struttin'" (Preston, George Johnson, Louis Johnson) – 2:31
  4. "Sister Sugar" – 3:01
  5. "Sad Sad Song" – 2:27
  6. "You Are So Beautiful" – 4:44

Side Two

  1. "Sometimes I Love You" (Preston) – 3:12
  2. "St. Elmo" (Preston) – 2:26
  3. "John The Baptist" (Preston, John Schuller) – 3:19
  4. "Little Black Boys and Girls" – 2:28
  5. "Creature Feature" (Preston, Hubert Heard) – 3:27