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Encouraging Words (Expanded Edition / Remastered 2010)

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Encouraging Words was about as fine an album as Apple Records ever issued by anyone who wasn't a member of the Beatles, and it's also better than many of the Apple albums issued by the ex-bandmembers; but it's also among the most obscure of any album that the label ever issued by a major artist -- without a hit single to drive its sales, the LP never did more than brush the very bottom of the charts, and it was quickly lost amid the financial collapse of the label and the implosion of the Beatles' business ventures; even many Billy Preston fans never had a chance to find out it was there, obscured as it was by his subsequent chart success with "Outta Space" on the A&M label. A bold and searing effort mixing gospel, soul, and rock sounds about as well as any record cut that year, Encouraging Words lived up its killer musical pedigree, partly an offshoot of the evolution of the Let It Be and All Things Must Pass albums, and of sessions that Preston and George Harrison had produced for Doris Troy; but it also picked up where Preston's playing for Ray Charles had left off in 1968. The surging, soaring blues "The Same Thing Again," and the driving rocker "You've Been Acting Strange," both Preston originals, were worth the price of the album, but for those requiring familiar fare, Preston's renditions of "My Sweet Lord," "All Things (Must) Pass," and "I've Got a Feeling" are here too, the first two as stunning gospel numbers (the second with some gorgeous jazz and classical embellishments) that make the Harrison versions seem pallid; and the latter a delightfully funky rendition that makes the Beatles' recording sound like a classy demo; and for truly, delightfully strange sound amalgams, "Sing One for the Lord" manages to couple soaring gospel with some loud lead guitar and a piano part derived from Tchaikovsky (at least according to the annotator -- this reviewer would have said Grieg). [The 2010 reissue of Encouraging Words was remastered by the same Abbey Road team who remastered the acclaimed 2009 Beatles reissues and was expanded by three bonus tracks: the previously uneleased “How Long Has the Train Been Gone,” the scrapped B-side “As Long As I’ve Got My Baby” and “All That I’ve Got (I’m Gonna Give To You),” cowritten by Doris Troy.]
© Bruce Eder /TiVo

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1
Right Now (Remastered 2010)
00:03:15

GEORGE HARRISON, Producer - Billy Preston, Producer, Keyboards, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mike Jarratt , Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2010 Apple Corps Ltd under exclusive licence to EMI Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2010 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 2010 Umlaut Corporation

2
Little Girl (Remastered 2010)
00:03:31

GEORGE HARRISON, Producer - Billy Preston, Producer, Keyboards, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mike Jarratt , Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2010 Apple Corps Ltd under exclusive licence to EMI Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2010 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 2010 Umlaut Corporation

3
Use What You Got (Remastered 2010)
00:04:22

GEORGE HARRISON, Producer - Billy Preston, Producer, Keyboards, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mike Jarratt , Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2010 Apple Corps Ltd under exclusive licence to EMI Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2010 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 2010 Umlaut Corporation

4
My Sweet Lord (Remastered 2010)
00:03:22

GEORGE HARRISON, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Billy Preston, Producer, Keyboards, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Jarratt , Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2010 Apple Corps Ltd under exclusive licence to EMI Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2010 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 2010 Umlaut Corporation

5
Let The Music Play (Remastered 2010)
00:02:43

GEORGE HARRISON, Producer - Billy Preston, Producer, Keyboards, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jesse Kirkland, ComposerLyricist - Mike Jarratt , Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2010 Apple Corps Ltd under exclusive licence to EMI Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2010 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 2010 Umlaut Corporation

6
The Same Thing Again (Remastered 2010)
00:04:36

GEORGE HARRISON, Producer - Billy Preston, Producer, Keyboards, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Herndon, ComposerLyricist - Mike Jarratt , Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2010 Apple Corps Ltd under exclusive licence to EMI Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2010 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 2010 Umlaut Corporation

7
I've Got A Feeling (Remastered 2010)
00:02:52

John Lennon, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, ComposerLyricist - GEORGE HARRISON, Producer - Billy Preston, Producer, Keyboards, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Jarratt , Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2010 Apple Corps Ltd under exclusive licence to EMI Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2010 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 2010 Umlaut Corporation

8
Sing One For The Lord (Remastered 2010)
00:03:49

GEORGE HARRISON, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Billy Preston, Producer, Keyboards, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mike Jarratt , Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2010 Apple Corps Ltd under exclusive licence to EMI Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2010 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 2010 Umlaut Corporation

9
When You Are Mine (Remastered 2010)
00:02:47

GEORGE HARRISON, Producer - Billy Preston, Producer, Keyboards, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mike Jarratt , Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2010 Apple Corps Ltd under exclusive licence to EMI Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2010 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 2010 Umlaut Corporation

10
I Don't Want You To Pretend (Remastered 2010)
00:02:38

GEORGE HARRISON, Producer - Billy Preston, Producer, Keyboards, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mike Jarratt , Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2010 Apple Corps Ltd under exclusive licence to EMI Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2010 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 2010 Umlaut Corporation

11
Encouraging Words (Remastered 2010)
00:03:35

GEORGE HARRISON, Producer - Billy Preston, Producer, Keyboards, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

(C) 2010 Apple Corps Ltd under exclusive licence to EMI Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2010 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 2010 Umlaut Corporation

12
All Things (Must) Pass (Remastered 2010)
00:03:44

GEORGE HARRISON, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Billy Preston, Producer, Keyboards, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Jarratt , Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2010 Apple Corps Ltd under exclusive licence to EMI Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2010 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 2010 Umlaut Corporation

13
You've Been Acting Strange (Remastered 2010)
00:03:33

GEORGE HARRISON, Producer - Billy Preston, Producer, Keyboards, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - R L Williams, ComposerLyricist - Mike Jarratt , Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2010 Apple Corps Ltd under exclusive licence to EMI Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2010 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 2010 Umlaut Corporation

14
As Long As I Got My Baby (Remastered 2010 / Bonus Track)
00:02:43

Billy Preston, Producer, Keyboards, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mike Jarratt , Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2010 Apple Corps Ltd under exclusive licence to EMI Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2010 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 2010 Umlaut Corporation

15
All That I've Got (I'm Gonna Give It To You) (Remastered 2010 / Bonus Track)
00:03:34

GEORGE HARRISON, Producer - Doris Troy, Composer - Billy Preston, Composer, Keyboards, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Jarratt , Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2010 Apple Corps Ltd under exclusive licence to EMI Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2010 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 2010 Umlaut Corporation

16
How Long Has The Train Been Gone (Remastered 2010 / Bonus Track)
00:03:19

GEORGE HARRISON, Producer - Billy Preston, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mike Jarratt , Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bruce Fisher, ComposerLyricist

(C) 2010 Apple Corps Ltd under exclusive licence to EMI Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2010 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 2010 Umlaut Corporation

Album Description

Encouraging Words was about as fine an album as Apple Records ever issued by anyone who wasn't a member of the Beatles, and it's also better than many of the Apple albums issued by the ex-bandmembers; but it's also among the most obscure of any album that the label ever issued by a major artist -- without a hit single to drive its sales, the LP never did more than brush the very bottom of the charts, and it was quickly lost amid the financial collapse of the label and the implosion of the Beatles' business ventures; even many Billy Preston fans never had a chance to find out it was there, obscured as it was by his subsequent chart success with "Outta Space" on the A&M label. A bold and searing effort mixing gospel, soul, and rock sounds about as well as any record cut that year, Encouraging Words lived up its killer musical pedigree, partly an offshoot of the evolution of the Let It Be and All Things Must Pass albums, and of sessions that Preston and George Harrison had produced for Doris Troy; but it also picked up where Preston's playing for Ray Charles had left off in 1968. The surging, soaring blues "The Same Thing Again," and the driving rocker "You've Been Acting Strange," both Preston originals, were worth the price of the album, but for those requiring familiar fare, Preston's renditions of "My Sweet Lord," "All Things (Must) Pass," and "I've Got a Feeling" are here too, the first two as stunning gospel numbers (the second with some gorgeous jazz and classical embellishments) that make the Harrison versions seem pallid; and the latter a delightfully funky rendition that makes the Beatles' recording sound like a classy demo; and for truly, delightfully strange sound amalgams, "Sing One for the Lord" manages to couple soaring gospel with some loud lead guitar and a piano part derived from Tchaikovsky (at least according to the annotator -- this reviewer would have said Grieg). [The 2010 reissue of Encouraging Words was remastered by the same Abbey Road team who remastered the acclaimed 2009 Beatles reissues and was expanded by three bonus tracks: the previously uneleased “How Long Has the Train Been Gone,” the scrapped B-side “As Long As I’ve Got My Baby” and “All That I’ve Got (I’m Gonna Give To You),” cowritten by Doris Troy.]
© Bruce Eder /TiVo

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