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Everybody Likes Some Kind of Music

  • 1. Everybody Likes Some Kind Of Music
    2. You're So Unique
    3. How Long Has The Train Been Gone
    4. My Soul Is A Witness
    5. Sunday Morning
    6. You've Got Me For Company
    7. Listen To The Wind
    8. Everybody Likes Some Kind Of Music
    9. Space Race
    10. Do You Love Me
    11. I'm So Tired
    12. It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)
    13. Minuet For Me
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): SMCR5013

  • Credits
    ProducerBilly Preston
    EngineerTommy Vicari

    Personnel: Billy Preston (keyboards, bass guitar); David T. Walker (guitar); Dennis Coates (banjo); Kenneth Lupper, Hubert Heard (keyboards); Manuel Kellough (drums).
    Liner Note Author: David Nathan.
    Arranger: Clarence McDonald.
    On Everybody Likes Some Kind of Music, Billy Preston attempted to put together a sound as wide-ranging as the album title. The jazzy "How Long Has This Train Been Gone?" is clearly patterned after classic show tunes, while "My Soul Is a Witness" is a straight-ahead gospel song, complete with a choir. Add to that the country of "Sunday Morning," the '70s soul of "I'm So Tired," and the funky instrumental "Space Race," one of Preston's most enduring classics, and the result is a wildly diverse album. That doesn't necessarily mean, however, that it's a completely successful one. Because most of the experiments are so short (barely clocking in at two or three minutes), they don't really register as complete songs, the way the longer soul and funk tracks do. That's not to say that Preston is a dilettante, since each of the genre tracks are well-performed and carefully produced. It's just that Preston should have chosen one or two genres to experiment with and composed fully developed songs, since he clearly has the talent to do so. The funk and soul tunes are excellent, much more thought-out and constructed, and are what make the album worth listening to. Everybody Likes Some Kind of Music is well-performed and solidly produced, but with some more focused songwriting, could have been an impressive set. As it stands, it's an interesting, but flawed collection. ~ Victor W. Valdivia

  • Critic Reviews
    Record Collector (magazine) (p.94) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his 1973 album found Preston stretching his canvas across a myriad of styles, dipping his toe in the waters of big band jazz on 'How Long Has This Train Been Gone?' and instrumental funk on 'Space Race.'"
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