Billy Preston: Encouraging Words! 1993 digitally remastered domestic U.S. Apple / Capitol CD reissue of the pop-soul legend's 1970 record album produced by George Harrison. Features 15 tracks including 2 George Harrison covers, 'My Sweet Lord' & 'All Things (Must) Pass' & 1 Lennon/McCartney cover, 'I've Got a Feeling', as well as 2 bonus tracks, the previously unreleased 'As Long As I Got My Baby' & 'All That I've Got (I'm Gonna Give It To You)'.
Billy Preston’s debut album for Apple Records was his vocal album debut too. Before this Billy was renowned merely as a wizard instrumentalist. Here, his impassioned vocals help create one of the best soul records of the 1960s. Produced by George Harrison, That’s The Way… expands Billy’s palette of gospel and R&B to embrace rock elements brought in by A-list players Keith Richards, Ginger Baker and Eric Clapton.
The Road to Escondido is an album by J. J. Cale and Eric Clapton. It was released on November 7, 2006. Contained on this album are the final recordings of Billy Preston, to whom the album is dedicated.
In 2004, Eric Clapton held a three day festival in Dallas, Texas. It was called The Crossroads Guitar Festival, and featured J.J. Cale. This gave Clapton the opportunity to ask Cale to produce an album for him. The two started working together and eventually decided to record an album. A number of high profile musicians also agreed to work on the album, including Billy Preston, Pino Palladino, Derek Trucks, Taj Mahal, John Mayer, and Doyle Bramhall II.
Escondido is a city near Cale’s hometown of Valley Center, California. Though it is named Escondido, the album title actually references Valley Center.
The album won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album in 2008. -From Wikipedia
The Stranger is the fifth studio album by American singer-songwriter Billy Joel, released on September 29, 1977, by Columbia Records. While his four previous albums had been moderately successful, The Stranger became Joel's true critical and commercial breakthrough, spending six weeks at #2 on the U.S. album charts. Considered his magnum opus, it remains his best-selling non-compilation album to date, and was ranked number 70 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.