“Get Back” – The Beatles with Billy Preston

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The Beatles tend to run hot and cold with me. I don’t know whether it’s oversaturation or overpraise of everything they’ve ever done that sometimes rubs me raw. Please don’t get me wrong. For the 8 years that they recorded (1962-1970), the Beatles were some prolific bastards and all of their great stuff (even if it only comprises 40% of what they recorded, in my opinion) is better than what most bands have produced over twice (or even triple) the number of years. Despite that, a lot of what the Beatles recorded was merely OK. And even some of it was pretty dreadful.

But “Get Back” is a song that I’ve never ever disliked, even during those times when I’m down on the Beatles. Unlike much of what they’ve done over the years, “Get Back” just sounds like a bunch of friendly musicians kicking back and just jamming away for the hell of it. The organ fills by Billy Preston are an especially nice touch and are miles away from the funk freakouts (sometimes great, sometimes not so great) Preston did in the 1970s. It’s a song that always makes me feel better, even when I’m in a really s—ty mood.

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“Slaughter” – Billy Preston

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From the Jim Brown blaxploitation classic “Slaughter” (and more recently, from Quentin Tarantino’s 2009 Oscar-nominated revenge thriller “Inglorious Basterds”) comes this kick-ass hard-funk song from Billy Preston.  Hearing those guitars that slash like razor blades against that organ that rocks harder than the guitars, my advice to you is this: if you shoot at him bruthah, you betta not miss!!!!