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The Most Exciting Organ Ever

The Most Exciting Organ Ever is the first album by Billy Preston. The fully instrumental album was released in 1965, several weeks before Preston's nineteenth birthday, at a time when he was a regular performer on the ABC TV pop music series Shindig![1] The album includes "Billy's Bag", which was a favorite among British musicians and club-goers at the time.[2] Preston included a live version of the track on his 1974 album Live European Tour.

The Most Exciting Organ Ever
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Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 20, 1965
RecordedSeptember 1964
ProducerSteve Douglas
Billy Preston chronology
The Most Exciting Organ Ever
Early Hits of'65

Extra songs recorded during the sessions for The Most Exciting Organ Ever were released on Preston's next studio album.

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[3]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music3/5 stars[4]

Track listingEdit

All songs by Billy Preston, except where noted.

  1. "If I Had a Hammer" (Lee Hays, Pete Seeger) – 2:54
  2. "Low Down" – 2:13
  3. "Slippin' and Slidin'" (Richard Penniman, Edwin Bocage, Al Collins, James Smith) – 3:06
  4. "Drown in My Own Tears" (Henry Glover) – 3:24
  5. "I Am Coming Through" – 2:04
  6. "The Octopus" – 2:13
  7. "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Cryin'" (Joe Greene) – 2:30
  8. "Soul Meetin'" (Don Covay) – 2:42
  9. "Let Me Know" (Ted Wright) – 2:05
  10. "Billy's Bag" – 3:48
  11. "The Masquerade Is Over" (Herbert Magidson, Allie Wrubel) – 4:20
  12. "Steady Gettin' It" – 2:50


  1. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th edn). London: Omnibus Press. p. 1997. ISBN 978-0-85712-595-8.
  2. ^ Wakeman, Rick (presenter); Wilson, John (producer) (2010). Billy Preston: That's the Way God Planned It (Radio 4 on Music documentary).
  3. ^ AllMusic review
  4. ^ Larkin 2011, p. 1998.