Record Collector (magazine) - p.904 stars out of 4
-- "[The album reveals] the organist to be an accomplished, spiritually engaging singer-songwriter."
This 1969 release inaugurated a new chapter in Billy Preston's career. Earlier in the decade, he'd been the jazz/R&B organ prodigy releasing albums centered on the swinging grooves of his keyboard work. In the late '60s, Preston became part of the Beatles' inner circle, recording and performing with them, and even being proposed for band membership. Famously dubbed the "fifth Beatle," he kicked off his pop-star phase with THAT'S THE WAY GOD PLANNED IT.
The album was released on the Beatles' Apple label and featured guitar work from George Harrison. The rest of the session band was none too shabby, either, constituting a full-on supergroup that included Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, and Ginger Baker. Preston racked up his first pop-chart success with the minor-hit title track's easy blend of gospel, soul, and pop-rock, which provided the template not only for much of the album, but for the lion's share of Preston's subsequent career.