Like A Ship... (Without A Sail)

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One of the most important albums ever made. Ranks right up there with Whats Going On, Dark Side Of The Moon, and Pet Sounds as a flawlessly executed vision brought to life in perfect harmony. Enriches the soul and expands the mind.

– Jim James, My Morning Jacket

The most euphoric celebratory music that makes you want to jump around the house and explode with joy.

– Colin Greenwood, Radiohead

Like A Ship evokes the Beach Boys Til I Die and Gil Scott-Herons The Revolution Will Not Be Televised. – Spin

When the electric piano and sleigh bells ring in over an almost ghostly rhythm section on disc opener Like a Ship, its hard to tell whether ones listening to an artifact from 1971 or one of the myriad collectives that rose from the ashes of freak-folk over 2009 Pastor Barretts definitely a master composer who deserves wider recognition and study. – Other Music

The powerful rhythm section lifts Barretts simple, melodic keyboard riff high as the boisterous choir fills the air with sorrow and hope Pastor Barrett could hear the sound on the horizon. The sound of anger, of change, the sound of soulġ – Wax Poetics

Chicago pastor and activist T.L. Barretts rare gospel soul classic Like A Ship (Without A Sail) is finally receiving a much-needed reissue. Long revered by record collectors, this album remains one of the holy grails of gospel soul. Self-released in 1971, Like A Ship was the result of Barrett channeling his passion for music, a determination to keep children off the streets, and his charismatic preaching (which attracted the likes of Earth, Wind & Fire and Donny Hathaway to his sermons at Mount Zion Baptist Church) into the production of the album, a project bolstered by the saxophonist and arranger Gene Barge of the famed Chess Records, and backed by a cast of players that included Richard Evans, Phil Upchurch and the rapturous vocals of the Youth For Christ Choir. Like A Ship is filled with sanctified grooves and spiritual praise delivered with a righteous, infectious chorus.



This product was added to our catalog on Friday 03 February, 2017.

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