BARRETT, T.L. & THE YOUTH FOR CHRIST CHOIR - Like A Ship (Without a Sail) ----------- One time Chicago pastor and civic crusader T.L. Barrett's
long-forgotten gospel-soul LP Like A Ship (Without a Sail) is finally
getting some much-needed direction - straight to the hearts of
music-lovers worldwide. Long revered in the Windy City amongst the
flock and fervent crate diggers, this end-to-end burner remains one of
the holy grails of gospel soul.
Self-released in 1971, Like A Ship (Without a Sail) saw Jesse Jackson
Jr. (Operation Breadbasket) ally Barrett channel his passionate love
of music, determination to help keep children off the streets, and
wholly engaging preaching (which attracted the likes of Earth, Wind &
Fire and Donny Hathaway to his Mount Zion Baptist Church sermons) into
a musical offering bolstered by Chess Records' sax hero/arranger Gene
Barge and backed by a cast of music players including Richard Evans,
Phil Upchurch and the rapturous vocals of the Youth for Christ Choir.
Sanctified grooves, breaks, beats, and spiritual praise, delivered
with a righteous and infectious chorus.
Once again, we at Light In The Attic are proud to make the best
reissue possible: Beautifully re-mastered CD (w/ well-dressed digipak
design) and 180 gram vinyl (which includes a rare bonus 45 single of
"Jingle Bells Parts 1 & 2"), gatefold sleeve, original art, stunning
archival photographs, and extensive liner notes from Chicago writer
Peter Margasak (Chicago Reader). Like A Ship (Without a Sail) is a
testament to the potential of people to do great things in this
oft-troubled world of ours, creating better surroundings for those
around them and even creating timeless art in the process.
* Beautifully crafted gatefold and 180 gram LP
* LP release includes rare bonus 45 single Jingle Bells Parts 1 and 2
* Liner notes include new interviews with T.L. Barrett, Phil Upchurch,
and Gene Barge
* Unseen photos
* T.L. Barretts music has been featured on compilations for Soul Jazz
and Numero Group