“Like a Ship”

Shazamed while driving to SF and listening to KALX (tangentially: Shazam’s consistently stayed on the first screen of my phone since first install years ago — so handy, so many times if you listen to music on the radio for any length of time). T.L. Barrett recorded this album in 1971.

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.
Light in the Attic Records

T.L. Barrett, Bill Russell, Isaac Hayes, and Jesse Jackson