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Pastor T.L. Barrett and the Youth For Christ Choir

Like A Ship... (Without A Sail)

Light in the Attic


LP Black $19
CD $12

• First time on CD, and first LP reissue
• Beautifully crafted gatefold jacket
• CD housed in lavish Digipak featuring previously unseen photos
• Liner notes written by Peter Margasak (Chicago Reader), which include new interviews with T.L. Barrett, Phil Upchurch and Gene Barge


Chicago pastor and activist T.L. Barrett’s 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.


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Preview Tracklist

  • 1 Like A Ship
  • 2 Wonderful
  • 3 It's Me O Lord
  • 4 Ever Since
  • 5 Nobody Knows
  • 6 Joyful Noise
  • 7 Medley
  • 8 Blessed Quietness
  • 9 Jingle Bells Pt. 1 (Bonus Track)
  • 10 Jingle Bells Pt. 2 (Bonus Track)
  • 11 These Are The Words (Bonus Track)