Auto Tune: “Like A Ship (Without A Sail)” by Pastor P.L. Barrett & The Youth For Christ Choir

July 15th, 2015 at 3:00pm

Driving, riding, roads and of course cars themselves have all been immortalized by writers, composers and musicians around the world. Auto Tune is our way to spotlight a unique transportation song to celebrate these “ridden” gems along with the artists or composers who crafted them. Some you may know, many we’re sure you don’t.

TLBarrettCover“One of the most important albums ever made. Ranks right up there with What’s 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-Heron’s ‘The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.’ ”
- Spin

I figured I would let the music professionals give their opinions on the importance of this work. Some have compared this album as Gospel Music’s version of “Pet Sounds.” I don’t think Brian Wilson would mind at all.

I won’t waste your time giving you a lot of background about Pastor Barrett, a complicated figure for sure — coming from the South Side of Chicago who isn’t? But in 1971, he took his love of gospel music and worked with a friend at Chicago’s classic blues label Chess Records to bring “Like A Ship” to life. I would challenge everyone to listen to this song about rebirth and not be moved.

- Chip Drake, Executive Producer, Autoline

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