Washington Phillips | "Lift Him Up That's All"

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ALBUM: The Key to the Kingdom (2005)

Washington Phillips was a gospel singer from East Texas whose sound stands as one of the most singular of all time. Playing a homemade instrument called a "manzarene", (contrary to the opinion of many until recently) Phillips recorded a scant eighteen songs in his life, but every one is downright magical. Phillips' voice is plaintive and always intimate, an odd trait for music recorded so long ago - and it's a precious thing to listen and sense that in 1927 the Jesus he was singing to was precisely the same as he is today.