Good-Looking Record of the Day Vol. 11

Washington Phillips – “What Are They Doing In Heaven Today”

Not much is known about Washington Phillips. The instrument he plays on the recordings is either a Dolceola, a Celestophone, Phonoharp or something entirely homemade by Phillips (none have ever been 100% confirmed). The combination of this instrument and Phillips’ voice make for a ridiculously well-crafted gospel album that somehow avoided being pressed on vinyl until 2005–78 or so years after it was recorded. It was limited to 500 copies.


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