Living All Alone

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All Music Guide - Jason Elias
Coming off a successful though problematic tenure with Arista, Phyllis Hyman signed with Philadelphia International shortly after the label switched from CBS to Capitol. Like Shirley Jones' 1986 album Always in the Mood, Living All Alone typified the synth-based but still melodic mid-to-late-'80s Philly sound. The producers and writers gave her an album's worth of instant-classic singer's songs. The album's first single, the bittersweet "You Just Don't Know," typified the powerful and classy proceedings. "First Time Together" also follows the same style. While Hyman's vocals are top-notch here, fans listening to Living All Alone can't help but be struck by the sense of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Elias
Coming off a successful though problematic tenure with Arista, Phyllis Hyman signed with Philadelphia International shortly after the label switched from CBS to Capitol. Like Shirley Jones' 1986 album Always in the Mood, Living All Alone typified the synth-based but still melodic mid-to-late-'80s Philly sound. The producers and writers gave her an album's worth of instant-classic singer's songs. The album's first single, the bittersweet "You Just Don't Know," typified the powerful and classy proceedings. "First Time Together" also follows the same style. While Hyman's vocals are top-notch here, fans listening to Living All Alone can't help but be struck by the sense of melancholy apparent in the sessions. That's not true of the title track, an oddly sensual song that has her trademark fire, as she does some great vocalizations and screams, and seems to live the lyrics. The poignant Thom Bell and Linda Creed gem "Old Friend" quickly became a fan favorite. Although most of Living All Alone is emotionally draining, it's one of Hyman's finest efforts.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/23/1996
  • Label: Indent Series
  • UPC: 762185174142
  • Catalog Number: 46422

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Phyllis Hyman Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Background Vocals, Human Whistle
Terry Burrus Keyboards
Audrey Wheeler Background Vocals
Dexter Wansel Keyboards
Mike Campbell Guitar
Terri Wells Background Vocals
Leroy Bell Guitar, Percussion, Drums
Thom Bell Synthesizer, Piano
Carla Benson Background Vocals
Evette Benton Background Vocals
Daryl Burgee Percussion
Randy Cantor Keyboards
Mayra Casales Percussion
Joe Fusco Guitar
Reggie Griffin Synthesizer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Saxophone
Casey James Synthesizer, Percussion
Ron Jennings Guitar
Ron Kerber Soprano Saxophone
Johnny King Background Vocals
Nick Martinelli Percussion
Cindy Mizelle Background Vocals
Alvin Moody Bass Guitar
Sam Peake Saxophone
Clifford Rudd Drums
Jim Salamone Percussion, Drums
Herb Smith Guitar
Joseph Smithers Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Kae Williams Jr. Bass, Piano, Keyboards
Doug Nally Drums
Brian Castor Trombone
Cuca Hyman Background Vocals
Juanita Johnson Background Vocals
Deborah Siler-Young Background Vocals
Studio Brass Horn
Cindy Mizell Background Vocals
James King Background Vocals
Steve Green Bass
Greg Scott Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Larry Davis Horn Arrangements
Phyllis Hyman Producer, Contributor
Terry Burrus Arranger, Producer
Dexter Wansel Arranger, Producer
Thom Bell Arranger, Composer, Producer, Executive Producer
Cynthia Biggs Composer
Randy Cantor Arranger
Jane Eugene Composer
Kenny Gamble Composer, Producer, Executive Producer
Reggie Griffin Arranger, Producer, drum machine, drum programming
Leon Huff Producer, Executive Producer
Pete Humphries Engineer
Nick Martinelli Arranger, Producer
Jim Salamone Arranger
Arthur Stoppe Engineer
Kae Williams Jr. Contributor
Mike Tarsia Engineer
Juanita Johnson Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ONE OF THE BEST ALBUMS EVER!!!

    I AM A BIG FAN OF PHYLLIS HYMAN. MY FAVORITE ALBUM BY HER IS LIVING ALL ALONE, WITH MY FAVORITE TRACK BEING, ''YOU JUST DON'T KNOW.'' I AM VERY SAD THAT WE HAVE LOST SUCH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN WITH SUCH A POWERFUL VOICE.

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