Living All Alone/Prime of My Life

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rob Theakston
The third and final phase of Phyllis Hyman's tragically short career kicked off in high gear. Her new label, the mighty Philadelphia International, gave her a new lease on her recording career and a fresh palette of sounds to help reinvent herself following her tenure under Clive Davis' Arista stewardship. The first half of this two-for-one compilation, Living All Alone, is a distinctly resonant archive piece featuring instantly identifiable mid-'80s R&B elements: crisp, polished production, overly chorused vocals, and heavy synth programming. But Hyman's delivery transcends many of these elements to create some timeless material, especially the poignant "Old Friend,"...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rob Theakston
The third and final phase of Phyllis Hyman's tragically short career kicked off in high gear. Her new label, the mighty Philadelphia International, gave her a new lease on her recording career and a fresh palette of sounds to help reinvent herself following her tenure under Clive Davis' Arista stewardship. The first half of this two-for-one compilation, Living All Alone, is a distinctly resonant archive piece featuring instantly identifiable mid-'80s R&B elements: crisp, polished production, overly chorused vocals, and heavy synth programming. But Hyman's delivery transcends many of these elements to create some timeless material, especially the poignant "Old Friend," which would later become a song many would instantly identify with Hyman. The second half, 1991's Prime of My Life, makes the dramatic shift and shows just how the R&B landscape changed in a few short years. Here, Hyman's vocal delivery is just as strong and the production is just as contemporary, but the material wanes at points. The whole affair seems a bit cryptic, though, as Hyman's personal life was just beginning its tumultuous descent that would ultimately claim her life.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/28/2006
  • Label: Edsel Records Uk
  • UPC: 740155180829
  • Catalog Number: 808

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Phyllis Hyman Primary Artist, Background Vocals, Human Whistle
Betty Wright Background Vocals
Terry Burrus Keyboards, Linn 9000
James King Background Vocals
Dexter Wansel Keyboards
Terri Wells Background Vocals
Dee Dee Wilde Background Vocals
Donna Allen Background Vocals
Art Baron Trombone
Leroy Bell Guitar, Percussion, Drums
Thom Bell Synthesizer, Piano
Carla Benson Background Vocals
Evette Benton Background Vocals
Cynthia Biggs Background Vocals
Harry Bower Trumpet
Randy Bowland Guitar
Randy Cantor Keyboards
Mayra Casales Percussion
Roland Chambers Guitar
Gerald Chavis Trumpet
Dave Darlington Bass, Keyboards
Lynn Davis Background Vocals
Curtis Dowd Jr. Keyboards
Charlie Ernst Keyboards
Jack Faith Saxophone
Joe Fusco Guitar
John Gitlutin Keyboards
Reggie Griffin Synthesizer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Tenor Saxophone
Doug Grigsby Bass, Keyboards, Loops
Charlene Holloway Background Vocals
Annette Hardeman Background Vocals
Kent Hewitt Piano, Soloist
Phillip Ingram Background Vocals
Candi James Background Vocals
Casey James Synthesizer, Percussion
Josie James Background Vocals
Ron Jennings Guitar
Birch Johnson Trombone, Soloist
Quinton Joseph Percussion, Drums
Ron Kerber Soprano Saxophone
Rhett Lawrence Keyboards
James K. Lloyd Keyboards
Manny López Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Soloist
Nick Martinelli Percussion
Lester Mendez Keyboards
Alvin Moody Bass Guitar
Sam Peake Saxophone, Soloist
Kenny Pollack Keyboards
Donald Robinson Keyboards
Jim Salamone Percussion, Drums
Herb Smith Guitar
Joseph Smithers Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Bob Suttman Trombone
T.J. Tindall Guitar
John Valentino Trumpet, Shaker
Kae Williams Jr. Bass, Piano, Keyboards, Soloist
Earl Young Drums
Jimmy Young Bass
Doug Nally Drums
Brian Castor Trombone
Cuca Hyman Background Vocals
Cindy Mizell Background Vocals
Steven Bernstein Trumpet
Freddy Washington Bass
John "4 Daddman" Robinson Drums
Steve Green Bass
Mark Johnson Trombone
Technical Credits
Phyllis Hyman Composer, Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Terry Burrus Arranger, Composer, Producer
Gene Page Arranger, String Arrangements
Bunny Sigler Composer, Producer
Dexter Wansel Arranger, Composer, Producer
Gene McDaniels Composer, Producer
Leroy Bell Composer
Thom Bell Arranger, Composer, Producer, Executive Producer
David Bianco Engineer
Cynthia Biggs Composer
Randy Cantor Vocal Arrangements, rhythm arrangement
Jim Casey Composer
Roland Chambers Composer, Producer
Linda Creed Composer
Dave Darlington Arranger, Composer, Engineer
Charlie Ernst drum programming, rhythm arrangement
Jane Eugene Composer
Jim Gallagher Engineer
Kenny Gamble Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Executive Producer
Cary Gilbert Composer
Junior Giscombe Composer
John Gitlutin Arranger
Preston Glass Composer
Reggie Griffin Arranger, Composer, Producer, drum programming
Doug Grigsby drum programming, rhythm arrangement
Reginald Hines Composer, rhythm arrangement
Leon Huff Composer, Executive Producer
Pete Humphries Engineer
Alfons Kettner Composer
Michael Mancini Engineer
Karen Manno Arranger, Composer, Vocal Arrangements
Nick Martinelli Composer, Producer, Vocal Arrangements, rhythm arrangement
Carl McIntosh Composer
Eddie Montilla drum programming
Steve Nichol Composer
Kenny Pollack drum programming, rhythm arrangement
Ed Rack Engineer
Jonathan Rosen Arranger, Composer
Jim Salamone rhythm arrangement
Marti Sharron Composer, Producer
Gary Skardina Engineer
Arthur Stoppe Engineer
Wayne Wallace Composer
Bruce Weeden Engineer
Peter Rynston Mastering
Mike Tarsia Engineer
Tony Rounce Liner Notes
Paula Scher Cover Art Direction
Rick Gillette Environmental Recording
Cassandra McShepard Wardrobe Design
Carrie Thompson Composer
Ronald Hollins Composer
Larry "Top;Se" Davis Horn Arrangements
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