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Phyllis Hyman [Bonus Tracks]
     

Phyllis Hyman [Bonus Tracks]

by Phyllis Hyman
 

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This 1977 set is the debut from one of music's most emotional and beloved singers. Her career got a jump-start from her work on Norman Connors's 1976 album You Are My Starship, where Hyman gave a melancholy and skilled reading of the Stylistics' hit "Betcha by Golly Wow."

Overview

This 1977 set is the debut from one of music's most emotional and beloved singers. Her career got a jump-start from her work on Norman Connors's 1976 album You Are My Starship, where Hyman gave a melancholy and skilled reading of the Stylistics' hit "Betcha by Golly Wow." That album set the standard for Hyman's career and features a classy, mellow R&B sound made with esteemed jazz/R&B players. But among her late-'70s and early-'80s output, Phyllis Hyman is, curiously, one of her most forgotten efforts, though it included many songs she would be later be identified with. Skip Scarborough's "No One Can Love You More" is indicative of her plentiful sensual charm and her rich vocal timbre. Although Hyman's vocal prowess is well-known, this set also shows that she was gifted with an uncommon maturity. Hyman was only in her mid-twenties when this was recorded, and her self-possession enabled her to glide through the majority of the material here. Hyman's version of Thom Bell and Linda Creed's "I Don't Want to Lose You" (originally recorded by the Spinners) is even more of a tearjerker. From singing the chorus in the intro to a Sarah Vaughan-like scat in the middle, the song was hers. Her debut also displays her skill: the blessing and the curse of making half-baked material interesting. On "Beautiful Man of Mine" and Hubert Eaves' "Children of the World," her vocals are undoubtedly the best thing about the tracks. Phyllis Hyman veers from instant melodic classics to unformed ideas, a mix that prevents it from being essential. [A 2015 re-release included bonus tracks.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/24/2015
Label:
Funky Town Grooves
UPC:
0810736021558
catalogNumber:
411
Rank:
16700

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Phyllis Hyman   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Gary Bartz   Tenor Saxophone
Hiram Bullock   Guitar
Cecil Bridgewater   Trumpet
Onaje Allan Gumbs   Piano,Conductor,fender rhodes
Charles Sullivan   Trumpet
Victor Lewis   Drums
Hubert Eaves   Piano,Moog Bass
Reggie Lucas   Guitar
Kiane Zawadi   Trombone
Maxine Anderson   Background Vocals
Errol Crusher Bennett   Percussion
Carla Benson   Background Vocals
Evette Benton   Background Vocals
Charles Collins   Drums
Ann Esther Davis   Background Vocals
Scott Edwards   Bass
Jim Gilstrap   Background Vocals
Billy Harner   Background Vocals
Dennis Harris   Guitar
Barbara Ingram   Background Vocals
Anthony Jackson   Bass
Virgil Jones   Trumpet
Will Lee   Bass
John Lehman   Background Vocals
Harvey Mason   Timpani
Sidney Muldrow   French Horn
Andy Newmark   Drums
Jerry Peters   Keyboards
Greg Poree   Guitar
Janice Robinson   Trombone
Richard Rome   Keyboards
John Rowin   Guitar
Skip Scarborough   Keyboards
Craig Snyder   Guitar
Jerry Steinholtz   Percussion
String Reunion   Strings
Sandy Torano   Guitar
Larry Washington   Percussion
Steve Jordan   Drums
John Davis   Keyboards
Michael "Sugar Bear" Foreman   Bass
Raymond Pounds   Drums
Larry Alexander   Background Vocals
Nathaniel Watts   Bass
Gregg Williams   French Horn
Bill Lowe   Trombone

Technical Credits

Clarence Carter   Composer
Hiram Bullock   Composer
Onaje Allan Gumbs   Arranger,Composer
Evie Sands   Composer
Hubert Eaves   Arranger,Composer,Arp String Ensemble
Leroy Bell   Composer
Thom Bell   Composer
Charles Veal   String Conductor
F. Byron Clark   Engineer
Linda Creed   Composer
Don Renaldo   String Arrangements
Lewis Merenstein   Executive Producer
Jerry Peters   Arranger,Producer
Skip Scarborough   Composer
Sandy Torano   Producer
Fred Torchio   Engineer
Mort Goode   Composer
Richard Germinaro   Composer
John Davis   Arranger,Producer
Henry Towns   Reissue Coordinator
Ken Present   Engineer
Rachim Ausur Sahu   Composer
Tony Calvert   Reissue Producer
Larry Alexander   Composer,Producer
Randy Mahon   Interview Coordinator
Buddy Scott   Composer
Alex Henderson   Liner Notes
Ausar Sahu   Composer
Muhyi Shakoor   Composer
Milt Sincott   Art Direction

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