Prime of My Life

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All Music Guide - Jose F. Promis
Listening to Phyllis Hyman's 1991 emotional tour de force Prime of My Life is at once a happy and sad experience. Happy because it finds Hyman at a moment when she was not tortured by her inner demons and tragic because it provides an undeniable glimpse into Hyman's tortured soul and the pending suicide which would materialize four years later. Prime of My Life granted the sophisticated lady her first R&B chart-topper with the saucy "Don't Wanna Change the World," which incorporates elements of new jack swing, hip-hop, and early-'90s house, and even features a rare, sexy rap by the songstress herself. The album opens with the jazzy quiet storm hit "When You Get Right...
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All Music Guide - Jose F. Promis
Listening to Phyllis Hyman's 1991 emotional tour de force Prime of My Life is at once a happy and sad experience. Happy because it finds Hyman at a moment when she was not tortured by her inner demons and tragic because it provides an undeniable glimpse into Hyman's tortured soul and the pending suicide which would materialize four years later. Prime of My Life granted the sophisticated lady her first R&B chart-topper with the saucy "Don't Wanna Change the World," which incorporates elements of new jack swing, hip-hop, and early-'90s house, and even features a rare, sexy rap by the songstress herself. The album opens with the jazzy quiet storm hit "When You Get Right Down to It" and features several shimmering, gorgeous ballads, most notably the timeless audience favorite "Meet Me on the Moon," one of the high points of Hyman's catalogue, period. Other gems include the light, bittersweet closer "Whatever Happened to Our Love," "I Can't Take It Anymore," which is a sad tune pitted against a happy beat, and the self-assured yet ultimately tragic "Prime of My Life." One of the true highlights, however, is the over-seven-minutes-in-length "Living in Confusion," which Hyman belts with unmistakable integrity, growling out the bewildered lyrics with overflowing conviction, and provides more than a glimpse into what was really going on in the singer's life. Hyman could take an average song and tear through it like a tiger, which is what made her music so appealing. This album is a true gem and proves that the husky-voiced Hyman was a timeless song stylist in a class all her own. [The Japanese version of the album includes a bonus track, "Hottest Love Around."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/11/1991
  • Label: Volcano
  • UPC: 614223100623
  • Catalog Number: 31006

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Phyllis Hyman Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Vocals, Rap
Betty Wright Background Vocals
Gene Page Strings
Dee Dee Wilde Background Vocals
Lambchops Synthesizer, Piano
Donna Allen Background Vocals
Art Baron Trombone
Art Bessen Trombone
Cynthia Biggs Background Vocals
Harry Bower Trumpet
Randy Bowland Guitar
Daryl Burgee Percussion
Randy Cantor Keyboards
Roland Chambers Guitar
Gerald Chavis Trumpet
Lawrence Cottrell Background Vocals
Dave Darlington Bass, Keyboards
Lynn Davis Background Vocals
Curtis Dowd Jr. Keyboards
Sonny Emory Drums
Charlie Ernst Synthesizer, Drums, Keyboards
Jack Faith Saxophone
John Gitlutin Keyboards
Steve Gordon Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Doug Grigsby Bass, Drums, Keyboards, Rhythm, Loops
Charlene Holloway Background Vocals
Annette Hardeman Background Vocals
Kent Hewitt Piano
Reginald Hines Rhythm
Phillip Ingram Background Vocals
Candi James Background Vocals
Josie James Background Vocals
Birch Johnson Trombone
Quinton Joseph Drums
The Kerber Brothers Strings, Horn
Rhett Lawrence Keyboards
Manny López Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
James Loyd Keyboards
Karen Manno Background Vocals
Lester Mendez Keyboards
Eddie Montilla Drums
Kenny Pollack Percussion, Drums, Keyboards
Donald Robinson Keyboards
John "J.R." Robinson Drums
Jim Salamone Percussion, Drums, Keyboards
Joseph Smithers Trumpet
Bob Suttman Trombone
T.J. Tindall Guitar
John Valentino Trumpet, Shaker
Myriam Naomi Valle Background Vocals
Fred Washington Bass
Walter White Trumpet
Earl Young Drums
Jimmy Young Bass
Freddie "Ready Freddie" Washington Bass
Damaris Carbough Background Vocals
Steven Bernstein Trumpet
Steve Green Bass, Piano
Mark Johnson Trombone
Technical Credits
Terry Burrus Arranger
Gene Page Arranger, String Arrangements
Dexter Wansel Arranger
Dave Darlington Arranger, rhythm arrangement
Charlie Ernst Arranger, drum programming, rhythm arrangement
Kenny Gamble Arranger
Doug Grigsby Arranger, Programming, drum programming, rhythm arrangement
Reginald Hines Arranger, rhythm arrangement
The Kerber Brothers Arranger, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Manny López rhythm arrangement
Karen Manno Arranger, Vocal Arrangements
Eddie Montilla drum programming
Kenny Pollack Arranger, drum programming, rhythm arrangement
Jonathan Rosen Arranger
John Valentino Contributor
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