Ultimate Phyllis Hyman

Ultimate Phyllis Hyman

by Phyllis Hyman
     
 

Phyllis Hyman didn't know how special she was. Tragically, the Philadelphia-born jazz and soul singer had a history of depression and committed suicide in summer 1995. But fortunately for her fans, the pained beauty contained in Hyman's voice lives. Although diehard fans should also pick up the more comprehensive, two-disc See more details below

Overview

Phyllis Hyman didn't know how special she was. Tragically, the Philadelphia-born jazz and soul singer had a history of depression and committed suicide in summer 1995. But fortunately for her fans, the pained beauty contained in Hyman's voice lives. Although diehard fans should also pick up the more comprehensive, two-disc Legacy of Phyllis Hyman, which contains extended versions of her classic rendition of the Stylistics' "Betcha By Golly, Wow" and the grown-folks club jam "You Know How to Love Me," Ultimate Phyllis Hyman features several songs not included on that earlier compilation. Among them are "Meet Me on the Moon," from 1991's sadly titled Prime of My Life, and "I Refuse to Be Lonely," from Hyman's posthumous album of the same name. The disc also offers a nicely condensed packaging of the statuesque, silky-voiced diva's greatest hits, such as the triumphant "Somewhere in My Lifetime" and the desperate "Living All Alone." Since Hyman's death, the music industry has regrettably veered toward rewarding female R&B singers more for their physical assets than their vocal presence. But alongside her dear friend Patti LaBelle, Phyllis Hyman is one of the preeminent vocalists of the past few decades and an old friend we'll never forget.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Out of all the Phyllis Hyman compilations -- of which there were roughly a dozen floating around by early 2004 -- Ultimate Phyllis Hyman is one of the more desirable looks at the singer's career. This works as an abbreviated version of 1996's two-disc The Legacy of Phyllis Hyman, and it focuses on the hits that were most popular, all the while including a handful of album cuts. Since it considers her stints with numerous labels (Buddah, Philadelphia International, Arista, Zoo), it holds an advantage over a number of compilations that rely on a specific era. "Loving You, Losing You," "Can't We Fall in Love Again," "Don't Wanna Change the World," and "Living in Confusion" are included, along with 13 others.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/27/2004
Label:
Arista
UPC:
0828765726429
catalogNumber:
57264
Rank:
6477

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Phyllis Hyman   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Bob Dylan   Composer
Phyllis Hyman   Composer
Chuck Jackson   Producer,Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Barry Manilow   Producer,rhythm arrangement
Onaje Allan Gumbs   Arranger,Producer
Terry Burrus   Composer,Producer
Peter Allen   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Carole Bayer Sager   Composer
Ron Dante   Producer
Dexter Wansel   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Hubert Eaves   Arranger
Gene McDaniels   Composer,Producer
Reggie Lucas   Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Wade Marcus   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
John Davis   Arranger,Producer
Peter Ivers   Composer
Tawatha Agee   Vocal Arrangements
Larry Alexander   Producer
Larkin Arnold   Executive Producer
Leroy Bell   Composer
Thom Bell   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Dick Berkhe   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Johnny Burke   Composer
David Campbell   String Arrangements
Charles Veal   String Conductor
Tony Coleman   Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Norman Connors   Producer
Linda Creed   Composer
Dave Darlington   Composer
Skip Drinkwater   Producer
Joe Ericksen   Composer
Jud J. Friedman   Composer,Producer,String Arrangements
Kenny Gamble   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Leon Huff   Executive Producer
James Mtume   Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Karen Manno   Composer
Nick Martinelli   Composer,Producer
Lewis Merenstein   Executive Producer
Narada Michael Walden   Composer,Producer
Jerry Peters   Arranger,Producer
Jonathan Rosen   Composer
Jerry Schoenbaum   Producer
Dwayne Simmons   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Allan Rich   Composer
Pat DiNizio   Composer
Johnny Pate   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
David Nathan   Liner Notes
John Lewis Parker   Composer
Jesus Alvarez   Composer
Erwin Gorostiza   Art Direction
Carrie Thompson   Composer
John Burke   Producer
Glenda Garcia   Executive Producer
Carol Bayer   Composer
J Alvarez   Composer
Jeffrey Cohen   Composer

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