Ultimate Phyllis Hyman

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Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
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,...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/27/2004
  • Label: Arista
  • UPC: 828765726429
  • Catalog Number: 57264
  • Sales rank: 6,945

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 III 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
Mark Wilder Mastering
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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