Phyllis Hyman -1977 – Phyllis Hyman

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The world first became aware of Phyllis Hyman in 1975, through four tracks that were released before her debut album. The first of these, “Leaving The Good Life Behind,” sailed along the disco wave of the period. Her passion through the lyrics she sings is evident; however, the single was not met with the same passion. It came and went without fanfare. Her second single “Baby, I’m Gonna Love You” fare better and garnered more attention on the R&B charts, rewarding her with a minor hit. Both tracks were produced by George Kerr, who is credited with discovering Phyllis Hyman.

Loving You, Losing You 7:41
No One Can Love You More 4:20
One Thing on My Mind   5:30
I Don’t Want to Lose You 5:31
Deliver the Love 4:02
Was Yesterday Such a Long Time Ago 4:55
The Night Bird Gets the Love 5:20
Beautiful Man of Mine 6:56
Children of the World 2:55

Her subsequent artistic collaboration with Norman Connors resulted in two released singles from his acclaimed album “You Are My Starship“. The mid-tempo duet, “We Both Need Each Other“, further capitalized on her unique style and her voice was complimented with featured male vocalist Michael Henderson. She would record with him again in the future on one of her biggest R&B hits. It wasn’t until the painfully lush ballad, “Betcha By Golly Wow“, that provoked an effective second look at this aspiring singer. The result: it raised the audience’s interest level of this woman who projected a musical and artistic maturity far beyond her years. During the course of her musical career, she would continue to lovingly tease her fans by occasionally providing vocals to tracks for other artists such as Norman Connors, The Four Tops, Barry Manilow, Joe Sample, Pharaoh Sanders, Lonnie Liston Smith, McCoy Tyner, the late Grover Washington, Jr. and The Whispers.

This 1977 set is the debut from one of music’s most emotional and loved 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 classy, mellow R&B sound made by players 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 includd 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 20’s when this was recorded. That self-possession made her glide through the majority of the material here. Thom Bell and Linda Creed’s “I Don’t Want to Lose You” (originally recorded by the Spinners) has Hyman’s version even more of a tearjerker. From singing the chorus in the intro, to doing a Sarah Vaughan-like scat in the middle, the song was hers. The debut also displays her skill, the blessing and 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.

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  • zobba
    Posted at 14:10h, 09 April 2012 Reply


  • rich
    Posted at 21:03h, 09 April 2012 Reply

    thanx nikos great album post

  • Greys
    Posted at 18:29h, 10 April 2012 Reply

    one of the best vocalist in R&B history no doubt about it.

  • Victoria
    Posted at 08:47h, 11 April 2012 Reply

    Phyllis became my favorite female artist the first time I heard her sing. No one has ever filled up her void for me. Such a beautiful voice in such a beautiful woman.

  • Dorothy
    Posted at 09:15h, 12 April 2012 Reply

    She was one of the greats!

  • Jessica
    Posted at 09:24h, 12 April 2012 Reply

    i can’t find words to describe this lady and her beautiful voice. Speechless…. RIP Phyllis.

  • Kirk
    Posted at 14:10h, 12 April 2012 Reply

    Excellent debut by Phyllis.

  • Alexandros
    Posted at 20:28h, 12 April 2012 Reply

    Thanks for dope drop! Much Luv!!!!!!!!

  • Roger
    Posted at 10:06h, 13 April 2012 Reply

    Really feeling this joint.

  • Justin & Helen
    Posted at 10:46h, 13 April 2012 Reply

    We love Phyllis. Thanks for sharing.

  • Laura
    Posted at 09:12h, 14 April 2012 Reply

    we saw Phyllis and the O’Jays, new years eve 1979. i’ll never forget that show.

  • Doug
    Posted at 17:40h, 14 April 2012 Reply

    We all miss this sassy lady !!  What a voice and presence !!

  • Megan
    Posted at 19:58h, 14 April 2012 Reply

    Absolutely fantastic!

  • Dr Flav
    Posted at 22:59h, 14 April 2012 Reply

    You must hear this album. I’m a huge Phyllis Hyman fan and have had this album for some time, but this is an example of the pure raw talent she possessed even at such an early phase of her career. Light years ahead of her time. “No One Can Love You More” is audible ambrosia. I love Funk My Soul, keep teaching and reaching to future soul brothers and sisters of today.

  • Steve
    Posted at 10:23h, 15 April 2012 Reply

    Simply Irresistible.

  • Brian
    Posted at 13:05h, 15 April 2012 Reply

    Smooth, silky, velvety, and a touch or power to throw in the mix, if needed!
    What a voice, I still miss her!
    Thanks for the post!

  • Jess
    Posted at 20:00h, 15 April 2012 Reply

    Love it.

  • Don
    Posted at 00:16h, 16 April 2012 Reply

    Awesome…rich and soulful.

  • Rick
    Posted at 11:39h, 16 April 2012 Reply

    She was a beautiful star, with a great voice and left us much too soon!

  • Norman
    Posted at 12:35h, 17 April 2012 Reply

    Awesome voice.

  • Fiori
    Posted at 18:52h, 17 April 2012 Reply

    Just stunning!

  • Merl
    Posted at 18:43h, 19 April 2012 Reply

    Everything about Phyllis is breathtaking. Her voice, her looks. Thank you so much for uploading.

  • Trakbuv
    Posted at 20:25h, 22 April 2012 Reply

    Absolute corker of an album with those rich productions courtesy of Larry Alexander (her one time partner) et al, this is golden syrup from a sublime soul era. Her voice never sounded more magical, with “The nightbird” being one of my all-time faves, just pipping “No-one could love you”, which has since become a rare groove classic. I recall Black Music magazine dissing this LP as a Dionne Warwick wannabe – and even in my teens I knew I knew better. The essential zest of soul music.

  • Olympus
    Posted at 20:53h, 22 April 2012 Reply

    Diva she was and will always be one of the best to me.

  • Valeria
    Posted at 18:21h, 04 May 2012 Reply

    This is why is called Soul music. It reaches you deep in your soul and takes you there. Real talk from real artists.

  • Pedro
    Posted at 11:16h, 23 June 2012 Reply

    Sounds great

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