on 30 September 2010
This album was the final Arista release from Phyllis and has always divided opinion amongst fans & Phyllis alike.
Produced by Thom Bell & Narada Michael Walden, two producers whos styles are akin to oil & water. Its hardly surprising the album received such a lukewarm response on its release. However time is a great healer and listening to this album now I can appreciate what both these producers bought to the table.
The album includes the classic "Let Somebody Love You" & love it or loathe it classic "Riding The Tiger"
Props must be given to the Reel music label for finally releasing this on cd, the job they have done is outstanding. So many albums from the 70's & 80's are reissued with the tag "remastered" and when you get to listen to the final product its clear that the album has been ripped from vinyl. This is not the case with this release.
The sound is spot on & the packaging is pristine.
The liner notes are very informative, giving us an insight into the recording process with those that worked alongside Phyllis.
This Reissue is a must have for any Phyllis fan, You will not be disappointed.
on 31 March 2011
Goodness knows why, but this one has always tended to be overlooked among her other albums. It has always been my favourite of hers; it's an uplifting, commercial sound, without the angst that sometimes (understandably I guess) enters her work.
I guess one would call it 'disco' rather than soul; that's certainly true of 'Riding the Tiger' which was always one of her best tracks in my view. When I saw her on stage in 1987, there was much more of a showbiz dimension to her, partly due to her inclination toward show tunes I guess. She seemed, at that time, quite a long way from the excitement of some of these earlier songs, but I guess her audience liked what she was doing. Many a great singer has been compromised by poor choice of songs, but all of these are excellent choices. I guess if one is looking for some sort of 'intense' experience, drenched in emotional release, this album isn't it. To me, this album is Phyllis Hyman at her best, but I'm sure that many other fans would never agree with that opinion in a million years. And in case anyone is wondering, I do like all of them, but this one stands out for me personally.