Vibe - 2/97, p.103
"...a bittersweet compilation of some of Hyman's best material....Hyman sang as though her listeners were wrapped in sable and drinking vintage champagne..."
Personnel includes: Phyllis Hyman (vocals, whistle); Michael Henderson (vocals, bass); Gary Betz (tenor saxophone, saxophone); Greg Scott, Cater Jefferson (saxophone); Barry Lee Hall, John Longo (trumpet, flugelhorn); Joseph Smithers (trumpet); Mark Johnson (trombone); Sidney Muldrow (French horn); Art Webb (flute); Herbie Hancock, Paul Schaefer, Barry Manilow, Bill Summers (piano, keyboards, synthesizers); Keith Loving, Craig Snyder, Louis Russell, Lee Ritenour, John Rowin (guitars); Bob Babbitt, Steve Green, Nathan East, Randy Jackson (bass); Charles Collins, Richard Pratt, Narada Michael Walden, Quinton Joseph (drums); Rocky White, Charles Simmons, Eddie Brown, Casey James (percussion); Al Martinez, Sharon Redd (background vocals).
Producers include: Larry Alexander, Skip Scarborough, Thom Bell, Chuck Jackson, Skip Drinkwater.
Compilation producer: Leo Sacks
Recorded between 1977 & 1991. Includes liner notes by Clayton Riley.
There have been numerous attempts at summarizing Phyllis Hyman's career on one disc. Most have been severely flawed, whether it has come down to missing hit singles or poor selection of album cuts. And while Hyman didn't have that many chart hits (at least when compared to several of her contemporaries), there has always been the need for a double-disc compilation that goes deeper -- allowing space for all the major singles and album cuts that deserve more attention. The Legacy of Phyllis Hyman fills that void. Although it might be a little too much for the person who just wants the songs heard on the radio, it's the next best thing to having all of her studio albums (all of which are spotty in varying degrees).~ Andy Kellman