CD contains 1 bonus track.
Personnel: Phyllis Hyman (whistling, background vocals); Manny L¢pez (guitar, acoustic guitar); Reggie Griffin (guitar, tenor saxophone, synthesizer, bass guitar, drum programming); Leroy Bell (guitar, drums, percussion); T.J. Tindall, Joe Fusco, Herb Smith, Randy Bowland, Roland Chambers, Ron Jennings (guitar); Sam Peake, Jack Faith (saxophone); Ron Kerber (soprano saxophone); Joseph Smithers (trumpet, flugelhorn); John Valentino (trumpet, shaker); Gerald Chavis, Harry Bower, Steven Bernstein (trumpet); Brian Castor, Bob Suttman, Mark Johnson , Art Baron, Birch Johnson (trombone); Kae Williams, Jr. (piano, keyboards); Thom Bell (piano, synthesizer); Kent Hewitt (piano); Doug Grigsby (keyboards, drum programming, loops); Kenny Pollack, Charlie Ernst (keyboards, drum programming); Dave Darlington, Dexter Wansel, Donald Robinson , John Gitlutin, James K. Lloyd , Curtis Dowd, Jr., Lester Mendez, Randy Cantor, Rhett Lawrence, Terry Burrus (keyboards); Casey James (synthesizer, percussion); Alvin Moody (bass guitar); Quinton Joseph, Jim Salamone (drums, percussion); Earl Young, Doug Nally, John "4 Daddman" Robinson (drums); Nick Martinelli, Mayra Casales (percussion); Eddie Montilla (drum programming); Evette Benton, Carla Benson, Cynthia Biggs, Cindy Mizell, Donna Allen, Cuca Hyman, Candi James, Dee Dee Wilde, James King , Josie James, Lynn Davis , Phillip Ingram, Annette Hardeman, Terri Wells, Betty Wright, Charlene Holloway (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Mike Tarsia.
Liner Note Author: Tony Rounce.
Recording information: Clinton Recording Studios, New York, NY; Criteria Studios, Miami, FL; Gamble-Huff Studios, Philadelphia, PA; Music Grinder, Devonshire; Quadradio; Sigma Sound Studios Inc., Philadelphia, PA; Studio Center West.
Photographer: Jean Pagliuso.
Arrangers: Dave Darlington; Jonathan Rosen; Dexter Wansel; Karen Manno; Gene Page; John Gitlutin; Kenny Gamble; Reggie Griffin; Terry Burrus; Thom Bell.
The third and final phase of Phyllis Hyman's tragically short career kicked off in high gear. Her new label, the mighty Philadelphia International, gave her a new lease on her recording career and a fresh palette of sounds to help reinvent herself following her tenure under Clive Davis' Arista stewardship. The first half of this two-for-one compilation, Living All Alone, is a distinctly resonant archive piece featuring instantly identifiable mid-'80s R&B elements: crisp, polished production, overly chorused vocals, and heavy synth programming. But Hyman's delivery transcends many of these elements to create some timeless material, especially the poignant "Old Friend," which would later become a song many would instantly identify with Hyman. The second half, 1991's Prime of My Life, makes the dramatic shift and shows just how the R&B landscape changed in a few short years. Here, Hyman's vocal delivery is just as strong and the production is just as contemporary, but the material wanes at points. The whole affair seems a bit cryptic, though, as Hyman's personal life was just beginning its tumultuous descent that would ultimately claim her life. ~ Rob Theakston