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Goddess of Love [Import]

Phyllis Hyman Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (May 28, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Soulmusic.Com
  • ASIN: B00C132UW0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #245,077 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4.2 out of 5 stars
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4.2 out of 5 stars
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
This 1983 release was Phyllis' final Arista album and is now (thankfully) available on CD. Of course, this album includes the horrific and blatantly commercial Disco hit "Riding The Tiger" (which Phyllis herself hated so much she ultimately refused to perform it live) but the ballads which Arista's then-president Clive Davis deemed too inferior to release as singles are the album's crown jewels. Sparsely-produced yet lush romantic ballads like "Falling Star", "Just Me And You", "Let Somebody Love You", "We Should Be Lovers" and the minor hit "Why Did You Turn Me On?" are just as good as anything Phyllis recorded for her "Living All Alone" and "Prime Of My Life" CDs and should make this CD a must-have for anyone who loves passionate and romantic music. On a personal note, I want to thank the people at Reel Music for not only reissuing this album on CD but also for the obvious cre they took in properly remastering it. Enjoy!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NOW WE HAVE IT ALL March 25, 2010
Format:Audio CD
For those who have collected Phyllis Hyman over the years on CD knows that this album was the "missing link". Granted, all tracks popped up sporadically on various compilations, but not the complete album as its own. Reel Music really took care in remastering GODDESS OF LOVE and present it as it should be heard. Even if not a personal favorite, glad that the album and extended dance versions of "Riding The Tiger" are here. My favorites from this set, "Let Somebody Love You", "We Should Be Lovers", and "25 Miles To Anywhere" sound superb. Very lengthy liner notes in booklet. An absolute "must" for every Phyllis fan.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Goddess Of Song May 21, 2010
Format:Audio CD
"Goddess Of Love" would turn out to be the final Lp that would issued on The Arista Label. Lead by the Lame single "Riding The Tiger" (phyllis's dislike of this song has already been mentioned). How Clive Davis thought this was a Hit is beyond me and most of the Phyllis Hyman fan base, but there was no love lost at this point in the Clive Davis/Phylis Hyman relatonship so who knows, maybe he set her up.
The GOOD news was after you get past the first two tracks (the title track "Goddess of Love" being the other) the Lp REALLY becomes Classic Phyllis Hyman. The 2nd single "Why Did you Turn You me" (#74 R&B) right through to "25 miles to anywhere" are among the best songs Phyllis had in her recording career.
With the Stunning album art, it is nice to have the complete Lp at long last (all but "25" could ve found on some compilation) but very pleased we have the lp on Cd.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another magical album from the musical goddess November 14, 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is an album that has forced strong reaction from Phyllis Hyman fans from its release till now. The first and major single used for this album GODDESS OF LOVE was RIDING THE TIGER and is considered by many to be awful, a true insult to Phyllis and her artistry and a move that caused future trouble with her career. I remember when I bought this album 1n 1983. I was 22 and I also was let down by the gimmicky, lackluster songs GODDESS OF LOVE and RIDING THE TIGER. But things were different at that time. With albums you had to flip it over for side two and the first half of the first side being these gimmicky disco castoffs didn't give listeners much motivation. This was sad for the rest of the album was indeed classic Hyman and on this reissued cd which is remastered beautifully it shines like a new found gem.

Phyllis Hymnan was not the only artist that was hindered by the disco era. It was so strong and permeated the airwaves so strongly that practically every artist had to show their over the top disco side. The sad fate that would befall Phyllis is another reason people look so badly at this release. To read in the extensive liner notes how they were trying to create a new image for Phyllis and these two songs were indeed part of it is very interesting. Phyllis Hyman was a true vocal stylist with a range and power to her voice combined with an emotive delivery that far surpassed most singers of any style of that period. She was a great jazz, r@b and soul singer. Her vocals effortlessly flowed and caressed each song she tackled.

I agree that the two disco tracks here were a misstep but hearing them here I still hear the strong presence that is Phyllis rising above the material and though true camp I truly enjoy them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic and Outstanding! July 29, 2010
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Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Why did it take so long to make this CD? Do I have to wait another 27 years for the next one to be made?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A missing Phyllis Hyman gem. October 5, 2009
Format:Vinyl
This was one of Ms. Hyman's finest recordings of her career. The album cover is one helluva eye candy as well. She still to me today is one of the most underrated talents of the last four decades. This is a woman who never really got her just due as an vocalist. She is still missed in the world of music today. I hope that some company comes along one day soon and re-release this recording as well as some of her others onto compact disc real soon.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Phyllis Hyman - Goddess of Love December 15, 2011
Format:Audio CD
As an avid Phyllis Hyman follower, "Goddess of Love" was yet another Arista recording slated for consumption in my record collection. The lead single, "Riding the Tiger," is a challenging tune to tackle. Knowing Hyman, as I have from past recordings, there seems to be no song that she can't perform. Part of this album was produced by Narada Michael Walden, legendary producer who also helped put Angela Bofill back on top with the smash hit, "Too Tough" the same year. Hyman performed an excellent cover of "Why Did You Turn Me On," a song originally taken from Walden's own repertoire - the "Dance of Life" album.

The relaxing sound of steel drums made "Let Somebody Love You" an attractive love song while on the engaging "We Should Be Lovers," Hyman woos her male companion to consider becoming something more than just friends.

Other than that, the other five tracks are not as remarkable as those mentioned. "Goddess of Love" was the last album Hyman recorded before parting ways from Arista. As a whole, the album was not her best effort, but piecemeal, there are a few delicious bites to be had.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful!!
Published 22 days ago by Linda Daniels
3.0 out of 5 stars Phyllis Hyman (Goddess of Love)
I've waited for years to have this on CD. I bought it in 1983 on cassette and misplaced it. I have all her music. Love her music.
Published 28 days ago by DEBORA NICKLOS
3.0 out of 5 stars just ok!
cd cover is the best thing going for this cd. loved the goddess; BUT NOT THIS CD...now i can say i have everything she ever made,that's the good news...
Published 5 months ago by shawn
5.0 out of 5 stars An original voice
Phyllis Hyman a one of a kind artist. She sang great love songs.Phyllis expressed her pain in her music. Read more
Published 15 months ago by r&b music forever
3.0 out of 5 stars There were other factors at play during this album
Well, it should be known that Clive Davis tried to do a Joan Crawford on Phyllis just like when Louis Mayer of Paramount did Joan dirty by trying to systematically push her out of... Read more
Published on July 3, 2011 by shoppingdiva
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to the 80's Phyllis
Foremost, I would like to thank whomever was responsible for this great record to FINALLY be re-released on CD! You have made me and a lot of other people very happy. Read more
Published on May 16, 2011 by Rob Ez
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good CD issue of retro Phyllis Hyman LP
Despite turmoil with Arista Records during the recording and release of what would be her final LP for the label, Goddess Of Love remains an enjoyable Pop/R&B album. Read more
Published on December 30, 2010 by Kyles Beguiles
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