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Living All Alone

Phyllis HymanAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Philadelphia
  • ASIN: B00000DQSW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,017 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Living All Alone
2. First Time Together
3. If You Want Me
4. Slow Dancin'
5. Old Friend
6. You Just Don't Know
7. Ain't You Had Enough Love
8. Screaming At The Moon
9. What You Won't Do For Love

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic. July 10, 2001
Format:Audio CD
She left us far too soon. Considering the circumstances of her death and the lovely body of work she produced in her brief life time, "Living All Alone" is almost painful to listen too. The flawless title cut finds her singing harder on the choruses and emphasizing the pain and isolation so many of us feel. This song alone merits a 5 star rating because it hits so close to home. "First Time Together" fairly glistens with sexual anticipation and the desire to please your lover ("I wanna make sure that everything's alright, wanna make sure I got the candlelight, wanna make sure you got everything you need"), THIS is real passion. There is not a weak track to be found here, but the real star in the crown is Hyman's astounding remake of "What You Won't Do For Love" a song she truly claims as her own and turns into a plea for love and togetherness at all costs, if you've ever felt this kind of love, you'll feel this song. This is Phyllis Hyman's greatest work and a testament to the power and beauty of a real singer. The woman wasn't simply talented, she was gifted and when she died, we were all robbed of that gift. My heart still aches for her.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliance in Every Since of the Word... December 6, 2008
Format:Audio CD

Where do I begin.

I really can't respect a true "R&B Buff" if this album isn't mentioned in the conversation as one of the greatest ever released. I'm shocked no singer recently has attempted to remake any of the tracks on "Living All Alone" by now.

Growing up in a household full of adults, I was prone to listen to the music they listened to. When this album got the household's approval--which was a feat in itself with a household and family of music critics--I was hooked.

So while both Go-Go and Hip-Hop were in the start of their "golden eras," this album (as well as Anita Baker's "Rapture") stayed in heavy rotation.

I was a 6 year old youngin' living in "Uptown" Washington, D.C. when I first heard "Living All Alone" on WHUR, immediately followed up by "Old Friend." Later that week, I watched her sing "Living All Alone" live on a late night show.

I was intrigued.

At that time, I thought she was a new artist that became an overnight sensation, as "Living All Alone" played on D.C. urban radio like crazy. Thankfully, my grandfather (rest his soul) schooled me on that assumption when I approached him about Ms. Hyman.

Point blank, every song on this LP is a gem, with "Living All Alone," "Old Friend," and her version of "What You Won't Do For Love" being staples for REAL "Quiet Storms" on radio stations around the country (if any of those still exist today).

From every lyric, to the composition of each track, to her flawless delivery, this 9 song masterpiece is the ultimate "eargasim" of R&B. My personal hidden highlight is "You Just Don't Know."

This is a must have. Period.

Before I end, I must share these two tidbits...

One, I got a chance to meet Ms.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Phyllis at her BEST! February 13, 2002
Format:Audio CD
While this soulful songtress was talented beyond belief, this is by far the BEST CD. I had a cassette tape back in 1987 and now even fifteen years later I can recall EVERY single song. Never dated, I promise, you won't be disappointed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Live Alone without this disc November 30, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I remember hearing the single "Living All Alone" in 1986 and I knew I had found me a new favorite singer. After my parents bought the release on CD - which was an extremely expensive thing being that they just hit mainstream in 1984 or 1985, I couldn't stop listening. When I got older, I went to invest in the rest of her collection. While I'm missing her 1977 self titled, I love every single release that she has made. I along with many other reviewers are saddened by her premature departure, but her music lives on.
My only wish is that Arista would be nice and re-print her catalog of the following:
Somewhere In My Lifetime, 1978
You Know How To Love Me, 1979
Can't We Find Love Again, 1981
Goddess of Love, 1983.
I hope someone from Arista reads this. We the fan would appreciate it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You are sorely missed, Phyllis! January 10, 2006
Format:Audio CD
The only bad thing about this album is that it came out around the same time as Anita Baker's Rapture album. Rapture became a juggernaut that launched Anita Baker to superstardom. I believe Phyllis Hyman and the album "Living All Alone" never got the recognition both deserved. This album is timeless and I feel that it is Phyllis' best work. The best way that I can describe Phyllis' performance on this album is that she sounds like she is living the songs as she sings them. It is one of the best vocal performances I've heard on an album.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I have been a fan of Phyllis Hyman for years. When I saw her after a concert she is the most beautiful woman I've ever met and very down to earth. I miss her music and voice. Living All Alone album was a mirror image of my life at that time, I felt so connected and understood where she was coming from even though I had less stress in my life than now, it was what you won't do for love, she done it, I done it. Phyllis if you're in the cyberspace in heaven, know that we still love you and miss you very much.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The mark of a diva! We miss you Phyllis.. October 7, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Phyllis Hyman's "Living All Alone", released in 1986 on Philadelphia, was the album which, for me, marked a turning point in the career of this gifted artist who had started out on her journey more than a decade previously and had remained in relative obscurity, popping up here and there with a track or two that deserved some mention for a time before fading into the archives.

I had heard a few Phyllis Hyman tracks here and there - notably "You know how to love me" which were pretty good but if truth be told were not exactly special, and so my perception of this artist was one of indifference. "Living All Alone" changed my perception and in the process, swung the pendulum all the way from indifference to total awe and reverence.

The title track was the first I heard and there just seemed to be no setting on my stereo that could do the music justice. The distinctive bassline, the harmony in horns and strings and the eerily haunting background whistling all blending with Ms Hyman's absolutely fabulous voice and distinctly weepy, emotive tones to leave this listener speechless and actually quite apologetic for earlier indifference!

I was so taken by the title track that I foolishly ignored the rest of the album, and the "repeat" function on my then state of the art linear tracking turntable made it all too easy for this state of ignorance to prevail - and it didn't help that the record was borrowed (Hey! I was only a student!) so I only had so long to get my earful before it was time for the rightful owner to take posession.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I had been looking for this CD for a while!!
Published 2 months ago by Eunice Avery
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
Phyllis Hyman had such a great voice - it's sad to think that it was silenced all too soon. She was an amazing talent!
Published 4 months ago by Lauren E. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Living all alone is a blast from the past
Great tracks on this CD, but I really bought it for one tune only. Living all alone. This is powerful tune that is great to listen to if you are into relationships that are... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Librowork
5.0 out of 5 stars PHYLLIS HYMAN
Published 13 months ago by CHICO
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gread CD....
If you are a Phyllis fan this is one to ad to your library .Great songs you will love it .
Published 19 months ago by James Glass
5.0 out of 5 stars Living All Alone
Ok to start, I had been looking all over for this CD. When I finally found it on here (very reasonably priced as well), I was overjoyed that I was finally gonna add it to my... Read more
Published 22 months ago by DonnaJo
3.0 out of 5 stars It's alright
This is a CD I have been wanting for a long time. I have it on vinyl. Really wanted this CD. Was a bit disappointed when I got this CD. There were a few scratches on this CD. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Frances hightower
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest of All Gems
This album/cd is the greatest of all of her discography....every song on here was pure Philly Soul. Every song on here is banging. Read more
Published 22 months ago by AJ Campbell-Vordeaux
5.0 out of 5 stars This is what you call a project!!
take a lesson in production, and vocals! This is a Classic R & B CD. One of her best, and keeps you wanting more. Read more
Published 22 months ago by K. Frazier
4.0 out of 5 stars Sultry sounds from a divine diva
I first had this in vinyl which I still do. However, since I do not have a record player, I wanted to have a copy of this album. I love this album very much. Read more
Published on February 14, 2011 by Tonya Johnson
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