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Prime of My Life

Phyllis HymanAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Zoo
  • ASIN: B000091TM2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #380,444 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. When You Get Right Down to It
2. I Found Love
3. Don't Wanna Change the World
4. Prime of My Life
5. When I Give My Love (This Time)
6. I Can't Take It Anymore
7. Walk Away
8. Living in Confusion
9. Meet Me on the Moon
10. Whatever Happened to Our Love?

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars simply stated...a classic March 23, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Phyllis Hyman's "Prime of My Life" is a modern classic. Released in 1991, Ms. Hyman seemed more confident and self-assured on "Prime" than she did on previous and subsequent recordings during her painfully short career (we lost her way too soon). Unlike many of her albums, the material seems perfectly suited for her gorgeous contralto voice and her obvious sophistication, the only misstep being the overly trendy "Don't Wanna Change the World."
As I write this, I am listening to "Meet Me On the Moon," my favorite track and one of the many fine ballads that form the heart of "Prime of My Life". It is at once elegant, contemplative and very sexy without resorting to cliches or excessive vamping. The tracks "When I Give My Love (This Time)" and the Quiet Storm radio hit "Living in Confusion" exhibit similar qualities, but in their own unique way. Other highlights include the sublime "When You Get Right Down To It" with special guest background vocals from R&B legend Betty Wright, the confident title track and the classy "Walk Away."
If you like sophistcated R&B at its best, this is a good place to hear it. Buy without hesitation.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Singer December 16, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is simply Phyllis Hyman's best album. A true classic. Phyllis Hyman was my favorite singer. I am so grateful I was able to see her in concert before she passed. I brought all of her albums prior to her death as soon as they were released. Before I even heard them. Her talent was not appreciated while she was alive. And it still is not appreciated so many years after her death. "Meet Me On The Moon" is her masterpiece! This is a rare CD where every song on it is outstanding. My favorites are "Meet Me On The Moon", "I Found Love", "When I Give My Love This Time", "When You Get Right Down To It" and Living In Confusion". Phyllis Hyman was truly in a class by her self. A truly great talent!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Miss Phyllis Hyman June 11, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I still remember where I was when I heard that this wonderfully talented woman had taken her own life. This is the last CD she made before her untimely death, and I think it's her best. I don't think it was any accident that it's titled "Prime of Life." Her talent was matched by her imposing physical presence. I think she was about 6 feet tall. I met her once at The Black Expo in Manhattan back in '90. She was so gracious and even posed for pictures.
What can I say about that voice? It's husky, impassioned and supple -- absolutely inimitable. When I get married, I intend to use "Meet Me on the Moon" in the wedding. Those lyrics are so earnest and Phyllis sings them with such conviction --"You be my love and I'll be yours too. As long as the sun warms the heavens. Tell me. You be my love and here's what we'll do. We'll skywrite our love through the heavens" -- I don't think there will be a dry eye in the house. The printed word does this song no justice. "I found Love" is also a very sweet ballad. I enjoyed them all.
A friend once said of Phyllis "She was the bomb, and she didn't even know it." So true. At least she left behind a beautiful musical legacy. RIP.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEYOND INCREDIBLE!!!!! December 16, 2004
Format:Audio CD
That voice is beyond the signature of incredible power.......and control.....that lady had AMAZING CONTROLLLLLLLL!!! god, have u ever heard "Living In Confusion (The Album Version)" WOWWWW!!

When she yelled out "LEAVE ME ALONE!!!!!" wow,she must have really be tired of going through what she was going through at that time she co-wrote the song......thats one thing about any song phyllis hyman sings,she convinces u to the maximum , that what shes singing about is the absolute truth......

OMG,I love Phyllis so much.....she is juss my mentor,my inspiration......i wish i had enough money to buy every thing by her at one time.....

believe me......u cant go wrong with anything Phyllis sings,its just straight up down to earth material,incredible power......strong lyrical arrangements....

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Precious Audio Treasure August 10, 2000
Format:Audio CD
"Prime Of My Life" is frequently considered one of the Sophisticated Lady's best albums, and there are many reasons why. Enduring distribution issues with PIR, Phyllis seized the opportunity to perform many of the songs from this album during her live performances; thereby giving her truly passionate audience a sneak preview of things to come. The material was very well-received and the first single, "Don't Wanna Change The World," climbed to the number one spot on the R&B charts. Alas, this would be her only song to reach that plateau. The follow up single, the aching ballad, "Living In Confusion," echoed Phyllis' long-standing history to sing songs with integrity. "When You Get Right Down To It" continued her love affair of blending R&B with jazz, with soothing quiet storms resulting. "I Found Love" supplemented the selection of singles, providing a tender ballad of joy and happiness.
In addition, the album tracks stand strong on their own and are worth mentioning. "Prime Of My Life" may have suggested Phyllis' state of mind during this time, despite her troubled soul that she fought long and hard to overcome. Perhaps "I Can't Take It Anymore" was an early hint of just how difficult her inner demons were becoming to her.
By far, the two tracks which stand out for any Phyllis Hyman fan are "When I Give My Love (This Time)" and "Meet Me On The Moon." No sweeter sound can be heard than by playing these tracks back to back. "When I Give My Love (This Time)" is a true torch song in every sense of the word. It creeps up on you from the opening drum tap, to the picking of the electric guitar and flowing bassline.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
I love this album. CAN'T get enough of Phyllis Hyman too bad she's not alive. A shame her music would be even better
Published 3 months ago by D. Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT!!!
I have been looking for Miss Hyman's albums for years! The songs mean so much to me! I recently lost my husband and we both loved Phyllis Hyman! Read more
Published 4 months ago by charlene noble
5.0 out of 5 stars PHYLLIS HYMAN
Published 7 months ago by CHICO
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet voice
Why did she have to go so soon...God picked his flower so I know that the choir in shy is greatly happy to sing with her...R.I.P
Thanks for all the great music
Published 9 months ago by Ronnie
5.0 out of 5 stars MsPhyllisReincarnated
I have always been a fan of Phyllis Hyman and I am very pleased with this purchase. The album brings back wonderful memories of my past. Love it!
Published 13 months ago by claudette D. Green
5.0 out of 5 stars prime of life
I LOVE THIS CD. I USE TO OWN IT BUT I LOST IT YEARS AGO. i'm so glade to replace it again.
Published 15 months ago by Joyce F. Dunn
4.0 out of 5 stars Good experience
The cd arrived as promised. The case had a crack in it, but otherwise everything went well. Thank you for providing a cd I can continue to enjoy.
Published 16 months ago by C. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Prime of my life
Prime of my life. The title "says it all". In my opinion one of Ms.Hyman's finest maybe her best (after "I refuse to be lonely"). Read more
Published 18 months ago by DonnaJo
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic- A Must
This 1991 lp is one of her best. She only has one #1 song in her singing career "Don't Want To Change It" from this lp. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Ronald A. Swinarski
5.0 out of 5 stars SILKY SMOOTH SOUL
Phyllis Hyman's voice is so smooth and so real when you listen to it you are captured into her spell, What a voice i love all the ballards you can feel it from your head to your... Read more
Published on October 20, 2011 by TANYA MCNEASE
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