Mojo (Publisher) (2/03, p.103) - "...Hyman's extraordinary expressive vocal range injects the music with a sense of emotional gravitas....Essential for devotees of '70s disco-soul..."
Personnel: Phyllis Hyman (vocals); James Mtume (arranger, keyboards, percussion, background vocals); Gary Bartz (saxophone); Harry Whitaker, Hubert Eaves (keyboards); Ed Walsh (synthesizer); Reggie Lucas (guitar, background vocals); Ed "Tree" Moore (guitar); Basil Fearington (bass);
Howard King (drums); Tawatha, Gwen Guthrie, Syndi Jordan (background vocals).
Producers: James Mtume, Reggie Lucas.
Reissue producer: Paul Williams.
Principally recorded at Sigma Sound Studios, New York, New York. Originally released on Arista (9509). Includes liner notes by David Nathan.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
This is part of Arista Records "Original Masters" series.
Personnel: Phyllis Hyman (background vocals); Reggie Lucas (guitar, background vocals); Ed Tree Moore (guitar); James Mtume (keyboards, percussion, background vocals); Hugh Whitaker, Hubert Eaves III (keyboards); Howard King (drums); Gwen Guthrie, Syndi Jordan, Tawatha Agee (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Jay Mark.
Liner Note Author: Alex Henderson.
Photographer: Mark Allan.
You Know How to Love Me was Phyllis Hyman's most successful album and was carefully tailored to become the artist's crossover breakthrough, with prolific producer/songwriters James Mtume and Reggie Lucas on board. The end result is a carefully constructed blend of contemporary disco-styled songs and ballads, some better than others, and the more routine tracks are always rescued by Hyman stellar pipes. The album never truly realized its full potential, but does include the song that would become one of Hyman's signature tunes, "You Know How to Love Me." The song was never a blockbuster hit, but has grown into a classic, covered by artists such as Lisa Stansfield and Robin S. Other highlights include the excellent quiet storm of "Some Way," which allows Hyman's husky voice to shine; the somber, sublime piano ballad "But I Love You"; and the jazzy saxophone ballad "Complete Me." You Know How to Love Me is as close as Hyman truly came to becoming a commercial force and is an important and essential chapter in this star's musical legacy. The album was re-released in 2002, boasting excellent liner notes by biographer David Nathan, rare photos, and a bonus track, "You're the One," recorded in 1977, which blends in perfectly with the rest of the disc. This is the case of an album that was not a blockbuster upon initial release, but, like a great overlooked film, has grown into a classic whose importance will only increase with the passing of time. ~ Jose F. Promis