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The second reissue from the Arista catalogue of much-loved and much-missed songstress Phyllis Hyman (following the April 2013 release of SOMEWHERE IN MY LIFETIME, SMCR-5092), GODDESS OF LOVE marked a commercial triumph for the singer giving her a US Top 20 R&B best-selling album as well as a US Top 30 R&B hit (and dance music charted single) with ‘Riding The Tiger.’
Originally the album – a follow-up to the 1981 album Can’t We Fall In Love Again – was due to be produced in its entirety by Philly hitmaker Thom Bell; Arista head Clive Davis asked Narada Michael Walden (already experiencing success with Arista artist Angela Bofill among others) to add three songs with Phyllis to complete the project which included the uptempo, atmospheric title track and the standout smooth ballad ‘Let Somebody Love You’ (co-written by Preston Glass).
Thom Bell’s production work on the six songs also provided Phyllis with a wonderful setting for her distinctive vocal style, a fusion of pop, soul and jazz.
Highlights included brilliantly-orchestrated ‘Your Move, My Heart,’ the poignant ‘Falling Star,’ a slice of classic Philly soul via ‘We Should Be Lovers’ and the beautiful ‘Just Twenty Five Miles To Anywhere.’
Originally reissued in 2010 in the U.S. on CD, this new expanded edition includes the three bonus tracks, versions of ‘Riding The Tiger.’ Extensive notes by renowned U.S. writer A.
Scott Galloway include quotes from Thom Bell, Narada Michael Walden and Preston Glass among others.
RIDING THE TIGER
GODDESS OF LOVE
WHY DID YOU TURN ME ON
YOUR MOVE, MY HEART
LET SOMEBODY LOVE YOU
WE SHOULD BE LOVERS
JUST ME AND YOU
JUST TWENTY FIVE MILES TO ANYWHERE
10. RIDING THE TIGER (Dance Version) (US Arista 12” single)
11. RIDING THE TIGER (Instrumental Version)
12. RIDING THE TIGER (US Arista single)
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