I Refuse to Be Lonely

I Refuse to Be Lonely

by Phyllis HymanPhyllis Hyman

CD

Overview

I Refuse to Be Lonely was released five months after Phyllis Hyman's terrible suicide, and it is virtually impossible to listen to this album without realizing that many of these songs more than faintly hint at the tragedy that was brewing. This immaculately produced set begins with her self-affirming, yet ultimately tragic ballad "I Refuse to Be Lonely," which finds Hyman basically crying the lyric. Not all the songs on this set are so maudlin, however. "I Refuse to Be Lonely" is followed by the jazzy "Waiting for the Last Tear to Fall" and the dramatic and impressive "This Too Shall Pass," which finds Hyman convincing herself that her troubles will soon be over, set against a backdrop of heavy percussion and soaring backing vocals. Hyman gets jazzy on "It Takes Two" and provides a sophisticated quiet storm ballad with "Why Not Me." Hyman also sounds sexy and less depressed on the piano ballad "I'm Truly Yours" and the happier, jazzy "Back to Paradise," which still keeps with the troubling prophetic nature of the album with the repeated lyric "I've been waiting here at the gates of heaven." All of this is only heightened by the last song, prophetically titled "Give Me One Good Reason to Stay," where Hyman sings "It's true I'm leaving/My bags are at the door." Phyllis Hyman, despite all her troubles, managed to leave the world another wonderful set of classy, sophisticated quiet storm jazz ballads with I Refuse to Be Lonely, augmented by her one-of-a-kind, brutally raw and honest voice. Nancy Wilson, in the liner notes, laments Hyman's passing and also ponders at the marvels she would have produced had she chosen to record the songs of Cole Porter or George Gershwin. This album, however, only hints at the wonders which, sadly, the world will never know.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/07/1995
Label: Volcano
UPC: 0614223104027
catalogNumber: 31040

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Phyllis Hyman   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Siedah Garrett   Background Vocals
Sharon Bryant   Background Vocals
Dexter Wansel   Keyboards,keyboard bass
Tony Warren   Background Vocals
Michael Aharon   Keyboards
Nadirah Ali   Background Vocals
Davis A. Barnett   Strings
Robert Becker   Viola
Charlie Bisharat   Violin
Alexandra Brown   Background Vocals
Larry Corbett   Cello
Brian Dembow   Viola
Steven Ford   Piano,Conductor,Drums,Keyboards
Ray Fuller   Guitar
Harris Goldman   Violin
Joseph Goodman   Violin
Jim Haas   Background Vocals
Gwen Heller   Violin
Paula Hochhalter   Cello
Paul Jackson   Guitar
Larry Jacobs   Background Vocals
Jef Lee Johnson   Bass,Guitar
Ruth Johnson   Violin
Peter Kent   Concert Master
Joe Ketendjian   Violin
Vatrina King   Background Vocals
Kate Markowitz   Background Vocals
Jean McClain   Background Vocals
Eddie Montilla   Keyboards
Cynthia Morrow   Viola
Cynthia Moussas   Violin
Maria Newman   Violin
Jay Oliver   Keyboards
Katrina Perkins   Background Vocals
Barbara Porter   Violin
Amy Shulman   Harp
Fred White   Background Vocals
Joe Wolfe   Keyboards
Yi Hu   Violin
John Scanlon   Viola
Scott Haupert   Viola
Diane Monroe   Strings
Renita Koven   Viola
R.F. Peterson   Violin
Suzie Katayama   Cello
Olga Konopelsky   Strings
Timothy Landauer   Cello
Anthony Pirollo   Strings
Scott Aispach   Keyboards
Larry B. Wright   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Nancy Wilson   Liner Notes
Phyllis Hyman   Producer
Dexter Wansel   Producer
Michael Aharon   Programming,MIDI Production
John Anthony   Engineer
David Campbell   String Arrangements
Steven Ford   Programming,Producer
Jud Friedman   Programming,Producer,String Arrangements
Kenny Gamble   Producer,Executive Producer
Leon Huff   Executive Producer
Karen Manno   Vocal Arrangements
Nick Martinelli   Producer
Sammy Merendino   drum programming
Jay Oliver   Engineer
Mark Partis   Engineer
Rob Paustian   Engineer
Arthur Stoppe   Engineer
Bruce Weeden   Engineer
Craig White   Engineer
Ron A. Shaffer   Engineer
Rubin Benson   Art Direction
Scott Aispach   Programming,Engineer
Joseph Curiale   Composer

Customer Reviews

I Refuse to Be Lonely 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
PHYLLIS IS MY PERSONAL FAVORITE FEMALE R&B SINGER OF OUR TIME. SHE WAS A WOMAN OF DIAMOND HARD ELEGANT LOOKS. HER VOICE SO POWERFUL, PURE AND SULTRY. THIS CD IS SIMPLY HER BEST AND MY FAVORITE OF ALL HER ALBUMS. THE TRACKS ARE ALL GOOD FROM START TO END. MOST OF THE SONGS IN THIS ALBUM RELATE TO HER PREMATURE PASSING AND IS A TRUE MASTERPIECE. SHE IS SADLY MISSED BY MANY.