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Soul Express Album of the Month

September 1998


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PHYLLIS HYMAN

Forever with You
(US Philadelphia International CD, 1998)
1) Forever with You 2) Funny How Love Goes (Introducing Damon) 3) Come Right or Not at All 4) The Strength of a Woman 5) Hurry up This Way Again 6) How Long 7) Someone to Love 8) Tell Me What You're Gonna Do 9) The Kids 10) Set a Little Trap 11) No One But You 12) Souvenirs

What can I say about this CD? It is remarkable, classy, jazzy, sophisticated, deep and profound and offers us an insight into the writing talents of this sadly missed Lady of Soul. Using "in the can" material and with some technological wizardry, Forever with You is essential on all 12 counts here - though some tracks are more essential than essential itself! After the jazzy, horn filled jogger that is Forever with You is a real KILLER that is Funny How Love Goes. This is classic Philly soul at its best and will really pull on your heartstrings - Damon being a real class act too, and one I hope we will hear more of.

The dancers, How Long and Tell Me What You're Gonna Do are absolute stunners and are more contemporary than we may have expected! Essential, nonetheless.

Come Right or Not at All is a lowdown jazzy rumbler to be enjoyed to the max and a real KILLER is the traditional '70s Philly sounding cut, Set a Trap which features Bunny Sigler on co-vocals. Other Philly stalwarts such as Dexter Wansel, Jack Faith and Norman Harris add some sparkle as well as other producers of note, Nick Martinelli and Barry J. Eastmond.

No serious, level-headed soul fan worth their salt would even dare consider ignoring this CD. This is a CD to cherish for many reasons. Alas we may never hear her type again. Mandatory soul music.
- Barry Towler


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