The Essence of Phyllis Hyman, part of BMG's so-called "Priceless Collection," is only priceless in that it shouldn't cost anyone anything. There's only ten tracks, randomly plucked (with just a little emphasis on the singles), in low-budget packaging. There are songs that have appeared on several other Hyman compilations ("Somewhere in My Lifetime," "Loving You, Losing You," "Under Your Spell"), while a handful of selections are less popular (all of which, strangely enough, come during the second half of the disc). Unless this has every Phyllis Hyman song you think you need, avoid it and pick any other compilation available.
AllMusic Review by Andy Kellman