Double 12″ Spin #6 -=|=- Gregory Isaacs & Tyrone Evans

by Jun 30, 2024Soundstation

Double 12" Spin 6

A. Gregory Issacs – Musical Murder
B. Gregory Issacs – Version
Label: Blue Mountain – AM 010

This 6th installment of the Double 12″ Spin features two reggae greats, both sadly no longer with us. Kicking off this Double 12″ Spin is the legendary Gregory Isaacs, the Cool Ruler himself, renowned for his smooth and unforgettable vocals (though misspelled as Issacs on the label). A gifted vocalist and talented lyricist, Isaacs delivered a potent mix of roots reggae anthems and smooth lovers rock tunes. From the late 1960s to the late 1980s, Isaacs reigned as a reggae superstar, consistently churning out high-quality singles and albums.
He co-founded two influential labels: African Museum with Errol Dunkley and Cash and Carry with Trevor Douglas. In the mid 1980s his career faced challenges due to vocal issues and legal troubles. While Gregory’s prolific recording career produced a phenomenal amount of music, his sheer volume of work, particularly later in his career, sometimes came at the expense of consistent top quality. Isaacs tragically passed away in 2010 from lung cancer.
This 12″ single, Musical Murder (also released as Murderer) showcases him in top form, backed by the legendary Roots Radics band. The 1985 release features a nice performance with the instrumental version on the B-side. Production duties were shared by Isaacs and Robert Livingston.


A. Tyrone Evans – Love Vibration
B. Jah Bata – Dub Stylee
Label: Carib Gems – CGDD 022

The second 12″ platter of this Double 12″ Spin features a personal favorite: Tyrone Evans, a founding member of the legendary vocal group The Paragons. Evans, also known as Garth Evans or Don Evans, co-founded the group alongside Bob Andy and others. The Paragons enjoyed a string of hits on Duke Reid’s Treasure Isle label, particularly after John Holt joined the ranks.
Following Holt’s departure in 1970, the group’s success waned, though they reunited briefly in 1981 for the well-received album The Paragons Return, produced by Evans and Bunny “Striker” Lee. Evans wrote most of the album’s material. This 12″ single, released in 1982 on Carib Gems, features the song Love Vibration, also included on the reunion album. Tyrone’s solo career produced several more albums and singles, but they achieved limited commercial success. Sadly, Evans passed away from cancer in 2000.
The deejay version on the B-side features Tony O’Meally, better known as Jah Bata (or Jah Batta). Little is known about O’Meally beyond his work with producer Lloyd Barnes on the Wackies label. Here, Jah Bata weaves his vocals effortlessly over the riddim, incorporating snippets from Tyrone’s original performance. Interestingly, the deejay cut has different titles depending on the pressing: Acting Shy on the Supertone label and Dub Stylee on Carib Gems.


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